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2 Corinthians 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 That's why I decided not to make another visit that could only be painful to both of us. 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 If by merely showing up I would put you in an embarrassingly painful position, how would you then be free to cheer and refresh me? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 That was my reason for writing a letter instead of coming - so I wouldn't have to spend a miserable time disappointing the very friends I had looked forward to cheering me up. I was convinced at the time I wrote it that what was best for me was also best for you. 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 As it turned out, there was pain enough just in writing that letter, more tears than ink on the parchment. But I didn't write it to cause pain; I wrote it so you would know how much I care - oh, more than care - 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, regarding the one who started all this - the person in question who caused all this pain - I want you to know that I am not the one injured in this as much as, with a few exceptions, all of you. So I don't want to come down too hard. 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 What the majority of you agreed to as punishment is punishment enough. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 My counsel now is to pour on the love. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 The focus of my letter wasn't on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 So if you forgive him, I forgive him. Don't think I'm carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I'm joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with us, guiding us. 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 After all, we don't want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief - we're not oblivious to his sly ways! 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 When I arrived in Troas to proclaim the Message of the Messiah, I found the place wide open: God had opened the door; all I had to do was walk through it. 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 when I didn't find Titus waiting for me with news of your condition, I couldn't relax. Worried about you, I left and came on to Macedonia province looking for Titus and a reassuring word on you. 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 And I got it, thank God! 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 Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation - an aroma redolent with life. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse. 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 No - but at least we don't take God's Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ's presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can. 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.