2 Corinthians 12:21
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English Standard Version
I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
lest again when I come my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.

English Revised Version
lest, when I come again, my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.

Webster's Bible Translation
And lest, when I come again, my God may humble me among you, and I shall bewail many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and lewdness, and lasciviousness, which they have committed.

Weymouth New Testament
and that upon re-visiting you I may be humbled by my God in your presence, and may have to mourn over many whose hearts still cling to their old sins, and who have not repented of the impurity, fornication, and gross sensuality, of which they have been guilty.

2 Corinthians 12:21 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Among you (πρὸς ὑμᾶς)

Better, as Rev., before. In my relation to you.

Shall bewail (πενθήσω)

Lament with a true pastor's sorrow over the sin.

Many (πολλοὺς)

With special reference to the unchaste.

Sinned - already (προημαρτηκότων)

Rev., heretofore. Only here and 2 Corinthians 13:2. The perfect tense denotes the continuance of the sin. Heretofore probably refers to the time before his second visit.

Have not repented (μὴ μετανοησάντων)

The only occurrence of the verb in Paul's writings. Μετάνοια repentance, occurs only three times: Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:9, 2 Corinthians 7:10.

Of the uncleanness (ἐπὶ τῇ ἀκαθαρσίᾳ)

Connect with bewail, not with repent. There are no examples in the New Testament of the phrase μετανοεῖν ἐπί to repent over, though such occur in the Septuagint.

Lasciviousness (ἀσελγείᾳ)

See on Mark 7:22.

2 Corinthians 12:21 Parallel Commentaries

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my God.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh...

2 Corinthians 8:24 Why show you to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

2 Corinthians 9:3,4 Yet have I sent the brothers, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, you may be ready...

that I.

2 Corinthians 2:1-4 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness...

Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Deuteronomy 9:15,25 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands...

1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul...

Ezra 9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard...

Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God...

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears...

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears...

Luke 9:41,42 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring your son here...

Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ...

sinned.

2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time...

and have not.

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 But if any have caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all...

2 Corinthians 7:9-11 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner...

2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters...

Revelation 22:20 He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

uncleanness.

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1 Corinthians 5:1,9-11 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles...

1 Corinthians 6:15-18 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ...

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Ephesians 5:5,6 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater...

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence...

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication...

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

1 Peter 4:2,3 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God...

2 Peter 2:10-14,18 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed...

Jude 1:7,23 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication...

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

2 Corinthians 2:1
For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.

2 Corinthians 2:3
And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all.

2 Corinthians 13:2
I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them--

Galatians 5:19
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

Colossians 3:5
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

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