14 I do not write these things to (A)shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved (B)children. 15 For if you were to have countless (C)tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in (D)Christ Jesus I (E)became your father through the (F)gospel. 16 Therefore I exhort you, be (G)imitators of me. 17 For this reason I (H)have sent to you (I)Timothy, who is my (J)beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, (K)just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some have become [a](L)arrogant, as though I were not (M)coming to you. 19 But I (N)will come to you soon, (O)if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the [b]words of those who are (P)arrogant but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does (Q)not consist in [c]words but in power. 21 What do you desire? (R)Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:18 Lit puffed up
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:19 Lit word
  3. 1 Corinthians 4:20 Lit word

13 Now in a like (A)exchange—I speak as to (B)children—open wide to us also.

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19 (A)My children, with whom (B)I am again in labor until (C)Christ is formed in you—

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11 just as you know how we were (A)exhorting and encouraging and [a](B)imploring each one of you as (C)a father would his own children,

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Or testifying to

To (A)Timothy, (B)my true child in the faith: (C)Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and (D)Christ Jesus our Lord.

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To (A)Timothy, my beloved [a](B)son: (C)Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

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  1. 2 Timothy 1:2 Or child

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I (A)appeal to you for my (B)child [a](C)Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my [b]imprisonment,

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  1. Philemon 1:10 I.e. useful
  2. Philemon 1:10 Lit bonds

Christ Is Our Advocate

(A)My little children, I am (B)writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, (C)we have an [a](D)Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

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  1. 1 John 2:1 Gr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Intercessor

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