2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians


1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, a and Timothy b our
Lit the
brother:To God’s church at Corinth, d with all the
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
saints who are throughout Achaia. f

2 Grace to you and peace g from God our Father h and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The God of Comfort

3 Praise i the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies j and the God of all comfort. k 4 He comforts us in all our affliction,
Or trouble, or tribulation, or trials, or oppression; the Gk word has a lit meaning of being under pressure.
so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
5 For as the sufferings m of Christ n overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows. o 6 If we are afflicted, p it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in your endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. q 7 And our hope r for you is firm, because we know that as you share s in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort.

8 For we don’t want you to be unaware,
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, of our affliction that took place in
Asia: A Roman province that is now part of modern Turkey; it did not refer to the modern continent of Asia.
Asia: v we were completely overwhelmed – beyond our strength w – so that we even despaired x of life.
9 Indeed, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God y who raises z the dead. 10 He has delivered aa us from such a terrible death, ab and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again 11while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our
Other mss read your
behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.

A Clear Conscience

12 For this is our confidence: The testimony ad of our conscience ae is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly
The word fleshly (characterized by flesh) indicates that the wisdom is natural rather than spiritual.
wisdom ag but by God’s grace. ah
13 Now we are writing nothing to you other than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely 14 as you have partially understood us – that we are your reason for pride, ai as you are ours, aj in the day of our
Other mss omit our
Lord Jesus. al

A Visit Postponed

15 I planned with this confidence to come to you first, am so you could have a double benefit,
Other mss read a second joy
16 and to go on to Macedonia ao with your help, then come to you again from Macedonia and be given a start by you ap on my journey aq to Judea. ar 17 So when I planned this, was I irresponsible? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely human
Or a worldly, or a fleshly, or a selfish
at way so that I say “Yes, yesand “No, no” simultaneously?
18As God is faithful, au our message to you is not “Yes and no.” 19 For the Son of God, av Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us – by me and Silvanus , ax and Timothy – did not become “Yes and no”; on the contrary, a final “Yes” has come in Him. ay 20 For every one of God’s promises az is “Yesin Him. Therefore, the
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.
Amenbb is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory. bc
21 Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed bd us. 22 He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment be in our hearts. bf

23 I call on God as a witness, bg on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth. bh 24I do not mean that we have control of
Or we lord it over, or we rule over
your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand bj by faith.
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