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2 Corinthians

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2 Co 1:1      Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout



2     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and

God of all comfort,

4     who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who

are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.


5     For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is

abundant through Christ.


6     But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted,

it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings

which we also suffer;


7         and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our

sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.


8     For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us

in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired

even of life;

9     indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in

ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;


10     who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom

we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,


11     you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given

by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of




12     For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness

and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted

ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.


13     For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope

you will understand until the end;


14     just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as

you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.


15     In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice

receive a blessing;


16     that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to

you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea.


17     Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I

purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and

no, no at the same time?


18     But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no.


19     For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me

and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him.


20     For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also

through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.





21     Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,


22     who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.


23     But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to



24     Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in

your faith you are standing firm.



Rom 1:1; Gal 1:1; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1; 2 Tim 1:1; Titus 1:1

Gal 3:26

1 Cor 1:1

Acts 16:1; 1 Cor 16:10; 2 Cor 1:19

1 Cor 10:32

Acts 18:1

Or holy ones

Acts 18:12

Rom 1:7

Eph 1:3; 1 Pet 1:3

Rom 15:5

Is 51:12; 66:13; 2 Cor 7:6, 7, 13

Lit every

2 Cor 4:10; Phil 3:10; Col 1:24

Lit to us

2 Cor 4:15; 12:15; Eph 3:1, 13; 2 Tim 2:10

Rom 8:17

Rom 1:13

Acts 19:23; 1 Cor 15:32

I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor

Acts 16:6

Lit but we ourselves

Rom 15:31

One early ms reads on whom we have set our hope that He will also

1 Tim 4:10

Rom 15:30; Phil 1:19; Philem 22

2 Cor 4:15; 9:11f

Lit boasting

Acts 23:1; 1 Thess 2:10; Heb 13:18

2 Cor 2:17

1 Cor 1:17; James 3:15

1 Cor 1:8

1 Cor 1:8

1 Cor 4:19

Lit have a second grace

One early ms reads joy

Rom 1:11; 15:29

Lit and

Acts 19:21; 1 Cor 16:5–7

Lit through you into

Acts 19:21; Rom 15:26

Acts 15:3; 1 Cor 16:6, 11

2 Cor 10:2f; 11:18

1 Cor 1:9

2 Cor 2:17

Matt 4:3; 16:16; 26:63

Acts 15:22; 1 Thess 1:1; 2 Thess 1:1; 1 Pet 5:12

Acts 18:5; 2 Cor 1:1

Heb 13:8

Rom 15:8

Heb 13:8

1 Cor 14:16; Rev 3:14

1 Cor 1:8

1 John 2:20, 27

John 3:33

Rom 8:16; 2 Cor 5:5; Eph 1:14

Or down payment

Rom 1:9; Gal 1:20

Lit upon

1 Cor 4:21; 2 Cor 2:1, 3

2 Cor 1:1

2 Cor 4:5; 11:20; 1 Pet 5:3

Rom 11:20; 1 Cor 15:1

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update, 2 Co 1:1-24 (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995).

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