For I have definitely decided not to pay you another painful visit.
But upon my soul I call God to witness that it was to spare you pain that I gave up my visit to Corinth.
Which do you prefer? My coming to you with a club, or in a gentle, loving spirit?
I repeat it, I am apprehensive that, somehow or other, there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, rivalries, slanders, gossiping, haughty pride, and disorders,
This is why I am writing this while far away from you, that when I do come, I may not have to deal harshly with you in accordance with the authority which the Lord has given me, for building you up, not for tearing you down.
So the disciples decided to send a contribution, each in proportion to his prosperity, to help the brothers who lived in Judea.
So, as a dire disturbance and a serious discussion had been created between Paul and Barnabas and them, they decided that Paul and Barnabas and some others from their number should go up to Jerusalem to confer with the apostles and elders about this question.
But Barnabas persisted in wanting to take along John who was called Mark.
for I determined, while among you, to be unconscious of everything but Jesus Christ and Him as crucified.
For my part, though I have been absent from you in person, I have been present with you in spirit, and so as really present, by the authority of our Lord Jesus, I have already passed judgment upon the man who has done this --
It was because of this confidence that first I planned to visit you, to give you a double delight;
For out of great sorrow and distress of heart, yes, while shedding many tears, I wrote you, not to make you sad but to make you realize that my love for you continues running over.
For even after I had gotten to Macedonia, my frail, human nature could find no relief; I was crushed with sorrow at every turn -- fighting without and fears within.