In this passage, Paul first addresses the fact that he did not want to return to the church at Corinth and bring pain upon them again. Paul had a previously painful situation with this church. We are not told the specifics of the current situation which caused Paul to write to Corinth, but we know that Paul was very sensitive in dealing with the matter. He did not desire to harm them or bring sorrow upon them.
The word “pain” Paul was referring to is from the Greek word lúpē. This word means to grieve, torment, afflict with sorrow, or bring pain upon. We see similar instances where this word is used in scripture. Job said, “nights of trouble are appointed me” (Job 7:3) . Jeremiah similarly said, “My sorrow is beyond healing, my heart is faint within me” (Jer. 8:18). Paul didn’t want to bring undue sorrow upon the church or cause the situation to intensify ...
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