2 Corinthians 7:10

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to saluation not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the sorrow that is according to {the will of} God produces a repentance without regret, {leading} to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, `a repentance' which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the sorrow which God gives is the cause of salvation through a change of heart, in which there is no reason for grief: but the sorrow of the world is a cause of death.
- Basic English Bible

For grief according to God works repentance to salvation, never to be regretted; but the grief of the world works death.
- Darby Bible

For godly sorrow worketh penitence to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- Webster's Bible

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, a repentance not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world finally produces death.
- Weymouth Bible

For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death.
- World English Bible

For the sorewe that is aftir God, worchith penaunce in to stidfast heelthe; but sorewe of the world worchith deth.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the sorrow toward God reformation to salvation not to be repented of doth work, and the sorrow of the world doth work death,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 7:10


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.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 7:10


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.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 7:10

  • David L.F. for verse 10
    I do not think this verse means that it is of a necessity to give a repentance before true salvation is attained , but that one would be of a repentive heart as a believer, in this writing.

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