I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength,1 that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.213
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor3 and a violent man, I was shown mercy4 because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.514
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,6 along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.715
Here is a trustworthy saying8 that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners9--of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy10 so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience11 as an example for those who would believe12 on him and receive eternal life.13