Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the congregation of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy ones
who are in the whole province
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we are able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow in abundance to us, even so through Christ our comfort also overflows in abundance.
But if we are afflicted, it is
for your comfort and salvation, or if we are comforted, it is
for your comfort, which produces in you the
patient enduring of the same sufferings that we also suffer.
And our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you are of the comfort.
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning the affliction that befell us in the province of
Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so that we despaired even of life.
Indeed, we ourselves had the sentence of death within ourselves, with the result that we did not have confidence in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead,
10who rescued us out of so great a death, and will rescue. We have set our hope on him, that he will rescue us yet again,
you also helping together on our behalf by your supplications, so that thanks will be given by many people on our behalf for the gracious gift given
to us by many people
For our boast, the testimony of our conscience, is this: that we behaved ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God.
For we do not write any other things to you than what you read or even understand, and I hope you will understand it fully,
just as you have only
understood us in part, so that we are your rejoicing, just as you also are ours, on the Day of our Lord Jesus.
And with this confidence, I planned at first to come to you, so that you could have a second experience of
and travel by way of you into Macedonia, and back
again from Macedonia to come to you, and have you send me on my way to Judea.
Was I vacillating when I planned to do this? Or the things that I plan, do I plan them according to the flesh, so that with me there will be “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time
But as God is faithful, our word to you is not “Yes” and “No.”
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even
by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not “Yes and no,” on the contrary, in him it has always been “Yes.”
For as many as are the promises of God, in him they are “Yes,” that is why it is
through him we say
“Amen!,” to the glory of God.
Now the one who is establishing us with you in union with
Christ, and has anointed us, is God,
who also sealed us, and put the spirit in our hearts as a guarantee of what is to come
23But I call God for a witness on behalf of my soul, that it was in order to spare you I did not come to Corinth.
Not that we have lordship over your trust, but are fellow-workers for your joy, for you are standing firm in your