I shall not
I fear that when I come my God will again humiliate me in your presence, and I will grieve for many who sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, sexual immorality, and promiscuity they practiced.
In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray for this: your maturity.
I call on God as a witness against me: it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.
Not that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.
In fact, I made up my mind about this: not to come to you on another painful visit.
For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one hurt?
I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn't have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy is yours.
I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are walking in a fleshly way.
And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
For if I boast some more about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I am not ashamed.
I don't want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters.
I gave warning, and I give warning-- as when I was present the second time, so now while I am absent-- to those who sinned before and to all the rest: if I come again, I will not be lenient,
This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
Now some are inflated with pride, as though I were not coming to you.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk but the power of those who are inflated with pride.
For the kingdom of God is not in talk but in power.
What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
For though absent in body but present in spirit, I have already decided about him who has done this thing as though I were present.
In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, along with my spirit and with the power of our Lord Jesus,
turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by members of Chloe's household, that there are quarrels among you.
because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like ordinary people?
For whenever someone says, "I'm with Paul," and another, "I'm with Apollos," are you not [typical] men?
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the saying: "Nothing beyond what is written." The purpose is that none of you will be inflated with pride in favor of one person over another.
For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn't receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn't received it?
Already you are full! Already you are rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us-- and I wish you did reign, so that we also could reign with you!
Therefore, it is already a total defeat for you that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather be cheated?
Instead, you act unjustly and cheat-- and this to brothers!
But if anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other custom, nor do the churches of God.
Now in giving the following instruction I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
For, to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that the approved among you may be recognized.
Did the word of God originate from you, or did it come to you only?
If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord's command.
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity,
idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance-- as I told you before-- that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth.
Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
What is the source of the wars and the fights among you? Don't they come from the cravings that are at war within you?
You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask.
You ask and don't receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure.
Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy.
Or do you think it's without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit He has caused to live in us yearns jealously?
So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me.
A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends.
They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, disputes, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,
For uttering bombastic, empty words, they seduce, by fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
These people are discontented grumblers, walking according to their desires; their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.