1In fact, I made up my mind about this: # Lit I decided this for myself I would not come to you on another painful visit. # Lit not again in sorrow to come to you 2For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me? # Lit the one pained 3I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn’t have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident #Php 1:25 about all of you that my joy will also be yours. 4For I wrote to you with many tears out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart — not that you should be hurt, but that you should know the abundant love I have for you.
A Sinner Forgiven
5If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree — not to exaggerate #2Th 3:8 — to all of you. 6The punishment inflicted by the majority is sufficient for that person. 7As a result, you should instead forgive #Mt 6:12 and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief. 8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9I wrote for this purpose: to test your character #Rm 5:4 to see if you are obedient #Php 2:8 in everything. 10If you forgive anyone, I do too. For what I have forgiven — if I have forgiven anything — it is for you in the presence of Christ. 11I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage #2Co 12:17 of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.
A Trip to Macedonia
12When I came to Troas #Ac 16:8 to preach the gospel of Christ, the Lord opened a door #Col 4:3 for me. 13I had no rest #2Th 1:7 in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus, #Ti 1:4 but I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia. #Ac 16:9
A Ministry of Life or Death
14But thanks be to God, #1Co 15:57 who always puts us on display # Or always leads us in a triumphal procession, or always causes us to triumph in Christ # Lit in the Christ, or in the Messiah ; 1Co 15:22; Eph 1:10,12,20; 3:11 and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. #Jn 17:31Jn 4:8 15For to God we are the fragrance #Eph 5:2Php 4:18 of Christ among those who are being saved #Mt 9:22Ac 16:30Eph 2:8 and among those who are perishing. #Jn 6:27 16To some we are an aroma of death #Mt 10:21Jn 8:51Php 3:10 leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life #1Jn 5:12 leading to life. And who is competent for this? 17For we are not like the many # Other mss read the rest who market God’s message #Mt 12:36Mk 4:14Lk 6:47|NoBook| 8:21Jn 1:1|NoBook| 2:22|NoBook| 18:32Ac 17:112Tm 2:15Heb 4:12 for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.