If (ei). Paul uses four conditions in this verse, all of the first class, assuming the condition to be true. Comfort (paraklhsi). Rather, "ground of appeal to you in Christ." See 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Ephesians 4:1 . Consolation (paramuqion). Old word from paramuqeomai, persuasive address, incentive. Of love (agaph). Objective genitive, "in love" (undefined as in 1 Corinthians 13:1 ff.). Fellowship (koinwnia). Partnership in the Holy Spirit "whose first fruit is love" ( Galatians 5:22 ). Any tender mercies (ti splagcna). Common use of this word for the nobler viscera and so for the higher emotions. But ti is masculine singular and splagcna is neuter plural. Lightfoot suggests an error of an early transcriber or even of the amanuensis in writing ei ti instead of ei tina.