The God Of All Comfort
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus
By the Will of God, and Timothy our brother.
To the Church of God in Corinth,
Together with all the Saints throughout Achaia:
2 Grace and Peace to you
From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
THE FATHER OF COMPASSION
AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT,
4 WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES,
SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE
WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD.
5For just as the Sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives,
So also through Christ our Comfort overflows.
6 If we are Distressed,
It is for your Comfort and Salvation;
If we are Comforted, It is for your Comfort,
WHICH PRODUCES IN YOU PATIENT ENDURANCE
OF THE SAME SUFFERINGS WE SUFFER.
7 AND OUR HOPE FOR YOU IS FIRM,
Because we know that just as you share in our Sufferings,
SO ALSO YOU SHARE IN OUR COMFORT.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
About the Hardships we Suffered in the Province of Asia.
WE WERE UNDER GREAT PRESSURE,
FAR BEYOND OUR ABILITY TO ENDURE,
SO THAT WE DESPAIRED EVEN OF LIFE.
9 INDEED, IN OUR HEARTS WE FELT THE SENTENCE OF DEATH.
BUT THIS HAPPENED
THAT WE MIGHT NOT RELY ON OURSELVES BUT ON GOD,
WHO RAISES THE DEAD.
10 HE HAS DELIVERED US
FROM SUCH A DEADLY PERIL,
AND HE WILL DELIVER US.
ON HIM WE HAVE SET OUR HOPE
THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO DELIVER US,
AS YOU HELP US BY YOUR PRAYERS.
Then many will give thanks on our behalf
For the Gracious Favor granted us
In answer to the prayers of many.
Paul's Change Of Plans
12 NOW THIS IS OUR BOAST:
Our Conscience Testifies
That we have conducted ourselves in the World,
And especially in our relations with you,
In Holiness and Sincerity that are from God.
WE HAVE DONE SO
NOT ACCORDING TO WORLDLY WISDOM
BUT ACCORDING TO GOD'S GRACE.
13 For we do not write you anything
You cannot read or understand.
And I hope that,
14 As you have understood us in part,
You will come to understand fully
THAT YOU CAN BOAST OF US
JUST AS WE WILL BOAST OF YOU
IN THE DAY OF THE LORD JESUS.
15 Because I was confident of this,
I planned to visit you first
So that you might benefit twice.
16 I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia
And to come back to you from Macedonia,
And then to have you send me on my way to Judea.
17 When I planned this,
Did I do it lightly?
OR DO I MAKE MY PLANS IN A WORLDLY MANNER
So that in the same breath I say,
'Yes, yes' and 'No, no'?
16 BUT AS SURELY AS GOD IS FAITHFUL,
OUR MESSAGE TO YOU IS NOT 'YES' AND 'NO.'
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ,
Who was Preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy,
Was not 'Yes' and 'No,'
BUT IN HIM IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN 'YES.'
20 FOR NO MATTER HOW MANY PROMISES GOD HAD MADE,
THEY ARE 'YES' IN CHRIST.
AND SO THROUGH HIM THE 'AMEN'
IS SPOKEN BY US TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
21 NOW IT IS GOD
WHO MAKES BOTH US AND YOU STAND FIRM IN CHRIST.
HE ANOINTED US,
22 SET HIS SEAL OF OWNERSHIP ON US,
AND PUT HIS SPIRIT IN OUR HEARTS AS A DEPOSIT,
GUARANTEEING WHAT IS TO COME.
23 I call God as my Witness
That it was in order to spare you
That I did not return to Corinth.
24 No that we lord it over your Faith,
But we work with you for your joy,
BECAUSE IT IS BY FAITH YOU STAND FIRM.
(2 Corinthians 1)