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2 Corinthians 1:1–24

GREETING

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will,a and Timothyb ourA brother:

To the church of God at Corinth,c with all the saints who are throughout Achaia.d

Grace to you and peacee from God our Fatherf and the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE GOD OF COMFORT

Blessed beg the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of merciesh and the God of all comfort.i He comforts us in all our affliction,B so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as the sufferingsj of Christk overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.l If we are afflicted,m it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer.n And our hopeo for you is firm, because we know that as you sharep in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

We don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of our affliction that took place in Asia.q We were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strengthr—so that we even despaireds of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in Godt who raisesu the dead. 10 He has deliveredv us from such a terrible death,w and he will deliver us. We have put our hope in him that he will deliver us again 11 while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on ourC behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.

A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

12 Indeed, this is our boast: The testimonyx of our consciencey is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with godly sincerity and purity, not by human wisdomz but by God’s grace.aa 13 For we are writing nothing to you other than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely—14 just as you have partially understood us—that we are your reason for pride,ab just as you also are oursac in the day of ourD Lord Jesus.ad

A VISIT POSTPONED

15 Because of this confidence, I planned to come to you first,ae so that you could have a second benefit,E 16 and to visit you on my way to Macedonia,af and then come to you again from Macedonia and be helped by youag on my journeyah to Judea.ai 17 Now when I planned this, was I of two minds? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely humanF,aj way so that I say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As God is faithful,ak our message to you is not “Yes and no.” 19 For the Son of God,al Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you—Silvanus,* ,am Timothy, and I—did not become “Yes and no.” On the contrary, in him it is always “Yes.”an 20 For every one of God’s promisesao is “Yes” in him. Therefore, through him we also say “Amen”ap to the glory of God.aq 21 Now it is God who strengthens us together with you in Christ, and who has anointedar us. 22 He has also put his seal on us and given us the Spirit in our heartsas as a down payment.at

23 I call on God as a witness,au on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.av 24 I do not mean that we lord it over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand firm in youraw faith.

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