2 Corinthians 12:12-21 NIV

12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles1--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?2 Forgive me this wrong!3

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14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,4 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,5 but parents for their children.6

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15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.7 If I love you more,8 will you love me less?

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16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.9 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 urged10 Titus11 to go to you and I sent our brother12 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 God13 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,14 is for your strengthening.15

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20 For I am afraid that when I come16 I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.17 I fear that there may be quarreling,18 jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions,19 slander,20 gossip,21 arrogance22 and disorder.23

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21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved24 over many who have sinned earlier25 and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery26 in which they have indulged.

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