2 Corinthians 1:17
When I was therefore thus minded, did I use lightness?
When I had thus determined to come to you, and had signified the
same by writing, or messengers, did I use lightness in my
resolutions and promises? did I act rashly, unadvisedly, and without
consideration? did I promise certainly that I would come, without
annexing any condition to it? did I not say, I would come to you
shortly, if the Lord will? see (1 Corinthians 4:19) .
Or the things that I purpose, do l purpose according to the flesh?
do I consult myself? my own interest and advantage? do I seek the
gratification of any carnal affection, as covetousness, ambition, or
vain glory? &c. what sinister end could have been obtained, if I had
come as I purposed, or is answered by my not coming? or when I have
purposed anything, have I resolved upon it in my own strength? have
I thought it lay in my own power to effect it?
that with me there should be yea, yea, and nay, nay?
as if I could
make my "yea" continue "yea", and my "nay, nay?" when all actions
are weighed by God, and all events are at his dispose; man appoints,
and God disappoints; and who can help these things? or thus, has
there appeared such contradictions in my words, and such inconstancy
in my conduct, that my "yeas" are "nays", and my "nays yeas?" that I
say one thing at one time, and another at another time, or both in
the same breath? that I should say one thing, and mean another, on
purpose to deceive, and change my mind and conduct without any