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E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 2 Corinthians 7:10

godly sorrow = grief (Greek. lupe. See 2 Corinthians 2:1 ) according to God, as in 2 Corinthians 7:9 . Compare Psalms 51:0 .Matthew 26:75 . worketh . Greek kategazomai, as in 2 Corinthians 4:17 , but the texts read ergazomai. not to be repented of . See App-111 . world . Greek. kosmos. App-129 . Compare Saul (1 Samuel 15:24 , 1 Samuel 15:30 ); Judas (Matthew 27:3-5 ). read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.REPENTANCERepentance unto salvation ... It is strange, and at the same time significant, that the apostles always indicated repentance as being "toward," in the direction of, or "unto" salvation, as here. Peter said that God had granted the Gentiles repentance "unto life"; Mark noted that repentance was "unto the remission of sins" (Mark 1:4); and in Acts 20:21,... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

2 Corinthians 7:10. For godly sorrow, &c.— See the Inferences. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:10

10. worketh . . . worketh—In the best Greek reading the translation is, "worketh (simply) . . . worketh out." "Sorrow" is not repentance, but, where it is "godly," "worketh" it; that is, contributes or tends to it (the same Greek word is in Romans 13:10). The "sorrow of the world" (that is, such as is felt by the worldly) "worketh out," as its result at last, (eternal) death (the same Greek verb is in Romans 13:10- :; also see on 2 Corinthians 4:17). repentance . . . not to be repented of—There... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Corinthians 7:5-13

Paul’s encouragement at their response 7:5-13aPaul returned to the subject of his meeting with Titus in Macedonia (2 Corinthians 2:13), which he had left to expound new covenant ministry (2 Corinthians 2:14 to 2 Corinthians 6:10) and to urge acceptance of his ministry (2 Corinthians 6:11 to 2 Corinthians 7:4). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Corinthians 7:5-16

2. The encouraging responses of the Corinthians so far 7:5-16Here Paul rejoiced that the Corinthians’ recent reception of Titus and their response to Paul’s previous letter evidenced a proper response to him. He said this to encourage his readers to follow through and become completely openhearted toward him. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Corinthians 7:10

The apostle then added a somewhat philosophical reflection on two possible responses to criticism and their consequences. The proper response, God’s will, results in a change of mind (repentance) that leads to deliverance from the bad situation (salvation in the temporal sense here) without later regret. The improper response, the world’s typical superficial response, does not result in a change of mind (repentance) but leads to resentment and bitterness (ultimately death in the temporal... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 7:1-16

(e) 7:2-16. The Apostle’s Joy in the Corinthians’ repentanceSt. Paul goes on to ask them to give him their affection, and renews his assurance of purity of deed and motive. He tells them of the suspense in which he had awaited their response to his ’severe’ letter, and his joy at the return of Titus with good news. He is now glad that he vexed them by that letter—though he was inclined to regret his action for a time—because of its happy results in their attitude and conduct; and he concludes... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 2 Corinthians 7:10

(10) For godly sorrow.—Again we note the needless variation which is the easily besetting sin of the English version. Better, as before, the sorrow which is after the will of God.Repentance to salvation not to be repented of.—Here the English effaces a distinction in the original. (See Note on Matthew 27:3,) Better, repentance unto salvation, giving no matter for regret. The adjective, or adjectival phrase, may qualify either “repentance” or “salvation.” The latter seems preferable.But the... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 2 Corinthians 7:1-16

Sorrow for Sin 2 Corinthians 7:10 All sorrow for sin is not godly sorrow, and does not always work repentance. Sorrow for sin may issue either in spiritual life or in spiritual death. I. Now there may be many reasons why men sorrow for sin. (1) Some men sorrow for sin because they look upon sin not so much as a crime as a ruin. They think of what they have lost through their sin, and as they look upon their ruin they hate the sin. (52) In the second place, some men grieve over sin because of... read more

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