2 Corinthians 1:23
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.

New Living Translation
Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn't return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke.

English Standard Version
But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.

Berean Study Bible
I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

Berean Literal Bible
But I call God as witness upon my soul, that sparing you, I have not yet come to Corinth.

New American Standard Bible
But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again 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.

Christian Standard Bible
I call on God as a witness, on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.

Contemporary English Version
God is my witness that I stayed away from Corinth, just to keep from being hard on you.

Good News Translation
I call God as my witness--he knows my heart! It was in order to spare you that I decided not to go to Corinth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I call on God as a witness, on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.

International Standard Version
I call upon God as a witness on my behalf that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

NET Bible
Now I appeal to God as my witness, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth.

New Heart English Bible
But I call God as a witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I am testifying to God concerning myself: Because I had pity for you, I did not come to Qorinthus,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I appeal to God as a witness on my behalf, that I stayed away from Corinth because I wanted to spare you.

New American Standard 1977
But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover I call God for a witness upon my soul that I have not yet come unto Corinth to spare you.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

American King James Version
Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet to Corinth.

American Standard Version
But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I forbare to come unto Corinth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I call God to witness upon my soul, that to spare you, I came not any more to Corinth:

Darby Bible Translation
But I call God to witness upon my soul that to spare you I have not yet come to Corinth.

English Revised Version
But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I forbare to come unto Corinth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I have not as yet come to Corinth.

Weymouth New Testament
But as for me, as my soul shall answer for it, I appeal to God as my witness, that it was to spare you pain that I gave up my visit 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;
Study Bible
Paul's Change of Plans
22placed His seal on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come. 23I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for your joy, because it is by faith that you stand firm.…
Cross References
Acts 18:1
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

Acts 18:8
Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his whole household believed in the Lord. And many of the Corinthians who heard the message believed and were baptized.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

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 1:1
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 the saints throughout Achaia:

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 6:6
in purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

2 Corinthians 11:10
As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.

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,

Galatians 1:20
I assure you before God that what I am writing to you is no lie.

Treasury of Scripture

Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet to Corinth.

I call.

2 Corinthians 1:18
But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

2 Corinthians 11:11,31
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth…

Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

that.

2 Corinthians 2:1-3:18
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness…

2 Corinthians 10:2,6-11
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh…

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:







Lexicon
I
Ἐγὼ (Egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

call
ἐπικαλοῦμαι (epikaloumai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1941: (a) To call (name) by a supplementary (additional, alternative) name, (b) mid: To call upon, appeal to, address.

God
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

as
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

my
ἐμὴν (emēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1699: My, mine. From the oblique cases of ego; my.

witness
μάρτυρα (martyra)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3144: A witness (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case); by analogy, a 'martyr'.

that [it was in order]
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

to spare
φειδόμενος (pheidomenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5339: To spare, abstain, forbear. Of uncertain affinity; to be chary of, i.e. to abstain or to treat leniently.

you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

[that] I did not return
ἦλθον (ēlthon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Corinth.
Κόρινθον (Korinthon)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2882: Corinthus, a city of Greece.
(23) I call God for a record.--Better, I call upon God as a witness against my soul. The thought seems to come across St. Paul's mind that the Corinthians will require a more specific explanation of his change of plan, and he finds this in what had been in part suggested in 1Corinthians 4:21. Had he carried out his first purpose, he would have come to punish or chastise. He had been, on this account, reluctant to come. His not coming was an act of leniency.

I came not as yet.--Better, I came no more--i.e., not a second time after his first visit. The Greek adverb cannot possibly mean "not yet."

Verse 23. - Moreover I call God for a record; rather, But I call God for a witness. At this point, to 2 Corinthians 2:4, he enters for the first time on the kindly reasons which had led him to forego his intended earlier visit. He uses a similar adjuration in 2 Corinthians 11:31; and although these appeals (comp. 1 Corinthians 15:31; Romans 1:9; Galatians 1:20) may be due in part to the emotional fervour of his temperament, yet he would hardly have resorted to them in this self defence, if the calumnies of his enemies had not gained much credence. The French proverb, Qui s'excuse s'accuse, is often grossly abused. The refutation of lies and slanders is often a duty, not because they injure us, but because, by diminishing our usefulness, they may injure others. Upon my soul. Not "to take vengeance on my soul if I lie," but to confirm the appeal of its honesty and integrity. By the use of such "oaths for confirmation," St. Paul, no less than other apostles, shows that he understood our Lord's rule, "Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay," as applying to the principle of simple and unvarnished truthfulness of intercourse, which requires no further confirmation; but not as a rigid exclusion of the right to appeal to God in solemn cases and for good reasons. To spare you. This postponement of the intended visit was a sign of .forbearance, for which they should have been grateful. After all that he had heard of them, if he had come at all, it could only have been "with a rod" (1 Corinthians 4:21). I came not as yet. The rendering is erroneous. It literally means "I no longer came," i.e. I forbore to come as I had intended. 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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