1 Paul, an apostlea of Christ Jesus by the will of God,b and Timothyc our brother,
To the church of Godd in Corinth,e together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:f
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.g
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,h the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts usi in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,j so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;k if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,l so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed,m brothers and sisters,a about the troubles we experiencedn in the province of Asia.o We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,p who raises the dead.q 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,r and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hopes that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers.t Then many will give thanksu on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
12 Now this is our boast: Our consciencev testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrityb w and godly sincerity.x We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdomy but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.z
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit youa first so that you might benefit twice.b 16 I wanted to visit you on my wayc to Macedoniad and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my waye to Judea.f 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly mannerg so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18 But as surely as God is faithful,h our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God,i Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silasc j and Timothyk—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has alwaysl been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promisesm God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen”n is spoken by us to the glory of God.o 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firmp in Christ. He anointedq us, 22 set his sealr of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.s
23 I call God as my witnesst—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare youu that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it overv your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.w
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