7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.

7:2 Open your hearts to us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.
7:2 Make room in your hearts for us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.

7:3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.
7:3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.

7:4 I have great confidence in you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. With all our affliction, I am overjoyed.
7:4 I often boast about you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with consolation; I am overjoyed in all our affliction.

7:5 For even when we came into Macedo'nia, our bodies had no rest but we were afflicted at every turn -- fighting without and fear within.
7:5 For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way--disputes without and fears within.

7:6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
7:6 But God, who consoles the downcast, consoled us by the arrival of Titus,

7:7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.
7:7 and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.

7:8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it), for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while.
7:8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly).

7:9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting; for you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
7:9 Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance; for you felt a godly grief, so that you were not harmed in any way by us.

7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.
7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.

7:11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves guiltless in the matter.
7:11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves guiltless in the matter.

7:12 So although I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your zeal for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God.
7:12 So although I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one who was wronged, but in order that your zeal for us might be made known to you before God.

7:13 Therefore we are comforted. And besides our own comfort we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has been set at rest by you all.
7:13 In this we find comfort. In addition to our own consolation, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has been set at rest by all of you.

7:14 For if I have expressed to him some pride in you, I was not put to shame; but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting before Titus has proved true.
7:14 For if I have been somewhat boastful about you to him, I was not disgraced; but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus has proved true as well.

7:15 And his heart goes out all the more to you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, and the fear and trembling with which you received him.
7:15 And his heart goes out all the more to you, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, and how you welcomed him with fear and trembling.

7:16 I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.
7:16 I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.