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2 Corinthians 2

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Having shown the reason why he came not to them,

2:1 But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow.

2:2 For if I make you sorry, then who will make me glad but he who is made sorry by me?

2:3 And I wrote this very thing to you, so that, when I came, I wouldn’t have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy would be shared by all of you.

2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, *
  not that you should be made sorry,
  but that you might know the love that I have so abundantly for you.

2:5 But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all.

he requires them to forgive and to comfort that excommunicated person,

2:6 Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the many;

2:7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.

2:8 Therefore I beg you to confirm your love toward him.

2:9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.

even as himself also upon his true repentance had forgiven him;

2:10 Now I also forgive whomever you forgive anything. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ,

2:11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

declaring withal why he departed from Troas to Macedonia,

2:12 Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord,

2:13 I had no relief for my spirit, because I didn’t find Titus, my brother, but taking my leave of them, I went out into Macedonia.

and the happy success which God gave to his preaching in all places.

2:14 Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place.

2:15 For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved, and in those who perish;

2:16 to the one a stench from death to death; to the other a sweet aroma from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

2:17 For we are not as so many, peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ.

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