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Chapter 2 1
For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2
For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 3
And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4
For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.