2 Corinthians 2:1
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New International Version
So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.

New Living Translation
So I decided that I would not bring you grief with another painful visit.

English Standard Version
For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.

Berean Study Bible
So I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.

Berean Literal Bible
For I judged this within myself, not to come to you again in grief.

New American Standard Bible
But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.

King James Bible
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, I made up my mind about this: I would not come to you on another painful visit.

International Standard Version
Now I decided not to pay you another painful visit.

NET Bible
So I made up my own mind not to pay you another painful visit.

New Heart English Bible
For I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I decided this in myself that I would not come again in sorrow to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I decided not to visit you again while I was distressed.

New American Standard 1977
But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in grief.

King James 2000 Bible
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

American King James Version
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

American Standard Version
But I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you with sorrow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I determined this with myself, not to come to you again in sorrow.

Darby Bible Translation
But I have judged this with myself, not to come back to you in grief.

English Revised Version
But I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you with sorrow.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

Weymouth New Testament
But, so far as I am concerned, I have resolved not to have a painful visit the next time I come to see you.

World English Bible
But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow.

Young's Literal Translation
And I decided this to myself, not again to come in sorrow unto you,
Study Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
1So I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2For if I grieve you, who is left to cheer me but those whom I have grieved?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:21
Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?

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 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 12:21
I am afraid that when I come again, my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of their acts of impurity, sexual immorality, and debauchery.
Treasury of Scripture

But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

I determined.

2 Corinthians 1:15-17 And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you …

Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined …

Acts 15:2,37 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation …

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 5:3 For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged …

Titus 3:12 When I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come …

that.

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

2 Corinthians 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I …

2 Corinthians 7:5-8 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

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

2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I …

1 Corinthians 4:21 What will you? shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in …

II.

(1) But I determined this with myself.--Better, I determined for myself. The chapter division is here obviously wrong, and interrupts the sequence of thought. St. Paul continues his explanation. He did not wish to come again, i.e., to make his second visit to Corinth, in grief, and if he had carried out his first plan that would have been the almost inevitable result. He consulted his own feelings ("for myself") as well as theirs.

Verse 1. - But I determined this. The division of chapters is here unfortunate, since this and the next three verses belong to the paragraph which began at 2 Corinthians 1:23. The verb means, literally, "I judged," but is rightly rendered "determined," as in 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 7:37. He is contrasting his final decision with his original desire, mentioned in 2 Corinthians 1:15. With myself; rather, for myself; as the best course which I could take. That I would net come again to you in heaviness. The "again" in the true reading is not placed immediately before the verb, but it seems (as Theodoret says) to belong to it, so that the meaning is not "that I would not pay you a second sad visit," but "that my second visit to you should not be a sad one." There have been interminable discussions, founded on this expression and on ch. 13:1, as to whether St. Paul had up to the time of writing this letter visited Corinth twice or only once. There is no question that only one visit is recorded in the Acts (Acts 18:1-18) previous to the one which he paid to this Church after this Epistle had been sent (Acts 20:2, 3). If he paid them a second brief, sad, and unrecorded visit, it can only have been during his long stay in Ephesus (Acts 19:8, 10). But the possibility of this does not seem to be recognized in Acts 20:31, where he speaks of his work at Ephesus "night and day" during this period. The assumption of such a visit, as we shall see, is not necessitated by 2 Corinthians 13:1, but in any case we know nothing whatever about the details of the visit, even if there was one, and the question, being supremely unimportant, is hardly worth the time which has been spent upon it. If he had paid such a visit, it would be almost unaccountable that there should be no reference to it in the First Epistle, and here in 2 Corinthians 1:19 he refers only to one occasion on which he had preached Christ in Corinth. Each fresh review of the circumstances convinces me more strongly that the notion of three visits to Corinth, of which one is unrecorded, is a needless and mistaken inference, due to unimaginative literalism in interpreting one or two phrases, and encumbered with difficulties on every side. In heaviness. The expression applies as much to the Corinthians as to himself, he did not wish his second visit to Corinth to be a painful one. But I determined with myself,.... The apostle having removed the charge of levity and inconstancy brought against him, goes on to excuse his delay in coming to them, and to soften the severity, which some thought too much, he had used in his former epistle: he determined with himself, he took up a resolution within his own breast some time ago, says he,

that I would not come again to you in heaviness; that he would not come with sorrow and heaviness, bewailing their sins not repented of, and by sharp reproofs and censures, which in such a case would be necessary, be the cause of grief and trouble to them; wherefore he determined to wait their repentance and amendment before he came again. The word "again", may be connected with the phrase "in heaviness"; and the sense be, that in his former epistle, which was a sort of coming to them, he made them heavy and sorry, by sharply rebuking them for some disorders that were among them; and since it has been a settled point with him, that he would not come in heaviness again: or with the word "come"; and then the meaning is, as his first coming among them was to the joy of their souls, so it was a determined case with him, that his second coming should not be with grief, either to them or himself, or both; and this is the true reason why he had deferred it so long. CHAPTER 2

2Co 2:1-17. Reason Why He Had Not Visited Them on His Way to Macedonia; the Incestuous Person Ought Now to Be Forgiven; His Anxiety to Hear Tidings of Their State from Titus, and His Joy When at Last the Good News Reaches Him.

1. with myself—in contrast to "you" (2Co 1:23). The same antithesis between Paul and them appears in 2Co 2:2.

not come again … in heaviness—"sorrow"; implying that he had already paid them one visit in sorrow since his coming for the first time to Corinth. At that visit he had warned them "he would not spare if he should come again" (see on [2304]2Co 13:2; compare 2Co 12:14; 13:1). See [2305]Introduction to the first Epistle. The "in heaviness" implies mutual pain; they grieving him, and he them. Compare 2Co 2:2, "I make you sorry," and 2Co 2:5, "If any have caused grief (sorrow)." In this verse he accounts for having postponed his visit, following up 2Co 1:23.2:1-4 The apostle desired to have a cheerful meeting with them; and he had written in confidence of their doing what was to their benefit and his comfort; and that therefore they would be glad to remove every cause of disquiet from him. We should always give pain unwillingly, even when duty requires that it must be given.
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