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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 7:5-11

There seems to be a connection between 2 Cor. 2:13; 7:5 (where the apostle said he had no rest in his spirit when he found not Titus at Troas) and the 2 Cor. 2:13; 7:5: and so great was his affection to the Corinthians, and his concern about their behaviour in relation to the incestuous person, that, in his further travels, he still had no rest till he heard from them. And now he tells them, I. How he was distressed, 2 Cor. 7:5. He was troubled when he did not meet with Titus at Troas, and... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:5-16

7:5-16 For when we arrived in Macedonia we could find no rest for our body, but we were sore pressed on every side. There were wars without and fears within. But he who comforts the lowly comforted us--I mean God--by the arrival of Titus. We found this comfort not only in his arrival, but in the comfort which he found amongst you, for he brought news of your longing to see me, of your grief for the past situation, of your zeal to show your loyalty to me. The consequence was that my gladness... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation ,.... These words contain a reason, proving that they had received no damage, but profit by the sorrow that had possessed them, from the nature of it, a "godly" sorrow; a sorrow which had God for its author; it did not arise from the power of free will, nor from the dictates of a natural conscience, nor from a work of the law on their hearts, or from a fear of hell and damnation, but it sprung from the free grace of God; it was a gift of his... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow - That which has the breach of God's holy law for its object. Worketh repentance - A thorough change of mind unto salvation, because the person who feels it cannot rest till he finds pardon through the mercy of God. But the sorrow of the world worketh death - Sorrow for lost goods, lost friends, death of relatives, etc., when it is poignant and deep, produces diseases, increases those that already exist, and often leads men to lay desperate hands on themselves. This... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

Verse 10 10.Sorrow according to God (644) In the first place, in order to understand what is meant by this clause according to God, we must observe the contrast, for the sorrow that is according to God he contrasts with the sorrow of the world Let us now take, also, the contrast between two kinds of joy. The joy of the world is, when men foolishly, and without the fear of the Lord, exult in vanity, that is, in the world, and, intoxicated with a transient felicity, look no higher than the earth.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow, etc. "For the sorrow Which is according to God worketh out a repentance unto salvation which bringeth no regret." Sin causes regret, remorse, that sort of repentance ( metomeleia ) which is merely an unavailing rebellion against the inevitable consequences of misdoing; but the sorrow of self-reproach which follows true repentance ( metanoia, change of mind) is never followed by regret. Some take "not to be regretted" with "salvation," but it is a very unsuitable... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow - “Sorrow according to God” (Ἡ γὰρ κατὰ Θεὸν λύπη Hē gar kata Theon lupē). That is, such sorrow as has respect to God, or is according to his will, or as leads the soul to him. This is a very important expression in regard to true repentance, and shows the exact nature of that sorrow which is connected with a return to God. The phrase may be regarded as implying the following things:(1) Such sorrow as God approves, or such as is suitable to. or conformable to his will... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

2 Corinthians 7:8-11. For though I made you sorry Caused you much distress and pain of mind by the letter I formerly wrote; I do not now repent Of writing it; although I did repent After it was sent away, fearing it might irritate some of you, and produce some ill effect. Or the meaning is, I felt a tender sorrow for having grieved you, till I saw the happy fruit of it. Now I rejoice not barely that ye were made sorry By my letter, for that would rather still give me pain; but... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 7:2-16

Joy at the Corinthians’ repentance (7:2-16)Again Paul appeals to the Corinthians to open their hearts to him, and not to feel hesitant because of the accusations his enemies have made. Nothing in life or death can separate him from them. He assures them that he is overjoyed at the news he has just heard concerning them (2-4).Paul recalls the restlessness he felt in Macedonia as he awaited Titus’ return with news from Corinth. He recalls also the joy he experienced when Titus recounted how he... read more

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