Galatians 4:12-20 (New International Version)

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12 I plead with you, brothers,1 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness2 that I first preached the gospel to you. 14 Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.3 15 What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?4 17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.5 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.6 19 My dear children,7 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,8 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
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