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I believe that your united rebuke[a] has been punishment enough for him. Instead of more punishment, what he needs most is your encouragement through your gracious display of forgiveness. I beg you to reaffirm your deep love for him.

You see, I wrote previously in order to see if your hearts would pass the test and if you were willing to follow my counsel in everything. 10 If you freely forgive anyone for anything, then I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I did so for you before the face of Christ, 11 so that we would not be exploited[b] by the adversary, Satan, for we know his clever schemes.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 2:6 The Aramaic can be translated “Your triple rebuke is enough punishment.”
  2. 2 Corinthians 2:11 The Aramaic can be translated “so that Satan will not overtake us.”

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