For I amjealous for you with a godlyjealousy ; for I 1betrothed you to onehusband, so that to Christ I might 2present you as a purevirgin.
But I amafraid that, as the 3serpentdeceivedEve by his craftiness, your minds will be ledastray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
For ifaone comes and preaches4anotherJesuswhom we have not preached, or you receive a 5differentspiritwhich you have not received, or a 6differentgospelwhich you have not accepted, you 7bear this 8beautifully.
For I consider myself 9not in the leastinferior to the bmosteminentapostles.
But evenif I am 10unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in 11knowledge ; in fact, in everyway we have 12made this evident to you in allthings.
7Or13did I commit a sin in humblingmyselfso that you might be exalted, because I preached the 14gospel of God to you 15withoutcharge ?
I robbedotherchurches by 16takingwages from them to serve you;
and when I was present with you and was in need, I was 17not a burden to anyone ; for when 18the brethrencame from 19Macedonia they fullysupplied my need, and in everything I keptmyself from 20being a burden to you, cand will continue to do so.
1021As the truth of Christ is in me, 22thisboasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of 23Achaia.
11Why ? 24Because I do not love you? 25Godknows I do!
But what I am doing I will continue to do, 26so that I may cutoffopportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be dregardedjust as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.