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The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians  

2 Corinthians Chapter 1  

1Paul, 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 of Achaia: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who 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. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow in abundance to us, even so through Christ our comfort also overflows in abundance. 6But 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. 7And our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you are of the comfort. 8For 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. 9Indeed, 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, 11you 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. 12For 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. 13For we do not write any other things to you than what you read or even understand, and I hope you will understand it fully, 14just 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. 15And with this confidence, I planned at first to come to you, so that you could have a second experience of grace, 16and 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. 17Was 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? 18But as God is faithful, our word to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19For 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.” 20For 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. 21Now the one who is establishing us with you in union with Christ, and has anointed us, is God, 22who 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. 24Not that we have lordship over your trust, but are fellow-workers for your joy, for you are standing firm in your trust.