New American Standard Bible
but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
King James Bible
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Darby Bible Translation
and I should wish to be present with you now, and change my voice, for I am perplexed as to you.
World English Bible
but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Young's Literal Translation
and I was wishing to be present with you now, and to change my voice, because I am in doubt about you.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I desire to be present with you now - They had lost much by his absence; they had changed their views; they had in some measure become alienated from him; and he wishes that he might be again with them, as he was before. He would hope to accomplish much more by his personal presence than he could by letter.
And to change my voice - That is, from complaint and censure, to tones of entire confidence.
For I stand in doubt of you - Margin, "I am perplexed for you." On the meaning of the word used here, see the note at 2 Corinthians 4:8. The sense is plain. Paul had much reason to doubt the sincerity and the solidity of their Christian principles, and he was deeply anxious on that account.
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We shall attempt this morning to teach you something of the allegories of Sarah and Hagar, that you may thereby better understand the essential difference between the covenants of law and of grace. We shall not go fully into the subject, but shall only give such illustrations of it as the text may furnish us. First, I shall want you to notice the two women, whom Paul uses as types--Hagar and Sarah; then I shall notice the two sons--Ishmael and Isaac; in the third place, I shall notice Ishmael's conduct …
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for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.
2 Corinthians 4:8
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
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