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¶ Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us purify ourselves from every pollution of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in God’s fear.
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¶ Receive us; we wronged none, we corrupted none, we overreached none.
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For condemnation I do not speak; for I have said before that ye are in our hearts to die with and to live with.
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Great [is] my openness toward you, great my boasting in respect of you: I am filled with encouragement, I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.
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For also when we came into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but [we were] afflicted in every way; without fightings, within fears.
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But he that encourageth the lowly, God, encouraged us by the coming of Titus,
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and not by his coming only but also by the encouragement with which he was encouraged in your case, declaring to us your longing desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I the more rejoiced.
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Because if even I grieved you in the letter, I do not regret, if even I did regret; for I see that that letter if even for a time grieved you.
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Now I rejoice, not that ye were grieved but that ye were grieved unto repentance, for ye were grieved according to God that in nothing ye might suffer damage from us.
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For grief according to God worketh repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the grief of the world worketh out death.
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For, behold, this very thing that ye were grieved according to God, how much diligence it wrought out in you, nay self-clearing, nay indignation, nay fear, nay longing desire, nay zeal, nay avenging! In everything did ye prove yourselves to be pure in the matter.
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Wherefore, if also I wrote, [it was] not for the sake of him that wronged, nor for his sake that was wronged, but for the sake of your diligence for us c being manifested unto you before God.
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On this account we have been encouraged; but d in our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly over the joy of Titus, because his spirit hath been refreshed by you all.
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Because if I have boasted to him anything of you, I was not put to shame; but as we speak all things to you in truth, so also our boasting of you to Titus was truth.
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And his affections are more exceedingly toward you, calling to mind the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
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I rejoice e that in everything I am confident in you.