2 Corinthians 2:5
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New International Version
If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent--not to put it too severely.

New Living Translation
I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.

English Standard Version
Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you.

Berean Study Bible
Now if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you--to some degree, not to overstate it.

Berean Literal Bible
But if anyone has caused grief, he not grieved me, but--in part, that I might not put it too severely--you all.

New American Standard Bible
But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree-- in order not to say too much-- to all of you.

King James Bible
But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree--not to exaggerate--to all of you.

International Standard Version
But if anyone has caused grief, he didn't cause me any grief. To some extent—I don't want to emphasize this too much—it has affected all of you.

NET Bible
But if anyone has caused sadness, he has not saddened me alone, but to some extent (not to exaggerate) he has saddened all of you as well.

New Heart English Bible
But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if a man grieves me, it is not me he grieves, but in a small fashion all of you, so that this statement should not weigh upon you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If someone caused distress, I'm not the one really affected. To some extent-although I don't want to emphasize this too much-it has affected all of you.

New American Standard 1977
But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—in order not to say too much—to all of you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if any have caused me grief, he has not grieved me, but in part, that I may not put a burden on you all.

King James 2000 Bible
But if any has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overburden you all.

American King James Version
But if any have caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

American Standard Version
But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if any one have caused grief, he hath not grieved me; but in part, that I may not burden you all.

Darby Bible Translation
But if any one has grieved, he has grieved, not me, but in part (that I may not overcharge [you]) all of you.

English Revised Version
But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if any hath caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

Weymouth New Testament
Now if any one has caused sorrow, it has been caused not so much to me, as in some degree--for I have no wish to exaggerate--to all of you.

World English Bible
But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all.

Young's Literal Translation
And if any one hath caused sorrow, he hath not caused sorrow to me, but in part, that I may not burden you all;
Study Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
4For through many tears I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart, not to grieve you but to let you know how much I love you. 5Now if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you — to some degree, not to overstate it. 6The punishment imposed on him by the majority is sufficient for him.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:22
And a Canaanite woman from that region came to Him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is miserably possessed by a demon."

1 Corinthians 5:1
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is intolerable even among pagans: A man has his father's wife.
Treasury of Scripture

But if any have caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

any.

Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.

1 Corinthians 5:1-5,12,13 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

Galatians 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none …

grieved.

Galatians 4:12 Brothers, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as you are: you have …

(5) But if any have caused grief.--The man who had been the chief cause of his sorrow is now prominent in his thoughts. He will not name him. He is, as in 1Corinthians 5:1-5, and here in 2Corinthians 2:7, "a man," "such a one." The abrupt introduction of the qualifying clause, "but in part," and the absence of any authoritative punctuation, makes the construction ambiguous. It admits of three possible explanations: (1) "If any have caused grief, it is not I alone whom he hath grieved, but in part, to some extent--not to press the charge against him too heavily--all of you" They, the members of the Corinthian Church, were really the greatest sufferers from the scandal which brought shame upon it. (2) "If any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, save in part" (i.e., he is not the only offender), "that I may not press the charge against all of you--so that I may not treat you as if you were all open to the same condemnation, or had all caused the same sorrow." (3) Combining parts of (1) and (2): "It is not I whom he hath grieved, save in part, that I may not lay the blame on all of you." Of these (1) seems the simplest and most natural. In any case, it is important to remember that the position of the pronoun in the Greek, "me he hath not grieved," makes it specially emphatic.

Verses 5-11. - The results of his letter in their treatment of the incestuous offender. Verse 5. - But if any have caused grief. The word "pain" or "grief" which has been so prominent in the last verses, naturally reminds St. Paul of the person whose misdoings had caused all this trouble. The "any" is in the singular. He hath not grieved me, but in part, etc. Of the various ways of taking this verse, the most tenable seems to be this: "If any one has caused pain, he has not pained me but partly (not to weigh down too heavily) all of you. St. Paul is denying that the feelings with which he hat(written his severe letter were due to mere personal sorrow or indignation. In writing he felt for the wrong done to them, to the whole Corinthian Church, at least as much as for the smart of his own grief and disappointment. The word "partly" is introduced, as St. Chrysostom says, to soften the expression, "he has grieved you all." It will then mean "to a certain extent." The words, "that I may not overcharge," or rather, as in the Revised Version, "that I press not too heavily," assign the reason for the modifying clause, "in part." When St. Paul says that this man's conduct had even to any extent grieved the whole community, his words may seem to conflict with 1 Corinthians 5:2; but he is thinking, not of the immediate condonation of the offender there alluded to, but of the agony of subsequent repentance which his letter had awoke in the whole (or practically the whole) community (2 Corinthians 7:11). The phrase, "that I press not too heavily," refers then to the offender: "I will not say outright that he has grieved not me, but all of you, because I do not wish to bear too hard on him" (comp. 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8), "but I will say that he has grieved you and me alike to some extent." The phrase, "in part," occurs also in Romans 11:25. But if any have caused grief,.... The incestuous person is here manifestly designed, though he is not named, who had been the cause and occasion of much grief and sorrow, both to himself and others; for the apostle is not to be understood, as though he doubted whether he had caused grief or not, but rather takes it for granted, as a certain point; "if", seeing, or although he has caused grief:

he hath not grieved me but in part; or in some measure; as it has reflected dishonour on God and his ways, truths and ordinances; and has brought trouble upon himself, and the church of which he is a member; for the apostle now rejoiced, that he was truly humbled for his sin, and sincerely, and in an evangelical manner, repented of it; his grief was over, and it was as if it was not; and the offence he took was now wholly removed: besides, though this man did grieve him, it was but in part; he was not the sole cause of his grief: they also greatly added to it by their unconcernedness of him, and negligence in reproving him, though he takes notice only of this single man:

that I may not overcharge you all; bear hard upon them, aggravate their sin, and increase their trouble: or thus, that man has not grieved me only, but in some measure all of you; for the phrase "all you", may be considered, not in connection with the word "overcharge", but with the word "grieved"; and the reading and sense of the whole be this, "he hath not grieved me, but in part, or in some measure"; or as the Syriac reads it, , "almost all of you": but this, as if he should say, I do but just mention, would not dwell upon it, "that I may not overcharge" him, or be thought to be overbearing, or should aggravate his sin and sorrow: for, 5. grief … grieved—Translate as before, "sorrow … made sorry." The "any" is a delicate way of referring to the incestuous person.

not … me, but in part—He has grieved me only in part (compare 2Co 1:14; Ro 11:25), that is, I am not the sole party aggrieved; most of you, also, were aggrieved.

that I may not overcharge—that I may not unduly lay the weight of the charge on you all, which I should do, if I made myself to be the sole party aggrieved. Alford punctuates, "He hath not made sorry me, but in part (that I press not too heavily; namely, on him) you all." Thus "you all" is in contrast to "me"; and "in part" is explained in the parenthetical clause.2:5-11 The apostle desires them to receive the person who had done wrong, again into their communion; for he was aware of his fault, and much afflicted under his punishment. Even sorrow for sin should not unfit for other duties, and drive to despair. Not only was there danger last Satan should get advantage, by tempting the penitent to hard thoughts of God and religion, and so drive him to despair; but against the churches and the ministers of Christ, by bringing an evil report upon Christians as unforgiving; thus making divisions, and hindering the success of the ministry. In this, as in other things, wisdom is to be used, that the ministry may not be blamed for indulging sin on the one hand, or for too great severity towards sinners on the other hand. Satan has many plans to deceive, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes.
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