“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:10 The sorrow of the world - Sorrow that arises from worldly considerations. Worketh death - Naturally tends to work or occasion death, temporal, spiritual, and eternal.
2Co 7:10 Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of. The steps are (1) godly sorrow; (2) repentance as a result of godly sorrow; (3) salvation secured by repentance; (4) this effect of repentance is never regretted. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret" (Revised Version). The difference of repentance from sorrow and regret is seen when we bear in mind that it means the change of mind and heart wrought by godly sorrow for sin. The state implied by repentance always leads to a change of life. The Common Version here and elsewhere has made confusion by translating two Greek words which mean different things by the same English term. One, "metamellomai", rendered by the Revised Version "regret", is found in Mt 27:3,5; the other, "metanoeo", properly rendered "repent", is found in Ac 2:38. The sorrow of the world worketh death. Not godly sorrow, but remorse. The sorrow of Judas was remorse. In the case of many besides Judas, it has resulted in despair, which has led to destruction of life, or to eternal death.