2 Corinthians 12:11-21 NIV

Paul's Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,1 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,"2 even though I am nothing.3

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12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles4--were done among you with great perseverance.

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13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?5 Forgive me this wrong!6

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14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,7 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,8 but parents for their children.9

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15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.10 If I love you more,11 will you love me less?

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16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.12 Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!

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17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?
18 I urged13 Titus14 to go to you and I sent our brother15 with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?

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19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God16 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,17 is for your strengthening.18

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20 For I am afraid that when I come19 I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.20 I fear that there may be quarreling,21 jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions,22 slander,23 gossip,24 arrogance25 and disorder.26

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21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved27 over many who have sinned earlier28 and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery29 in which they have indulged.

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