1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Timothy our brother joins me in writing.
We are sending this letter to you, the members of God’s church in Corinth. It is also for all God’s holy people everywhere in Achaia.
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Praise to the God Who Gives Comfort
3Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. 4He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves receive comfort from God. 5We share very much in the sufferings of Christ. So we also share very much in his comfort. 6If we are having trouble, it is so that you will be comforted and renewed. If we are comforted, it is so that you will be comforted. Then you will be able to put up with the same suffering we have gone through. 7Our hope for you remains firm. We know that you suffer just as we do. In the same way, God comforts you just as he comforts us.
8Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the hard times we had in Asia Minor. We were having a lot of trouble. It was far more than we could stand. We even thought we were going to die. 9In fact, we felt as if we were under the sentence of death. But that happened so that we would not depend on ourselves but on God. He raises the dead to life. 10God has saved us from deadly dangers. And he will continue to do it. We have put our hope in him. He will continue to save us. 11You must help us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because of what will happen to us. They will thank God for his kindness to us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul Changes His Plans
12Here is what we take pride in. Our sense of what is right and wrong tells us how we have acted. We have lived with honor and godly honesty. We have depended on God’s grace and not on the world’s wisdom. We lived that way most of all when we were dealing with you. 13We are writing only what you can read and understand. And here is what I hope. 14Up to this point you have understood some of the things we have said. But now here is what I hope for when the Lord Jesus returns. I hope that your pride in us will be the same as our pride in you. When this happens, you will understand us completely.
15Because I was sure of this, I wanted to visit you first. Here is how I thought you would be helped twice. 16I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia. I would have come back to you from there. Then you would have sent me on my way to Judea. 17When I planned all this, was I ready to change my mind for no good reason? No. I don’t make my plans the way the world makes theirs. In the same breath the world says both, “Yes! Yes!” and “No! No!”
18But just as sure as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19Silas, Timothy and I preached to you about the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our message did not say “Yes” and “No” at the same time. The message of Christ has always been “Yes.” 20God has made a great many promises. They are all “Yes” because of what Christ has done. So through Christ we say “Amen.” We want God to receive glory. 21He makes both us and you remain strong in the faith because we belong to Christ. He anointed us. 22He put his Spirit in our hearts and marked us as his own. We can now be sure that he will give us everything he promised us.
23I call God to be my witness. May he take my life if I’m lying. I wanted to spare you, so I didn’t return to Corinth. 24Your faith is not under our control. You remain strong in your own faith. But we work together with you for your joy.
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.