2 Corinthians 7:4-16 - A Letter That Caused Sadness
4 I use indeed great freedom of speech toward you, yet I greatly glory upon your account: I am filled with comfort, and my joy is still superiour to all my affliction.
5 for when I came to Macedonia, I had no respit from the trouble that beset me on every side: oppositions from without, and apprehensions within. 6 nevertheless, God who comforteth those that are cast down, gave me comfort by the arrival of Titus: not barely by his presence, 7 but by the consolation I received from you by him, when he acquainted me with your earnest desire to see me, with your concern, and your zeal for me; which greatly increas'd my joy. 8 For tho' I was sorry my letter gave you some uneasiness, I do not repent of it, perceiving, that the uneasiness you had from that letter, did not dwell upon your minds. 9 now I rejoice, not at your uneasiness, but at your repentance which succeeded: for your sorrow was a religious sorrow, such as convinc'd you I had done you no wrong. 10 for religious sorrow produces that salutary repentance, which we never regret: but worldly sorrow preys upon life. 11 'tis observable, even this religious sorrow which you had, what solicitude has it not wrought in you, what apologies, what indignation, what fear, what desire, what zeal, yea, what revenge! so that by your whole conduct, ye have shown your selves to be clear from guilt in this matter. 12 wherefore, my writing to you so severely did not proceed from any prejudice to him, that had done the wrong, or from favour to him that suffered wrong, but to show my conscientious regard to your welfare. 13 so that your comfort was no small satisfaction to me: yea, and I was the more exceedingly pleased for that cheerful tranquillity of mind which Titus received from the behaviour of you all. 14 so that I am not ashamed of the commendations I have formerly given you to him; but as I have always preached the truth to you, so in my commendation to Titus, I have said nothing but truth of you. 15 and his affection to you is abundantly increased, whilst he remembers your obedience, and that fear and reverence with which you all received him. 16 my having therefore such an entire confidence in you, does agreeably affect me.