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So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:7 comfort him. Paul had rebuked the Corinthians for condoning the sin of incest in their midst, commanding them to put the one guilty of the sin out of the church (I Corinthians 5:7). The discipline had brought him to repentance, so now Paul urges forgiveness and restoration to fellowship.

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