2 Corinthians 2:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 2:5, NIV: If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent--not to put it too severely.

2 Corinthians 2:5, ESV: Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you.

2 Corinthians 2:5, KJV: But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

2 Corinthians 2:5, NASB: But if anyone has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not for me, but in some degree—not to say too much—for all of you.

2 Corinthians 2:5, NLT: I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.

2 Corinthians 2:5, CSB: If anyone has caused pain, he has caused pain not so much to me but to some degree--not to exaggerate--to all of you.

What does 2 Corinthians 2:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Since his last painful visit with the Corinthians, Paul has written them a letter which caused him great anguish to send. The letter, apparently, called on them to correct a man in the church who seems to have challenged Paul's status as an apostle. Paul hated to write it because he knew it might hurt them. Also, he feared it might bring pain to their shared relationship. Whatever hurt it might have caused, it appears the Corinthians responded well to his letter and set about to deal with the man who was wrongly challenging Paul's authority over the church.

Now Paul writes about this man, carefully describing him as "anyone." If anyone has caused pain, Paul writes, it was not so much to Paul, personally, as to everyone in the church. Paul wants the Corinthians to recognize that this man's sinful challenge to Paul's authority caused a division that hurt them all, as a group. This is often the case with sin. When one believer in a group commits sin, even if it seems like the sin is directed at only one other person, everyone can suffer.

Paul wants to maintain the proper proportion about what has happened, however. He does not want to state things too severely. Apparently, the man had repented. In the following verses, Paul will encourage them to forgive and restore this previously rebellious individual.