I did not go to Corinth (2 Cor. 1:23)

“But I call on God

As a witness

On my soul.

It was to spare you

That I refrained

From coming

To Corinth.”

Ἐγὼ δὲ μάρτυρα τὸν Θεὸν ἐπικαλοῦμαι ἐπὶ τὴν ἐμὴν ψυχήν, ὅτι φειδόμενος ὑμῶν οὐκέτι ἦλθον εἰς Κόρινθον.

Paul said that I (Ἐγὼ) call (ἐπικαλοῦμαι) on God (τὸν Θεὸν) as a witness (δὲ μάρτυρα) on my soul or me (ἐπὶ τὴν ἐμὴν ψυχήν).  It was to spare you (ὅτι φειδόμενος ὑμῶν) that I did not come (οὐκέτι ἦλθον) to Corinth (εἰς Κόρινθον).  Paul made an oath before God, as his witness to his soul or state of mind.  He wanted the Christian Corinthians to know that his change of plans was made out of love not disdain.  He did not visit them because he wanted to spare them an inevitable confrontation.  There was a real problem between Paul and some of these Corinthians.  Paul did not want to exacerbate their differences.  Have you ever had religious differences with other Christians?

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