1 Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will, and Timothy the brother, to the church of :God which is in Corinth, with all the saints that are in the whole of Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed the God and Father of our :Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of :mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all our :affliction, that we be able to comfort those in any :affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of :God. 5 Because as the sufferings of the Christ abound unto us, even so our :comfort also aboundeth through the Christ. 6 But whether we are afflicted, it is for your :comfort and salvation; whether we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which worketh in endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer: 7 and our :hope for you is steadfast; knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the comfort. 8 For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our :affliction which befell us in :Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 but ourselves have had the †sentence of :death within ourselves, that we should not be trusting in ourselves, but in :God who raiseth the dead: 10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and will deliver: on whom we have hoped that he will also still deliver us; 11 YE also helping together on our behalf by the supplication; that, for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many, thanks be given by many †persons on our behalf.
12 For our :glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of :God, and not in fleshly wisdom but in God’s grace, we behaved in the world, and more abundantly toward you. 13 For we write you no other things, than what ye read or even acknowledge, and I hope ye will acknowledge unto the end: 14 even as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that we are your glorying, just as ye also are ours, in the day of our :Lord Jesus.
15 And in this :confidence I intended to come first unto you, that ye might have a second joy; 16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and of you to be set forward unto :Judæa. 17 When I therefore intended thus, did I show :fickleness? or the things I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me the yea should be yea and the nay nay? 18 But :God is faithful that our :word :unto you is not yea and nay. 19 For the Son of :God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you through us, through me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him is yea. 20 For however many the promises of God, in him is the yea: wherefore also through him is the Amen, unto glory to :God through us. 21 Now who establisheth us with you unto Christ, and anointed us, is God; 22 who also sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our :hearts. 23 But I call God for a witness upon my :soul, that to spare you I came not yet unto Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your :faith, but are fellowlaborers of your :joy: for by :faith ye stand fast.