2 Corinthians 2:4

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote vnto you with many teares, not that you should bee grieued, but that yee might knowe the loue which I haue more abundantly vnto you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might know the love that I have more abundantly unto you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For out of much trouble and pain of heart and much weeping I sent my letter to you; not to give you sorrow, but so that you might see how great is the love which I have to you.
- Basic English Bible

For out of much tribulation and distress of heart I wrote to you, with many tears; not that ye may be grieved, but that ye may know the love which I have very abundantly towards you.
- Darby Bible

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

For with many tears I write to you, and in deep suffering and depression of spirit, not in order to grieve you, but in the hope of showing you how brimful my heart is with love for you.
- Weymouth Bible

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be made sorry, but that you might know the love that I have so abundantly for you.
- World English Bible

For of myche tribulacioun and angwisch of herte Y wroot to you by many teeris, not that ye be sori, but that ye wite what charite Y haue more plenteuously in you.
- Wycliffe Bible

for out of much tribulation and pressure of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not that ye might be made sorry, but that ye might know the love that I have more abundantly toward you.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:4


2:4 From much anguish I wrote to you, not so much that ye might be grieved, as that ye might know by my faithful admonition my abundant love toward you.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:4


2Co 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you. The First Epistle, which rebuked their divisions and immorality. He wrote sharply, but in great sorrow, not to grieve them, but to demonstrate his love by his assiduous care of them and rebuke of their sins.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 2

  • A disciple
    The vessels of the Lord must be clean and holy. All HAVE sinned; but all do not continue in sins! "Neither do I condemn you; go, and SIN NO MORE!" If a leader in the congregation sins, rebuke them before all, that others may fear; is the commandment. What is the reason for the sinning one not giving up the position as a leader? How did they fall? How did no one see it coming or were afraid to say?
  • Stephen
    1st Corinthians 5 is talking about a life style not a sin. You said if a man sin he cannot be a preacher. What about the verse that says for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. By the standard you stated no one can be a preacher. I see 1st Corithians as setting the Church in order and Second Corithians as teaching is to forgive.
  • Foxyrock 111
    1 corth 5 read to me that a man commit a sin he shouldn't be preacher
    it was PAUL who said the people in church overlook the sin of that man.
    Paul said by the Lord Jesus Christ he was in spirit to remove him. it is twice
    it is mention in five. read the bible don't be a partaker to another man sin.
    their was a third letter that was wrote that got lost. could have been what he talking
    about. go
  • Ray321
    2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. be aware of Satan and what he can do to our bodies. Satan always have to ask God for permission. Paul explains it well in his epistles.
  • Dewey J
    Foxyrock, if you read the second book of Corinthians you will see that the church leaders obeyed St. Paul's instructions of 1 Cor. and excommunicated that member for a season. But when he truly repented of his sins Paul instructed that church to receive him back into the fold of the church 2 Cor. 2:7, 8. Glory be to God in the highest. Amen!
  • Irene123
    V. 14 - "Now thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ ..... "

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