1 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Timotheus the brother, to the assembly of God that is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
3 Blessed 'is' God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the mercies, and God of all comfort, 4 who is comforting us in all our tribulation, for our being able to comfort those in any tribulation through the comfort with which we are comforted ourselves by God; 5 because, as the sufferings of the Christ do abound to us, so through the Christ doth abound also our comfort; 6 and whether we be in tribulation, 'it is' for your comfort and salvation, that is wrought in the enduring of the same sufferings that we also suffer; whether we are comforted, 'it is' for your comfort and salvation;
7 and our hope 'is' stedfast for you, knowing that even as ye are partakers of the sufferings—so also of the comfort. 8 For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, of our tribulation that happened to us in Asia, that we were exceedingly burdened above 'our' power, so that we despaired even of life; 9 but we ourselves in ourselves the sentence of the death have had, that we may not be trusting on ourselves, but on God, who is raising the dead, 10 who out of so great a death did deliver us, and doth deliver, in whom we have hoped that even yet He will deliver; 11 ye working together also for us by your supplication, that the gift through many persons to us, through many may be thankfully acknowledged for us.
The Postponement of Paul's Visit
12 For our glorying is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we did conduct ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you; 13 for no other things do we write to you, but what ye either do read or also acknowledge, and I hope that also unto the end ye shall acknowledge, 14 according as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that your glory we are, even as also ye 'are' ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus;
15 and in this confidence I was purposing to come unto you before, that a second favour ye might have, 16 and through you to pass to Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and by you to be sent forward to Judea. 17 This, therefore, counselling, did I then use the lightness; or the things that I counsel, according to the flesh do I counsel, that it may be with me Yes, yes, and No, no? 18 and God 'is' faithful, that our word unto you became not Yes and No, 19 for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, among you through us having been preached—through me and Silvanus and Timotheus—did not become Yes and No, but in him it hath become Yes; 20 for as many as 'are' promises of God, in him 'are' the Yes, and in him the Amen, for glory to God through us; 21 and He who is confirming you with us into Christ, and did anoint us, 'is' God, 22 who also sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 And I for a witness on God do call upon my soul, that sparing you, I came not yet to Corinth; 24 not that we are lords over your faith, but we are workers together with your joy, for by the faith ye stand.
2 1 And I decided this to myself, not again to come in sorrow unto you, 2 for if I make you sorry, then who is he who is making me glad, except he who is made sorry by me? 3 and I wrote to you this same thing, that having come, I may not have sorrow from them of whom it behoved me to have joy, having confidence in you all, that my joy is of you all, 4 for out of much tribulation and pressure of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not that ye might be made sorry, but that ye might know the love that I have more abundantly toward you.
Forgiveness for the Offender
5 And if any one hath caused sorrow, he hath not caused sorrow to me, but in part, that I may not burden you all; 6 sufficient to such a one is this punishment, that 'is' by the more part, 7 so that, on the contrary, 'it is' rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up; 8 wherefore, I call upon you to confirm love to him, 9 for, for this also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether in regard to all things ye are obedient. 10 And to whom ye forgive anything—I also; for I also, if I have forgiven anything, to whom I have forgiven 'it', because of you—in the person of Christ—'I forgive it,' 11 that we may not be over-reached by the Adversary, for of his devices we are not ignorant.
Paul's Anxiety at Troas
12 And having come to Troas for the good news of the Christ, and a door to me having been opened in the Lord, 13 I have not had rest to my spirit, on my not finding Titus my brother, but having taken leave of them, I went forth to Macedonia;
Triumphant in Christ
14 and to God 'are' thanks, who at all times is leading us in triumph in the Christ, and the fragrance of His knowledge He is manifesting through us in every place, 15 because of Christ a sweet fragrance we are to God, in those being saved, and in those being lost; 16 to the one, indeed, a fragrance of death to death, and to the other, a fragrance of life to life; and for these things who is sufficient? 17 for we are not as the many, adulterating the word of God, but as of sincerity—but as of God; in the presence of God, in Christ we do speak.
Ministers of the New Covenant
3 1 Do we begin again to recommend ourselves, except we need, as some, letters of recommendation unto you, or from you? 2 our letter ye are, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men, 3 manifested that ye are a letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in the tablets of stone, but in fleshy tablets of the heart, 4 and such trust we have through the Christ toward God, 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency 'is' of God,
6 who also made us sufficient 'to be' ministrants of a new covenant, not of letter, but of spirit; for the letter doth kill, and the spirit doth make alive. 7 and if the ministration of the death, in letters, engraved in stones, came in glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look stedfastly to the face of Moses, because of the glory of his face—which was being made useless, 8 how shall the ministration of the Spirit not be more in glory? 9 for if the ministration of the condemnation 'is' glory, much more doth the ministration of the righteousness abound in glory; 10 for also even that which hath been glorious, hath not been glorious—in this respect, because of the superior glory; 11 for if that which is being made useless 'is' through glory, much more that which is remaining 'is' in glory.
12 Having, then, such hope, we use much freedom of speech, 13 and 'are' not as Moses, who was putting a vail upon his own face, for the sons of Israel not stedfastly to look to the end of that which is being made useless, 14 but their minds were hardened, for unto this day the same vail at the reading of the Old Covenant doth remain unwithdrawn—which in Christ is being made useless— 15 but till to-day, when Moses is read, a vail upon their heart doth lie, 16 and whenever they may turn unto the Lord, the vail is taken away. 17 And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord 'is', there 'is' liberty; 18 and we all, with unvailed face, the glory of the Lord beholding in a mirror, to the same image are being transformed, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
4 1 Because of this, having this ministration, according as we did receive kindness, we do not faint, 2 but did renounce for ourselves the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor deceitfully using the word of God, but by the manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves unto every conscience of men, before God; 3 and if also our good news is vailed, in those perishing it is vailed, 4 in whom the god of this age did blind the minds of the unbelieving, that there doth not shine forth to them the enlightening of the good news of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God; 5 for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus—Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus; 6 because 'it is' God who said, Out of darkness light 'is' to shine, who did shine in our hearts, for the enlightening of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Living by Faith
7 And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
8 on every side being in tribulation, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 at all times the dying of the Lord Jesus bearing about in the body, that the life also of Jesus in our body may be manifested, 11 for always are we who are living delivered up to death because of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our dying flesh, 12 so that, the death indeed in us doth work, and the life in you. 13 And having the same spirit of the faith, according to that which hath been written, 'I believed, therefore I did speak;' we also do believe, therefore also do we speak; 14 knowing that He who did raise up the Lord Jesus, us also through Jesus shall raise up, and shall present with you, 15 for the all things 'are' because of you, that the grace having been multiplied, because of the thanksgiving of the more, may abound to the glory of God; 16 wherefore, we faint not, but if also our outward man doth decay, yet the inward is renewed day by day; 17 for the momentary light matter of our tribulation, more and more exceedingly an age-during weight of glory doth work out for us— 18 we not looking to the things seen, but to the things not seen; for the things seen 'are' temporary, but the things not seen 'are' age-during.