I may not be a trained speaker,1 but I do have knowledge.2 We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
Was it a sin3 for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God4 to you free of charge?58
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them6 so as to serve you.
And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed.7 I have kept myself from being a burden to you8 in any way, and will continue to do so.
As surely as the truth of Christ is in me,9 nobody in the regions of Achaia10 will stop this boasting11 of mine.
Why? Because I do not love you? God knows12 I do!1312
And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.
For such men are false apostles,14 deceitful15 workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.1614
And no wonder, for Satan17 himself masquerades as an angel of light.
It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.18