2 Corinthians 7:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 7:8, NIV: Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it--I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while--

2 Corinthians 7:8, ESV: For even if I made you grieve 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.

2 Corinthians 7:8, KJV: For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

2 Corinthians 7:8, NASB: For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while—

2 Corinthians 7:8, NLT: I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while.

2 Corinthians 7:8, CSB: For even if I grieved you with my letter, I don't regret it. And if I regretted it--since I saw that the letter grieved you, yet only for a while--

What does 2 Corinthians 7:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

At some earlier date, Paul had written a severe and corrective letter to Christians in Corinth. During his last "painful" visit with them, they sided with someone among them who stood against Paul in some way. The details are not clear, but Paul considered their action as sinful and perhaps a personal betrayal of their relationship with him.

He sent Titus to Corinth to deliver this rebuke and instruction to repent. Titus had now, finally, returned and reported that the Corinthians had, in fact, repented. They mourned over their sin after reading Paul's letter to them.

Paul has two reactions to hearing about their sadness in response to his rebuke. Like a loving parent, he hates to hear that they were sad, but he also understands their sadness to be a sign of genuine repentance from wrongdoing. So, he declares both that he does not regret writing the letter, since it led to repentance, but that he did regret hurting them in this way because of his affection for them. He is glad that their sorrow lasted only for a short time and achieved its purpose.

He writes in the following verses that this is exactly how godly repentance is supposed to work: sadness for a moment followed by restoration and a renewed commitment to doing what is right.