but just as we have been approved by God (A)to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not (B)to please man, but to please God (C)who tests our hearts. (D)For we never came with words of flattery,[a] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—(E)God is witness. (F)Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, (G)though we could have made (H)demands as (I)apostles of Christ.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Or with a flattering speech

18 The one who speaks on his own authority (A)seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

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