1 Corinthians 4:21
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New International Version
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?

New Living Translation
Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?

English Standard Version
What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

Berean Study Bible
Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?

Berean Literal Bible
What do you desire? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

New American Standard Bible
What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

King James Bible
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

International Standard Version
Which do you prefer? Should I come to you with a stick, or with love and a gentle spirit?

NET Bible
What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

New Heart English Bible
What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How do you want it? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in affection and in a spirit of meekness?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I come to visit you, would you prefer that I punish you or show you love and a gentle spirit?

New American Standard 1977
What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod or in charity and in the spirit of meekness?

King James 2000 Bible
What do you wish? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

American King James Version
What will you? shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

American Standard Version
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What will you ? shall I come to you with a rod; or in charity, and in the spirit of meekness ?

Darby Bible Translation
What will ye? that I come to you with a rod; or in love, and [in] a spirit of meekness?

English Revised Version
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of meekness?

Webster's Bible Translation
What will ye? shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

Weymouth New Testament
Which shall it be? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in a loving and tender spirit?

World English Bible
What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Young's Literal Translation
what do ye wish? with a rod shall I come unto you, or in love, with a spirit also of meekness?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:14-21 In reproving for sin, we should distinguish between sinners and their sins. Reproofs that kindly and affectionately warn, are likely to reform. Though the apostle spoke with authority as a parent, he would rather beseech them in love. And as ministers are to set an example, others must follow them, as far as they follow Christ in faith and practice. Christians may mistake and differ in their views, but Christ and Christian truth are the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Whenever the gospel is effectual, it comes not in word only, but also in power, by the Holy Spirit, quickening dead sinners, delivering persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, renewing them both inwardly and outwardly, and comforting, strengthening, and establishing the saints, which cannot be done by the persuasive language of men, but by the power of God. And it is a happy temper, to have the spirit of love and meekness bear the rule, yet to maintain just authority.
Study Bible
Paul's Warns his Children
20For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:18
Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.

2 Corinthians 1:23
I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

2 Corinthians 2:1
So I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.

2 Corinthians 2:3
I wrote as I did so that on my arrival I would not be saddened by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would share my joy.

2 Corinthians 10:1
Now by the mildness and gentleness of Christ I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am humble when face to face with you, but bold when away.

2 Corinthians 10:2
I beg you that when I come, I may not need to be as bold as I expect toward those who presume that we live according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 12:18
I urged Titus to visit you, and I sent our brother with him. Did Titus exploit you in any way? Did we not walk in the same spirit and follow the same footsteps?

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I wish, and you may not find me as you wish. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, rage, rivalry, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.

2 Corinthians 13:2
I already warned you the second time I was with you. So now in my absence, I warn those who sinned earlier and everyone else: If I return, I will not spare anyone,

2 Corinthians 13:10
This is why I write these things while absent, so that when I am present I will not need to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
Treasury of Scripture

What will you? shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

shall.

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, …

2 Corinthians 10:2,6,8 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with …

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time…

2 Corinthians 3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, …

and.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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