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2 Corinthians 2:5

    2 Corinthians 2:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But if any have caused grief, he has not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if anyone has been a cause of sorrow, he has been so, not to me only, but in some measure to all of you (I say this that I may not be over-hard on you).

    Webster's Revision

    But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

    World English Bible

    But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 2:5

    But, if any have caused grief - Here he seems to refer particularly to the cause of the incestuous person.

    Grieved me, but in part - I cannot help thinking that the εκ μερους and απο μερους, which we render in part, and which the apostle uses so frequently in these epistles, are to be referred to the people. A part of them had acknowledged the apostle, 2 Corinthians 1:14; and here, a part of them had given him cause of grief; and therefore he immediately adds, that I may not overcharge you all; as only a part of you has put me to pain, (viz. the transgressor, and those who had taken his part), it would be unreasonable that I should load you all, επιβαρω παντας ὑμας, with the blame which attaches to that party alone.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 2:5

    If any have caused grief - There is doubtless here an allusion to the incestuous person. But it is very delicately done. He does not mention him by name. There is not anywhere an allusion to his name; nor is it possible now to know it. Is this not a proof that the names of the offending brethren in a church should not be put on the records of sessions, and churches, and presbyteries, to be handed down to posterity? Paul does not here either expressly refer to such a person. He makes his remark general, that it might be as tender and kind to the offending brother as possible. They would know whom he meant, but they had already punished him, as Paul supposed, enough, and note all that he said in regard to him was as tender as possible, and suited, as much as possible, to conciliate his feelings and allay his grief. He did not harshly charge him with sin; he did not use any abusive or severe epithets; but he gently insinuates that he "had caused grief;" he had pained the hearts of his brethren.

    He hath not grieved me, but in part - He has not particularly offended or grieved me. He has grieved me only in common with others, and as a part of the church of Christ. All have common cause of grief; and I have no interest in it which is not common to you all. I am but one of a great number who have felt the deepest concern on account of his conduct.

    That I may not overcharge you all - That I may not bear hard (ἐπιβαρῶ epibarō) on you all; that I may not accuse you all of having caused me grief. The sense is, "Grief has been produced. I, in common with the church, have been pained, and deeply pained, with the conduct of the individual referred to; and with that of his abettors and friends. But I would not charge the whole church with it; or seem to bear hard on them, or overcharge them with lack of zeal for their purity, or unwillingness to remove the evil." They had shown their willingness to correct the evil by promptly removing the offender when he had directed it. The sense of this verse should be connected with the verse that follows; and the idea is, that they had promptly administered sufficient discipline, and that they were not now to be charged severely with having neglected it. Even while Paul said he had been pained and grieved, he had seen occasion not to bear hard on the whole church, but to be ready to commend them for their promptness in removing the cause of the offence.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 2:5

    2:5 He hath grieved me but in part - Who still rejoice over the greater part of you. Otherwise I might burden you all.