The third time I am ready - That is, this is the third time that I am ready - have formed the resolution, to visit you. He had formed this resolution twice before, but was disappointed. See 1 Corinthians 16:5 , and 2 Corinthians 1:15 , 2 Corinthians 1:16 . He now formed it a third time, having more probability of seeing them now than he had before. See 2 Corinthians 13:2 .
I seek not yours, but you - I seek your salvation, I desire not your property; others have sought your property, but not your salvation. See 2 Corinthians 11:20 .
For the children ought not to lay up for the parents - You may have many teachers, but you have but one Father; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel; see 1 Corinthians 4:15 . Ye are my children, and I am your father. You have not contributed to my support, but I have been labouring for your life. I will act towards you as the loving father who works hard, and lays up what is necessary to enable his children to get their bread.