NASB — 2 Corinthians 7 — KJV

Paul Reveals His Heart

1 Therefore, having these promises, abeloved, blet us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

[1] aHe 6:9 b1P 1:15f

2aMake room for us [in your hearts]; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one. 3 I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said abefore that you are bin our hearts to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my aconfidence Iin you; great is my bboasting on your behalf. I am filled with ccomfort; I am overflowing with djoy in all our affliction.

[2] a2Co 6:12f; 12:15
[3] a2Co 6:11f bPhp 1:7
[4] ILit toward a2Co 3:12 b2Co 7:14; 8:24; 9:2f; 10:8; Php 1:26; 2Th 1:4 c2Co 1:4 d2Co 6:10

5 ¶ For even when we came into aMacedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were bafflicted on every side: cconflicts without, fears within. 6 But aGod, who comforts the Idepressed, bcomforted us by the coming of cTitus; 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more. 8 For though I acaused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—[for] I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to [the point of] repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to [the will of] God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything Ithrough us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to [the will of] God produces a arepentance Iwithout regret, [leading] to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For behold what earnestness this very thing, this Igodly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what alonging, what zeal, what bavenging of wrong! In everything you cdemonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. 12 So although aI wrote to you, [it was] not for the sake of bthe offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God. 13 For this reason we have been acomforted.

¶ And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of bTitus, because his cspirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For if in anything I have aboasted to him about you, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before bTitus proved to be [the] truth. 15 His Iaffection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the aobedience of you all, how you received him with bfear and trembling. 16 I rejoice that in everything aI have confidence in you.

[5] aRo 15:26; 2Co 2:13 b2Co 4:8 cDt 32:25
[6] IOr humble a2Co 1:3f b2Co 7:13 c2Co 2:13; 7:13f
[8] a2Co 2:2
[9] ILit from
[10] IOr leading to a salvation without regret aAc 11:18
[11] ILit sorrow according to God a2Co 7:7 b2Co 2:6 cRo 3:5
[12] a2Co 2:3, 9; 7:8 b1Co 5:1f
[13] a2Co 7:6 b2Co 2:13; 7:6, 14 c1Co 16:18
[14] a2Co 7:4; 8:24; 9:2f; 10:8; Php 1:26; 2Th 1:4 b2Co 2:13; 7:6, 13
[15] ILit inward parts a2Co 2:9 b1Co 2:3; Php 2:12
[16] a2Co 2:3


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He proceedeth in exhorting them to purity of life,

1 ¶ Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

[1] 2Ch 19:9; Ps 19:9; 51:10; 119:9; Pv 8:13; 16:6; 20:9; 30:12; Is 1:16; 55:7; Jr 4:14; 13:27; Ezk 18:30; 36:25; Mt 5:8, 48; 12:33; 23:25; Lk 11:39; Ac 9:31; Ro 5:20; 6:1; 1Co 6:20; 2Co 1:20; 6:17; Ep 2:3; 4:12; Php 3:12; 1Th 3:13; 4:7; 5:23; Tit 2:11; He 4:1; 12:23, 28; Jm 4:8; 1P 1:22; 2:11; 5:10; 2P 1:4; 1Jn 1:7, 9; 3:3.

and to bear him like affection as he doth to them.

2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

[2] Nu 16:15; 1S 12:3; Mt 10:14, 40; Lk 10:8; Ac 20:33; Ro 16:18; 2Co 1:12; 4:2; 6:3; 11:9, 16; 12:14; Php 2:29; Col 4:10; 1Th 2:3, 10; 2Th 3:7; Phm 1:12, 17; 2Jn 1:10; 3Jn 1:8.

Whereof lest he might seem to doubt, he declareth what comfort he took in his afflictions, by the report which Titus gave of their godly sorrow, which his former epistle had wrought in them,

3 I speak not [this] to condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you]. 4 Great [is] my boldness of speech toward you, great [is] my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without [were] fightings, within [were] fears. 6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though [it were] but for a season. 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, [I did it] not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

[3] Ru 1:16; 1Co 4:14; 2Co 2:4; 3:2; 6:11; 7:12; 11:11; 12:15; 13:10; Php 1:8; 1Th 2:8.
[4] Ac 5:41; Ro 5:3; 1Co 1:4; 2Co 1:4, 14; 2:14; 3:12; 6:10, 11; 7:6; 9:2; 10:1; 11:21; Ep 6:19; Php 1:20; 2:17; Col 1:24; 1Th 2:2, 19; 3:7; Jm 1:2.
[5] Gn 8:9; Dt 32:25; Jb 18:11; Is 33:12; Jr 6:25; 8:18; 20:10; 45:3; Mt 11:28; Ac 20:1; 1Co 15:31; 16:5; 2Co 1:16; 2:3, 9, 13; 4:8; 11:23, 29; 12:20; Ga 4:11, 19; 1Th 3:5.
[6] Is 12:1; 51:12; 57:15, 18; 61:1; Jr 31:13; Mt 5:4; Jn 14:16; Ro 15:5; 1Co 16:17; 2Co 1:3; 2:13, 14; Php 2:1; 1Th 3:2, 6; 2Th 2:16; 3Jn 1:2.
[7] Jg 2:4; Ps 6:1; 30:5; 31:9; 38:18; 51:1; 126:5; 141:5; Pv 9:8; Jr 31:18; Mt 5:4; 26:75; Lk 22:44; Ac 11:23; Ro 1:12; 2Co 1:14; 2:3, 9; 5:2; 7:10, 11; 8:16; Php 1:20; Col 2:5; 1Th 3:6, 8; He 2:1; Jm 4:9; 5:17; 2Jn 1:4; Jde 1:3.
[8] Ex 5:22; Jr 20:7; Lm 3:32; Mt 26:21; Lk 22:61; Jn 16:6; 21:17; 2Co 2:2; 7:6, 11; He 12:9; Rv 3:19.
[9] Ec 7:3; Is 6:9; Jr 31:18; Zc 12:10; Lk 15:7, 10, 17, 32; Ac 20:21; 2Co 1:12; 2:16; 7:6, 10; 10:8; 13:8.
[10] Gn 4:13; 30:1; 1S 30:6; 2S 12:13; 13:4; 17:23; 1K 8:47; 21:4; Jb 33:27; Pv 15:13, 15; 17:22; 18:14; Jr 31:9; Ezk 7:16; 18:27; Jna 3:8, 10; 4:9; Mt 21:28; 26:75; 27:4; Lk 15:10; 18:13; Ac 3:19; 11:18; 2Co 12:21; 2Ti 2:25; He 12:17.
[11] Gn 44:6; 2S 12:5; Ne 5:6; 13:25; Jb 42:6; Ps 2:11; 35:13; 38:9; 42:1; 69:9; 119:139; 130:6; 145:19; Pv 14:16; 28:14; So 8:6; Is 26:8; 66:2; Jr 31:18; Dn 6:14; Zc 12:10; Mt 5:29; Mk 3:5; 9:43; Jn 2:17; Ac 17:16; Ro 11:20; 14:18; 1Co 5:2, 13; 12:25; 2Co 6:4; 7:1, 7, 9; 9:2; 13:7; Ep 4:26; 5:11; Php 2:12; 1Ti 5:21; 2Ti 2:15; Tit 3:8; He 4:1; 12:15; 1P 1:17; 2:2; Jde 1:23; Rv 3:19.
[12] 1Co 5:1; 2Co 2:4, 9, 17; 11:11, 28; 1Ti 3:5.

and of their lovingkindness and obedience towards Titus, answerable to his former boastings of them.

13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. 14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which [I made] before Titus, is found a truth. 15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. 16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all [things].

[13] Ro 12:15; 15:32; 1Co 12:26; 13:5; 16:13; 2Co 2:3; 7:15; Php 2:28; 2Ti 1:16; Phm 1:20; 1P 3:8.
[14] 2Co 1:18; 7:4; 8:24; 9:2.
[15] Gn 43:30; 1K 3:26; Ezr 9:4; 10:9; Jb 21:6; Ps 2:11; 119:120; So 5:4; Is 66:2; Ho 13:1; Ac 16:29; 2Co 2:9; 6:12; 7:10; 10:5; Ep 6:5; Php 1:8; 2:12; Col 3:12; 2Th 3:14; 1Jn 3:17.
[16] 2Th 3:4; Phm 1:8, 21.


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