Beaten by the Jews five times, flogged by the Romans three times, shipwrecked three times, stoned once and left for dead. And in prison more times than I can even recall I have also spent a night and day adrift on the open sea. During my frequent travels I have been in constant danger from rivers, floods, robbers, my own countrymen and foreigners.
I have been in danger in the town, in the country, at sea, and from false Christians. I have know exhaustion and exposure, physical pain and personal hurt, hunger and thirst. And in addition to that I feel the burden of all the churches.
Nevertheless, I believe God, and I have learnt to be content, both in His work and His will. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. And I have kept the faith for which I am about to be put to death. This is my story.
PAUL - Apostle and servant of Jesus Christ.