As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Acha’ia.
 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.
 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
 I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.
 (What I am saying I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence;
 since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.)
 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!
 For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever any one dares to boast of — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast of that.
 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one — I am talking like a madman — with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
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