2 Corinthians 2Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)
For I Did Not Want My Coming To Cause You Grief, So I Wrote To You Instead
2 For I determined this for myself: not to come to you again[a] in grief. 2 For if I grieve you, who indeed is the one cheering me except the one being grieved by me? 3 And I wrote this very[b] thing in order that having come, I should not have grief from the ones of whom I ought-to-have rejoicing— having confidence in you all that my joy[c] is the joy of you all.
I Wrote To You In Anguish Not To Grieve You, But Out of Love For You
4 For I wrote to you through many tears, out of much affliction and anguish of heart— not that you might be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you. 5 But[d] if anyone has caused-grief, he has grieved not me, but in part[e] (that I not be a burden[f]), you all. 6 This[g] punishment by the majority is sufficient[h] for such a one, 7 so that on-the-contrary[i], instead you should forgive and comfort him, that such a one should not somehow be swallowed-up by more grief. 8 Therefore I urge you to confirm[j] your love for him.
I Also Wrote To Test Your Obedience To God
9 For I also wrote for this purpose: that I might know your approvedness, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 And to whom you are forgiving anything, I also. For indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, is for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 in order that we may not be exploited by Satan. For we are not unaware as to his schemes.
So Instead I Went To Macedonia First To Find Titus
12 Now[k] having come to Troas for the good-news of Christ, and a door having been opened for me by the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit at my not finding Titus my brother. But having said-goodbye to them, I went forth to Macedonia.
I Praise God That He Is Always Spreading The Aroma of Christ Through Us Everywhere
14 But thanks be to God, the One always leading us in triumph[l] in Christ, and making the aroma of [m] the knowledge of Him known through us in every place. 15 Because we are the fragrance of Christ for[n] God among the ones being saved, and among the ones perishing— 16 to the ones an aroma from death to[o] death, but to the others an aroma from life to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not like the many peddling[p] the word of God. But as from purity, but as from God, we are speaking in Christ before God.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings.
You've successfully created your account! For the ultimate Bible Gateway experience, consider upgrading Bible Gateway Plus to get the most out of your new account. For just a few dollars each month, a Bible Gateway Plus upgrade gives you:
• A complete digital Bible study library integrated with your Bible Gateway account, with no expensive software to install.
• Access to 40+ study & reference books including the NIV Study Bible, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and the MacArthur Study Bible.
• Special during April only: full access to the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
• An ad-free Bible Gateway experience.
• A risk-free, 30-day trial—you can cancel any time.
Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus.