2 Corinthians 2:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 2:12, NIV: Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,

2 Corinthians 2:12, ESV: When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 2:12, KJV: Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

2 Corinthians 2:12, NASB: Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 2:12, NLT: When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.

2 Corinthians 2:12, CSB: When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord opened a door for me,

What does 2 Corinthians 2:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has been explaining why he delayed his return to Corinth beyond the time he had apparently planned. In short, his previous visit ended awkwardly, and he sent a painful letter to the church to correct the sinfulness of an influential man among them. Paul could not know whether this would result in the Corinthian church siding with the man and turning against him and God. Or, if they would obey and make things right.

Paul sent his co-worker Titus with the agonizing letter to Corinth and eagerly waited for his return with some indication about the Corinthians' response. The plan was to meet Titus in Troas before returning to Macedonia. Paul did not want to return to Corinth until he heard Titus' report.

Now Paul resumes his story, only to break it off again shortly. When he arrived in Troas to preach the gospel, Paul found an open door from the Lord. In other words, some people were ready to hear about Christ. Paul, though, did not stay and minister to them, after all.