2 1 He excuseth his not coming unto them, 2 and privily reprehendeth them: 4 He showeth that such is his affection towards them, 5 that he never rejoiceth but when they are merry. 6 Perceiving the adulterer (whom he commanded to be delivered up to Satan) to repent, he requesteth that they forgive him. 13 He mentioneth his going into Macedonia.
1 But I determined thus in myself, that I would not come again to you in [a]heaviness.
2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that should make me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
3 And I wrote this same thing unto you, lest when I came, I should take heaviness of them of whom I ought to rejoice: this [b]confidence have I in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For in great affliction, and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears: not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might perceive the love which I have, specially unto you.
5 [c]And if any hath caused sorrow, the same hath not made [d]me sorry, but [e]partly (lest I should more [f]charge him) you all.
6 It is sufficient unto the same man, that he was rebuked of many.
7 So that now contrariwise ye ought rather to [g]forgive him, and comfort him, lest the same should be swallowed up with overmuch heaviness.
8 Wherefore, I pray you, that you would [h]confirm your love towards him.
9 For this cause also did I write: that I might know the proof of you, whether ye would be obedient in all things.
10 To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for verily if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the [i]sight of Christ,
11 Lest Satan should circumvent us: for we are not ignorant of his [j]enterprises.
12 ¶ [k]Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother, but took my leave of them, and went away into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always maketh us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the [l]savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 [m]For we are unto God the sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them which perish.
16 To the one we are the savor of death, unto death, and to the other the savor of life, unto life: [n]and who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which make [o]merchandise of the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:1Causing grief amongst you, which he should have done if he had come to them before they had repented them.
2 Corinthians 2:3For I trusted that you would take that out of the way forewith, which you knew I was discontented with, considering how you are persuaded that my joy is your joy.
2 Corinthians 2:5He passeth to another part of this Epistle: which notwithstanding is put amongst the first, whereunto he returneth afterward, and he handleth the releasing and unloosing of the incestuous person, because he seemed to have given sufficient testimony of his repentance: showing the true use of excommunication, to wit, that it proceed not of hatred, but of love, and so ends lest if we keep no measure, we serve Satan the devil.
2 Corinthians 2:5As if he said, All that sorrow is so clean wiped away, as though he had never felt it.
2 Corinthians 2:12He returneth to the confirmation of his Apostleship, and bringeth forth the testimonies, both of his labor, and also of God’s blessing.
2 Corinthians 2:14He alludeth to the anointing of the Priests, and the incense of the sacrifices.
2 Corinthians 2:15He denieth that ought should be taken away from the dignity of his Apostleship, because they saw evidently that it was not received with like success in every place, nay rather very many rejected and detested him, seeing that he preacheth Christ, not only as a Savior of them that believe, but also as a Judge of them that condemn him.
2 Corinthians 2:16Again, he putteth away all suspicion of arrogance, attributing all things that he did, to the virtue of God, whom he serveth sincerely, and without all dishonest affection: whereof he maketh them witnesses even to verse 6 of the next chapter.
2 Corinthians 2:17We do not handle it craftily and covetously, or less sincerely than we ought: and he useth a metaphor which is taken from hucksters, which used to play the false harlots with whatsoever cometh into their hands.
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