1 Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting qodeshah in the reverence of Elohim.
2 Make room for us, we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we exploited no one.
3 I do not say this to condemn, for I previously said that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I have been filled with encouragement, I overflow with joy in all our pressure.
5 For, indeed, when we came into Makedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were hard pressed on every side – conflicts without, fears within.
6 But Elohim, who encourages the downcast, encouraged us by the coming of Titus,
7 and not only by his coming, but also by the encouragement with which he was encouraged over you, when he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your ardour for me, so that I greatly rejoiced.
8 For even if I made you sad with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same letter made you sad, even if for an hour.
9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sad, but that you were saddened into repenting. For you were made sad according to Elohim, so that you suffered no loss from us.
10 For sadness according to Elohim works repentance to deliverance, not to be regretted, but the sadness of the world works death.
11 For see how you have been saddened according to Elohim – how much eagerness it worked in you; indeed, clearing of yourselves; indeed, displeasure; indeed, reverence; indeed, longing; indeed, ardour; indeed, righting of wrong! In every way you proved yourselves to be clear in the matter.
12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but for the sake of revealing our diligence for you, before Elohim.
13 For this reason we have been encouraged in your encouragement. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
14 Because if I have boasted somewhat about you to him, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke to you in all truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true.
15 And his tender feelings are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of all of you, as you received him with fear and trembling.
16 I rejoice that in every way I am of good courage by reason of you.