2 Corinthians 2:16
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New International Version
To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

New Living Translation
To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

English Standard Version
to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

Berean Study Bible
To the one, we are an odor of death and demise; to the other, a fragrance that brings life. And who is qualified for such a task?

Berean Literal Bible
to one indeed an odor from death to death, and to the other a fragrance from life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

New American Standard Bible
to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

King James Bible
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?

International Standard Version
To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a living fragrance. Who is qualified for this?

NET Bible
to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To the latter, the stench of death for death, and to the former, the fragrance of The Life for life. And who shall be worthy for these things?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a life-giving fragrance. Who is qualified to tell about Christ?

New American Standard 1977
to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

Jubilee Bible 2000
to the one we are the savour of death unto death and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

King James 2000 Bible
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?

American King James Version
To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

American Standard Version
to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To the one indeed the odour of death unto death: but to the others the odour of life unto life. And for these things who is so sufficient?

Darby Bible Translation
to the one an odour from death unto death, but to the others an odour from life unto life; and who [is] sufficient for these things?

English Revised Version
to the one a savour from death unto death; to the other a savour from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Webster's Bible Translation
To the one we are the savor of death to death; and to the other the savor of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Weymouth New Testament
to the last-named an odor of death predictive of death, and to the others an odor of life predictive of life. And for such service as this who is competent?

World English Bible
to the one a stench from death to death; to the other a sweet aroma from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

Young's Literal Translation
to the one, indeed, a fragrance of death to death, and to the other, a fragrance of life to life; and for these things who is sufficient?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impressions this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.
Study Bible
Triumph in Christ
15For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one, we are an odor of death and demise; to the other, a fragrance that brings life. And who is qualified for such a task? 17For we are not like so many others, who peddle of the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as men sent from God.…
Cross References
Numbers 15:3
then make an offering by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering or a sacrifice to fulfill a special vow, or as a freewill offering or in your appointed times, to make a soothing aroma to the LORD, from the herd or from the flock.

Luke 2:34
Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary: "Behold, this Child is appointed to cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,

John 9:39
Then Jesus declared, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind."

2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim that anything comes from us, but our competence comes from God.

1 Peter 2:7
To you who believe, then, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"
Treasury of Scripture

To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

the savour of death.

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

Acts 13:45-47 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

Acts 20:26,27 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men…

1 Peter 2:7,8 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which …

who.

2 Corinthians 3:5,6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

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