2 Corinthians 2:16

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To the one wee are the sauour of death vnto death; and to the other, the sauour of life vnto life: and who is sufficient for these things?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
- American Standard Version (1901)

To the one it is a perfume of death to death; to the other a perfume of life to life. And who is enough for such things?
- Basic English Bible

to the one an odour from death unto death, but to the others an odour from life unto life; and who [is] sufficient for these things?
- Darby Bible

To the one we are the savor of death to death; and to the other the savor of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?
- Webster's Bible

to the last-named an odor of death predictive of death, and to the others an odor of life predictive of life. And for such service as this who is competent?
- Weymouth Bible

to the one a stench from death to death; to the other a sweet aroma from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
- World English Bible

To othere sotheli odour of deth in to deth, but to othere we ben odour of lijf in to lijf. And to these thingis who is so able?
- Wycliffe Bible

to the one, indeed, a fragrance of death to death, and to the other, a fragrance of life to life; and for these things who is sufficient?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:16


2:16 And who is sufficient for these things - No man living, but by the power of God's Spirit.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:16


2Co 2:16 To the one [we are] the savour of death unto death. In the triumphal procession, alluded to in 2Co 2:14 the captives were led, and when it closed were put to death. The fragrant odors of the incense, flowers and sacrifices, were a savor to them of their approaching death. So the savor of the gospel is a savor, a sign, an intimation of death to those who reject it. And to the other the savour of life. This savor to the saved is a sign of life, and leads to eternal life. Who [is] sufficient for these things? He seems to exclaim in astonishment that such results should follow human preaching.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 2:16

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