2 Corinthians 2:2
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New International Version
For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?

New Living Translation
For if I cause you grief, who will make me glad? Certainly not someone I have grieved.

English Standard Version
For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?

Berean Study Bible
For if I grieve you, who is left to cheer me but those whom I have grieved?

Berean Literal Bible
For if I grieve you again, who is making me glad, except the one being grieved by me?

New American Standard Bible
For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful?

King James Bible
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if I cause you pain, then who will cheer me other than the one being hurt by me?

International Standard Version
After all, if I were to grieve you, who should make me happy but the person I am making sad?

NET Bible
For if I make you sad, who would be left to make me glad but the one I caused to be sad?

New Heart English Bible
For if I make you sorry, then who will make me glad but he who is made sorry by me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if I sadden you, who will gladden me, if not the one whom I sadden?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, if I had made you uncomfortable, how could you have cheered me up when you were uncomfortable?

New American Standard 1977
For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if I make you grieve, who is he then that shall make me glad, but the same who is grieved by me?

King James 2000 Bible
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that makes me glad, but the same who is made sorry by me?

American King James Version
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that makes me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

American Standard Version
For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad but he that is made sorry by me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if I make you sorrowful, who is he then that can make me glad, but the same who is made sorrowful by me?

Darby Bible Translation
For if I grieve you, who also [is] it that gladdens me, if not he that is grieved through me?

English Revised Version
For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad, but he that is made sorry by me?

Webster's Bible Translation
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same who is made sorry by me?

Weymouth New Testament
For if I of all men give you pain, who then is there to gladden my heart, but the very persons to whom I give pain?

World English Bible
For if I make you sorry, then who will make me glad but he who is made sorry by me?

Young's Literal Translation
for if I make you sorry, then who is he who is making me glad, except he who is made sorry by me?
Study Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
1So I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2For if I grieve you, who is left to cheer me but those whom I have grieved? 3I 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.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:22
When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth.

2 Corinthians 7:8
Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Although I did regret it, I now see that my letter caused you sorrow, but only for a short time.
Treasury of Scripture

For if I make you sorry, who is he then that makes me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, …

2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or …

(2) Who is he then that maketh me glad?--The force of the "for," with which the verse opens, lies below the surface. He had wished to avoid a visit that would cause sorrow to himself and others, and events had shown that he was right. But it might be said, perhaps had been said, that he didn't seem to care about giving pain when he wrote, as, e.g., in 1Corinthians 4:18; 1Corinthians 5:2-7; 1Corinthians 6:5-8. "Yes," is his answer; "but then the pain which I inflict" (the pronoun is emphatic) "gives to him who suffers it the power of giving me joy, and so works out an ample compensation;" a thought to which he returns in 2Corinthians 7:8. The abruptness of the question and the use of the singular number shows that he has the one great offender, the incestuous adulterer of 1Corinthians 5:1, before his mind's eye. He sees him, as it were, and can point to him as showing how well the course he had taken had answered.

Verse 2. - For if I make you sorry. The verse may be rendered. "For if I pain you, who then is it that gladdens me except he who is being pained by me?" The "I" being expressed in the original, is emphatic, and the verse has none of the strange selfish meaning which has been assigned to it, namely, that St. Paul thought "the grief which he had caused to be amply compensated for by the pleasure he received from that grief." It has the much simpler meaning that he was unwilling to pain those who gladdened him, and therefore would not pay them a visit which could only be painful on both sides, when the normal relation between them should be one of joy on both sides, as he has already said (2 Corinthians 1:24). The singular, "he who is being pained by me," does not refer to the offender, but to the Corinthians collectively. Who is he then, etc.? The "then" in the original is classically and elegantly expressed by καὶ, and (comp. James 2:4). For if I make you sorry,.... That is, should he come among them, and be the means of fresh grief and sorrow:

who is he then that maketh me glad? such was his love and affection for them, and sympathy with them, that should they be grieved, he should grieve also; they were the only persons he could take any delight in at Corinth; wherefore should they be in heaviness, he would be so too, and then what pleasure would he have in being among them? since not a man of them would be in a condition and capacity to make him cheerful:

but the same which is made sorry by me. The Ethiopic version without any authority reads this clause, "except he whom I have made glad"; but the apostle is to be understood either of some particular man, the incestuous person, who had been made sorry, by that awful punishment of being delivered up to Satan, inflicted on him; or else the singular number being put for the plural collectively, is to be understood of all the members of the church at Corinth, who had been greatly grieved by the sharp reproofs he had given them; and therefore unless this trouble was removed, he could not expect to have much comfort and pleasure with them. 2. For—proof that he shrinks from causing them sorrow ("heaviness").

if I—The "I" is emphatic. Some detractor may say that this (2Co 2:1) is not my reason for not coming as I proposed; since I showed no scruple in causing "heaviness," or sorrow, in my Epistle (the first Epistle to the Corinthians). But I answer, If I be the one to cause you sorrow, it is not that I have any pleasure in doing so. Nay, my object was that he "who was made sorry by me" (namely, the Corinthians in general, 2Co 2:3; but with tacit reference to the incestuous person in particular) should repent, and so "make me glad," as has actually taken place; "for … who is he then that?" etc.2:1-4 The apostle desired to have a cheerful meeting with them; and he had written in confidence of their doing what was to their benefit and his comfort; and that therefore they would be glad to remove every cause of disquiet from him. We should always give pain unwillingly, even when duty requires that it must be given.
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