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2 Corinthians 12:14-16 The Passion Translation (TPT)

14 And now here I am, ready to come to you for the third time,[a] and I still refuse to be a burden to you. For what I really want is your hearts, not your money. After all, children should not have to accumulate resources for their parents, but parents do this for their children. 15 And as a spiritual father to you, I will gladly spend all that I have and all that I am for you![b] If I love you more, will you respond by loving me less?[c]

16 Be that as it may, I haven’t been a burden to you at all, yet you say of me, “He’s a scoundrel and a trickster!”


  1. 2 Corinthians 12:14 It was during Paul’s third visit to Corinth that he wrote the letter to the Romans.
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:15 Or “for your souls.”
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:15 Some manuscripts indicate that this is not a rhetorical clause but make it into a concessive clause subordinate to the first half of the verse, effectively changing the meaning to “I will gladly spend all that I am for you, even though you love me less for doing so.” Sacrificial love is always the key to opening the hearts of people we minister to and serve.
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