A painful experience (2 Cor. 2:2)

“If I cause you pain,

Who is there

To make me glad

But the one

Whom I have pained?”

εἰ γὰρ ἐγὼ λυπῶ ὑμᾶς, καὶ τίς ὁ εὐφραίνων με εἰ μὴ ὁ λυπούμενος ἐξ ἐμοῦ;

Paul said that if I caused you pain (εἰ γὰρ ἐγὼ λυπῶ ὑμᾶς), who is there to make me glad (καὶ τίς ὁ εὐφραίνων με), but the one whom I have pained (εἰ μὴ ὁ λυπούμενος ἐξ ἐμοῦ)?  Paul reverted to a question to explain why he was not going to go to Corinth.  If he had caused pain and distress, who would be there to greet him with joy?  The only people left in Corinth would be the very people that he was causing to have some pain or distress.  He did not want to go to a cheerless Corinth, where no one would greet him.  Paul wanted to avoid any more discomfort with the Corinthian Christians.  Have you ever tried to avoid painful situations?

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