2 Corinthians 2:9
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New International Version
Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

New Living Translation
I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions.

English Standard Version
For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

Berean Study Bible
My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

Berean Literal Bible
For this indeed also did I write, so that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient to everything.

New American Standard Bible
For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

King James Bible
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wrote for this purpose: to test your character to see if you are obedient in everything.

International Standard Version
I had also written to you to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in every way.

NET Bible
For this reason also I wrote you: to test you to see if you are obedient in everything.

New Heart English Bible
For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For this cause I have written also to know by a test if you are obedient in everything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I had also written to you to test you. I wanted to see if you would be obedient in every way.

New American Standard 1977
For to this end also I wrote that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For to this end also I wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

King James 2000 Bible
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

American King James Version
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

American Standard Version
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For to this end also did I write, that I may know the experiment of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

Darby Bible Translation
For to this end also I have written, that I might know, by putting you to the test, if as to everything ye are obedient.

English Revised Version
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
For to this end also I wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things.

Weymouth New Testament
For in writing to you I have also this object in view--to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be obedient in every respect.

World English Bible
For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.

Young's Literal Translation
for, for this also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether in regard to all things ye are obedient.
Study Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 9My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven it in the presence of Christ for your sake,…
Cross References
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 2:4
For 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.

2 Corinthians 2:8
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

2 Corinthians 7:12
So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong or the one who was harmed, but rather that your earnestness on our behalf would be made clear to you in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 7:15
And his affection for you is even greater when he remembers that you were all obedient as you welcomed him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 8:2
In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.

2 Corinthians 10:6
And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.

Philippians 2:22
But you know Timothy's proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel.
Treasury of Scripture

For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

that.

2 Corinthians 7:12-15 Why, though I wrote to you, I did it not for his cause that had done …

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

Exodus 16:4 Then said the LORD to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you…

Deuteronomy 8:2,16 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer …

Philippians 2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he …

whether.

2 Corinthians 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembers …

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

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and …

Philemon 1:21 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that …

(9) For to this end also did I write . . .--The tense of the Greek verb, which may be what is known as the Epistolary aorist, used by the writer of the time at which he writes, would not be decisive as to what is referred to, and the words may mean: "I write to you thus to see whether you are as obedient now as you were before--in one line of action as in the other." If he refers to the First Epistle, it is to intimate that he gave the directions in 1Corinthians 5:3-7, not only for the removal of a scandal and the reformation of the offender who had caused it, but as a test of their obedience. On the whole, the former interpretation seems preferable. It scarcely seems like St. Paul to make the punishment a trial of obedience. There is a characteristic subtle delicacy of thought in his suggesting that, having shown obedience in punishing they should show it also in forgiving.

Verse 9. - For to this end also did I write. This is another reason which he gives for the severe tone of his First Epistle. It was written

(1) to avoid the necessity for a painful visit (ver. 3);

(2) to show his special love for them (ver. 4); and

(3) to test their obedience. The proof of you. Your proved faithfulness (2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9:13; 2 Corinthians 13:3; Romans 5:4); your capacity to stand a test. For to this end also did I write,.... Or "I have written", both in this and in his former epistle to them, and in both with this view,

that I might know the proof of you; that he might try, prove, and know them:

whether ye be obedient in all things; he wrote unto them in his former epistle, to put away that wicked man from them; which he did not do, merely to reproach the man, and fix a brand of infamy on him; nor merely to grieve and afflict their minds; nor only to show his own power and authority, which he as an apostle had received from Christ, but to make trial of their obedience; and he had had a proof of it in their rejection of him; and now he writes unto them, that since this man was truly humbled for his sin, and had repentance unto life not to be repented of, that they would as cheerfully receive him, and restore him to his place; that as the apostle had a proof of their obedience in the one, he might also have in the other, and so in all things: hence it appears, that though it belongs to the whole church, and that only, to reject or receive members, yet as ministers of the Gospel are set over the churches, to govern, guide, direct, and go before in matters of discipline; so whatever they propose, according to the rule of God's word, ought to be carefully attended to and obeyed. 9. For—Additional reason why they should restore the offender, namely, as a "proof" of their obedience "in all things"; now in love, as previously in punishing (2Co 2:6), at the apostle's desire. Besides his other reasons for deferring his visit, he had the further view, though, perhaps, unperceived by them, of making an experiment of their fidelity. This accounts for his deferring to give, in his Epistle, the reason for his change of plan (resolved on before writing it). This full discovery of his motive comes naturally from him now, in the second Epistle, after he had seen the success of his measures, but would not have been a seasonable communication before. All this accords with reality, and is as remote as possible from imposture [Paley, Horæ Paulinæ]. The interchange of feeling is marked (2Co 2:4), "I wrote … that ye might know the love," etc.: here, "I did write, that I might know the proof of you."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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