For he says, 1"In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you."Behold, 2now is the 3favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
We 4put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,
but 5as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: 6by great endurance, 7in afflictions, 8hardships, calamities,
59beatings, imprisonments, 10riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;
611by purity, 12knowledge, patience, kindness, 13the Holy Spirit, 14genuine love;
by 15truthful speech, and 16the power of God; with 17the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
through honor and dishonor, 18through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;
as unknown, and 19yet well known; 20as dying, and behold, we live; 21as punished, and yet not killed;
1022as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; 23as poor, yet making many rich; 24as having nothing, 25yet possessing everything.
We have spoken freely to you,a Corinthians; 26our heart is wide open.
You are not restricted by us, but 27you are restricted in your own affections.