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