The punishment1 inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,2 so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
The reason I wrote you3 was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.410
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,
in order that Satan5 might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.6
Now when I went to Troas7 to preach the gospel of Christ8 and found that the Lord had opened a door9 for me,
I still had no peace of mind,10 because I did not find my brother Titus11 there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.1214
But thanks be to God,13 who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance14 of the knowledge15 of him.
For we are to God the aroma16 of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.1716
To the one we are the smell of death;18 to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?19