1 Corinthians 4:21

21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

1 Corinthians 4:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
ESV
21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
NLT
21 Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?
MSG
21 So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide.
CSB
21 What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

1 Corinthians 4:21 In-Context

19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 13:2,10
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