7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
7:2 Open your+ hearts to us: we wronged no man, we corrupted no man, we took advantage of no man.
7:3 I don't say it to condemn [you+]: for I have said before, that you+ are in our hearts to die together and live together.
7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you+, great is my glorying on your+ behalf: I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.
7:5 For even when we had come into Macedonia our flesh had no relief, but [we were] afflicted on every side; outside [were] fightings, inside [were] fears.
7:6 Nevertheless he who comforts the lowly, [even] God, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7:7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you+, while he told us your+ longing, your+ mourning, your+ zeal for me; so that I rejoiced yet more.
7:8 For though I made you+ sorry with my letter, I do not regret it: though I did regret [it] (for I see that that letter made you+ sorry, though but for a season),
7:9 I now rejoice, not that you+ were made sorry, but that you+ were made sorry to repentance; for you+ were made sorry after a godly sort, that you+ might suffer loss by us in nothing.
7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, [a repentance] which brings no regret: but the sorrow of the world works death.
7:11 For look, this very same thing, that you+ were made sorry after a godly sort, what earnest care it worked in you+, yes what clearing of yourselves, yes what indignation, yes what fear, yes what longing, yes what zeal, yes what avenging! In everything you+ approved yourselves to be pure in the matter.
7:12 So although I wrote to you+, [I wrote] not for his cause who did the wrong, nor for his cause who suffered the wrong, but that your+ earnest care for us might be made manifest to you+ in the sight of God.
7:13 Therefore we have been comforted: and in our comfort we joyed the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you+.
7:14 For if in anything I have gloried to him on your+ behalf, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you+ in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth.
7:15 And his affection is more abundantly toward you+, while he remembers the obedience of all of you+, how with fear and trembling you+ received him.
7:16 I rejoice that in everything I am of good courage concerning you+.