Brethren, I beseech you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong;
you know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first;
and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
What has become of the satisfaction you felt? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.
For a good purpose it is always good to be made much of, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!
I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)