2 Corinthians 2:7
New International Version
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

New Living Translation
Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.

English Standard Version
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Berean Standard Bible
So instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Berean Literal Bible
so that on the contrary, rather for you to forgive and to comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be overwhelmed by more abundant sorrow.

King James Bible
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

New King James Version
so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.

New American Standard Bible
so that on the other hand, you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a person might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

NASB 1995
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

NASB 1977
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Amplified Bible
so instead [of further rebuke, now] you should rather [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage him, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

Christian Standard Bible
As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, he may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a result, you should instead forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, this one may be overwhelmed by excessive grief.

American Standard Version
so that contrariwise ye should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now on the other hand, it is necessary to forgive him and comfort him, lest he who is such be swallowed up in excessive grief.

Contemporary English Version
When people sin, you should forgive and comfort them, so they won't give up in despair.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So that on the contrary, you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

Good News Translation
Now, however, you should forgive him and encourage him, in order to keep him from becoming so sad as to give up completely.

International Standard Version
So forgive and comfort him, or else he will drown in his excessive grief.

Literal Standard Version
so that, on the contrary, [it is] rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up;

New American Bible
so that on the contrary you should forgive and encourage him instead, or else the person may be overwhelmed by excessive pain.

NET Bible
so that now instead you should rather forgive and comfort him. This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair.

New Revised Standard Version
so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

New Heart English Bible
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.

Weymouth New Testament
So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his excess of grief.

World English Bible
so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow.

Young's Literal Translation
so that, on the contrary, it is rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Reaffirm Your Love
6The punishment imposed on him by the majority is sufficient for him. 7So instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.…

Cross References
2 Corinthians 2:8
Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.


Treasury of Scripture

So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

ye.

Galatians 6:1,2
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted…

Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

swallowed.

2 Corinthians 5:4
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

2 Samuel 20:19,20
I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD? …

Psalm 21:9
Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

overmuch.

2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Philippians 2:27
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.











(7) Ye ought rather to forgive.--The indignation which St. Paul had felt has passed, on his hearing of the offender's state, into pity and anxiety. The time had come for words of pardon and comfort and counsel. What if he should be "swallowed up," and sink as in the great deep of sorrow? Suicide, madness, apostasy, seem to float before his mind as but too possible results.

Verse 7. - Contrariwise; i.e. contrary to the line taken or to the view expressed by the severer portion of the community. Rather. The word is omitted in A and B. To forgive him. The word is used of the mutual attitude of gracious forbearance which ought to exist among Christians(Forgiving one another," Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13), so that they might be not only Christians, but as Gentiles ignorantly called them, Chrestians (" kind-hearted," Ephesians 4:82). And comfort; i.e. "strengthen," "encourage." The "him" is emitted in the Greek, with the same delicate, compassionate reticence which leads St. Paul to speak of this person "a man of such of a kind." In Galatians 6:11 St. Paul suddenly breaks off the course of his remarks to give similar advice in a tone of peculiar solemnity; and in 2 Thessalonians 3:15 he warns against any excess in the severity which he enjoins in the previous verse. Such a one. Like the indefinite "one" in 1 Corinthians 5:5. In the Greek it is compassionately placed last in the clause. Should be swallowed up. The same metaphor, of being swallowed in an abyss, occurs in 1 Corinthians 15:54. In 1 Peter 5:8 it is said that Satan is ever striving to "swallow up" men. With overmuch sorrow; rather, with the, or his, excessive grief. Despair might drive the man to suicide, or apostasy, or the wretchlessness of unclean living.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So
ὥστε (hōste)
Conjunction
Strong's 5620: So that, therefore, so then, so as to. From hos and te; so too, i.e. Thus therefore.

instead,
τοὐναντίον (tounantion)
Adverb - Comparative
Strong's 5121: On the contrary, on the other hand. Contraction for the neuter of ho and enantion; on the contrary.

you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

ought to forgive
χαρίσασθαι (charisasthai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Middle
Strong's 5483: (a) To show favor to, (b) To pardon, forgive, (c) To show kindness.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

comfort [him],
παρακαλέσαι (parakalesai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 3870: From para and kaleo; to call near, i.e. Invite, invoke.

so that
πως (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

he
τοιοῦτος (toioutos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5108: (including the other inflections); from toi and houtos; truly this, i.e. Of this sort (to denote character or individuality).

will not be overwhelmed
καταποθῇ (katapothē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2666: To drink down, swallow, devour, destroy, consume. From kata and pino; to drink down, i.e. Gulp entire.

by
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

excessive
περισσοτέρᾳ (perissotera)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular - Comparative
Strong's 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.

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


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