2 Corinthians 1 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle because that is what God wanted. Also from Timothy our brother in Christ. To the church of God in Corinth, and to all of God's people everywhere in Southern Greece: 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 and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 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. God is the Father who is full of mercy and 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 comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. 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 We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
6 If we have troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation, and if we have comfort, you also have comfort. This helps you to accept patiently the same sufferings we have. 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 strong, knowing that you share in our sufferings and also in the comfort we receive. 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 want you to know about the trouble we suffered in Asia. We had great burdens there that were beyond our own strength. We even gave up hope of living. 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 Truly, in our own hearts we believed we would die. But this happened so we would not trust in ourselves but in God, who raises people from the dead. 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 saved us from these great dangers of death, and he will continue to save us. We have put our hope in him, and he will save 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 And you can help us with your prayers. Then many people will give thanks for us -- that God blessed us because of their many prayers. 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 This is what we are proud of, and I can say it with a clear conscience: In everything we have done in the world, and especially with you, we have had an honest and sincere heart from God. We did this by God's grace, not by the kind of wisdom the world has. 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 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that,
14 We write to you only what you can read and understand. And I hope that as you have understood some things about us, you may come to know everything about us. Then you can be proud of us, as we will be proud of you on the day our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 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 I was so sure of all this that I made plans to visit you first so you could be blessed twice. 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 again on my way back. I wanted to get help from you for my trip 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 Do you think that I made these plans without really meaning it? Or maybe you think I make plans as the world does, so that I say yes, yes and at the same time no, no. 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 if you can believe God, you can believe that what we tell you is never both yes and no. 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No."
19 The Son of God, Jesus Christ, that Silas and Timothy and I preached to you, was not yes and no. In Christ it has always been 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 The yes to all of God's promises is in Christ, and through Christ we say yes 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 Remember, God is the One who makes you and us strong in Christ. God made us his chosen people. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
22 He put his mark on us to show that we are his, and he put his Spirit in our hearts to be a guarantee for all he has promised. 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 tell you this, and I ask God to be my witness that this is true: The reason I did not come back to Corinth was to keep you from being punished or hurt. 23 I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.
24 We are not trying to control your faith. You are strong in faith. But we are workers with you for your own joy. 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.