Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.) Much more am I His servant; serving Him more thoroughly than they by my labours, and more thoroughly also by my imprisonments, by excessively cruel floggings, and with risk of life many a time.
From the Jews I five times have received forty lashes all but one.
Three times I have been beaten with Roman rods, once I have been stoned, three times I have been shipwrecked, once for full four and twenty hours I was floating on the open sea.
I have served Him by frequent travelling, amid dangers in crossing rivers, dangers from robbers; dangers from my own countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles; dangers in the city, dangers in the Desert, dangers by sea, dangers from spies in our midst;
with labour and toil, with many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, in frequent fastings, in cold, and with insufficient clothing.
And besides other things, which I pass over, there is that which presses on me daily--my anxiety for all the Churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led astray into sin, and I am not aflame with indignation?
If boast I must, it shall be of things which display my weakness.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ--He who is blessed throughout the Ages--knows that I am speaking the truth.
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the gates of the city in order to apprehend me,
but through an opening in the wall I was let down in a basket, and so escaped his hands.