1:1Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ by God's will, and the brother Timotheus, to the assembly of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia.
1:2Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions, and God of all encouragement;
1:4who encourages us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to encourage those who are in any tribulation whatever, through the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged of God.
1:5Because, even as the sufferings of the Christ abound towards us, so through the Christ does our encouragement also abound.
1:6But whether we are in tribulation, it is for your encouragement and salvation, wrought in the endurance of the same sufferings which *we* also suffer,
1:7(and our hope for you is sure;) or whether we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement and salvation: knowing that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the encouragement.
1:8For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, as to our tribulation which happened to us in Asia, that we were excessively pressed beyond our power, so as to despair even of living.
1:9But we ourselves had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not have our trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
1:10who has delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver; in whom we confide that he will also yet deliver;
1:11ye also labouring together by supplication for us that the gift towards us, through means of many persons, may be the subject of the thanksgiving of many for us.
1:12For our boasting is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and sincerity before God, (not in fleshly wisdom but in God's grace,) we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly towards you.
1:14even as also ye have recognised us in part, that we are your boast, even as *ye* are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1:15And with this confidence I purposed to come to you previously, that ye might have a second favour;
1:16and to pass through to Macedonia by you, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and to be set forward by you to Judaea.
1:17Having therefore this purpose, did I then use lightness? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to flesh, that there should be with me yea yea, and nay nay?
1:18Now God is faithful, that our word to you is not yea and nay.
1:20For whatever promises of God there are, in him is the yea, and in him the amen, for glory to God by us.
1:21Now he that establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God,
1:22who also has sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1:23But I call God to witness upon my soul that to spare you I have not yet come to Corinth.
1:24Not that we rule over your faith, but are fellow-workmen of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2:1But I have judged this with myself, not to come back to you in grief.
2:2For if *I* grieve you, who also is it that gladdens me, if not he that is grieved through me?
2:3And I have written this very letter to you, that coming I may not have grief from those from whom I ought to have joy; trusting in you all that my joy is that of you all.
2:4For out of much tribulation and distress of heart I wrote to you, with many tears; not that ye may be grieved, but that ye may know the love which I have very abundantly towards you.
2:5But if any one has grieved, he has grieved, not me, but in part (that I may not overcharge you) all of you.
2:7so that on the contrary ye should rather shew grace and encourage, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with excessive grief.
2:8Wherefore I exhort you to assure him of your love.
2:9For to this end also I have written, that I might know, by putting you to the test, if as to everything ye are obedient.
2:11that we might not have Satan get an advantage against us, for we are not ignorant of *his* thoughts.
2:12Now when I came to Troas for the publication of the glad tidings of the Christ, a door also being opened to me in the Lord,
2:13I had no rest in my spirit at not finding Titus my brother; but bidding them adieu, I came away to Macedonia.
2:14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ, and makes manifest the odour of his knowledge through us in every place.
2:15For we are a sweet odour of Christ to God, in the saved and in those that perish:
2:16to the one an odour from death unto death, but to the others an odour from life unto life; and who is sufficient for these things?
2:17For we do not, as the many, make a trade of the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God, before God, we speak in Christ.
3:1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or commendatory from you?
3:2*Ye* are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read of all men,
3:3being manifested to be Christ's epistle ministered by us, written, not with ink, but the Spirit of the living God; not on stone tables, but on fleshy tables of the heart.
3:4And such confidence have we through the Christ towards God:
3:5not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency is of God;
3:7(But if the ministry of death, in letters, graven in stones, began with glory, so that the children of Israel could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses, on account of the glory of his face, a glory which is annulled;
3:8how shall not rather the ministry of the Spirit subsist in glory?
3:9For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.
3:10For also that which was glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory.
3:11For if that annulled was introduced with glory, much rather that which abides subsists in glory.
3:12Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness:
3:13and not according as Moses put a veil on his own face, so that the children of Israel should not fix their eyes on the end of that annulled.
3:15But unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil lies upon their heart.
3:16But when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.)
3:17Now the Lord is the Spirit, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.