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The apostle's affection for the Corinthians. His comfort and joy on their account.

[1] Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God. [2] Receive us. We have injured no man, we have corrupted no man, we have overreached no man. [3] I speak not this to your condemnation. For we have said before, that you are in our hearts, to die together, and to live together. [4] Great is my confidence for you, great is my glorying for you. I am filled with comfort: I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation. [5] For also when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we suffered all tribulation; combats without, fears within.

[6] But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus. [7] And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation, wherewith he was comforted in you, relating to us your desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced the more. [8] For although I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do not repent; and if I did repent, seeing that the same epistle (although but for a time) did make you sorrowful; [9] Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful; but because you were made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that you might suffer damage by us in nothing. [10] For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

[11] For behold this selfsame thing, that you were made sorrowful according to God, how great carefulness it worketh in you; yea defence, yea indignation, yea fear, yea desire, yea zeal, yea revenge: in all things you have shewed yourselves to be undefiled in the matter. [12] Wherefore although I wrote to you, it was not for his sake that I did the wrong, nor for him that suffered it; but to manifest our carefulness that we have for you [13] Before God: therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation, we did the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. [14] And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth. [15] And his bowels are more abundantly towards you; remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you have received him.

[16] I rejoice that in all things I have confidence in you.

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