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2 Corinthians 2 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So I made up my mind that I would not pay you another painful visit. 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 For if I cause you pain, who is left to make me happy except the people I have pained? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 Indeed, this is why I wrote as I did - so that when I came, I would not have to be pained by those who ought to be making me happy; for I had enough confidence in all of you to believe that unless I could be happy, none of you could be happy either. 3 I wrote as I did so that when I came I should not be distressed by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.
4 I wrote to you with a greatly distressed and anguished heart, and with many tears, not in order to cause you pain, but to get you to realize how very much I love you. 4 For I wrote you 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.
5 Now if someone has been a cause of pain, it is not I whom he has pained, but, in some measure - I don't want to overstate it - all of you. 5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent--not to put it too severely.
6 For such a person the punishment already imposed on him by the majority is sufficient, 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 so that now you should do the opposite - forgive him, encourage him, comfort him. Otherwise such a person might be swallowed up in overwhelming depression. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 So I urge you to show that you really do love him. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would pass the test, to see if you would fully obey me. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 Anyone you forgive, I forgive too. For indeed, whatever I have forgiven, if there has been anything to forgive, has been for your sake in the presence of the Messiah 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 so that we will not be taken advantage of by the Adversary - for we are quite aware of his schemes! 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 Now when I went to Troas to proclaim the Good News of the Messiah, since a door had been opened for me by the Lord, 12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,
13 I could not rest, because I failed to find my brother Titus. So I left the people there and went on to Macedonia. 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know him! 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
15 For to God we are the aroma of the Messiah, both among those being saved and among those being lost; 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 to the latter, we are the smell of death leading only to more death; but to the former, we are the sweet smell of life leading to more life. Who is equal to such a task? 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?
17 For we are not like a lot of folks who go about huckstering God's message for a fee; on the contrary, we speak out of a sincere heart, as people sent by God, standing in God's presence, living in union with the Messiah. 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.