For God is my witness, how I long for you all in the tender affections of Christ Jesus.
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,
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
Therefore, my brethren, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
because of the tender compassions of the mercy of our God, wherein the day-spring from on high shall visit us,
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.
And his tender affections are more abundantly toward you, while he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
For we rejoice, when we are weak, and ye are strong; this also we pray for??our perfection.
If there is, therefore, any consolation in Christ, if any encouragement of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender affections and compassions,
since he was longing after you all, and was in great distress, because ye heard that he was sick.
For I wish you to know how great a conflict I am having for you, and those in Laodicea, and as many as have not seen my face in flesh;
Put on, therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering;
For neither, at any time, did we use a word of flattery, as ye know, nor a semblance of covetousness, God is witness;