“For behold this selfe same thing that yee sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulnesse it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of your selues, yea, what indignation, yea what feare, yea what vehement desire, yea what zeale, yea what reuenge; In all things yee haue approued your selues to be cleare in this matter.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
7:11 How great diligence it wrought in you - Shown in all the following particulars. Yea, clearing of yourselves - Some had been more, some less, faulty; whence arose these various affections. Hence their apologizing and indignation, with respect to themselves; their fear and desire, with respect to the apostle; their zeal and revenge, with respect to the offender, yea, and themselves also. Clearing of yourselves - From either sharing in, or approving of, his sin. Indignation - That ye had not immediately corrected the offender. Fear - Of God's displeasure, or lest I should come with a rod. Vehement desire - To see me again. Zeal - For the glory of God, and the soul of that sinner. Yea, revenge - Ye took a kind of holy revenge upon yourselves, being scarce able to forgive yourselves. In all things ye - As a church. Have approved yourselves to be pure - That is, free from blame, since ye received my letter.
2Co 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing. Here is proof that they "sorrowed after a godly sort". They repented and brought forth the fruits of repentance. What carefulness it wrought in you. No indifference any longer. [What] clearing of yourselves. From all responsibility for the sins of the incestuous person (1Co 5:1,2 2Co 2:6-8). [What] indignation. Against the deed that disgraced the church. [What] revenge. What punishment of the offense committed.