In addition to 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians contains elements of at least three letters: (1) a fragment in 6:14–7:1, which may fit the description of a letter earlier than 1 Corinthians, which Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 5:9–13, which may be the “painful letter” referred to in 2 Corinthians 2:3–4, 7:8; (3) the beautifully reconciliatory text in the early chapters of 2 Corinthians, which was written shortly after Paul left Ephesus on the trip that would take him back to Corinth.