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2 Corinthians 2 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So I said to myself, "No, I won't do it. I won't make them unhappy with 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 and make you sad, who is going to make me glad? 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 That is why I wrote as I did in my last letter, so that when I do come, I will not be made sad by the very ones who ought to give me the greatest joy. Surely you know that my happiness depends on your happiness. 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 How painful it was to write that letter! Heartbroken, I cried over it. I didn't want to hurt you, but I wanted you to know how very 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 I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me. 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 He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.
7 Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won't be able to recover. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8 Now show him that you still love him. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
9 I wrote to you as I did to find out how far you would go in obeying me. 9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ's authority 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 so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes. 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 Well, when I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord gave me tremendous opportunities. 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 couldn't rest because my dear brother Titus hadn't yet arrived with a report from you. So I said good-bye and went on to Macedonia to find him. 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 made us his captives and leads us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. 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 Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as 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 You see, we are not like those hucksters -- and there are many of them -- who preach just to make money. We preach God's message with sincerity and with Christ's authority. And we know that the God who sent us is watching us. 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.