2 Corinthians 2 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I decided not to visit you again while I was distressed. 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 After all, if I had made you uncomfortable, how could you have cheered me up when you were uncomfortable? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 This is the very reason I wrote to you. I didn't want to visit you and be distressed by those who should make me happy. I'm confident about all of you that whatever makes me happy also makes you happy. 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 was deeply troubled and anguished. In fact, I had tears in my eyes when I wrote to you. I didn't write to make you uncomfortable but to let you know how 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 If someone caused distress, I'm not the one really affected. To some extent--although I don't want to emphasize this too much--it has affected 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 majority of you have imposed a severe enough punishment on that person. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 So now forgive and comfort him. Such distress could overwhelm someone like that if he's not forgiven and comforted. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 That is why I urge you to assure him that you love him. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 I had also written to you to test you. I wanted to see if you would be obedient in every way. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 If you forgive someone, so do I. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did in the presence of Christ for your benefit. 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 I don't want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan's scheming. 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 When I went to the city of Troas, the Lord gave me an opportunity to spread the Good News about Christ. 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 But I didn't have any peace of mind, because I couldn't find Titus, our brother, there. So I said goodbye to the people in Troas and went to the province of 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 I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air. 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 To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a life-giving fragrance. Who is qualified to tell about Christ? 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 At least we don't go around selling an impure word of God like many others. The opposite is true. As Christ's spokesmen and in God's presence, we speak the pure message that comes from 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.