2 Corinthians 12:20

20 For I am afraid that perhaps 1when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be 2strife, jealousy, 3angry tempers, 4disputes, 5slanders, 6gossip, 7arrogance, 8disturbances;

2 Corinthians 12:20 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I fear lest when I come
This fear arose from his fatherly affection for them, and care of them:

I shall not find you such as I would;
truly penitent for former sins, thoroughly reformed in life and manners, zealous for God, Christ, and the Gospel, and hearty lovers of one another:

and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not;
sharp in his reproofs and admonitions, severe in his corrections and censures, and lawfully using the authority he had from Christ, to punish incorrigible offenders:

lest there be debates;
or "strifes", or contentions among them, about words to no profit, or about their ministers, as before; one being for Paul, and another for Apollos, and another for Cephas:

at each other's gifts, or "jealousies" of one another, and evil surmisings:

breaking out into words and actions, which discover hatred of mind, a malignant spirit, quite contrary to that of the Gospel:

law suits before heathen magistrates; contentions in the church who shall be greatest; or about lesser matters of religion, or things indifferent, vain, and trifling, and kept up merely for the sake of victory:

speaking evil of one another, detracting from, hurting, or taking away each other's character and good name:

secretly sowing discords among friends, and privately suggesting evil things of each other:

with pride and conceit of themselves, because of their riches, learning, and eloquence, and looking with disdain upon others:

at church meetings, interrupting one another, going into parties, and making rents and schisms.

2 Corinthians 12:20 In-Context

18 I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps?
19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
20 For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;
21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

Cross References 8

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 2:1-4
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 1:11; 1 Corinthians 3:3
  • 3. Galatians 5:20
  • 4. Romans 2:8; 1 Corinthians 11:19
  • 5. Romans 1:30; James 4:11; 1 Peter 2:1
  • 6. Romans 1:29
  • 7. 1 Corinthians 4:6, 18; 1 Corinthians 5:2
  • 8. 1 Corinthians 14:33
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