We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.
For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.