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In All This I Am Speaking To Edify You, Lest I Should Have To Come And Mourn Over You

19 All-this-time are you thinking[a] that we are defending-ourselves to you? We are speaking before God in Christ— and speaking all things, beloved, for the sake of your edification. 20 For I am fearing that having come, I may somehow find you to be not such as I want and I may be found by you to be such as you do not want— that somehow there may be strife, jealousy, rages[b], selfish-interests, slanders, whisperings, puffings [with pride], disorders[c]; 21 that I having come again[d], my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn many of the ones having previously-sinned and not having repented over[e] the impurity and sexual-immorality and sensuality which they practiced.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:19 Or, you are thinking... you.
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:20 Or, fits of rage.
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:20 Or, disturbances.
  4. 2 Corinthians 12:21 Or, that having come, my God should again humble me, perhaps implying a previous such sorrowful visit.
  5. 2 Corinthians 12:21 Or, in relation to, concerning.

19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God(A) as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,(B) is for your strengthening.(C) 20 For I am afraid that when I come(D) I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.(E) I fear that there may be discord,(F) jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,(G) slander,(H) gossip,(I) arrogance(J) and disorder.(K) 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved(L) over many who have sinned earlier(M) and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery(N) in which they have indulged.

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