New Living Translation
I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while.
King James Bible
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
Darby Bible Translation
For if also I grieved you in the letter, I do not regret it, if even I have regretted it; for I see that that letter, if even it were only for a time, grieved you.
World English Bible
For though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you sorry, though just for a while.
Young's Literal Translation
because even if I made you sorry in the letter, I do not repent -- if even I did repent -- for I perceive that the letter, even if for an hour, did make you sorry.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:8 I did repent - That is, I felt a tender sorrow for having grieved you, till I saw the happy effect of it.
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Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
Exalting the Cross
2 Corinthians 2:2
For if I cause you grief, who will make me glad? Certainly not someone I have grieved.
2 Corinthians 2:3
That is why I wrote to you as I did, so that when I do come, I won't be grieved by the very ones who ought to give me the greatest joy. Surely you all know that my joy comes from your being joyful.
2 Corinthians 2:4
I wrote that letter in great anguish, with a troubled heart and many tears. I didn't want to grieve you, but I wanted to let you know how much love I have for you.
2 Corinthians 7:7
His presence was a joy, but so was the news he brought of the encouragement he received from you. When he told us how much you long to see me, and how sorry you are for what happened, and how loyal you are to me, I was filled with joy!
2 Corinthians 7:9
Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.
2 Corinthians 7:12
My purpose, then, was not to write about who did the wrong or who was wronged. I wrote to you so that in the sight of God you could see for yourselves how loyal you are to us.
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