II Corinthians 12:10-18
II Corinthians 12:10-18
 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these superlative apostles, even though I am nothing.
 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you in all patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.
 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for their parents, but parents for their children.
 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?
 But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by guile.
 Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you?
 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?
 And James and John, the sons of Zeb’edee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John.
 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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