2 Corinthians 1:15
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New International Version
Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice.

New Living Translation
Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice--

English Standard Version
Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.

Berean Study Bible
Confident of this, I planned to visit you first, so that you might receive a double blessing.

Berean Literal Bible
And with this confidence I was planning to come to you previously, so that you might have a second blessing of grace,

New American Standard Bible
In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing;

King James Bible
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I planned with this confidence to come to you first, so you could have a double benefit,

International Standard Version
Because I was confident, I planned to come to you first so you might receive a double blessing.

NET Bible
And with this confidence I intended to come to you first so that you would get a second opportunity to see us,

New Heart English Bible
In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With this trust I was willing from the first to come to you that you might receive double grace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Confident of this, I had previously wanted to visit you so that you could benefit twice.

New American Standard 1977
And in this confidence I intended at first to come to you, that you might twice receive a blessing;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before that ye might have a second grace

King James 2000 Bible
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that you might have a second benefit;

American King James Version
And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit;

American Standard Version
And in this confidence I was minded to come first unto you, that ye might have a second benefit;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in this confidence I had a mind to come to you before, that you might have a second grace:

Darby Bible Translation
And with this confidence I purposed to come to you previously, that ye might have a second favour;

English Revised Version
And in this confidence I was minded to come before unto you, that ye might have a second benefit;

Webster's Bible Translation
And in this confidence I purposed to come to you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

Weymouth New Testament
It was because I entertained this confidence that I intended to visit you before going elsewhere--so that you might receive a twofold proof of God's favour--

World English Bible
In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit;

Young's Literal Translation
and in this confidence I was purposing to come unto you before, that a second favour ye might have,
Study Bible
Paul's Change of Plans
14as you have already understood us in part, so that you may boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of our Lord Jesus. 15Confident of this, I planned to visit you first, so that you might receive a double blessing. 16I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to return to you from Macedonia, and then to have you help me on my way to Judea.…
Cross References
Matthew 1:19
Because Joseph her husband, a righteous man, was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly.

Romans 1:11
For I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,

Romans 15:29
I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:19
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have.

1 Corinthians 16:7
For I do not want to see you now only in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.

2 Corinthians 12:14
See, I am ready to come to you a third time, and I will not be a burden, because I am not seeking your possessions, but you yourselves. For children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
Treasury of Scripture

And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit;

in.

1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, …

1 Corinthians 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that you come not together …

that.

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness …

Philippians 1:25,26 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue …

benefit. or, grace.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

(15) And in this confidence.--What has been said hitherto paves the way for the explanation of his apparent change of purpose which he is anxious to give, though he will not formally plead at the bar of the tribunal of those who accused or suspected him. It was because he trusted that they would judge him rightly that he had done that which had led some to judge him wrongly. His plan had been at first to go straight by sea from Ephesus to Corinth, then to pass on to Macedonia, thence to return to Corinth, and thence set sail for Jerusalem. When he wrote 1Corinthians 16:5-6, he had already modified his plan by deciding to go to Macedonia first. His original scheme had shown his wish to see as much of the Corinthians as possible. They were to have two visits ("a second favour"), and not one only. Had he shown less regard, he asks, in the change with which he had been taunted?

Verses 15-22. - His change of purpose in visiting Corinth. Verse 15. - In this confidence. In reliance on the mutual respect and affection which exists between us. I was minded. The stress is partly on the tense: "my original desire was." When speaking of matters purely personal, St. Paul generally reverts to the first person. To come unto you before. I meant to visit you, first on my way to Macedonia, and again on my return from Macedonia, as explained in the next verse. A second benefit; rather, a second grace. There is another reading, χαρὰν, joy, and the word χάρις itself sometimes has this sense (as in Tobit 7:18), but not in the New Testament. Here, again, there is no boastfulness. St. Paul, filled as he was with the power of the Holy Spirit, was able to impart to his converts some spiritual gifts (Romans 1:11), and this was the chief reason why his visits were so eagerly desired, and why his change of plan had caused such bitter disappointment to the Corinthians. The importance of the Church of Corinth, its central position, and its unsettled state made it desirable that he should give them as much as possible of his personal supervision. And in this confidence I was minded,.... Being fully persuaded of your affection for me, as having been instrumental in the conversion of many of you, and of your esteem of me as a faithful and upright minister of the word, and of your being my rejoicing in the day of Christ, I was desirous, and had determined, and so promised,

to come to you before; when I sent my first epistle to you, or before now, or before I went into Macedonia; and what I now say was the sincere intention of my mind; I thought really to have done what I had such an inclination to: and my view in it was,

that you might have a second benefit; the meaning of which according to some is, first by his letter to them, and then by his presence with them; or as others, one benefit when he should pass by them to Macedonia, and a second, when he should return to them from thence, according to the following verse; or rather, as the first benefit which they received from him, and under his ministry, was their conversion, so this second benefit may design their edification, and establishment in the faith, their growth in grace, and improvement in spiritual knowledge. 15. in this confidence—of my character for sincerity being "acknowledged" by you (2Co 1:12-14).

was minded—I was intending.

before—"to come unto you before" visiting Macedonia (where he now was). Compare Note, see on [2302]1Co 16:5; also see on [2303]1Co 4:18, which, combined with the words here, implies that the insinuation of some at Corinth, that he would not come at all, rested on the fact of his having thus disappointed them. His change of intention, and ultimate resolution of going through Macedonia first, took place before his sending Timothy from Ephesus into Macedonia, and therefore (1Co 4:17) before his writing the first Epistle. Compare Ac 19:21, 22 (the order there is "Macedonia and Achaia," not Achaia, Macedonia); Ac 20:1, 2.

that ye might have a second benefit—one in going to, the other in returning from, Macedonia. The "benefit" of his visits consisted in the grace and spiritual gifts which he was the means of imparting (Ro 1:11, 12).1:15-24 The apostle clears himself from the charge of levity and inconstancy, in not coming to Corinth. Good men should be careful to keep the reputation of sincerity and constancy; they should not resolve, but on careful thought; and they will not change unless for weighty reasons. Nothing can render God's promises more certain: his giving them through Christ, assures us they are his promises; as the wonders God wrought in the life, resurrection, and ascension of his Son, confirm faith. The Holy Spirit makes Christians firm in the faith of the gospel: the quickening of the Spirit is an earnest of everlasting life; and the comforts of the Spirit are an earnest of everlasting joy. The apostle desired to spare the blame he feared would be unavoidable, if he had gone to Corinth before he learned what effect his former letter produced. Our strength and ability are owing to faith; and our comfort and joy must flow from faith. The holy tempers and gracious fruits which attend faith, secure from delusion in so important a matter.
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