2 Corinthians 1:12-24 (New American Standard)

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Paul's Integrity

12 For our aproud confidence is this: the testimony of 1our conscience, that in holiness and 2godly sincerity, 3not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. 13 For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand 4until the end; 14 just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in 5the day of our Lord Jesus. 15 In this confidence I intended at first to 6come to you, so that you might btwice receive a c7blessing; 16 dthat is, to 8pass eyour way into 9Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be 10helped on my journey to Judea. 17 Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose 11according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 18 But as 12God is faithful, 13our word to you is not yes and no. 19 For 14the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us-by me and 15Silvanus and 16Timothy -was not yes and no, but is yes 17in Him. 20 For 18as many as are the promises of God, 19in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is 20our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who 21establishes us with you in Christ and 22anointed us is God, 22 who also 23sealed us and 24gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a fpledge. 23 But 25I call God as witness gto my soul, that 26to spare you I did not come again to 27Corinth. 24 Not that we 28lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are 29standing firm.
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