Moreover I call God for a witness upon my soul that I have not yet come unto Corinth to spare you.
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I always remember you in my prayers,
What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod or in charity and in the spirit of meekness?
I told you before and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now, I write to those who until now have sinned and to all others that, if I come again, I will not spare,
Therefore I write these things being absent lest being present I should treat you with more severity, according to the power which the Lord has given me for edification, and not for destruction.
I say the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
let such a one be delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in grief.
but I beseech you that I need not be bold when I am present with that confidence, with which I am esteemed to use against some who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.
and having a readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore, knows that I do not lie.
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I desire and that I shall be found unto you such as ye desire not, lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, rumours, tumults,
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,