Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,1 so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
The reason I wrote you2 was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.310
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 Satan4 might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.5
Now when I went to Troas6 to preach the gospel of Christ7 and found that the Lord had opened a door8 for me,
I still had no peace of mind,9 because I did not find my brother Titus10 there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.1114
But thanks be to God,12 who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance13 of the knowledge14 of him.
For we are to God the aroma15 of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.1616
To the one we are the smell of death;17 to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?1817
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.19 On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity,20 like men sent from God.21