New International Version
I call God as my witness--and I stake my life on it--that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.
King James Bible
Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
Darby Bible Translation
But I call God to witness upon my soul that to spare you I have not yet come to Corinth.
World English Bible
But I call God for a witness to my soul, that I didn't come to Corinth to spare you.
Young's Literal Translation
And I for a witness on God do call upon my soul, that sparing you, I came not yet to Corinth;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I call God for a record upon my soul - The apostle here resumes the subject which he left 2 Corinthians 1:16, and in the most solemn manner calls God to witness, and consequently to punish, if he asserted any thing false, that it was through tenderness to them that he did not visit Corinth at the time proposed. As there were so many scandals among them, the apostle had reason to believe that he should be obliged to use the severe and authoritative part of his function in the excommunication of those who had sinned, and delivering them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, etc.; but to give them space to amend, and to see what effect his epistle might produce, (not having heard as yet from them), he proposed to delay his coming. It is plain, as several commentators have observed,
2. Himself despised, and treated as a person who, because of the consciousness he had of his own worthlessness, dared not to come, 1 Corinthians 4:18. His letters, say they, are weighty and powerful - full of boastings of what he can and what he will do; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible, 2 Corinthians 10:10.
3. This being the state in which his reputation was then at Corinth, and he having promised to come to them, 1 Corinthians 16:5, he could not but think it necessary to vindicate his failing them by reasons which should be both convincing and kind, such as those contained in the preceding verses. See Dodd and others.
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After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
1 Corinthians 4:21
What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
2 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2 Corinthians 2:1
So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 Corinthians 2:3
I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.
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