2 Corinthians 1

Introduction

1Paul 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 ones
saints 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, 4who l  comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in
Lit every
any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5For just n  as the sufferings of Christ are
Lit to us
ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
6But 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; 7and 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.

8For 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 ourselves
indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
10who 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 also
He y  on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
11you 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 Integrity

12For our
Lit boasting
proud 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.
13For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand af  until the end; 14just 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.

15In this confidence I intended at first to ah  come to you, so that you might
Lit have a second grace
twice receive a
One early ms reads joy
,
ak  blessing;
16
Lit and
that is, to am  pass
Lit through you into
your way into ao  Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be ap  helped on my journey to Judea.
17Therefore, 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? 18But as ar  God is faithful, as  our word to you is not yes and no. 19For at  the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us— by me and au  Silvanus and av  Timothywas not yes and no, but is yes aw  in Him. 20For 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. 21Now He who ba  establishes us with you in Christ and bb  anointed us is God, 22who also bc  sealed us and bd  gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a
Or down payment
pledge.

23But bf  I call God as witness
Lit upon
to my soul, that bh  to spare you I did not come again to bi  Corinth.
24Not 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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