Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am, for I am as ye are. Ye have not injured me at all.
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the Gospel unto you at the first.
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Where is then the blessedness ye spoke of? For I bear you record that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me.
Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
They zealously seek after you, but for no good; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might seek after them.
But it is good to be zealously sought after, always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, over whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
I desire to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I stand in doubt of you.