2 Corinthians 7New International Version (NIV)
7 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Paul’s Joy Over the Church’s Repentance
2 Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you. 4 I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
5 For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.
8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged.
In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
Lamentations 2-4New International Version (NIV)
2 Without pity the Lord has swallowed up
4 Like an enemy he has strung his bow;
5 The Lord is like an enemy;
6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;
7 The Lord has rejected his altar
8 The Lord determined to tear down
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
10 The elders of Daughter Zion
11 My eyes fail from weeping,
12 They say to their mothers,
13 What can I say for you?
14 The visions of your prophets
15 All who pass your way
16 All your enemies open their mouths
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
18 The hearts of the people
19 Arise, cry out in the night,
20 “Look, Lord, and consider:
21 “Young and old lie together
22 “As you summon to a feast day,
3 [f]I am the man who has seen affliction
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
13 He pierced my heart
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
31 For no one is cast off
34 To crush underfoot
37 Who can speak and have it happen
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;
46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
55 I called on your name, Lord,
58 You, Lord, took up my case;
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
4 [g]How the gold has lost its luster,
2 How the precious children of Zion,
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
5 Those who once ate delicacies
6 The punishment of my people
7 Their princes were brighter than snow
8 But now they are blacker than soot;
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 With their own hands compassionate women
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 Now they grope through the streets
15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
17 Moreover, our eyes failed,
18 People stalked us at every step,
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath,
21 Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;
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