So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.12
For if I grieve you,2 who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
I wrote as I did3 so that when I came I should not be distressed4 by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence5 in all of you, that you would all share my joy.
For I wrote you6 out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.
If anyone has caused grief,7 he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent--not to put it too severely.
The punishment8 inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,9 so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
The reason I wrote you10 was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.11