2 Corinthians 1
Introduction1 Paul a an apostle of b Christ Jesus c by the will of God, and d Timothy our brother, To e the church of God which is at f Corinth with all the ▼
▼ Or holy onessaints who are throughout h Achaia: 2 i Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 j Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and k God of all comfort, 4 who l comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in ▼
▼ Lit everyany affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just n as the sufferings of Christ are ▼
▼ Lit to usours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is p for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that q as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. 8 For r we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our s affliction which came to us in ▼
▼ I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor, u Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 ▼
▼ Lit but we ourselvesindeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who w delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us ▼
▼ One early ms reads on whom we have set our hope that He will alsoHe y on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in z helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by aa many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.
Paul’s Integrity12 For our ▼
▼ Lit boastingproud confidence is this: the testimony of ac our conscience, that in holiness and ad godly sincerity, ae not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. 13 For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand af until the end; 14 just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in ag the day of our Lord Jesus. 15 In this confidence I intended at first to ah come to you, so that you might ▼
▼ Lit have a second gracetwice receive a ▼
▼ One early ms reads joy, ak blessing; 16 ▼
▼ Lit andthat is, to am pass ▼
▼ Lit through you intoyour way into ao Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be ap helped on my journey to Judea. 17 Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose aq according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 18 But as ar God is faithful, as our word to you is not yes and no. 19 For at the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us— by me and au Silvanus and av Timothy— was not yes and no, but is yes aw in Him. 20 For ax as many as are the promises of God, ay in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is az our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who ba establishes us with you in Christ and bb anointed us is God, 22 who also bc sealed us and bd gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a ▼
▼ Or down paymentpledge. 23 But bf I call God as witness ▼
▼ Lit uponto my soul, that bh to spare you I did not come again to bi Corinth. 24 Not that we bj lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are bk standing firm.
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