1 Statui autem hoc ipse apud me, ne iterum in tristitia venirem ad vos;
2 si enim ego contristo vos, et quis est qui me laetificet, nisi qui contristatur ex me?
3 Et hoc ipsum scripsi, ut non, cum venero, tristitiam habeam de quibus oportebat me gaudere, confidens in omnibus vobis, quia meum gaudium omnium vestrum est.
4 Nam ex multa tribulatione et angustia cordis scripsi vobis per multas lacrimas, non ut contristemini, sed ut sciatis quam carita tem habeo abundantius in vos.
5 Si quis autem contristavit, non me contristavit, sed ex parte, ut non onerem, omnes vos.
6 Sufficit illi, qui eiusmodi est, obiurgatio haec, quae fit a pluribus,
7 ita ut e contra magis donetis et consolemini, ne forte abundantiore tristitia absorbeatur, qui eiusmodi est.
8 Propter quod obsecro vos, ut confirmetis in illum caritatem;
9 ideo enim et scripsi, ut cognoscam probationem vestram, an in omnibus oboedientes sitis.
10 Cui autem aliquid donatis, et ego; nam et ego, quod donavi, si quid donavi, propter vos in persona Christi,
11 ut non circumveniamur a Satana; non enim ignoramus cogitationes eius.
12 Cum venissem autem Troadem ob evangelium Christi, et ostium mihi apertum esset in Domino,
13 non habui requiem spiritui meo, eo quod non invenerim Titum fratrem meum, sed valefaciens eis profectus sum in Macedoniam.
14 Deo autem gratias, qui semper triumphat nos in Christo et odorem notitiae suae manifestat per nos in omni loco.
15 Quia Christi bonus odor sumus Deo in his, qui salvi fiunt, et in his, qui pereunt:
16 aliis quidem odor ex morte in mortem, aliis autem odor ex vita in vitam. Et ad haec quis idoneus?
17 Non enim sumus sicut plurimi adulterantes verbum Dei, sed sicut ex sinceritate, sed sicut ex Deo coram Deo in Christo loquimur.
King James Version
1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.