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2 Corinthians 2 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For I made up my mind not to make 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 there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 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 I wrote you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that 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 But if any one has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure--not to put it too severely--to you all. 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 one this punishment by the majority is enough; 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether 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 Any one whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake 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 to keep Satan from gaining the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his designs. 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 When I came to Tro'as to preach the gospel of Christ, a door was opened for me in 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 but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedo'nia. 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 Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 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 we are the aroma of Christ to God 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 one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 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 so many, peddlers of God's word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 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.