Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing.
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: restore me, and I shall return; for you are the LORD my God.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, who need no repentance.
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
It was right that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you.
To the one we are the fragrance of death unto death; and to the other the fragrance of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Nevertheless God, who comforts those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death.
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord has given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.