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2 Corinthians 7:8-9

Context
7:8 For even if I made you sad 1  by my letter, 2  I do not regret having written it 3  (even though I did regret it, 4  for 5  I see that my letter made you sad, 6  though only for a short time). 7:9 Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, 7  but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, 8  so that you were not harmed 9  in any way by us.

2 Corinthians 7:12

Context
7:12 So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf 10  before God.

1 tn Grk “if I grieved you.”

2 sn My letter. Paul is referring to the “severe” letter mentioned in 2 Cor 2:4.

3 tn Grk “I do not regret”; direct objects in Greek must often be supplied from the context. Here one could simply supply “it,” but since Paul is referring to the effects of his previous letter, clarity is improved if “having written it” is supplied.

4 tn Grk “I did regret”; the direct object “it” must be supplied from the context.

5 tc A few important mss (Ì46c B D* it sa) lack γάρ (gar, “for”), while the majority of witnesses have it (א C D1 F G Ψ 0243 33 1739 1881 Ï sy bo). Even though Ì46* omits γάρ, it has the same sense (viz., a subordinate clause) because it reads the participle βλέπων (blepwn, “seeing”; the Vulgate does the same). A decision is difficult because although the overwhelming external evidence is on the side of the conjunction, the lack of γάρ is a significantly harder reading, for the whole clause is something of an anacoluthon. Without the conjunction, the sentence reads more harshly. This would fit with Paul’s “vehemence of spirit” (A. T. Robertson, A Grammar of the Greek New Testament, 435) that is found especially in 2 Corinthians and Galatians. However, the mss that omit the conjunction are prone to such tendencies at times. In this instance, the conjunction should probably stand.

6 tn Grk “my letter grieved you.”

7 tn Grk “were grieved” (so also twice later in the verse).

8 tn Grk “corresponding to God,” that is, corresponding to God’s will (κατὰ θεόν, kata qeon). The same phrase occurs in vv. 10 and 11.

9 tn Grk “so that you did not suffer loss.”

10 tn Grk “but in order that your eagerness on our behalf might be revealed to you.”



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