2 Corinthians 7:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 7:14, NIV: I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well.

2 Corinthians 7:14, ESV: For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true.

2 Corinthians 7:14, KJV: For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.

2 Corinthians 7:14, NASB: For if I have boasted to him about you regarding anything, I was not put to shame. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth.

2 Corinthians 7:14, NLT: I had told him how proud I was of you--and you didn't disappoint me. I have always told you the truth, and now my boasting to Titus has also proved true!

2 Corinthians 7:14, CSB: For if I have made any boast to him about you, I have not been disappointed; but as I have spoken everything to you in truth, so our boasting to Titus has also turned out to be the truth.

What does 2 Corinthians 7:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

There can be awkwardness when you have told two different people about each other, and they finally meet, especially under difficult circumstances. One reason Paul had been concerned about sending Titus to the church in Corinth with his letter of severe rebuke was that he genuinely liked both Titus and the Corinthians. He has boasted to Titus about the great work God was doing in the hearts and lives of the believers in Corinth, as he had boasted to them about God's work in and through Titus. He had set them up to meet for the first time amid a necessary confrontation between himself and the Corinthians.

In the end, though, it all worked out well. The Corinthians had received Paul's rebuke with sorrow for their own actions and eager repentance. Titus had been refreshed and encouraged by them. Paul had been vindicated about his boasting to both parties about the other instead of shamed for overstating their excellent qualities.