2 Corinthians 7:8-11

Paul's Joy

8 For u even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it - though v I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but w because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For x godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas y worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, z what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

  1. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:2
    For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?
  2. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:4
    For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 38:18
    I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
    1 Corinthians 5:2
    And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
  4. Cross References
    2 Samuel 12:13
    David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
    Acts 11:18
    When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:22
    A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:6
    For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough.
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