For God is my witness, how much I desire you all with the tender affections of Christ Jesus.
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how incessantly I make mention of you, always in my prayers
I SPEAK the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness with the Holy Spirit,
So, my beloved and much desired brothers, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, beloved.
on account of the compassionate mercies of our God, by which a morning from on high has visited us,
you are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own souls;
And his affection is more abundant for you, remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong; and we desire this, your perfection.
If therefore there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort in love, if any participation of the Spirit, if any affections and compassions,
for he greatly desired you all and was anxious, because you heard that he was sick.
For I wish you to know what a conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
Put on, therefore, as elect and beloved saints of God, hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering,
For we used at no time a word of flattery, as you know, nor a pretext for covetousness, God is witness,