But 1God, who comforts the adepressed, 2comforted us by the coming of 3Titus ;
and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.
For though I 4caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it-for I see that that lettercaused you sorrow, thoughonly for a while -
I nowrejoice, not that you were madesorrowful, but that you were madesorrowful to the point of repentance ; for you were madesorrowfulaccording to the will of God, so that you might not sufferloss in anythingbthrough us.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of Godproduces a 5repentancecwithoutregret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the worldproducesdeath.
For beholdwhatearnestnessthisverything, thisdgodlysorrow, has produced in you: whatvindication of yourselves, whatindignation, whatfear, what6longing, whatzeal, what7avenging of wrong ! In everything you 8demonstratedyourselves to be innocent in the matter.
12Soalthough9I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of 10the offendernor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be madeknown to you in the sight of God.
For thisreason we have been 11comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoicedevenmuchmore for the joy of 12Titus,because his 13spirit has been refreshed by you all.
For if in anything I have 14boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame ; but as we spokeallthings to you in truth, soalso our boastingbefore15Titusproved to be the truth.
His eaffectionaboundsall the moretoward you, as he remembers the 16obedience of you all, how you received him with 17fear and trembling.
I rejoice that in everything18I haveconfidence in you.