1 But I determined this within myself, a that I would not come again to you in sorrow. 2 For if I make you b sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? 3 And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, c I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, d having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much 1 affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, e not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
5 But f if anyone has caused grief, he has not g grieved me, but all of you to some extent - not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted h by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 i so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are j obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For 2 if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore, k when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and l a 3 door was opened to me by the Lord, 13 m I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us 4 diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ n among those who are being saved and o among those who are perishing. 16 p To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And q who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as 5 so many, r peddling 6 the word of God; but as s of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.