Severe Letter

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The Severe Letter or Letter of Tears was a letter written to the Corinthians by the Apostle Paul. It is mentioned in 2 Corinthians 2:4: "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you." This description does not match First Corinthians, so there are two main theories on the Severe Letter:

  1. The first theory is that the Severe Letter is lost.
  2. The second theory is that the "Severe Letter" is preserved in 2 Corinthians 10–13.[1] [2]

For more discussion on reconstructing Paul's correspondence with the Corinthians, see Second Epistle to the Corinthians.


  1. ^ THE SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS, from "An Introduction to the New Testament", By Edgar J. Goodspeed, 1937
  2. ^ New Testament Letter Structure, from Catholic Resources by Felix Just, S.J.