For our boast is this, 1the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicitya and 2godly sincerity, 3not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and acknowledgeb and I hope you will fully acknowledge--
just as you did 4partially acknowledge us--that 5on the day of our Lord Jesus 6you will boast of us as 7we will boast of you.
Because I was sure of this, 8I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have 9a second 10experience of grace.
I wanted to visit you 11on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans 12according to the flesh, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time?
As surely as 13God is faithful, 14our word to you has not been Yes and No.
For 15the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, 16Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but 17in him it is always Yes.
For 18all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our 19Amen to God for his glory.
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and 20has anointed us,
and who has also 21put his seal on us and 22given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.c23
But 23I call God to witness against me--it was 24to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.
Not that we 25lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm 26in your faith.