Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament2 Corinthians 7:9
- Now I rejoice (nun xairw).
- Now that Titus has come and told him the good news from Corinth (2:12). This was the occasion of the noble outburst in 2:12-6:10.
- Unto repentance (eiv metanoian).
- Note the sharp difference here between "sorrow" (luph) which is merely another form of metamelomai (regret, remorse) and "repentance" (metanoia) or change of mind and life. It is a linguistic and theological tragedy that we have to go on using "repentance" for metanoia. But observe that the "sorrow" has led to "repentance" and was not Itself the repentance.
- After a godly sort (kata teon).
- In God's way. "God's way as opposed to man's way and the devil's way" (Plummer). It was not mere sorrow, but a change in their attitude that counted.
- That ye might suffer loss by us in nothing (ina en mhdeni zhmiwthte ex umwn).
- Purpose clause with ina and first aorist passive subjunctive of zhmiow, old verb to suffer damage. See on "Mt 16:26". This was God's intention and so he overruled their sorrow to good.