The apostle's affection for the Corinthians: his comfort and
joy on their account.
1 Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves
from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.
2 Receive us. We have injured no one, we have corrupted no one, we have
overreached no one.
3 I speak not this to your condemnation. For we have said before, that
you are in our hearts, to die together, and to live together.
4 Great is my confidence with you, great is my glorying for you. I am filled
with comfort, I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation.
5 For also, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but
we suffered all tribulation: combats without, fears within.
6 But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
7 And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation, wherewith he
was comforted in you, relating to us your desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced the more.
8 For although I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do not repent: and
if I did repent, seeing that the same epistle (although but for a time) did make you sorrowful,
9 Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful: but because you were
made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that in nothing you should suffer damage by us.
10 *For the sorrow which is according to God, worketh lasting penance unto
salvation: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this self-same thing, that you were made sorrowful according
to God, how great carefulness it work in you: yea, defence; yea, indignation; yea, fear; yea, desire; yea, zeal; yea, revenge:
in all things you have shewed yourselves to be undefiled in the matter.
12 Therefore, though I wrote to you, not on account of him who did the
wrong, nor of him who suffered it: but to manifest our solicitude, which we have for you,
13 Before God: therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation we did
the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
14 And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to
shame, but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting which was made to Titus, is found a truth:
15 And his bowels are more abundantly towards you: remembering the obedience
of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
16 I rejoice that in all things I have confidence in you.
10: 1 Peter ii. 19.