Greeting

1 Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the purpose of God, and Timothy the brother, to the church of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:

1 Paul, (A)an apostle of (B)Christ Jesus (C)by the will of God, and (D)Timothy our brother,To (E)the church of God which is at (F)Corinth with all the (a)saints who are throughout (G)Achaia:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will,(A) and Timothy(B) our(a) brother:To God’s church at Corinth,(C) with all the saints who are throughout Achaia.(D)

1 From: Paul, an apostle of the Messiah Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. To: God's church in Corinth, and to all the holy people throughout Achaia.

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 (H)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Grace to you and peace(E) from God our Father(F) and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be yours!

Thanksgiving For God's Compassion And Comfort

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort;

3 (I)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and (J)God of all comfort,

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

3 Praise(G) the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies(H) and the God of all comfort.(I)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! He is our merciful Father and the God of all comfort,

4 Who gives us comfort in all our troubles, so that we may be able to give comfort to others who are in trouble, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

4 who (K)comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in (b)any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

4 He comforts us in all our affliction,(b) so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

4 who comforts us in all our suffering, so that we may be able to comfort others in all their suffering, as we ourselves are being comforted by God.

5 For as we undergo more of the pain which Christ underwent, so through Christ does our comfort become greater.

5 For just (L)as the sufferings of Christ are (c)ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

5 For as the sufferings(J) of Christ(K) overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.(L)

5 For as the Messiah's sufferings overflow into us, so also our comfort overflows through the Messiah.

6 But if we are troubled, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which takes effect through your quiet undergoing of the same troubles which we undergo:

6 But if we are afflicted, it is (M)for 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;

6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

6 If we are afflicted,(M) it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in your endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer.(N)

6 If we suffer, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are suffering.

7 And our hope for you is certain; in the knowledge that as you take part in the troubles, so you will take part in the comfort.

7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that (N)as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

7 And our hope(O) for you is firm, because we know that as you share(P) in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort.

7 Our hope for you is unshaken, because we know that as you share our sufferings, you also share our comfort.

God Rescued Paul When He Was Suffering

8 For it is our desire that you may not be without knowledge of our trouble which came on us in Asia, that the weight of it was very great, more than our power, so that it seemed that we had no hope even of life:

8 For (O)we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our (P)affliction which came to us in (d)(Q)Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

8 For we don’t want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in Asia:(Q) we were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strength(R)—so that we even despaired(S) of life.

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, about the suffering we experienced in Asia. We were so crushed beyond our ability to endure that we even despaired of living.

9 Yes, we ourselves have had the answer of death in ourselves, so that our hope might not be in ourselves, but in God who is able to give life to the dead:

9 (e)indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

9 Indeed, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God(T) who raises(U) the dead.

9 In fact, we felt that we had received a death sentence so we would not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

10 Who gave us salvation from so great a death: on whom we have put our hope that he will still go on to give us salvation;

10 who (R)delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, (f)He (S)on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

10 He has delivered(V) us from such a terrible death,(W) and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again

10 He has rescued us from a terrible death, and he will continue to rescue us. Yes, he is the one on whom we have set our hope, and he will rescue us again,

11 You at the same time helping together by your prayer for us; so that for what has been given to us through a number of persons, praise may go up to God for us from all of them.

11 you also joining in (T)helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by (U)many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

11 while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our(c) behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.

11 as you also help us by your prayers for us. Then many people will thank God on our behalf because of the favor shown us through the prayers of many.

Paul's Clear Conscience

12 For our glory is in this, in the knowledge which we have that our way of life in the world, and most of all in relation to you, has been holy and true in the eyes of God; not in the wisdom of the flesh, but in the grace of God.

12 For our (g)proud confidence is this: the testimony of (V)our conscience, that in holiness and (W)godly sincerity, (X)not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.

12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

12 For this is our confidence: The testimony(X) of our conscience(Y) is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly(d) wisdom(Z) but by God’s grace.(AA)

12 For this is what we boast about: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world with pure motives and godly sincerity, without earthly wisdom but with God's grace especially toward you.

13 For in our letters we say no other things to you, but those which you are reading, and to which you give agreement, and, it is my hope, will go on doing so to the end:

13 For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand (Y)until the end;

13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

13 Now we are writing nothing to you other than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely—

13 For what we are writing you is nothing more than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely,

14 Even as you have been ready, in part, to say that we are your glory, in the same way that you are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.

14 just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in (Z)the day of our Lord Jesus.

14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

14 as you have partially understood us—that we are your reason for pride,(AB) as you are ours,(AC) in the day of our(e) Lord Jesus.(AD)

14 just as you have already understood us partially, so that on the Day of our Lord Jesus we can be your reason to boast, even as you are ours.

Paul Delays His Visit To Corinth

15 And being certain of this, it was my purpose to come to you before, so that you might have a second grace;

15 In this confidence I intended at first to (AA)come to you, so that you might (h)twice receive a (i)(AB)blessing;

15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

15 I planned with this confidence to come to you first,(AE) so you could have a double benefit,(f)

15 Because I was confident, I planned to come to you first so you might receive a double blessing.

16 And by way of Corinth to go into Macedonia, and from there to come back again to you, so that you might send me on my way to Judaea.

16 (j)that is, to (AC)pass (k)your way into (AD)Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be (AE)helped on my journey to Judea.

16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.

16 and to go on to Macedonia(AF) with your help, then come to you again from Macedonia and be given a start by you(AG) on my journey(AH) to Judea.(AI)

16 I planned to leave you in order to go to Macedonia, and then come back to you from Macedonia, and let you send me on to Judea.

17 If then I had such a purpose, did I seem to be changing suddenly? or am I guided in my purposes by the flesh, saying, Yes, today, and, No, tomorrow?

17 Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose (AF)according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time?

17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

17 So when I planned this, was I irresponsible? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely human(g)(AJ) way so that I say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” simultaneously?

17 When I planned this, I did not do it lightly, did I? Are my plans so fickle that I can say "Yes" and "No" at the same time?

18 As God is true, our word to you is not Yes and No.

18 But as (AG)God is faithful, (AH)our word to you is not yes and no.

18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

18 As God is faithful,(AK) our message to you is not “Yes and no.”

18 As certainly as God is faithful, we haven't talked to you with mixed messages like that.

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we were preaching among you, even I and Silvanus and Timothy, was not Yes and No, but in him is Yes.

19 For (AI)the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and (AJ)Silvanus and (AK)Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes (AL)in Him.

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

19 For the Son of God,(AL) Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus(h)(AM) and Timothy—did not become “Yes and no”; on the contrary, a final “Yes” has come in Him.(AN)

19 For God's Son, Jesus the Messiah, who was preached among you by us by me, Silvanus, and Timothy was not "Yes" and "No." But with him it is always "Yes."

20 For he is the Yes to all the undertakings of God: and by him all the words of God are made certain and put into effect, to the glory of God through us.

20 For (AM)as many as are the promises of God, (AN)in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is (AO)our Amen to the glory of God through us.

20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

20 For every one of God’s promises(AO) is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen”(AP) is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory.(AQ)

20 For all God's promises are "Yes" in him. And so through him we can say "Amen," to the glory of God.

21 Now he who makes our faith strong together with you, in Christ, and has given us of his grace, is God;

21 Now He who (AP)establishes us with you in Christ and (AQ)anointed us is God,

21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

21 Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed(AR) us.

21 Now the one who makes us and you as well secure in union with the Messiah and has anointed us is God,

22 And it is he who has put his stamp on us, even the Spirit, as the sign in our hearts of the coming glory.

22 who also (AR)sealed us and (AS)gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a (l)pledge.

22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

22 He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment(AS) in our hearts.(AT)

22 who has placed his seal on us and has given us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

23 But God is my witness that it was in pity for you that I did not come to Corinth at that time.

23 But (AT)I call God as witness (m)to my soul, that (AU)to spare you I did not come again to (AV)Corinth.

23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

23 I call on God as a witness,(AU) on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth.(AV)

23 I call upon God as a witness on my behalf that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

24 Not that we have authority over your faith, but we are helpers of your joy: for it is faith which is your support.

24 Not that we (AW)lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are (AX)standing firm.

24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

24 I do not mean that we have control of(i) your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand(AW) by faith. >

24 It is not that we are trying to rule over your faith, but rather to work with you for your joy, because you have been standing firm in the faith.

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