2 Corinthians
Chapter 2

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1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Commentary for 2 Corinthians 2

Reasons for the apostle not coming to Corinth. (1-4) Directions about restoring the repentant offender. (5-11) An account of his labours and success in spreading the gospel of Christ. (12-17)1-4 The apostle desired to have a cheerful meeting with them; and he had written in confidence of their doing what was to their benefit and his comfort; and that therefore they would be glad to remove every cause of disquiet from him. We should always give pain unwillingly, even when duty requires that it must be given.

5-11 The apostle desires them to receive the person who had done wrong, again into their communion; for he was aware of his fault, and much afflicted under his punishment. Even sorrow for sin should not unfit for other duties, and drive to despair. Not only was there danger last Satan should get advantage, by tempting the penitent to hard thoughts of God and religion, and so drive him to despair; but against the churches and the ministers of Christ, by bringing an evil report upon Christians as unforgiving; thus making divisions, and hindering the success of the ministry. In this, as in other things, wisdom is to be used, that the ministry may not be blamed for indulging sin on the one hand, or for too great severity towards sinners on the other hand. Satan has many plans to deceive, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes.

12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impressions this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 2

  • Jeremy
    I'm 30 and I just figured out what its all about reading this. C everyone keeps putting that thin line on what is reality and what is not. We r ALL one in Jesus Christ. U do have to b saved but by FAITH ALONE are we SAVED, take a moment n look up the word faith, than hit me back when ur done




  • Foxyrock
    is this referring to first Corinthian chapter 5 or another letter. twice it said to remove him.
    in 5. turn over to satan 3 time mention. god testen job.and paul turn one over to satan.and one here let me know. I believe he went straight to judgement.until the lord come back
  • Tori
    JC, Jesus said He stands at the door and knocks. You have opened that door and let Him in. The Spirit is forever sealed in you. It's not your love but the Love of God and our Savior Jesus Christ that sustains us. Acknowledge Him in all you do. Praise Him. Worship Him. Talk to Him. Study the Word. Your FOCUS should be on Jesus. (SPIRIT of God born in the flesh of Man).
  • Norm
    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
  • Lu2677
    J. C. You have to be saved. Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you are saved through faith, not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." Your promises mean nothing to God if he has not called you.
    Many are called, few are chosen.
  • J.C
    I'm VERY Unsettled. I've always wanted but could never grasp the spirit, even though I wanted and tried to, I just couldn't understand it. I'm 27 and i'm barely understanding because I'm searching for something that has to be there to guide me through a place i know, NOW, that I've been lost in all along. What else can I do To feel all of the love of the father? For I have promised my all to HIM!

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Paul wrote 2 Corinthians instead of visiting Corinth because he did not___.
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  • Want to be heavy handed
  • Feel like traveling
  • Have any money
  • Want to be arrested