¶ BUT I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in sadness.
For if I make you sad, who can make me happy, but him whom I made sad?
And I wrote this same thing to you, so that when I come to you I may not be made sad by those who ought to make me joyful, having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
For out of great affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote you with many tears;
not to make you feel distressed, but that you may know the abundant love I have for you.
¶ But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me only, but to a certain degree all of you;
therefore the news will not be a shock to you.
The rebuke of many persons is sufficient for such a man.
So that from henceforth you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one will be overcome with excessive grief.
I beseech you therefore that you confirm your love toward him.
For that is why I wrote you, that I might know by your word whether you are obedient in all things.
To whom you forgive anything, I forgive also;
for anything which I have forgiven, to whomever I forgave it, it is for your sakes I forgave it in the presence of Christ,
Lest Satan might take advantage of us;
for we know his devices.
Furthermore, when I came to Troas with the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened to me in the Lord,
I could not rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother;
hence I took leave of them and left for Macedonia.
Now thanks be to God, who has made us in the pattern of Christ, and makes manifest the savour of his knowledge through us in every place.
For we are a sweet savour to God through Christ, in those who are saved and in those who perish;
To the one the savour of death to death;
and to the other the savour of life to life.
And who is worthy of these things?
For we are not like those who corrupt the word of God;
but according to the truth, and as men of God we speak through Christ in the sight of God.