1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, And Timothy the brother,—Unto the assembly of God which is in Corinth, Together with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
2 Favour unto you and peace, From God [our] Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of compassions And God of all encouragement,
4 Who encourageth us in all our tribulation To the end we may be able to encourage them who are in any tribulation—Through means of the encouragement wherewith we ourselves are encouraged by God.
5 Because even as the sufferings of the Christ overflow unto us So through the Christ overfloweth our encouragement also.
6 But whether we are in tribulation It is for your encouragement and salvation; Whether we are encouraged It is for your encouragement which worketh inwardly by the endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer;—
7 And so our hope is sure in your behalf,—Knowing that—As ye are sharers of the sufferings So also of the encouragement.
8 For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, as to our tribulation which happened in Asia,—That exceedingly beyond power were we weighed down, So that we despaired even of life.
9 But we ourselves within ourselves have had the sentence of death, That we might not rest our confidence upon ourselves But upon God who raiseth the dead,
10 Who out of so great a death rescued us and will rescue,—Unto whom we have turned our hope [that] even yet he will rescue:
11 Ye also labouring together on our behalf by your supplication, That unto many persons being due the gift of favour unto us Through means of many might thanks be given in our behalf.
12 For our boasting is this—The witness of our conscience, That in sanctity and sincerity of God, [And] not in fleshly wisdom but in God’s favour Have we behaved ourselves in the world,—And more abundantly towards you.
13 For no other things are we writing unto you than what ye are either reading or even acknowledging,—I hope moreover that throughout ye will acknowledge,
14 According as ye have also acknowledged us in part,—That your theme of boasting we are, Even indeed as ye also [shall be] ours in the day of our Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I purposed before to come unto you,—In order that a second joy ye might have,—
16 And by your means to pass into Macedonia, And again from Macedonia to come unto you, And by you be set forward unto Judaea:—
17 This then being my purpose Perhaps after all with lightness I dealt [with the matter]? Or the things that I purpose according to the flesh I purpose,—That with me should be the Yea yea, and the Nay nay?
18 Faithful however is God, in that our discourse which was [delivered] unto you is not Yea and Nay;
19 For the Son of God, Christ Jesus—Who among you through us was proclaimed,—Through me and Silvanus and Timothy Became not Yea and Nay,—But Yea in him hath it become;
20 For how many soever be the promises of God In him is the Yea,—Wherefore also through him [be] the Amen unto God, For glory through us.
21 Now he that confirmeth us together with you for Christ, And hath anointed us Is God:
22 Who also hath sealed us And given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 But I call upon God as a witness against my own soul,—That to spare you not yet have I come unto Corinth:
24 Not that we have lordship over your faith But are helpers of your joy, For by your faith ye stand.