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2 Corinthians 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Greetings from Paul
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:1 - This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
I am writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:2 - May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
God Offers Comfort to All
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:3 - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:4 - He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:5 - For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:6 - Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:7 - We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:8 - We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[fn] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:9 - In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:10 - And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:11 - And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
Paul’s Change of Plans
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:12 - We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness[fn] and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:13 - Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:14 - even if you don’t understand us now. Then on the day when the Lord Jesus[fn] returns, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:15 - Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice—
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:16 - first on my way to Macedonia and again when I returned from Macedonia.[fn] Then you could send me on my way to Judea.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:17 - You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:18 - As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:19 - For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas,[fn] Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:20 - For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:21 - It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:22 - and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:23 - Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn’t return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:24 - But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.
NLT Footnotes
Greek Achaia, the southern region of the Greek peninsula.
Greek brothers.
Some manuscripts read honesty.
Some manuscripts read our Lord Jesus.
Macedonia was in the northern region of Greece.
Greek Silvanus.

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