But he said to me, "My grace1 is sufficient for you, for my power2 is made perfect in weakness.3"4 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight5 in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,6 in persecutions,7 in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.8
I have made a fool of myself,9 but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles,"10 even though I am nothing.1112
The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles12--were done among you with great perseverance.
How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?13 Forgive me this wrong!1414
Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,15 and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents,16 but parents for their children.1715
So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.18 If I love you more,19 will you love me less?
Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.20 Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!
Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?
I urged21 Titus22 to go to you and I sent our brother23 with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God24 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,25 is for your strengthening.26