Paul Reveals His Heart
having these promises, abeloved,
us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of God.
room for us in your hearts;
we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.
3 I do not speak to
condemn you, for I have said abefore
that you are bin
our hearts to die together and to live together.
4 Great is my aconfidence
you; great is my bboasting
on your behalf. I am filled with ccomfort;
I am overflowing with djoy
in all our affliction.
5 For even when
we came into aMacedonia
our flesh had no rest, but we were bafflicted
on every side: cconflicts
without, fears within.
6 But aGod,
who comforts the 1depressed,
us by the coming of cTitus;
7 and not only by his
coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he
reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I
rejoiced even more.
8 For though I acaused
you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for
I see that that letter caused you sorrow,
though only for a while—
9 I now rejoice, not
that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to
the point of repentance;
for you were made sorrowful according to the
will of God, so that you might not suffer loss
in anything 1through
10 For the sorrow that
is according to the will
of God produces a
to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
11 For behold what
earnestness this very thing, this 1godly
sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what
indignation, what fear, what alonging,
what zeal, what bavenging
of wrong! In everything you cdemonstrated
yourselves to be innocent in the matter.
12 So although aI
wrote to you, it was
not for the sake of bthe
offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on
our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God.
13 For this reason we
have been acomforted.
And besides our comfort,
we rejoiced even much more for the joy of bTitus,
because his cspirit
has been refreshed by you all.
14 For if in anything
I have aboasted
to him about you, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you
in truth, so also our boasting before bTitus
proved to be the
15 His 1affection
abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the aobedience
of you all, how you received him with bfear
16 I rejoice that in
have confidence in you.
2 Cor 7:14; 8:24; 9:2f; 10:8; Phil 1:26; 2 Thess 1:4
to a salvation without regret
sorrow according to God
2 Cor 7:4; 8:24; 9:2f; 10:8; Phil 1:26; 2 Thess 1:4
Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA
: The Lockman Foundation, 1995, S. 2 Co 7:1-16