2 Corinthians 1:23

23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

Read 2 Corinthians 1:23 Using Other Translations

Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
But I call God to witness against me--it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.
Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn’t return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke.