But I determined this within myself, that I would not come to you again in grief.
And I call God as witness to my soul that in order to spare you I have not yet come to Corinth.
What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and the spirit of meekness?
For I fear, lest somehow coming I might not find you as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you might not wish; lest somehow there be strifes, envyings, angers, contentions, backbitings, whisperings, proud thoughts, tumults;
Therefore I write these things while absent, lest being present I may not deal sharply with you according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for pulling down.
And the disciples, as any were prospered, determined each of them to send for ministry to those brothers who lived in Judea,
Therefore dissension and not a little disputation occurring by Paul and Barnabas, they appointed Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.
And Barnabas determined to take with them John, he being called Mark.
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
For as being absent in body but present in spirit, I indeed have judged already as though I were present concerning him who worked out this thing;
And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, so that you might have a second benefit,
For out of much trouble and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly to you.
For, indeed, coming into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but being troubled in every way, with fightings on the outside, and fears on the inside.