2 Corinthians 2 NIV

1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.1

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2 For if I grieve you,2 who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?

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3 I wrote as I did3 so that when I came I should not be distressed4 by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence5 in all of you, that you would all share my joy.

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4 For I wrote you6 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.

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Forgiveness for the Sinner

5 If anyone has caused grief,7 he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent--not to put it too severely.

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6 The punishment8 inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.

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7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,9 so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

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8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 The reason I wrote you10 was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.11

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10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,
11 in order that Satan12 might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.13

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Ministers of the New Covenant

12 Now when I went to Troas14 to preach the gospel of Christ15 and found that the Lord had opened a door16 for me,

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13 I still had no peace of mind,17 because I did not find my brother Titus18 there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.19

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14 But thanks be to God,20 who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance21 of the knowledge22 of him.

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15 For we are to God the aroma23 of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.24

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16 To the one we are the smell of death;25 to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?26

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17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.27 On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity,28 like men sent from God.29

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