For our boast is this, 21the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicityc and 22godly sincerity, 23not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and acknowledged and I hope you will fully acknowledge--
just as you did 24partially acknowledge us--that 25on the day of our Lord Jesus 26you will boast of us as 27we will boast of you.
Because I was sure of this, 28I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have 29a second 30experience of grace.
I wanted to visit you 31on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans 32according to the flesh, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time?
As surely as 33God is faithful, 34our word to you has not been Yes and No.
For 35the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, 36Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but 37in him it is always Yes.
For 38all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our 39Amen to God for his glory.
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and 40has anointed us,
and who has also 41put his seal on us and 42given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.e
But 43I call God to witness against me--it was 44to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.
Not that we 45lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm 46in your faith.