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2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

23 For I call God to witness against my soul [Forsooth I in-call God witness into my soul], that I sparing you came not over to Corinth;

24 not that we be lords of your faith [not for we be lords of your faith], but we be helpers of your joy; for through belief ye stand.

And I ordained this [same] thing at me, that I should not come again in heaviness to you [in sorrow to you].

For if I make you sorry, who is he that gladdeth me, but he that is sorrowful of me?

And this same thing I wrote to you, that when I come, I have not sorrow on sorrow, of the which it behooved me to have joy. And I trust in you all, that my joy is of all you[a].

For of much tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote to you by many tears, not that ye be sorry, but that ye know what charity I have more plenteously in you.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 2:3 that when I shall come, I have not sorrow upon sorrow, of them of whom it behooved me to have joy. Trusting in you all, that my joy is of you all

2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

He explains the reason for his absence. He exhorts them to forgive the man who was fallen, and to receive him again with love.

23 I call God as a witness to my soul that it was to favour you that I did not go any more to Corinth. 24 Not that we are lords over your faith, but are helpers of your joy. For by faith you stand. But I determined in myself that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorrowful, who is it that should make me glad, but the same who are made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this same epistle to you lest, if I went, I should be made sad by those of whom I ought to rejoice. Certainly this confidence I have in you all: that my joy is the joy of you all. For in great affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears – not to make you sorrowful, but so that you might perceive the love that I have most specially for you.

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2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

23 [a]Now, I call God for a record unto my [b]soul, that to spare you, I came not as yet unto Corinth.

24 [c]Not that we have dominion over your faith, but we are helpers of your [d]joy: for by faith ye stand.

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.

But I determined thus in myself, that I would not come again to you in [e]heaviness.

For if I make you sorry, who is he then that should make me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

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 [f]confidence have I in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

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.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 1:23 Now coming to the matter, he sweareth, that he did not only, not lightly alter his purpose of coming to them, but rather that he came not unto them for this cause, that he might not be constrained to deal more sharply, with them being present, than he would.
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:23 Against myself and to the danger of mine own life.
  3. 2 Corinthians 1:24 He removeth all suspicion of arrogance, declaring that he speaketh not as a Lord unto them, but as a servant, appointed of God to comfort them.
  4. 2 Corinthians 1:24 He setteth the joy and peace of conscience, which God is author of, against tyrannous fear, and therewithall showeth the end of the Gospel.
  5. 2 Corinthians 2:1 Causing grief amongst you, which he should have done if he had come to them before they had repented them.
  6. 2 Corinthians 2:3 For 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.
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2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

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