2 Corinthians 2:2

2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?

2 Corinthians 2:2 in Other Translations

2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
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 cause you grief, who will make me glad? Certainly not someone I have grieved.
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 cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one hurt?

2 Corinthians 2:2 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 2:2

For if I make you sorry
That is, should he come among them, and be the means of fresh grief and sorrow:

who is he then that maketh me glad?
such was his love and affection for them, and sympathy with them, that should they be grieved, he should grieve also; they were the only persons he could take any delight in at Corinth; wherefore should they be in heaviness, he would be so too, and then what pleasure would he have in being among them? since not a man of them would be in a condition and capacity to make him cheerful:

but the same which is made sorry by me.
The Ethiopic version without any authority reads this clause, "except he whom I have made glad"; but the apostle is to be understood either of some particular man, the incestuous person, who had been made sorry, by that awful punishment of being delivered up to Satan, inflicted on him; or else the singular number being put for the plural collectively, is to be understood of all the members of the church at Corinth, who had been greatly grieved by the sharp reproofs he had given them; and therefore unless this trouble was removed, he could not expect to have much comfort and pleasure with them.

2 Corinthians 2:2 In-Context

1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you.
2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?
3 I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy.
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 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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 7:8
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