2 Corinthians 1
Paul Greets the Corinthians1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by [the] will of God, and Timothy [our] brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.
The God of All Comfort3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and [the] God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves [have received] from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 If we are afflicted, [it is] for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, [it is] for your comfort, which accomplishes in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we experience. 7 And our hope for you [is] sure, [because] we know that just as you share in [our] sufferings, so also [you will share] in [our] comfort. 8 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the hardships we encountered in [the province of] Asia. We were under a burden far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, we felt we were under the sentence of death, in order that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God, who raises the dead. 10 [He] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver [us] . In [Him] we have placed our hope that He will yet again deliver [us] , 11 as you help us by [your] prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the favor shown us in answer to [ their prayers ] .
Paul's Change of Plans12 And this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in relation to you, in [the] holiness and sincerity that [are from] God— not in worldly wisdom, but in [the] grace of God. 13 For we do not write you anything that is beyond your ability to read [and] understand. And I hope that you will understand completely, 14 as you have already understood us in part, so that you may boast of us just as we [ will boast ] of you in the day of our Lord Jesus. 15 Confident of this, I planned to visit you first, so that you might receive a double blessing. 16 [I wanted] to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to return to you from Macedonia, and then [to have] you help me on my way to Judea. 17 When I planned this, did I do it carelessly? Or do I make my plans by human standards, so as [to say] “Yes, yes” when I really mean “No, no”? 18 But [as surely as] God [is] faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed among you by me and Silvanus ▼
▼ That is, Silasand Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in Him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For all [the] promises of God [are] “Yes” in [Christ] . And so through Him, [our] “Amen” is spoken to [the] glory of God. 21 Now [it is] God who establishes [both] us and you in Christ. He anointed us, 22 placed His seal on us, and put [His] Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come. 23 I call God as my witness that [it was in order] to spare you [that] I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for [your] joy, because [it is] by faith [that] you stand firm.
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