2 Corinthians 7:10
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New International Version
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

New Living Translation
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

English Standard Version
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Berean Study Bible
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Berean Literal Bible
For grief according to God produces repentance to salvation without regret; but the world's grief produces death.

New American Standard Bible
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

King James Bible
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For godly grief produces a repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief produces death.

International Standard Version
For having sorrow in a godly way results in repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets. But the sorrow of the world produces death.

NET Bible
For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For grief that is for God's sake produces a remorse of the soul which does not reverse itself and restores to life, but the grief of the world produces death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In fact, to be distressed in a godly way causes people to change the way they think and act and leads them to be saved. No one can regret that. But the distress that the world causes brings only death.

New American Standard 1977
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, of which there is no need to repented; but the sorrow of the world works death.

King James 2000 Bible
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death.

American King James Version
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.

American Standard Version
For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Darby Bible Translation
For grief according to God works repentance to salvation, never to be regretted; but the grief of the world works death.

English Revised Version
For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Webster's Bible Translation
For godly sorrow worketh penitence to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Weymouth New Testament
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, a repentance not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world finally produces death.

World English Bible
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death.

Young's Literal Translation
for the sorrow toward God reformation to salvation not to be repented of doth work, and the sorrow of the world doth work death,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:5-11 There were fightings without, or continual contentions with, and opposition from Jews and Gentiles; and there were fears within, and great concern for such as had embraced the Christian faith. But God comforts those who are cast down. We should look above and beyond all means and instruments, to God, as the author of all the consolation and good we enjoy. Sorrow according to the will of God, tending to the glory of God, and wrought by the Spirit of God, renders the heart humble, contrite, submissive, disposed to mortify every sin, and to walk in newness of life. And this repentance is connected with saving faith in Christ, and an interest in his atonement. There is a great difference between this sorrow of a godly sort, and the sorrow of the world. The happy fruits of true repentance are mentioned. Where the heart is changed, the life and actions will be changed. It wrought indignation at sin, at themselves, at the tempter and his instruments. It wrought a fear of watchfulness, and a cautious fear of sin. It wrought desire to be reconciled with God. It wrought zeal for duty, and against sin. It wrought revenge against sin and their own folly, by endeavours to make satisfaction for injuries done thereby. Deep humility before God, hatred of all sin, with faith in Christ, a new heart and a new life, make repentance unto salvation. May the Lord bestow it on every one of us.
Study Bible
Paul's Joy in the Corinthians
9And now I rejoice, not because you were made sorrowful, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you felt the sorrow that God had intended, and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11Consider what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what vindication! In every way you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.…
Cross References
Psalm 38:18
For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

Acts 11:18
When they heard this, their objections were put to rest, and they glorified God, saying, "So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life."

2 Corinthians 7:9
And now I rejoice, not because you were made sorrowful, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you felt the sorrow that God had intended, and so were not harmed in any way by us.
Treasury of Scripture

For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.

repentance.

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

2 Samuel 12:13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan …

1 Kings 8:47-50 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were …

Job 33:27,28 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Ezekiel 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains …

Ezekiel 18:27-30 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he …

Jonah 3:8,10 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily …

Matthew 21:28-32 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the …

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said to him, Before …

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels …

Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

the sorrow. The sorrow of carnal men about worldly objects, loss of fortune, fame, or friends; which, being separated from the fear and love of God, and faith in his providence and mercy, frequently drinks up their spirits, breaks their proud, rebellious hearts, or drives them to lay desperate hands on themselves.

Genesis 4:13-15 And Cain said to the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear…

Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning …

2 Samuel 13:4 And he said to him, Why are you, being the king's son, lean from …

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled …

1 Kings 21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the …

Proverbs 15:13,15 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the …

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

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit …

Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And …

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. …

Hebrews 12:17 For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the …

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