1 Corinthians 4:9-13 (NRSV)
9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last
of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle
to the world, to angels and to mortals.
10 We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise
in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honour,
but we in disrepute.
11 To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are
poorly clothed and beaten and homeless,
12 and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When
reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13 when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like
the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very