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(ESV) KJV: For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.NET: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain.
(NLT - Tyndale House) Phillips: But what I am now I am by the grace of God. I have worked harder than any of the others - and yet it was not I but this same grace of God within me.
In fact, I worked harder than all of them– yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
(NET Bible) NIV: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.
But the verses prove also the truth of the description which the Apostle has given of himself as the "abortion" (ektroma), and connect the success of his ministry with the doctrine the preached, viz., the resurrection of Christ.
(Ed: And I would add "the grace infused".) For - As Thomas Edwards explains Paul "calls himself an abortion (1Co 15:8) because he persecuted the Church of God; and the consequence of his having been a persecutor when Christ appeared to him is that he is still the least of the apostles." I (ego) - This is emphatic ("ego" is the first word in the Greek sentence) and could be read "Who is the least of the apostles?It is I." 1Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.