2 Corinthians 7:10
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.

Christian Standard Bible
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.

Contemporary English Version
When God makes you feel sorry enough to turn to him and be saved, you don't have anything to feel bad about. But when this world makes you feel sorry, it can cause your death.

Good News Translation
For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads to salvation--and there is no regret in that! But sadness that is merely human causes 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.

New Heart English Bible
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works 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,
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
Yes, I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.

Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sorrow is better than laughter, for a sad countenance is good for the heart.

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 that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

2 Samuel 12:13
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

1 Kings 8:47-50
Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; …

the sorrow.

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

Genesis 30:1
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.







Lexicon
Godly
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

sorrow
λύπη (lypē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3077: Pain, grief, sorrow, affliction. Apparently a primary word; sadness.

brings
ἐργάζεται (ergazetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2038: To work, trade, perform, do, practice, commit, acquire by labor.

repentance
μετάνοιαν (metanoian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3341: From metanoeo; compunction; by implication, reversal (another's) decision).

that leads to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

salvation
σωτηρίαν (sōtērian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4991: Feminine of a derivative of soter as noun; rescue or safety.

without regret,
ἀμεταμέλητον (ametamelēton)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 278: Not to be repented of, about which no change of mind can take place, not affected by change of mind. Irrevocable.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

worldly
κόσμου (kosmou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

sorrow
λύπη (lypē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3077: Pain, grief, sorrow, affliction. Apparently a primary word; sadness.

brings
κατεργάζεται (katergazetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2716: From kata and ergazomai; to work fully, i.e. Accomplish; by implication, to finish, fashion.

death.
θάνατον (thanaton)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2288: Death, physical or spiritual. From thnesko; death.
(10) For godly sorrow.--Again we note the needless variation which is the easily besetting sin of the English version. Better, as before, the sorrow which is after the will of God.

Repentance to salvation not to be repented of.--Here the English effaces a distinction in the original. (See Note on Matthew 27:3,) Better, repentance unto salvation, giving no matter for regret. The adjective, or adjectival phrase, may qualify either "repentance" or "salvation." The latter seems preferable.

But the sorrow of the world worketh death.--As contrasted with "salvation," death must be taken in its widest sense. The mere sorrow of the world leads only to remorse and despair, to the death of a broken heart, possibly to suicide; in any case, to the loss of the true eternal life.

Verse 10. - For godly sorrow, etc. "For the sorrow Which is according to God worketh out a repentance unto salvation which bringeth no regret." Sin causes regret, remorse, that sort of repentance (metomeleia) which is merely an unavailing rebellion against the inevitable consequences of misdoing; but the sorrow of self-reproach which follows true repentance (metanoia, change of mind) is never followed by regret. Some take "not to be regretted" with "salvation," but it is a very unsuitable adjective to that substantive. The sorrow of the world. Here sorrow for the loss, or disappointment, or shame, or ruin, or sickness caused by sin; such as the false repentance of Cain, Saul, Ahithophel, Judas, etc. Death. Moral and spiritual death always, and sometimes physical death, and always - unless it is followed by true repentance - eternal death, which is the opposite of salvation (Romans 5:21). 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.
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