The Change In Paul's Plans

1 For I have definitely decided not to pay you another painful visit.

1 But I determined this (a)for my own sake, that I (A)would not come to you in sorrow again.

1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

1 In fact, I made up my mind about this:(a) I would not come to you on another painful visit.(b)

1 Now I decided not to pay you another painful visit.

2 For if I make you sad, who is there to make me glad but the very man who has been made sad by me?

2 For if I (B)cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful?

2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

2 For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me?(c)

2 After all, if I were to grieve you, who should make me happy but the person I am making sad?

3 This is the very thing I wrote you, that when I did come I might not be made sad by the very people who ought to make me glad, for I had confidence in you all that my gladness would be gladness to you all.

3 This is the very thing I (C)wrote you, so that (D)when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having (E)confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all.

3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

3 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(A) about all of you that my joy will also be yours.

3 This is the very reason I wrote you, so that when I did come I might not be made sad by those who should have made me happy. For I had confidence that all of you would share the joy that I have.

4 For out of great sorrow and distress of heart, yes, while shedding many tears, I wrote you, not to make you sad but to make you realize that my love for you continues running over.

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I (F)wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

4 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.

4 I wrote to you out of great sorrow and anguish of heart along with many tears not to make you sad but to let you know how much love I have for you.

Forgive And Comfort The Offender

5 But if anyone has made anyone sad, it is not I, but you that he has made sad, at least, some of you, not to be severe on all of you.

5 But (G)if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—(b)in order not to say too much—to all of you.

5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

5 If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree—not to exaggerate(B)—to all of you.

5 But if anyone has caused grief, he didn't cause me any grief. To some extent I don't want to emphasize this too much it has affected all of you.

6 To a man like that, this censure by the majority has been sufficient punishment,

6 Sufficient for such a one is (H)this punishment which was inflicted by the majority,

6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

6 The punishment inflicted by the majority is sufficient for that person.

6 This punishment by the majority is severe enough for such a man.

7 so you must do the opposite, freely forgive and comfort him, to keep him from being overwhelmed by his excessive sadness.

7 so that on the contrary you should rather (I)forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

7 As a result, you should instead forgive(C) and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.

7 So forgive and comfort him, or else he will drown in his excessive grief.

8 So I beg you in your love to reinstate him entirely.

8 Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.

8 That's why I'm urging you to assure him of your love.

9 For this is why I wrote you, to see if you would stand the test, to see if you would be obedient in everything.

9 For to this end also (J)I wrote, so that I might (c)(K)put you to the test, whether you are (L)obedient in all things.

9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

9 I wrote for this purpose: to test your character(D) to see if you are obedient(E) in everything.

9 I had also written to you to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in every way.

10 The man that you forgive I too forgive. For if I have forgiven him anything, it is what I have forgiven him in the very presence of Christ for your sake,

10 But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes (M)in the presence of Christ,

10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

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.

10 When you forgive someone, I do, too. Indeed, what I have forgiven if there was anything to forgive I did in the presence of the Messiah for your benefit,

11 to keep us from being worsted by Satan, for we know what his intentions are.

11 so that no advantage would be taken of us by (N)Satan, for (O)we are not ignorant of his schemes.

11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

11 I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage(F) of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.

11 so that we may not be outsmarted by Satan. After all, we are not unaware of his intentions.

Triumphant Ministry In Christ

12 When I went to Troas to preach the good news of Christ, although I had an opportunity in the service of the Lord,

12 Now when I came to (P)Troas for the (Q)gospel of Christ and when a (R)door was opened for me in the Lord,

12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

12 When I came to Troas(G) to preach the gospel of Christ, the Lord opened a door(H) for me.

12 When I went to Troas on behalf of the gospel of the Messiah, the Lord opened a door for me,

13 I had no rest of spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and left for Macedonia.

13 I (S)had no rest for my spirit, not finding (T)Titus my brother; but (U)taking my leave of them, I went on to (V)Macedonia.

13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.

13 I had no rest(I) in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus,(J) but I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia.(K)

13 but my spirit could not find any relief, because I couldn't find Titus, my brother. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.

A Ministry Of Life Or Death

14 But thanks be to God, for He always leads me in His triumphal train, through union with Christ, and everywhere through me keeps spreading the perfume of the knowledge of Him.

14 (W)But thanks be to God, who always (X)leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the (Y)sweet aroma of the (Z)knowledge of Him in every place.

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

14 But thanks be to God,(L) who always puts us on display(d) in Christ(e) and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.(M)

14 But thanks be to God! He always leads us triumphantly by the Messiah and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of knowing him.

15 Indeed, I am the fragrance of Christ to God, alike for those who are being saved and for those who are perishing;

15 For we are a (AA)fragrance of Christ to God among (AB)those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

15 For to God we are the fragrance(N) of Christ among those who are being saved(O) and among those who are perishing.(P)

15 To God we are the aroma of the Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.

16 to the one a deadly perfume that leads to death, to the other a living perfume that leads to life.

16 (AC)to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is (AD)adequate for these things?

16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

16 To some we are an aroma of death(Q) leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life(R) leading to life. And who is competent for this?

16 To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a living fragrance. Who is qualified for this?

17 Now who is qualified for such a task? I am, for I am not a peddler of God's message, like the most of them, but like a man of sincerity, like a man that is sent from God and living in His presence, in union with Christ I speak His message.

17 For we are not like many, (d)(AE)peddling the word of God, but (AF)as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ (AG)in the sight of God.

17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

17 For we are not like the many(f) who market God’s message(S) for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.

17 At least we are not commercializing God's word like so many others. Instead, we speak with sincerity in the Messiah's name, like people who are sent from God and are accountable to God.

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