BLB(i) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God being in Corinth, with all the saints being in all Achaia. 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 compassions, and God of all comfort, 4 the One comforting us in all our tribulation, for us to be able to comfort those in every tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God, 5 because as the sufferings of the Christ abound toward us, so through Christ our comfort also abounds. 6 But if we are constricted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your comfort, operating in the endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And our hope for you is sure, knowing that as you are partners of our sufferings, so also of our comfort. 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant brothers, as to our affliction having happened in Asia, that we were weighed against excessively, beyond our power, so as for us to despair even to live. 9 Indeed we had in ourselves the sentence of death, in order that we should not be trusting in ourselves, but in God, the One raising the dead, 10 who has delivered us from such a great death and will deliver us, in whom we have hope that also He will deliver us still, 11 of you also joining together for us by supplication, so that thanks may be given for us by many persons for the grace bestowed toward us through many. 12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you, in the purity and sincerity of God, and not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God. 13 For we write no other things to you other than what you read or even understand. And I hope that you will understand to the end, 14 as also you have understood us in part, so that we are your boasting, even as you are also ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus. 15 And with this confidence I was planning to come to you previously, so that you might have a second blessing of grace, 16 and through you to pass through into Macedonia, and to come to you again from Macedonia, and to be set forward by you to Judea. 17 Thus purposing, therefore then, did I use lightness? Or do I purpose what I purpose according to flesh, so that with me there should be “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? 18 But God is faithful, that our word to you was not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, having been proclaimed among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but it has always been “Yes” in Him. 20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him is the “Yes.” Therefore also in Him, the “Amen” by us is for glory to God. 21 Now the One establishing us with you unto Christ, and having anointed us, is God, 22 the One also having sealed us and having given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 But I call God as witness upon my soul, that sparing you, I have not yet come to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are fellow workers with you of joy; for in the faith you stand firm.