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For indeed, (A)when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but (B)we were troubled on every side. (C)Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless (D)God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by (E)the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the [a]consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.

For even if I made you (F)sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; (G)though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For (H)godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; (I)but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what (J)clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be (K)clear in this matter.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 7:7 comfort