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2 Corinthians 2 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In fact, I made up my mind about this: not to come to you on 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, then who will cheer me other than the one hurt? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn't have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy is yours. 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 For out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart I wrote to you with many tears-not that you should be hurt, but that you should know the abundant love I have for 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 If anyone has caused pain, he has not caused pain to me, but in some degree-not to exaggerate-to 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 The punishment by the majority is sufficient for such a person, 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 so now you should forgive and comfort him instead; otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 Therefore I urge you to confirm your love to him. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 It was for this purpose I wrote: so I may know your proven character, if you are obedient in everything. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 Now to whom you forgive anything, I do too. For what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for you in the presence of Christ, 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 may not be taken advantage of by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his intentions. 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 When I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, a door was opened to 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 had no rest in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus, but I said good-bye to them and left for 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 always puts us on display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the scent of knowing 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 fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? 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 the many who make a trade in God's message [for profit], but as those with sincerity, we speak in Christ, as from God and before God. 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.