But I invoke God as a witness upon my soul, that, as sparing you, I came not yet to Corinth.
For God is my witness, Whom I serve in my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
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;
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.
I am speaking a truth in Christ?? am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit??2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart
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.
but I pray that, when present, I may not show courage with the confidence with which I purpose to be bold against some who reckon us as walking according to the flesh.
and holding ourselves in readiness to avenge every disobedience, when your obedience is made complete.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is blessed forevermore, knoweth that I lie not.
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;
For God is my witness, how I long for you all in the tender affections of Christ Jesus.
For neither, at any time, did we use a word of flattery, as ye know, nor a semblance of covetousness, God is witness;