I did not want to suffer pain (2 Cor. 2:3)

“I wrote as I did,

So that when I came,

I might not suffer pain

From those

Who should have made me rejoice.

I felt sure about all of you,

That my joy

Would be the joy

Of all of you.”

καὶ ἔγραψα τοῦτο αὐτὸ ἵνα μὴ ἐλθὼν λύπην σχῶ ἀφ’ ὧν ἔδει με χαίρειν, πεποιθὼς ἐπὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς ὅτι ἡ ἐμὴ χαρὰ πάντων ὑμῶν ἐστιν.

Paul said that he wrote as he did (καὶ ἔγραψα τοῦτο αὐτὸ), so that when he came, he might not suffer pain (ἵνα μὴ ἐλθὼν λύπην σχῶ) from those who should have made him rejoice (ὧν ἔδει με χαίρειν).  He felt sure about all of them (πεποιθὼς ἐπὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς), that his joy would be the joy of all of them (ὅτι ἡ ἐμὴ χαρὰ πάντων ὑμῶν ἐστιν).  Paul said that he wrote a letter that reprimanded the Christian Corinthians.  Either this was the first letter to the Corinthians or another personal letter that has not survived, or maybe parts of this letter, perhaps chapters 10-13.  Paul did not want to suffer any more pain from the people in Corinth, nor did he want them to suffer more pain.  He wanted them to be joyful.  He wanted to share his joy with them instead of grieving over painful things.  Have you ever had painful relations with other people?

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