1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.3I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.4Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;7And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.8For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.9Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.11For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.12Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.13Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.14For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.15And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.16I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
2 Corinthians 7
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1Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (1Pe 2:11; 1Jo 3:3)
2Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. (Ac 20:33; 2Co 6:12; 2Co 11:20)3I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. (2Co 6:11)4I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. (2Co 1:4; 2Co 1:12; 2Co 3:12; 2Co 6:10; 2Co 8:24; 2Co 9:2; Php 2:17; Col 1:24)5For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. (De 32:25; La 1:20; 2Co 2:13)6But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, (2Co 1:4; 2Co 7:13; 1Th 3:6)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 even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. (2Co 2:2; 2Co 2:4)9As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. (Ps 38:18; 1Co 5:2)10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. (2Sa 12:13; Pr 17:22; Ac 11:18)11For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. (2Co 2:6)12So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who 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. (1Co 5:1)13Therefore we are comforted. And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. (Ro 15:32; 2Co 7:6)14For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. (2Co 4:2; 2Co 6:7; 2Co 8:24; 2Co 9:2; 2Co 10:8; 2Th 1:4)15And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. (2Co 2:9; 2Co 10:6)16I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you. (2Co 2:3)