THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Corinthians 2 ©
1 The apostle proceeds in declaring of the reasons, why he was not as yet come, namely, because he would not be with them in grief, but in joy. 4 Testifies that, which he had formerly written unto them concerning the incestuous person, was done with tears, and through love unto them. 6 Commands them that by reason of his sorrow they should now receive him again, and comfort him, lest by great grief he should fall into despair. 12 Relates further how he had preached the Gospel alone at Troas, and afterwards in Macedonia. 14 And testifies that his preaching everywhere is an acceptable savor to God, in them who are saved, as well as in them who perish. 17 In regard that he everywhere uprightly publishes the same.
BUT I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in 1heaviness.
For 2if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
And I 3wrote 4this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow 5from them of whom I ought to rejoice; havinga confidence in you all, 6that my joy is the joy of you all.
For out of 7much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know 8the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
But if any have caused grief, he hath 9not grieved me, but 10in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
Sufficientb to such a man is 11this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to 12forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be 13swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
Wherefore I 14beseech you that ye would confirm your 15love toward him.
For to this end also did I write, that I might 16know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient 17in all things.
To whom ye 18forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, 19for your sakes forgave I it 20in the person of Christ;
Lest Satan should get an advantage 21of us: for we are not ignorant of 22his devices.
Furthermore, whenc I came to 23Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a 24door was opened unto me of the Lord,
I had 25no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
Now thanks be unto God, which 26always causeth us to 27triumph 28in Christ, and maketh manifest thed29savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
For we are unto God 30a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
Toe the one we are 31the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is 32sufficient for these things?
For we 33are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as 34of God, in the sight of God speak we 35in Christ.