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2 Corinthians 2:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 For I wrote you1 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.

Forgiveness for the Sinner

5 If anyone has caused grief,2 he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent--not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment3 inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,4 so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 The reason I wrote you5 was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.6 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 Satan7 might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.8

Ministers of the New Covenant

12 Now when I went to Troas9 to preach the gospel of Christ10 and found that the Lord had opened a door11 for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind,12 because I did not find my brother Titus13 there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.14 14 But thanks be to God,15 who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance16 of the knowledge17 of him.
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