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2 Corinthians 1:15-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Paul Explains His Changed Plans

15–16 With this confidence, I’m wanting to visit you before and after my trip to Macedonia[a] so that you enjoy a second experience of grace.[b] Afterward, I’m hoping you will be able to aid me on my journey to Israel.[c] 17 When I revised my itinerary, was I vacillating? Or do I make my plans with unprincipled motives,[d] ready to flip-flop with a “yes” and a “no” in the same breath? Of course not![e]


  1. 2 Corinthians 1:15 Implied and made explicit from v. 15.
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:15 Or “a second pleasure.” It is possible Paul is using a figure of speech for his second trip to visit them.
  3. 2 Corinthians 1:15 Or “Judea.”
  4. 2 Corinthians 1:17 Or “according to the [ways of the] flesh.”
  5. 2 Corinthians 1:17 The change of Paul’s plans was used by his detractors as a sign of him being untrust-worthy. But Paul explains that his itinerary change was not an indication of a lack of concern for them, but because he didn’t want to come and have to rebuke them. He wanted to give the Holy Spirit time in their lives to help work out their issues. His longing was to come with joy and to impart his joy to them, rather than causing more pain. This is why he wrote an emotional letter to them pleading with them to change their ways.
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