2 Corinthians 71Since we have these promises, beloved, alet us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body ▼
▼Greek fleshand spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
Paul’s Joy2 cMake room in your hearts ▼
▼Greek lacks in your heartsfor us. eWe have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. 3I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that fyou are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4I am acting with ggreat boldness toward you; hI have great pride in you; iI am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.
5For even jwhen we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn— kfighting without and fear within. 6But lGod, who comforts the downcast, mcomforted us by the coming of Titus, 7and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. 8For neven if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though oI did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but pbecause you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
10For qgodly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas rworldly grief produces death. 11For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, swhat zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one twho did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. 13Therefore uwe are comforted.
And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit vhas been refreshed by you all. 14For wwhatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you xwas true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers ythe obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16I rejoice, because I have complete zconfidence in you.
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