2 For this is what I have decided for myself, not to come to YOU again in sadness.+ 2 For if I make YOU sad,+ who indeed is there to cheer me except the one that is made sad by me? 3 And so I wrote this very thing, that, when I come, I may not get sad+ because of those over whom I ought to rejoice;+ because I have confidence+ in all of YOU that the joy I have is that of all of YOU. 4 For out of much tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote YOU with many tears,+ not that YOU might be saddened,+ but that YOU might know the love that I have more especially for YOU.
5 Now if anyone has caused sadness,+ he has saddened, not me, but all of YOU to an extent—not to be too harsh in what I say. 6 This rebuke+ given by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary now, YOU should kindly forgive+ and comfort [him], that somehow such a man may not be swallowed up by his being overly sad.+ 8 Therefore I exhort YOU to confirm YOUR love+ for him. 9 For to this end also I write to ascertain the proof of YOU, whether YOU are obedient in all things.+ 10 Anything YOU kindly forgive anyone, I do too.+ In fact, as for me, whatever I have kindly forgiven, if I have kindly forgiven anything, it has been for YOUR sakes in Christ’s sight; 11 that we may not be overreached by Satan,+ for we are not ignorant of his designs.+
12 Now when I arrived in Troʹas+ to declare the good news about the Christ, and a door was opened to me in [the] Lord,+ 13 I got no relief in my spirit on account of not finding Titus+ my brother, but I said good-bye to them and departed for Mac·e·doʹni·a.+
14 But thanks be to God who always leads+ us in a triumphal procession in company+ with the Christ and makes the odor of the knowledge of him perceptible through us in every place!+ 15 For to God we are a sweet odor+ of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;+ 16 to the latter ones an odor issuing from death to death,+ to the former ones an odor issuing from life to life. And who is adequately qualified for these things?+ 17 [We are;] for we are not peddlers* of the word of God+ as many men are,+ but as out of sincerity, yes, as sent from God, under God’s view, in company with Christ, we are speaking.+