“When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?”
King James Version (KJV)
1:17 Did I use levity - Did I lightly change my purpose? Do I purpose according to the flesh - Are my purposes grounded on carnal or worldly considerations? So that there should be with me yea and nay - Sometimes one, sometimes the other; that is, variableness and inconstancy.
2Co 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? Some of his detractors at Corinth had urged from his change of plans that he was fickle, or that he made ambiguous promises, and was ready to break them. His original plan was probably conveyed in the letter which has not come down to us (1Co 5:9). He declared his change of plans in 1Co 16:5. Do I purpose according to the flesh? In a carnal way. That with me there be yea, yea, and nay, nay? So that there should be a readiness to turn a "yea" into a "nay"; that is, no fixed purpose to do as promised.