THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
b. Not to Come in Sorrow
1 But I 1determined this for myself, that I would not acome again to you in bsorrow.
2 For if I cause you sorrow, who then is the one who makes me glad, except the one who is made sorrowful by me?
3 And I 1awrote this very thing to you that when I come I would bnot have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice, having cconfidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I awrote to you through many btears, not that you would be made sorrowful but that you would know the clove which I have more abundantly toward you.
5 But if anyone has caused asorrow, he has not caused me to sorrow, but bin part (lest I 1lay too heavy a burden) all of you.
6 Sufficient for such a one is this apunishment by the majority,
7 So that on the contrary you should rather 1aforgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with excessive sorrow.
8 Therefore I exhort you to 1confirm your alove toward him.
9 For to this end also I awrote, that I might 1know your 2approvedness, whether you are bobedient in all things.
10 But whom you 1aforgive anything, I also 1forgive; for also what I have 2forgiven, if I have 2forgiven anything, it is for your sake in the 3person of Christ;
11 That we may not be taken advantage of by 1aSatan, for we are not bignorant of his 2cschemes.
II. The Ministry of the New Covenant
A. Its Triumph and Effect
12 1Furthermore, when I came to aTroas for the gospel of Christ and a bdoor was open to me 2in the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my 1aspirit, for I did not find bTitus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into 2cMacedonia.
14 But athanks be to God, who always 1leads 2us in btriumph in 3the Christ and manifests the 4csavor of the dknowledge of Him through 5us in every place.
15 For we 1are a afragrance of Christ to God in those who are being bsaved and in those who are cperishing:
16 To some a asavor out of death 1unto bdeath, and to the others a savor out of life 1unto clife. And who is 2dsufficient for these things?
17 For we are not like the many, 1aadulterating the word of God for profit; but as out of bsincerity, but as out of God, before God we 2speak in Christ.