2 Corinthians 1 (New American Standard)

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Introduction

1 Paul, 1an apostle of 2Christ Jesus 3by the will of God, and 4Timothy our brother, To 5the church of God which is at 6Corinth with all the asaints who are throughout 7Achaia: 2 8Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 9Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and 10God of all comfort, 4 who 11comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in bany affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just 12as the sufferings of Christ are cours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is 13for 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 14as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. 8 For 15we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our 16affliction which came to us in d17Asia, that we were burdened excessively , beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 eindeed, 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 18delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, fHe 19on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in 20helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by 21many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

Paul's Integrity

12 For our gproud confidence is this: the testimony of 22our conscience, that in holiness and 23godly sincerity, 24not 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 25until 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 26the day of our Lord Jesus. 15 In this confidence I intended at first to 27come to you, so that you might htwice receive a i28blessing; 16 jthat is, to 29pass kyour way into 30Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be 31helped 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 32according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 18 But as 33God is faithful, 34our word to you is not yes and no. 19 For 35the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us-by me and 36Silvanus and 37Timothy -was not yes and no, but is yes 38in Him. 20 For 39as many as are the promises of God, 40in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is 41our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who 42establishes us with you in Christ and 43anointed us is God, 22 who also 44sealed us and 45gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a lpledge. 23 But 46I call God as witness mto my soul, that 47to spare you I did not come again to 48Corinth. 24 Not that we 49lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are 50standing firm.
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