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.

2 Corinthians 1:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
ESV
23 But I call God to witness against me--it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.
NLT
23 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.
MSG
23 Now, are you ready for the real reason I didn't visit you in Corinth? As God is my witness, the only reason I didn't come was to spare you pain. I was being considerate of you, not indifferent, not manipulative.
CSB
23 I call on God as a witness against me: it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.

2 Corinthians 1:23 In-Context

21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
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.
24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Romans 1:9; Galatians 1:20
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 2:1,3; 2 Corinthians 13:2,10
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