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?
King James Bible
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, 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?
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?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:21 With a rod - That is, with severity.
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"--Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both wilt bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall everyman have praise of God." St. Paul having professed himself a minister of Christ, and steward of the mysteries of God, acknowledged the obligations of fidelity, and disclaimed anxious concern respecting the opinion entertained of him by his fellow men, because the Lord was his judge, here adds a caution, reprehensive …
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1 Corinthians 4:18
Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again.
2 Corinthians 1:23
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.
2 Corinthians 2:1
So I decided that I would not bring you grief with another painful visit.
2 Corinthians 2:3
That is why I wrote to you as I did, so that when I do come, I won't be grieved by the very ones who ought to give me the greatest joy. Surely you all know that my joy comes from your being joyful.
2 Corinthians 10:1
Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ--though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away.
2 Corinthians 10:2
Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won't have to be bold with those who think we act from human motives.
2 Corinthians 12:18
When I urged Titus to visit you and sent our other brother with him, did Titus take advantage of you? No! For we have the same spirit and walk in each other's steps, doing things the same way.
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