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.
11:1 a 1Ko 1:1; Bef 1:1; Bak 1:1; 2Ti 1:1 b 1Ko 10:32 c Bik 18:12Pawulo omutume wa Kristo Yesu, olw’okusiima kwa Katonda, n’owooluganda Timoseewo, tuwandiikira ekkanisa ya Katonda eri mu Kkolinso awamu n’abatukuvu bonna abali mu Akaya yonna, 21:2 Bar 1:7ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo bibeerenga nammwe.
31:3 Bef 1:3; 1Pe 1:3Katonda oyo Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, Kitaffe ow’okusaasira era Katonda azaamu bonna amaanyi yeebazibwe, 41:4 2Ko 7:6, 7, 13atuzaamu amaanyi mu kubonaabona kwonna kwe tuyitamu, tulyoke tugumye abalala abayita mu kubonaabona okwa buli ngeri, olw’okugumya kwe tufuna nga Katonda atuzaamu amaanyi. 51:5 2Ko 4:10; Bak 1:24Kubanga nga bwe tugabana ku kubonaabona kwa Kristo, ne Kristo bw’atyo bw’atuzzaamu amaanyi. 61:6 2Ko 4:15Bwe tubonaabona, tubonaabona mulyoke muzibwemu amaanyi era mulokolebwe; oba ne bwe tuba nga tuzzibwamu endasi nammwe muzibwamu endasi, mulyoke mugumire okubonaabona kwe kumu kwe tuyitamu. 71:7 Bar 8:17Essuubi lyaffe gye muli linywevu, nga tumanyi nti nga bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kubonaabona, bwe mutyo bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kuzibwamu amaanyi.
81:8 1Ko 15:32Kubanga tetwagala mmwe abooluganda obutategeera, okubonaabona kwe twayitamu mu Asiya kwali kungi ekiyitiridde n’essuubi ery’okuba abalamu ne lituggwaamu. 91:9 Yer 17:5, 7Naye ffe ffennyini nga tusaliddwa gwa kufa, nga tetusaanidde kwetekamu bwesige bwaffe ffe, wabula mu Katonda azuukiza abafu, 101:10 Bar 15:31eyatuwonya mu kufa okwo okw’entiisa, era anaatulokolanga, era gwe tulinamu essuubi ery’okutuwonyanga. 111:11 a Bar 15:30; Baf 1:19 b 2Ko 4:15Tukolere wamu nga mutusabira, bangi balyoke batwebalizeeko olw’ekirabo kye twaweebwa.
Pawulo akyusa mu ntegeka ze
121:12 a Bik 23:1 b 2Ko 2:17 c 1Ko 2:1, 4, 13Tulina okwenyumiriza ng’omwoyo gwaffe gutujulira kubanga twatambulira mu buwombeefu ne mu mazima ga Katonda, so si mu magezi ag’omubiri, naye mu kisa kya Katonda nga tuli mu nsi n’okusingira ddala gye muli. 13Kubanga tetubawandiikira lwa bintu birala wabula ku ebyo bye musomako era ku ebyo bye mumanyiiko; era nsuubira nga mulibimanyira ddala okutuusa ku nkomerero, 141:14 1Ko 1:8era nga bwe mwamanyako ekitundu nti muli kya kwenyumiriza gye tuli nga naffe bwe tuli eky’okwenyumiriza gye muli ku lunaku lwa Mukama waffe Yesu. 151:15 a 1Ko 4:19 b Bar 1:11, 13; 15:29Olw’okwekakasa mu ekyo, nateekateeka okujja gye muli edda, mulyoke musanyuke omulundi ogwokubiri, 161:16 1Ko 16:5-7nga mpita gye muli okugenda e Makedoniya, ate n’amadda nga nkomawo, mulyoke munsibirire okulaga e Buyudaaya. 171:17 2Ko 10:2, 3Mulowooza nga nateekateeka bwe ntyo olwokubanga nnekyusiza? Oba nti ntekateeka ebintu nga ngoberera omubiri, nga ŋŋamba nti weewaawo ye weewaawo, ate nti si weewaawo, si weewaawo?
181:18 1Ko 1:9Naye nga Katonda bw’ali omwesigwa ekigambo kyaffe gye muli tekiri weewaawo ate nti si weewaawo. 191:19 Beb 13:8Omwana wa Katonda Yesu Kristo gwe twababuulira, nze ne Sirwano1:19 Sirwano Mu Luyonaani oluusi ayitibwa Siira ne Timoseewo teyali nti weewaawo ne si weewaawo, wabula mu ye mwe muli weewaawo bulijjo. 201:20 a Bar 15:8 b 1Ko 14:16Kubanga nga bwe biri ebisuubizo ebingi ebya Katonda, era mu ye kyetuva tugamba Amiina nga tuyita mu ye, Katonda atenderezebwe mu ffe. 211:21 1Yk 2:20, 27Naye atunyweza ffe awamu nammwe mu Kristo, era eyatufukako amafuta, ye Katonda, 221:22 2Ko 5:5era ye oyo eyatussaako akabonero, n’atuwa amazima g’omwoyo mu mitima gyaffe.
231:23 a Bar 1:9; Bag 1:20 b 1Ko 4:21; 2Ko 2:1, 3; 13:2, 10Katonda oyo ye mujulirwa w’emmeeme yange, nga nabasabira ne sijja Kkolinso. 241:24 a 1Pe 5:3 b Bar 11:20; 1Ko 15:1Temusaanye kulowooza nti ffe tufuga okukkiriza kwammwe, naye tuli bakozi bannammwe, mulyoke musanyuke, kubanga okukkiriza kwammwe kwe kubanywezezza.