21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline,(A) or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

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So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.(A)

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I wrote as I did,(A) so that when I came I would not be distressed(B) by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence(C) in all of you, that you would all share my joy.

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I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent:(A) On my return I will not spare(B) those who sinned earlier(C) or any of the others,

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10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh(A) in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.(B)

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