2 Corinthians 7:3
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I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you.

King James Bible
I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.

Darby Bible Translation
I do not speak for condemnation, for I have already said that ye are in our hearts, to die together, and live together.

World English Bible
I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die together and live together.

Young's Literal Translation
not to condemn you do I say it, for I have said before that in our hearts ye are to die with and to live with;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I speak not this to condemn you - I do not speak to reproach but to correct you. I wish you to open your eyes and see how you are corrupted, spoiled, and impoverished by those whom ye have incautiously preferred to the true apostles of Jesus Christ.

I have said before, that ye are in our hearts - He has in effect and substance said this, 2 Corinthians 1:6-8 (note); 2 Corinthians 2:4 (note), 2 Corinthians 2:12 (note); 2 Corinthians 3:2 (note), and 2 Corinthians 3:13 (note); where see the passages at length, and the notes.

To die and live with you - An expression which points out the strongest affection, as in cases where love blinds us to the faults of those whom we love, and causes us to prefer them to all others; like that in Horace: -

Quanquam sidere pulchrior

llle est, tu levior cortice, et improbo

Iracundior Adria.

Tecum vivere amem, tecum obeam tibens.

Odar. lib. iii. Od. ix. ver. 21.

"Though he exceed in beauty far

The rising lustre of a star;

Though light as cork thy fancy strays,

Thy passions wild as angry seas

When vex'd with storms; yet gladly I

With thee would live, with thee would die."


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

to condemn.

2 Corinthians 7:12 Why, though I wrote to you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong...

2 Corinthians 2:4,5 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved...

2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness...

1 Corinthians 4:14,15 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you...


2 Corinthians 6:11,12 O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged...


2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

2 Corinthians 11:11 Why? because I love you not? God knows.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Philippians 1:8,9 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ...

to die.

Ruth 1:16,17 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge...

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls...

Hope and Holiness
Having therefore these promises . . . let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.'--2 COR. vii. 1. It is often made a charge against professing Christians that their religion has very little to do with common morality. The taunt has sharpened multitudes of gibes and been echoed in all sorts of tones: it is very often too true and perfectly just, but if ever it is, let it be distinctly understood that it is not so because of Christian
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Power of Sorrow.
Preached June 30, 1850. THE POWER OF SORROW. "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."--2 Corinthians vii. 9, 10. That which is chiefly insisted on in this verse, is the distinction between sorrow and repentance. To grieve over sin is one thing, to repent
Frederick W. Robertson—Sermons Preached at Brighton

A Glorious vision.
THE Epistle to the Hebrews, this profound and blessed portion of the Holy Scriptures, unfolds a most wonderful vision of the Person, the Glory and the great Redemption work of our adorable Lord. The portion of the Epistle which is the richest in this respect is the Second Chapter. Here is a vista for the eyes of faith which is sublime. Our Lord in His Person, in His humiliation and exaltation, in His suffering and glory, stands out in a way which makes the believing heart rejoice with joy unspeakable
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

In the last chapter we showed that the doctrine of justification deals with the sinner's change of relation, or change of state. We also learned that faith is the instrumental or applying cause of justification. In another place we showed that true faith presupposes penitence, and this again presupposes a sense and knowledge of sin. Again we showed that penitence and faith are the two essential elements of conversion; that where these elements are found there is a change of heart, and the beginning
G. H. Gerberding—The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church

Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:11
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.

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