SINCE WE HAVE THESE PROMISES, DEAR FRIENDS,
LET US PURIFY OURSELVES
FROM EVERYTHING THAT CONTAMINATES BODY AND SPIRIT,
PERFECTING HOLINESS OUT OF REVERENCE FOR GOD.
2 Make room for us in your hearts.
We have Wronged no one,
We have Exploited no one.
3 I do not say this to Condemn you;
I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts
That we would live or die with you.
4 I have great Confidence in you;
I take great Pride in you.
I am greatly Encouraged;
In our Troubles my Joy knows no bounds.
5 For when we came into Macedonia,
This body of ours had not rest,
BUT WE WERE HARASSED AT EVERY TURN--
CONFLICTS ON THE OUTSIDE, FEARS WITHIN.
6 But God, Who Comforts the Downcast,
Comforted us by the coming of Titus,
7 And not only by his coming
But also by the Comfort you had given him.
He told us about your longing for me,
Your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me,
So that my Joy was greater than ever.
8 Even if I cause you Sorrow by my letter,
I do not regret it.
Though I did regret it--
I see that my letter hurt you,
But only for a little while--
9 Yet now I am happy,
Not because you were made sorry,
But because your sorrow led you to Repentance.
For you became sorrowful as God intended
And so were not harmed in any way by us.
10 GODLY SORROW BRINGS REPENTANCE
THAT LEADS TO SALVATION
AND LEAVES NO REGRET,
BUT WORLDLY SORROW BRINGS DEATH.
11 See what this godly sorrow has produce in you:
What Earnestness, what Eagerness to clear yourselves,
What Indignation, what Alarm,
What Longing, what Concern,
What Readiness to see Justice done.
At every point you have proven yourselves
To be Innocent in this matter.
12 So even though I wrote to you,
It was not on account of the one who did the Wrong
Or of the Injured Party,
But rather that before God
You could see for yourselves
How devoted to us you are.
13 By this we are all Encouraged.
In addition to our own Encouragement,
We were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was,
Because his spirit has been Refreshed by all of you.
14 I had Boasted to him about you,
And you have not Embarrassed me.
But just as everything we said to you was true,
So our Boasting about you to Titus
Has proved to be true as well.
15 And his affection for you is all the greater
When he remembers that you were all Obedient,
Receiving him with Fear and Trembling.
16 I am glad I can have complete Confidence in you.
(2 Corinthians 7)