New International Version
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
King James Bible
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Darby Bible Translation
For *I* am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called apostle, because I have persecuted the assembly of God.
World English Bible
For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God.
Young's Literal Translation
for I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I did persecute the assembly of God,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am the least of the apostles - This was literally true in reference to his being chosen last, and chosen not in the number of the twelve, but as an extra apostle. How much pains do some men take to make the apostle contradict himself, by attempting to show that he was the very greatest of the apostles, though he calls himself the least! Taken as a man and a minister of Christ, he was greater than any of the twelve; taken as an apostle he was less than any of the twelve, because not originally in that body.
Am not meet to be called an apostle - None of the twelve had ever persecuted Christ, nor withstood his doctrine: Saul of Tarsus had been, before his conversion, a grievous persecutor; and therefore he says, ουκ ειμι ἱκανος, I am not proper to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God, i.e. of Christ, which none of the apostles ever did.
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But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--
2 Corinthians 12:11
I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,
1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.
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