2 Corinthians 1
Paul saluteth the Corinthians; and blesseth God for the comforts and deliverances given him, not solely for his own sake, but for the comfort and encouragement of others also. He telleth them of a deliverance he had lately had from a great danger in Asia, and expresseth his trust in God's protection for the future through their prayers. He calleth both his own conscience and theirs to witness his sincerity in preaching the gospel; and excuseth his not coming to them, as not proceeding from lightness, but from lenience toward them.
1 aPAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and bTimothy our brother, unto cthe church of God which is at Corinth, with dall the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 eGrace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 fBlessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, gthe Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 hWho comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 iFor as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 jAnd whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which 1is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, kknowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant lof our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the 2sentence of death in ourselves, that mwe should not trust in ourselves, but in God nwhich raiseth the dead:
10 oWho delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 pYe also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us qby the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 rFor our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in ssimplicity and godly tsincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have *had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly *to you-ward.
- r: 2Co. 1:10 , 2Ki. 20:3 , Ac. 23:1 , Ac. 24:16 , Ga. 6:4 , 2Ti. 1:3 , He. 13:18 , Ps. 32:2 , Jn. 1:47 , 1Co. 2:4 , 1Co. 2:13 , 1Co. 4:4 , 1Co. 9:15 , 1Co. 15:10 , 2Co. 2:17 , 2Co. 4:2 , 2Co. 7:14 , 2Co. 11:6
- s: 2Co. 11:3
- t: 1Co. 5:8
- *: had our conversation-conducted ourselves. , to you-ward-toward you.
13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, uthat we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours vin the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 wAnd in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second 3benefit;
16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and xto come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on ymy way toward Judaea.
17 zWhen I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
18 But aas God is true, our 4word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 For the bSon of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and cSilvanus and dTimotheus, ewas not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
20 For fall the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he gwhich stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 hWho hath also sealed us, and given the *earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover iI call God for a record upon my jsoul, that kto spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.