Knijga O Kristu

2 Korinćanima 1:1-24

Pozdravi

1Pišu vam Pavao, apostol Krista Isusa Božjom voljom, i brat Timotej. Pišemo Božjoj crkvi u Korintu i svima svetima u cijeloj Ahaji. 2Neka vam je milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Bog pruža utjehu svima

3Slava Bogu, Ocu našega Gospodina Isusa Krista. On je izvor svakog milosrđa i Bog koji nas tješi. 4On nas tješi u svim nevoljama, da bismo i mi mogli druge tješiti u nevoljama istom utjehom kojom Bog tješi nas. 5Koliko se obilno patnje za Krista izlijevaju na nas, toliko je preobilna i naša utjeha u Kristu. 6Podnosimo li nevolje, to je zaradi vaše utjehe i spasenja. Primamo li utjehu, to je zato da bismo vas mogli hrabriti kako biste strpljivo mogli podnositi iste patnje koje i mi podnosimo. 7Čvrsto vjerujemo da ćete, kao što s nama dijelite patnje, također dijeliti s nama i Božju utjehu.

8Željeli bismo da znate, braćo, kakve su nas nevolje zapale u Aziji. Opteretile su nas preko svake mjere, toliko preko naše snage da smo već bili izgubili nadu da ćemo preživjeti. 9Smatrali smo se već osuđenima na smrt, ali sve se to zbilo zato da se ne bismo uzdali u sebe, već u Boga koji uskrisuje mrtve. 10Od tolike nas je smrtne pogibli izbavio onaj u kojega se uzdamo da će nas i dalje izbavljati! 11I vi pomažete moleći za nas, da bi mnogi mogli zahvaljivati za uslišane molitve mnogih.

Pavlova promjena plana

12Možemo s pouzdanjem i s čistom savješću reći da smo prema svima, a posebice prema vama, postupali sveto i iskreno u svemu što smo činili, ne oslanjajući se na tjelesnu mudrost, već na Božju milost. 13-14Nismo vam pisali ništa što ne biste mogli pročitati ili razumjeti. Nadam se da ćete nas, kao što ste nas djelomice već razumjeli, jednoga dana potpuno razumjeti. Tako ćemo i mi vama, kao i vi nama, biti na ponos u dan našega Gospodina Isusa.

15U tome sam pouzdanju kanio doći tako da primite dvostruki blagoslov: 16svratiti najprije k vama na putu u Makedoniju, a zatim i vraćajući se iz Makedonije, kako biste me mogli otpraviti na put u Judeju.

17Jesam li, dakle, o tome lakomisleno odlučio, ili sam poput ljudi iz svijeta koji kažu “da”, a zapravo misle “ne”? 18Bog mi je svjedok da nisam takav. Moje “da” znači “da” 19jer u Isusa Krista, Božjega Sina o kojemu smo vam Timotej, Silvan i ja propovijedali, nema dvojbe između “da” i “ne”; naprotiv, on je Božje “da”, Božja potvrda. 20U njemu su tako ostvarena sva Božja obećanja; zato možemo reći “Amen” kad proslavljamo Boga kroz Krista. 21Bog je taj koji i vas i nas čini snažnima u Kristu i koji nas je pomazao. 22Obilježio nas je pečatom da smo njegovo vlasništvo i u srca nam stavio zalog: Svetoga Duha.

23Prizivam Boga za svjedoka da vam govorim istinu: nisam ponovno došao u Korint samo zato što vas nisam htio ražalostiti oštrim prijekorom. 24Jer, ne bismo vam htjeli naređivati što i kako da vjerujete, već surađivati s vama da biste bili radosni, jer vi u vjeri čvrsto stojite.

King James Version

2 Corinthians 1:1-24

1Paul, 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: 2Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4Who 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. 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6And 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. 7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8For 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: 9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 11Ye 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.

12For 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. 13For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14As 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.

15And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 16And 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. 17When 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? 18But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 19For 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. 20For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 23Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 24Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.