2 Corinthians 2

Paul's Change of Plans

1 But I determined this within myself, a that I would not come again to you in sorrow. 2 For if I make you b sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? 3 And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, c I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, d having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much 1 affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, e not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.

Forgive the Sinner

5 But f if anyone has caused grief, he has not g grieved me, but all of you to some extent - not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted h by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 i so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are j obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For 2 if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Triumph in Christ

12 Furthermore, k when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and l a 3 door was opened to me by the Lord, 13 m I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us 4 diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ n among those who are being saved and o among those who are perishing. 16 p To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And q who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as 5 so many, r peddling 6 the word of God; but as s of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

  1. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:23
    Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.
  2. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:8
    For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:21
    What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
    2 Corinthians 12:21
    Lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.
  4. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:22
    And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we have in you.
    Galatians 5:10
    I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
    2 Thessalonians 3:4
    And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
  5. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:9
    For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.
    2 Corinthians 7:8
    For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while.
    2 Corinthians 7:12
    Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:1
    It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles - that a man has his father's wife!
  7. Cross References
    Galatians 4:12
    Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all.
  8. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:4
    In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 5:5
    Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
    2 Corinthians 7:11
    For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
    1 Timothy 5:20
    Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.
  9. Cross References
    Galatians 6:1
    Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
    Ephesians 4:32
    And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
  10. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:15
    And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
    2 Corinthians 10:6
    And being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 16:8
    So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:9
    For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
  13. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:6
    Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, co...
    2 Corinthians 7:13
    Therefore we have been comforted in your comfor...
    2 Corinthians 8:6
    So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he ...
    Galatians 2:1
    Then after fourteen years I went up again to Je...
    Galatians 2:3
    Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Gre...
    2 Timothy 4:10
    For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this pr...
    Titus 1:4
    To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace...
  14. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:18
    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:3
    But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
  16. Cross References
    Luke 2:34
    Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
    John 9:39
    And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.
    1 Peter 2:7
    Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
  17. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:10
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
  18. Cross References
    2 Peter 2:3
    By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
  19. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:8
    Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
    2 Corinthians 1:12
    For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
    1 Thessalonians 2:4
    But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
    1 Peter 4:11
    If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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