2 Corinthians 1 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and Timothy our brother. To God's church that is in Corinth, along with all of God's people throughout Achaia. 1 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 to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 He's the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort that we ourselves received from God. 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.
5 That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ's sufferings. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
6 So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. 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 Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in comfort. 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 Brothers and sisters, we don't want you to be unaware of the troubles that we went through in Asia. We were weighed down with a load of suffering that was so far beyond our strength that we were afraid we might not survive. 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 It certainly seemed to us as if we had gotten the death penalty. This was so that we would have confidence in God, who raises the dead, instead of ourselves. 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 God rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us. We have set our hope on him that he will rescue us again, 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,
11 since you are helping with your prayer for us. Then many people can thank God on our behalf for the gift that was given to us through the prayers of many people. 11 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.
12 We have conducted ourselves with godly sincerity and pure motives in the world, and especially toward you. This is why we are confident, and our conscience confirms this. We didn't act with human wisdom but we relied on the grace of God. 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 the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.
13 We don't write anything to you except what you can read and also understand. I hope that you will understand totally 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that,
14 since you have already understood us partly. Understand that in the day of our Lord Jesus, we will make you proud as you will also make us proud. 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 sure of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you could have a second opportunity to see me. 15 Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you first so that you might benefit twice.
16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and then come to you again on my way back from Macedonia, at which point I was hoping you would help me on my way to Judea. 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 So I wasn't unreliable when I planned to do this, was I? Or do I make decisions with a substandard human process so that I say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time? 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"?
18 But as God is faithful, our message to you isn't both yes and no. 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No."
19 God's Son, Jesus Christ, is the one who was preached among you by us—through me, Silvanus, and Timothy—he wasn't yes and no. In him it is always yes. 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 All of God's promises have their yes in him. That is why we say Amen through him to the glory of God. 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.
21 God is the one who establishes us with you in Christ and who anointed us. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
22 God also sealed us and gave the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts. 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 on God as my witness—I didn't come again to Corinth because I wanted to spare you. 23 I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.
24 It isn't that we are trying to control your faith, but we are working with you for your happiness, because you stand firm in your faith. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.