1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy
our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the
saints which are in all Achaia: 2. Grace be to you and peace from God
our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4. Who 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
5. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation
also aboundeth by Christ.
6. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is 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, knowing, 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 of 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
sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raiseth the dead: 10. Who delivered us from so great
a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver
us; 11. Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift
bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by
many on our behalf.
12. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that
in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the
grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more
abundantly to you-ward.
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, that we are your rejoicing, even
as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15. And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that
ye might have a second benefit; 16. And to pass by you into
Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to
be brought on my way toward Judaea.
17. When 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 as God is true, our
word toward you was not yea and nay.
19. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by
us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in
him was yea.
20. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto
the glory of God by us.
21. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed
us, is God; 22. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the
Spirit in our hearts.
23. Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you
I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of
your joy: for by faith ye stand.