But God is my witness that it was in pity for you that I did not come to Corinth at that time.
For God is my witness, whose servant I am in spirit in the good news of his Son, that you are at all times in my memory and in my prayers,
What is your desire? is my coming to be with punishment, or is it to be in love and a gentle spirit?
I said before, and still say it before I come, as being present for the second time, though I am still away from you, to those who have done wrong before, and to all the others, that if I come again I will not have pity;
For this cause I am writing these things while I am away, so that there may be need for me, when I am present, to make use of sharp measures, by the authority which the Lord has given me for building up and not for destruction.
I say what is true in Christ, and not what is false, my mind giving witness with me in the Holy Spirit,
That this man is to be handed over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may have forgiveness in the day of the Lord Jesus.
But it was my decision for myself, not to come again to you with sorrow.
Yes, I make my request to you, so that when I am with you I may not have to make use of the authority which may be needed against some to whom we seem to be walking after the flesh.
Being ready to give punishment to whatever is against his authority, after you have made it clear that you are completely under his control.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be praise for ever, is witness that the things which I say are true.
For I have a fear that, when I come, you may not be answering to my desire, and that I may not be answering to yours; that there may be fighting, hate, angry feeling, divisions, evil talk about others, secrets, thoughts of pride, outbursts against authority;
For God is my witness, how my love goes out to you all in the loving mercies of Christ Jesus.
For it is common knowledge among you that we never made use of smooth-sounding false words, and God is witness that at no time were we secretly desiring profit for ourselves,