Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
They should gently teach those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will believe the truth.
working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth,
Gently guiding those who go against the teaching; if by chance God may give them a change of heart and true knowledge,
correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
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1 sn Correcting is the word for “child-training” or “discipline.” It is often positive (training, educating) but here denotes the negative side (correcting, disciplining).
2 tn Grk “repentance unto knowledge of the truth.”