2:6 This punishment on such an individual by the majority is enough for him, 2:7 so that now instead 1 you should rather forgive and comfort him. 2 This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair. 3 2:8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 4
1 tn Grk “so that on the other hand.”
2 tn The word “him” is not in the Greek text but is supplied. Direct objects in Greek were often omitted and must be supplied from the context.
3 tn Grk “comfort him, lest somehow such a person be swallowed up by excessive grief,” an idiom for a person being so overcome with grief as to despair or give up completely (L&N 25.285). In this context of excessive grief or regret for past sins, “overwhelmed” is a good translation since contemporary English idiom speaks of someone “overwhelmed by grief.” Because of the length of the Greek sentence and the difficulty of expressing a negative purpose/result clause in English, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
4 tn Or “I urge you to show that your love for him is real.”