2 Corinthians 2:1-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Reaffirm Your Love
2 But I determined this [a]for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.2 For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful?3 This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all.4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
5 But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—[b]in order not to say too much—to all of you.6 Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority,7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.8 Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.9 For to this end also I wrote, so that I might [c]put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.10 But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,11 so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
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