7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the a flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
(a) Both of body and soul, that by this means the
sanctification may be perfect, consisting in both the parts of the flesh.
7:2 1 b
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded
(1) He returns again from that admonition to his
own person, contrasting with them the testimonies both of his faithfulness and
also of his continual good will towards them.
(b) Let me have some place among you, that I may
7:3 I speak not [this] to c
condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live
(c) To condemn you of unkindness or treachery.
Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are d
cast down, comforted us by the e coming
(d) Whose hearts are cast down, and are very much
(e) With those things which Titus told me of you
at his coming, that is, how fruitfully you read over my letters. And moreover
and besides that, I am exceedingly refreshed with his presence.
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.
(2) An objection: but you have handled us
roughly. The apostle answers that he did not use his roughness without grief.
And he adds moreover, that he is also glad now that he drove them to that
sorrow even though it was against his will, since it was so profitable to
them. For there is a sorrow not only praiseworthy, but also necessary, that
is, by which repentance grows by certain degrees: and for this repentance he
praises them highly. And this is the fifth part of this epistle.
7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
but that ye sorrowed to f repentance:
for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us
(f) In that this sorrow did you much good in
leading you to amend your obscene behaviour and sins.
7:10 For g
godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the
sorrow of the world worketh death.
(g) God's sorrow occurs when we are not
terrified with the fear of punishment, but because we feel we have offended
God our most merciful Father. Contrary to this there is another sorrow, that
only fears punishment, or when a man is vexed for the loss of some worldly
goods. The fruit of the first is repentance, and the fruit of the second is
desperation, unless the Lord quickly helps.
though I wrote unto you, [I did it] not for his cause that had done the wrong,
nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the h
sight of God might appear unto you.
(h) It was neither fake nor counterfeit, but such
as I dare give account of before God.