A. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
B. 13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
C. 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you:
D. for I seek not yours, but you:
E. for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
D’. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
C’. 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
B’. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
A’. 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
Note: This expands an earlier post from Andy. A and A’ related to Paul’s defence of his apostleship.
2A. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not:
2B. lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
2A’. 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you,
2B’. and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
2A”. 1 This is the third time I am coming to you.
2B”. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Note: there is a progression in this threefold statement that the apostle was coming again. First he anticipates disagreement, secondly, because of blatant sin, and thirdly the charges would have to verified by witnesses.
3A. 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3 Since ye seek a proof (dokime) of Christ speaking in me,
3B. which to you- ward is not weak, but is mighty (dynatao) in you.
3C. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God.
3B’. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power (dynamis) of God toward you.
3A’. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove (dokimezo) your own selves.
3A. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (adokimos) ?
4B. 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.(adokimos).
4C. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil;
4B’. not that we should appear approved (dokimos) , but that ye should do that which is honest,
4A’. though we be as reprobates (dokimos).