For I made up my mind 1not to make another painful visit to you.
For 2if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?
And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, 3for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all.
For 4I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Now 5if anyone has caused pain, 6he has caused it not to me, but 7in some measure--not to put it too severely--to all of you.
For such a one, 8this punishment by the majority is enough,
so 9you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.
For this is why I wrote, that I might 10test you and know 11whether you are obedient in everything.