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.
1Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, mũtũmwo wa Kristũ Jesũ nĩ ũndũ wa kwenda kwa Ngai, tũrĩ na Timotheo mũrũ wa Ithe witũ,
Twatũma marũa maya kũrĩ kanitha wa Ngai ũrĩa ũrĩ Korinitho, o hamwe na andũ othe aamũre arĩa marĩ Akaia guothe:
21:2 Arom 1:7Wega na thayũ kuuma kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ o na Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ iroikara na inyuĩ.
Ngai Mwene Kũhoorerania Guothe
31:3 Aef 1:3; 1Pet 1:3Ngai na Ithe wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ arogoocwo, o we Ithe witũ wa tha, na Ngai mwene ũhoro wothe wa kũũmanĩrĩria, 4ũrĩa ũtũũmagĩrĩria mathĩĩna-inĩ maitũ mothe, nĩguo na ithuĩ tũhotage kũhooreragia arĩa marĩ na thĩĩna o wothe na ũndũ wa kũũmĩrĩrio kũrĩa ithuĩ ene tũũmĩrĩirio nakuo nĩ Ngai. 51:5 2Akor 4:10Nĩgũkorwo o ta ũrĩa kũnyariirwo gwa Kristũ kũingĩhĩte thĩinĩ witũ-rĩ, ũguo noguo kũũmanĩrĩria gwitũ kũingĩhĩte nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ. 6Tũngĩthĩĩnio-rĩ, tũthĩĩnagio nĩguo mũũmĩrĩrio na mũhonokio; tũngĩũmĩrĩrio-rĩ, tũũmagĩrĩrio nĩguo na inyuĩ mũgĩe na ũũmĩrĩru, ũrĩa ũciaraga gũkirĩrĩria mũkĩnyariirwo na mathĩĩna o ta marĩa tũthĩĩnagio namo. 7Nakĩo kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro kĩrĩa tũrĩ nakĩo nĩ ũndũ wanyu nĩ kĩrũmu, tondũ nĩtũũĩ atĩ o ta ũrĩa mũgwatanagĩra na ithuĩ maũndũ-inĩ marĩa tũnyariiragwo namo-rĩ, no taguo mũgwatanagĩra na ithuĩ ũhoro-inĩ wa kũũmanĩrĩria o naguo.
81:8 1Akor 15:32Ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, tũtikwenda mũkorwo mũtooĩ mathĩĩna marĩa twarĩ namo bũrũri wa Asia. Twarĩ hatĩka-inĩ nene mũno makĩria ma ũrĩa tũngĩahotire gũkirĩrĩria, nginya ha ũhoro witũ wa gũtũũra muoyo tũkĩyũũmĩra tha. 9Ti-itherũ, ngoro-inĩ ciitũ twaiguaga tũtuĩrĩirwo gũkua. No kwahanĩkire ũguo nĩguo tũtikae kwĩĩhoka ithuĩ ene, no twĩhoke Ngai, ũrĩa ũriũkagia arĩa akuũ. 10Nĩwe watũhonokirie ũgwati-inĩ ũcio wahaanaga wa gĩkuũ, na nowe ũgaatũhonokia. We nĩwe twĩrĩgĩrĩire atĩ no egũthiĩ na mbere gũtũhonokia, 111:11 Arom 15:30; 2Akor 4:15inyuĩ na inyuĩ mũgĩtũteithagia na gũtũhoera. Nao andũ aingĩ nĩmarĩcookagia ngaatho nĩ ũndũ witũ, tondũ wa wega ũcio tũtugĩĩtwo naguo arĩ macookio ma mahooya ma andũ aingĩ.
Paũlũ Kũgarũra Mũbango Wake
121:12 Atũm 23:1; 1Athe 2:10Na rĩrĩ, ũndũ ũyũ nĩguo twĩrahagĩra: Thamiri ciitũ nĩcio itũmenyithagia atĩ mĩthiĩre iitũ ĩrĩa tũikaraga nayo gũkũ thĩ, na makĩria ũrĩa tũikaranagia na inyuĩ, nĩ ya ũtheru na ya ũhoro wa ma kuuma kũrĩ Ngai. Tũtiĩkaga ũguo kũringana na ũũgĩ wa thĩ, no nĩ kũringana na wega wa Ngai. 13Nĩgũkorwo tũtiramwandĩkĩra ũndũ o na ũrĩkũ mũtangĩhota gũthoma kana gũtaũkĩrwo nĩguo. Na ngwĩhoka atĩ, 14o ta ũrĩa mũtũmenyete hanini, nĩmũrĩtaũkĩrwo biũ atĩ no mũhote kwĩraha nĩ ũndũ witũ, o ta ũrĩa tũkeeraha nĩ ũndũ wanyu mũthenya ũrĩa wa Mwathani Jesũ.
151:15 1Akor 4:19; Arom 1:11, 13Na tondũ wa ũrĩa ndaarĩ na mwĩhoko wa ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, nĩndabangĩte njũke kwanyu mbere nĩguo mũgunĩke maita meerĩ. 16Ndabangĩte ndĩmũceerere ngĩthiĩ Makedonia, na njokere kũu kwanyu ngiuma Makedonia, na inyuĩ nĩguo mũcooke mũndũme Judea. 171:17 2Akor 10:2, 3Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ndaabangaga ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, kaĩ ndeekaga ũguo na itherũ? Kana hihi haaragĩria mĩbango yakwa na njĩra ya kĩ-mwĩrĩ nĩguo rĩmwe njugage, “Ĩĩ, ĩĩ,” na rĩrĩa rĩngĩ ngoiga “Aca, aca”?
18No ti-itherũ, o ta ũrĩa Ngai arĩ mwĩhokeku-rĩ, ndũmĩrĩri iitũ kũrĩ inyuĩ ti “Ĩĩ” na rĩngĩ “Aca.” 191:19 Math 4:3; Ahib 13:8Nĩgũkorwo Mũrũ wa Ngai, Jesũ Kristũ, ũrĩa mwahunjĩirio ũhoro wake nĩ niĩ, na Sila, na Timotheo, ũhoro wake ndwarĩ wa kuuga, “Ĩĩ” ũgacooka ũkoiga “Aca,” no thĩinĩ wake gũtũũraga o “Ĩĩ.” 201:20 1Akor 14:16; Arom 15:8Nĩgũkorwo ciĩranĩro cia Ngai, o na cingĩhĩte atĩa-rĩ, ciothe nĩ “Ĩĩ” thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. Na nĩ ũndũ ũcio thĩinĩ wake, ithuĩ tũkoigaga “Ameni” nĩgeetha Ngai agoocagwo. 211:21 1Akor 16:13; 1Joh 2:20, 27Na rĩrĩ, Ngai nĩwe ũtũmaga ithuĩ hamwe na inyuĩ twĩhaande wega thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. Nĩwe watũitĩrĩirie maguta, 22na agĩtwĩkĩra rũũri rwa kuonania atĩ tũrĩ ake, na agĩtũhe Roho wake thĩinĩ wa ngoro ciitũ arĩ ta mwĩhoko wa kũrũgamĩrĩra maũndũ marĩa magooka.
231:23 1Akor 4:21; 2Akor 2:1, 3Ngai nĩwe mũira wakwa, na nĩoĩ atĩ niĩ ndaagire gũcooka Korinitho nĩ ũndũ wa kũmũcaaĩra. 241:24 Arom 11:20; 1Pet 5:3Ũguo ti kuuga atĩ nĩtũramwatha ũhoro-inĩ wa wĩtĩkio wanyu, no nĩ atĩ tũrutithanagia wĩra na inyuĩ nĩgeetha mũkenage, tondũ mũtũũrĩte mwĩhaandĩte wega nĩ ũndũ wa wĩtĩkio wanyu.