2 Corinthians 2:7
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New International Version
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

New Living Translation
Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.

English Standard Version
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Berean Study Bible
So instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Berean Literal Bible
so that on the contrary, rather for you to forgive and to comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be overwhelmed by more abundant sorrow.

New American Standard Bible
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

King James Bible
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.

International Standard Version
So forgive and comfort him, or else he will drown in his excessive grief.

NET Bible
so that now instead you should rather forgive and comfort him. This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair.

New Heart English Bible
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now on the other hand, it is necessary to forgive him and comfort him, lest he who is such be swallowed up in excessive grief.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So now forgive and comfort him. Such distress could overwhelm someone like that if he's not forgiven and comforted.

New American Standard 1977
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with too much grief.

King James 2000 Bible
So that instead you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with too much sorrow.

American King James Version
So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

American Standard Version
so that contrariwise ye should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So that on the contrary, you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

Darby Bible Translation
so that on the contrary ye should rather shew grace and encourage, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with excessive grief.

English Revised Version
so that contrariwise ye should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow.

Webster's Bible Translation
So that on the other hand, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such one should be swallowed up with excessive sorrow.

Weymouth New Testament
So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his excess of grief.

World English Bible
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.

Young's Literal Translation
so that, on the contrary, it is rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up;
Study Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
6The punishment imposed on him by the majority is sufficient for him. 7So instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 2:8
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
Treasury of Scripture

So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

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Galatians 6:1,2 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have …

2 Thessalonians 3:6,14,15 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Hebrews 12:12-15 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees…

swallowed.

2 Corinthians 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not …

2 Samuel 20:19,20 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seek …

Psalm 21:9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the …

Psalm 56:1,2 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting …

Psalm 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that …

Psalm 124:3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that …

Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are …

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this …

overmuch.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sick near to death: but God had mercy on him; and …

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them …

(7) Ye ought rather to forgive.--The indignation which St. Paul had felt has passed, on his hearing of the offender's state, into pity and anxiety. The time had come for words of pardon and comfort and counsel. What if he should be "swallowed up," and sink as in the great deep of sorrow? Suicide, madness, apostasy, seem to float before his mind as but too possible results.

Verse 7. - Contrariwise; i.e. contrary to the line taken or to the view expressed by the severer portion of the community. Rather. The word is omitted in A and B. To forgive him. The word is used of the mutual attitude of gracious forbearance which ought to exist among Christians(Forgiving one another," Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13), so that they might be not only Christians, but as Gentiles ignorantly called them, Chrestians (" kind-hearted," Ephesians 4:82). And comfort; i.e. "strengthen," "encourage." The "him" is emitted in the Greek, with the same delicate, compassionate reticence which leads St. Paul to speak of this person "a man of such of a kind." In Galatians 6:11 St. Paul suddenly breaks off the course of his remarks to give similar advice in a tone of peculiar solemnity; and in 2 Thessalonians 3:15 he warns against any excess in the severity which he enjoins in the previous verse. Such a one. Like the indefinite "one" in 1 Corinthians 5:5. In the Greek it is compassionately placed last in the clause. Should be swallowed up. The same metaphor, of being swallowed in an abyss, occurs in 1 Corinthians 15:54. In 1 Peter 5:8 it is said that Satan is ever striving to "swallow up" men. With overmuch sorrow; rather, with the, or his, excessive grief. Despair might drive the man to suicide, or apostasy, or the wretchlessness of unclean living. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him,.... On the other hand, so far the apostle suggests they should be from inflicting any other punishment on him, or by any means adding to, and increasing what was inflicted, that they ought to forgive him his offence, by taking off the censure from him, which had been sufficient for the purpose, and had continued on him a sufficient time:

and comfort him; by restoring him to the communion of the church, and to an enjoyment of all the privileges and ordinances of the house of God: and this was necessary to be done,

lest perhaps such an one should be swallowed up with over much sorrow: be overwhelmed with trouble, engulfed in despair, and so become unfit for the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty; to prevent therefore such dangerous and pernicious consequences, it is incumbent on the churches of Christ, as soon as ever they observe that censures have answered the end in bringing persons to a sense and acknowledgment of sin and amendment of life, to remove them, and restore such to fellowship. 7. with overmuch sorrow—Greek, "with HIS overmuch sorrow."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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