But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
Moreover I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
What do you wish? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found unto you such as you desire not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, conceit, tumults:
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord has given me to edification, and not to destruction.
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelt in Judea:
When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that has so done this deed,
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that you might have a second benefit;
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
For, when we were come into Macedonia, our body had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.