Forgive and comfort him (2 Cor. 2:7)

“Now instead,

You should forgive

And comfort him.


He may not be overwhelmed

By excessive sorrow.”

ὥστε τοὐναντίον μᾶλλον ὑμᾶς χαρίσασθαι καὶ παρακαλέσαι, μή πως τῇ περισσοτέρᾳ λύπῃ καταποθῇ ὁ τοιοῦτος.

Paul said that now instead (ὥστε τοὐναντίον), you should rather forgive (μᾶλλον ὑμᾶς χαρίσασθαι) and comfort him (καὶ παρακαλέσαι).  Thus, he (ὁ τοιοῦτος) may not (μή) be overwhelmed (καταποθῇ) by excessive sorrow (πως τῇ περισσοτέρᾳ λύπῃ).  In fact, Paul seemed to be asking for clemency.  He said that they should forgive and comfort this man so that he would not be overwhelmed with sorrow.  Paul did not want any harsh or prolonged punishment.  He believed in repentance and forgiveness.  He did not want this man overcome with depression.  Have you ever felt like you were punished too severely?

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