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

  • Ray321
    2 Corinthians 7:8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. In this letter, Paul never repented of sin, Paul repented of his way. In all 12 Paul's epistles, Paul never uses repentance as the final step to salvation. Repentance is change of way.
  • Bruce
    Saved only:When you are called:John 6:44,Forgiving:1John 1:9, Baptized with The Holy Ghost and Fire:Matthew 3:11, Changed: 2Corinthians 5:17 You will know! Impossible not to know.
  • Charles
    I think Godly sorrow and repentance are the only way can be saved
  • Yetunde
    Ronnie: The spirit referred to here in 'the filthiness of the spirit' is the part of the soul called the 'heart' which we use to feel, not our 'spirit man' which is sealed by the Holyspirit when we are born again. Notice how this spirit heart of the soul is used interchangably together in these verses: Isa 65:14, Ps 51:17, 34:18, 51:10, Eze 36:26, etc
  • Felix
    I think sorrow is not part of repentance but it can lead to repentance. What do you think?
  • Maria Guadalupe Garcia
    Repent ! Knowing that u did something wrong recognizing it and repenting from it . For God knows ur heart. Applying his word to you.

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