2 Corinthians 2
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1So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.1In fact, I made up my mind about this: I would not come to you on another painful visit.
2For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?2For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me?
3I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.3I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn't have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy will also be yours.
4For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.4For I wrote to you with many tears out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart--not to cause you pain, but that you should know the abundant love I have for you.
5If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent--not to put it too severely.5If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree--not to exaggerate--to all of you.
6The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient.6This punishment by the majority is sufficient for that person.
7Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.7As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, he may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.
8I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.
9Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.9I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything.
10Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,10Anyone you forgive, I do too. For what I have forgiven--if I have forgiven anything--it is for your benefit in the presence of Christ,
11in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.11so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.
12Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,12When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord opened a door for me,
13I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.13I had no rest in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus. Instead, I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia.
14But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ's triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place.
15For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.15For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
16To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?16To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things?
17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.17For we do not market the word of God for profit like so many. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.
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