13 even though I was previously a blasphemer and a (A)persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was (B)shown mercy because (C)I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the (D)grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the (E)faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 (F)It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that (G)Christ Jesus came into the world to (H)save sinners, among whom (I)I am foremost. 16 Yet for this reason I (J)found mercy, so that in me as the foremost sinner Jesus Christ might (K)demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those [a]who would believe in Him for eternal life.

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