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2 Corinthians 2:7

7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Read 2 Corinthians 2:7 Using Other Translations

So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.

What does 2 Corinthians 2:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Corinthians 2:7

So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him
On the other hand, so far the apostle suggests they should be from inflicting any other punishment on him, or by any means adding to, and increasing what was inflicted, that they ought to forgive him his offence, by taking off the censure from him, which had been sufficient for the purpose, and had continued on him a sufficient time:

and comfort him;
by restoring him to the communion of the church, and to an enjoyment of all the privileges and ordinances of the house of God: and this was necessary to be done,

lest perhaps such an one should be swallowed up with over much
sorrow:
be overwhelmed with trouble, engulfed in despair, and so become unfit for the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty; to prevent therefore such dangerous and pernicious consequences, it is incumbent on the churches of Christ, as soon as ever they observe that censures have answered the end in bringing persons to a sense and acknowledgment of sin and amendment of life, to remove them, and restore such to fellowship.

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