2 Corinthians 12:21
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New International Version
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.

New Living Translation
Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

English Standard Version
I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

Berean Study Bible
I am afraid that when I come again, my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of their acts of impurity, sexual immorality, and debauchery.

Berean Literal Bible
lest of my having come again, my God should humble me as to you, and I should mourn over many of those having before sinned and not having repented of the impurity, and sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

New American Standard Bible
I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

King James Bible
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I fear that when I come my God will again humiliate me in your presence, and I will grieve for many who sinned before and have not repented of the moral impurity, sexual immorality, and promiscuity they practiced.

International Standard Version
I am afraid that when I come my God may again humble me before you and that I may have to grieve over many who formerly lived in sin and have not repented of their impurity, sexual immorality, and promiscuity that they once practiced.

NET Bible
I am afraid that when I come again, my God may humiliate me before you, and I will grieve for many of those who previously sinned and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness that they have practiced.

New Heart English Bible
that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lest when I come to you, my God would humble me and I would grieve over many who have sinned and have not returned from defilement, from fornication and from lewdness which they have practiced.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm afraid that when I come to you again, my God may humble me. I may have to grieve over many who formerly led sinful lives and have not changed the way they think and act about the perversion, sexual sins, and promiscuity in which they have been involved.

New American Standard 1977
I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

Jubilee Bible 2000
lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I would have to mourn over many who have sinned already and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

King James 2000 Bible
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn over many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and licentiousness which they have committed.

American King James Version
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

American Standard Version
lest again when I come my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.

Darby Bible Translation
lest my God should humble me as to you when I come again, and that I shall grieve over many of those who have sinned before, and have not repented as to the uncleanness and fornication and licentiousness which they have practised.

English Revised Version
lest, when I come again, my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.

Webster's Bible Translation
And lest, when I come again, my God may humble me among you, and I shall bewail many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and lewdness, and lasciviousness, which they have committed.

Weymouth New Testament
and that upon re-visiting you I may be humbled by my God in your presence, and may have to mourn over many whose hearts still cling to their old sins, and who have not repented of the impurity, fornication, and gross sensuality, of which they have been guilty.

World English Bible
that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.

Young's Literal Translation
lest again having come, my God may humble me in regard to you, and I may bewail many of those having sinned before, and not having reformed concerning the uncleanness, and whoredom, and lasciviousness, that they did practise.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:11-21 We owe it to good men, to stand up in the defence of their reputation; and we are under special obligations to those from whom we have received benefit, especially spiritual benefit, to own them as instruments in God's hand of good to us. Here is an account of the apostle's behaviour and kind intentions; in which see the character of a faithful minister of the gospel. This was his great aim and design, to do good. Here are noticed several sins commonly found among professors of religion. Falls and misdeeds are humbling to a minister; and God sometimes takes this way to humble those who might be tempted to be lifted up. These vast verses show to what excesses the false teachers had drawn aside their deluded followers. How grievous it is that such evils should be found among professors of the gospel! Yet thus it is, and has been too often, and it was so even in the days of the apostles.
Study Bible
Concern for the Corinthians
20For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I wish, and you may not find me as you wish. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, rage, rivalry, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder. 21I am afraid that when I come again, my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of their acts of impurity, sexual immorality, and debauchery.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who submit to nor perform homosexual acts,

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

2 Corinthians 2:1
So I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.

2 Corinthians 2:3
I wrote as I did so that on my arrival I would not be saddened by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would share my joy.

2 Corinthians 13:2
I already warned you the second time I was with you. So now in my absence, I warn those who sinned earlier and everyone else: If I return, I will not spare anyone,

Galatians 5:19
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery;

Colossians 3:5
Put to death, therefore, the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry.
Treasury of Scripture

And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

my God.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

2 Corinthians 8:24 Why show you to them, and before the churches, the proof of your …

2 Corinthians 9:3,4 Yet have I sent the brothers, lest our boasting of you should be …

that I.

2 Corinthians 2:1-4 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to …

Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned …

Deuteronomy 9:15,25 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with …

1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless …

Ezra 9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and …

Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and …

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears…

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Luke 9:41,42 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how …

Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

sinned.

2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time…

and have not.

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 But if any have caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: …

2 Corinthians 7:9-11 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed …

2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Revelation 22:20 He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. …

uncleanness.

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Corinthians 5:1,9-11 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

1 Corinthians 6:15-18 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I …

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Ephesians 5:5,6 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

1 Peter 4:2,3 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

2 Peter 2:10-14,18 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Jude 1:7,23 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

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