What do ye wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
I have said beforehand, and I do say beforehand, as if present at the second time, and, being now absent, I write to those who heretofore have sinned, and to all the rest; that, if I come again, I will not spare;
But I invoke God as a witness upon my soul, that, as sparing you, I came not yet to Corinth.
For this cause, I write these things while absent; that I may not, when present, deal sharply according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not casting down.
to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow.
And I wrote this very thing, that I might not, when I came, have sorrow from those of whom I ought to have joy; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
For even that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory;
Now I, Paul, myself entreat you, through the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in your presence, indeed, am lowly among you; but, being absent, am bold toward you;
and holding ourselves in readiness to avenge every disobedience, when your obedience is made complete.
For, even if I glory somewhat more abundantly concerning our authority??hich the Lord gave for building you up, and not for tearing you down?? shall not be put to shame;
For I fear, lest by any means, when I come, I should find you not such as I desire, and that I, too, should be found by you such as ye do not desire; lest, by any means, there should be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;
But we became gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherishes her own children: