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23 I call on God as a witness, c on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth. d 24 I do not mean that we have control of e your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand f by faith. 2 In fact, I made up my mind about this: g I would not come to you on another painful visit. h For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me? i I 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 j about all of you that my joy will also be yours. For 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

If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree—not to exaggerate k—to all of you. The punishment inflicted by the majority is sufficient for that person. As a result, you should instead forgive l and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. I wrote for this purpose: to test your character m to see if you are obedient n in everything. 10 If 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. 11 I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage o of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.

A Trip to Macedonia

12 When I came to Troas p to preach the gospel of Christ, the Lord opened a door q for me. 13 I had no rest r in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus, s but I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia. t

A Ministry of Life or Death

14 But thanks be to God, u who always puts us on display v in Christ w and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. x 15 For to God we are the fragrance y of Christ among those who are being saved z and among those who are perishing. a 16 To some we are an aroma of death b leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life c leading to life. And who is competent for this? 17 For we are not like the many d who market God’s message e for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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