2 Corinthians 2 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Weymouth New Testament (WNT) New International Version (NIV)
1 But, so far as I am concerned, I have resolved not to have a painful visit the next time I come to see you. 1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 For if I of all men give you pain, who then is there to gladden my heart, but the very persons to whom I give pain? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 And I write this to you in order that when I come I may not receive pain from those who ought to give me joy, confident as I am as to all of you that my joy is 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 with many tears I write to you, and in deep suffering and depression of spirit, not in order to grieve you, but in the hope of showing you how brimful my heart is with love 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 Now if any one has caused sorrow, it has been caused not so much to me, as in some degree--for I have no wish 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 In the case of such a person the punishment which was inflicted by the majority of you is enough. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his excess of grief. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 I beg you therefore fully to reinstate him in your love. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 For in writing to you I have also this object in view--to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be obedient in every respect. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 When you forgive a man an offence I also forgive it; for in fact what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has always been for your sakes 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 for fear Satan should gain an advantage over us. For we are not ignorant of his devices. 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 Now when I came into the Troad to spread there the Good News about the Christ, even though in the Lord's providence a door stood open before me, 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 yet, obtaining no relief for my spirit because I did not find our brother Titus, I bade them farewell and went on into 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 to God be the thanks who in Christ ever heads our triumphal procession, and by our hands waves in every place that sweet incense, the knowledge of 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 we are a fragrance of Christ grateful to God in those whom He is saving and in 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 the last-named an odor of death predictive of death, and to the others an odor of life predictive of life. And for such service as this who is competent? 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 We are; for, unlike most teachers, we are not fraudulent hucksters of God's Message; but with transparent motives, as commissioned by God, in God's presence and in communion with Christ, so we speak. 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.