Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed.(A) Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey(B) have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe(C) to make me shut my eyes? If I have done(D) any of these things, I will make it right.”(E)

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12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right.(A) On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder(B) the gospel of Christ.

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17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.(A) On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity,(B) as those sent from God.(C)

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Paul’s Joy Over the Church’s Repentance

Make room for us in your hearts.(A) We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one.

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And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed.(A) I have kept myself from being a burden to you(B) in any way, and will continue to do so.

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14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,(A) and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents,(B) but parents for their children.(C) 15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.(D) If I love you more,(E) will you love me less? 16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.(F) Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery! 17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you?

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You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed(A)—God is our witness.(B)

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