1tn Or “purify ourselves.”

2tn Grk “from every defilement of the flesh.”

3tn Grk “accomplishing.” The participle has been translated as a finite verb due to considerations of contemporary English style, and “thus” has been supplied to indicate that it represents a result of the previous cleansing.

4tn Grk “in the fear of God.”

5tn The phrase “in your hearts” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.

6tn “We have ruined no one” may refer to financial loss (“we have caused no one to suffer financial loss”) but it may also refer to the undermining of faith (“we have corrupted no one’s faith,”). Both options are mentioned in L&N 20.23.

7tn Or “we have taken advantage of no one.”

8sn See 2 Cor 1:4-7.

9tn The words “with you” are not in the Greek text, but are implied.

10tn Grk “great is my boasting.”

11tn Or “comfort.”

12tn Grk “I am overflowing with joy in all our suffering”; the words “in the midst of” are not in the Greek text but are supplied to clarify that Paul is not rejoicing in the suffering itself, but in his relationship with the Corinthians in the midst of all his suffering.

13tn Grk “our flesh.”

14tn Or “comforts,” “consoles.”

15tn Or “comforted,” “consoled.”

16tn Because of the length and complexity of this Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation by supplying the phrase “We were encouraged.”

17tn Or “comfort,” “consolation.”

18tn Grk “by the encouragement with which he was encouraged by you.” The passive construction was translated as an active one in keeping with contemporary English style, and the repeated word “encouraged” was replaced in the translation by “gave” to avoid redundancy in the translation.

19tn Or “your grieving,” “your deep sorrow.”

20tn Or “your zeal.”

21tn Grk “if I grieved you.”

22sn My letter. Paul is referring to the “severe” letter mentioned in 2 Cor 2:4.

23tn Grk “I do not regret”; direct objects in Greek must often be supplied from the context. Here one could simply supply “it,” but since Paul is referring to the effects of his previous letter, clarity is improved if “having written it” is supplied.

24tn Grk “I did regret”; the direct object “it” must be supplied from the context.

25tc A few important mss (46c B D* it sa) lack γάρ (gar, “for”), while the majority of witnesses have it (א C D1 F G Ψ 0243 33 1739 1881 ¤ sy bo). Even though 46* omits γάρ, it has the same sense (viz., a subordinate clause) because it reads the participle βλέπων (blepwn, “seeing”; the Vulgate does the same). A decision is difficult because although the overwhelming external evidence is on the side of the conjunction, the lack of γάρ is a significantly harder reading, for the whole clause is something of an anacoluthon. Without the conjunction, the sentence reads more harshly. This would fit with Paul’s “vehemence of spirit” (A. T. Robertson, A Grammar of the Greek New Testament, 435) that is found especially in 2 Corinthians and Galatians. However, the mss that omit the conjunction are prone to such tendencies at times. In this instance, the conjunction should probably stand.

26tn Grk “my letter grieved you.”

27tn Grk “were grieved” (so also twice later in the verse).

28tn Grk “corresponding to God,” that is, corresponding to God’s will (κατὰ θεόν, kata qeon). The same phrase occurs in vv. 10 and 11.

29tn Grk “so that you did not suffer loss.”

30tn Grk “this very thing, to be grieved.”

31tn The words “of yourselves” are not in the Greek text but are implied.

32sn What indignation refers to the Corinthians’ indignation at the offender.

33tn Or “what zeal.”

34sn That is, punishment for the offender.

35tn Grk “but in order that your eagerness on our behalf might be revealed to you.”

36tn Or “all of you have put his mind at ease.”

37tn Grk “I have not been put to shame”; the words “by you” are not in the Greek text but are implied.

38tn Grk “just as we spoke everything to you in truth.”

39tn The words “about you” are not in the Greek text but are implied.

40tn Or “is all the more.”