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2 Corinthians 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:1 - So I decided that I would not bring you grief with another painful visit.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:2 - For if I cause you grief, who will make me glad? Certainly not someone I have grieved.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:3 - That is why I wrote to you as I did, so that when I do come, I won’t be grieved by the very ones who ought to give me the greatest joy. Surely you all know that my joy comes from your being joyful.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:4 - I wrote that letter in great anguish, with a troubled heart and many tears. I didn’t want to grieve you, but I wanted to let you know how much love I have for you.
Forgiveness for the Sinner
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:5 - I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:6 - Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:7 - Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:8 - So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:9 - I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:10 - When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:11 - so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:12 - When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:13 - But I had no peace of mind because my dear brother Titus hadn’t yet arrived with a report from you. So I said good-bye and went on to Macedonia to find him.
Ministers of the New Covenant
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:14 - But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:15 - Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:16 - To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 2:17 - You see, we are not like the many hucksters[fn] who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read the rest of the hucksters.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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