Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.1 Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!
Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?
I urged2 Titus3 to go to you and I sent our brother4 with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God5 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,6 is for your strengthening.720
For I am afraid that when I come8 I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.9 I fear that there may be quarreling,10 jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions,11 slander,12 gossip,13 arrogance14 and disorder.1521
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved16 over many who have sinned earlier17 and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery18 in which they have indulged.