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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]  BUT 1 I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you with sorrow.
[2]  For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad but he that is made sorry by me?
[3]  And I wrote this very thing, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
[4]  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
[5]    But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.
[6]  Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the 2 many;
[7]  so that contrariwise ye should rather 3 forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow.
[8]  Wherefore I beseech you to confirm your love toward him.
[9]  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether 4 ye are obedient in all things.
[10]  But to whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes have I forgiven it in the presence 5 of Christ;
[11]  that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
[12]    Now when I came to Troas for the gospel 6 of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord,
[13]  I had no relief for my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
[14]    But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place.
[15]  For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are 7 saved, and in them that perish; 8
[16]  to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
[17]  For we are not as the many, corrupting 9 the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ.
Note 1. Some ancient authorities read For. [back]
Note 2. Gr. the more. [back]
Note 3. Some ancient authorities omit rather. [back]
Note 4. Some ancient authorities read whereby. [back]
Note 5. Or, person. [back]
Note 6. Gr. good tidings: see marginal note on Mt. 4. 23. [back]
Note 7. Or, are being saved. [back]
Note 8. Or, are perishing. [back]
Note 9. Or, making merchandise of the word of God. Comp. 2 Pet. 2. 3.  [back]


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