The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
1 – But I determined this with myself, not to come to you again in sorrow.
2 – For if I make you sorrowful, who is he then that can make me glad, but the same who is made sorrowful by me?
3 – And I wrote this same to you; that I may not, when I come, have sorrow upon sorrow, from them of whom I ought to rejoice: having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 – For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote to you with many tears: not that you should be made sorrowful: but that you might know the charity I have more abundantly towards you.
5 – And if any one have caused grief, he hath not grieved me; but in part, that I may not burden you all.
6 – To him who is such a one, this rebuke is sufficient, which is given by many:
7 – So that on the contrary, you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8 – Wherefore, I beseech you, that you would confirm your charity towards him.
9 – For to this end also did I write, that I may know the experiment of you, whether you be obedient in all things.
10 – And to whom you have pardoned any thing, I also. For, what I have pardoned, if I have pardoned any thing, for your sakes have I done it in the person of Christ.
11 – That we be not overreached by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 – And when I was come to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened unto me in the Lord,
13 – I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother; but bidding them farewell, I went into Macedonia.
14 – Now thanks be to God, who always maketh us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and manifesteth the odour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 – For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.
16 – To the one indeed the odour of death unto death: but to the others the odour of life unto life. And for these things who is so sufficient?
17 – For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God; but with sincerity, but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak.
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