New International Reader's Version

2 Corinthians 1

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.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Praise to the God Who Gives Comfort

Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves receive comfort from God. We share very much in the sufferings of Christ. So we also share very much in his comfort. If 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. Our 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.

Brothers 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. In 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. 10 God 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. 11 You 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

12 Here 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. 13 We are writing only what you can read and understand. And here is what I hope. 14 Up 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.

15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to visit you first. Here is how I thought you would be helped twice. 16 I 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. 17 When 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!”

18 But just as sure as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 Silas, 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.” 20 God 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. 21 He makes both us and you remain strong in the faith because we belong to Christ. He anointed us. 22 He 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.

23 I 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. 24 Your faith is not under our control. You remain strong in your own faith. But we work together with you for your joy.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

2 Wakorintho 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo mtume wa Yesu Kristo kwa mapenzi ya Mungu, na Timotheo ndugu yetu. Kwa Kanisa la Mungu lililoko Korintho, pamoja na watu wote wa Mungu walioko Akaya yote.

Tunawatakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba yetu na Bwana Yesu Kristo.

Faraja Katika Mateso

Ashukuriwe Mungu na Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, Baba wa huruma na Mungu wa faraja zote. Yeye anatufariji katika mateso yetu yote ili tuweze kuwafariji wale walio katika mateso yo yote, tukitumia faraja ambayo sisi tumepokea kutoka kwa Mungu. Kama vile tunavyoshiriki mateso ya Kristo yaliyo mengi, ndivyo na far aja yetu inavyomiminika kwa wengine. Kama tunateseka ni kwa faraja yenu na wokovu wenu; kama tukifarijiwa, ni kwa faraja yenu, ambayo mnapata wakati mkivumilia kwa subira mateso hayo hayo tunayopata sisi. Matumaini yetu kwenu ni imara; kwa maana tunajua ya kuwa kama mnavyoshiriki katika mateso yetu, mtashiriki pia katika faraja yetu.

Hatupendi mkose kujua, ndugu wapendwa, kuhusu mateso tuliy oyapata huko Asia. Kwa maana tulilemewa na mizigo ambayo ilikuwa zaidi ya uwezo wetu kuvumilia, kiasi kwamba tulikata tamaa kwamba tungeishi. Kwa hakika tulijisikia kana kwamba tumehukumiwa kifo. Lakini hii ilitokea ili tusijitegemee wenyewe bali tumtege mee Mungu ambaye anawafufua wafu. 10 Alituokoa katika hatari hiyo ya kifo, na atatuokoa. Tumeweka tumaini letu juu yake kwamba ataendelea kutuokoa. 11 Ninyi pia mtusaidie kwa maombi ili wengi wamshukuru Mungu kwa niaba yetu kwa ajili ya baraka tulizopokea kama majibu ya maombi ya wengi.

Paulo Abadili Mipango Yake

12 Hii ndio sababu tunajivuna. Dhamiri yetu inatushuhudia kwamba tumeishi katika ulimwengu, na hasa katika uhusiano wetu na ninyi, kwa utakatifu na ukweli utokao kwa Mungu. Hatukufanya hivyo kwa hekima ya mwanadamu bali kwa neema ya Mungu. 13 Kwa maana hatuwaandikii mambo ambayo hamwezi kusoma na kuyaelewa. Natumaini mtaelewa kikamilifu, 14 yale ambayo sasa mnayaelewa kwa sehemu, ili siku ile ya Bwana Yesu muweze kujivuna kwa ajili yetu, kama na sisi tutakavyojivuna kwa ajili yenu.

15 Kwa kuwa nilikuwa na uhakika wa mambo haya, nilipanga kuwatembelea kwanza ili mpate baraka mara mbili. 16 Nilipanga kuwatembelea nikiwa safarini kwenda Makedonia, na kurudi kwenu tena nikitoka Makedonia ili mnisaidie katika safari yangu ya kwenda Uyahudi. 17 Je, nilikuwa kigeugeu nilipotaka kufanya hivi? Au mimi ninafanya mipango yangu kama watu wa dunia, nikiwa tayari kusema, “Ndiyo” na wakati huo huo kusema, “Hapana”?

18 Lakini kama Mungu alivyo mwaminifu, ahadi yangu haikuwa “Ndiyo” na “Hapana” 19 Kwa kuwa Mwana wa Mungu Yesu Kristo, ambaye tulimhubiri kwenu tukiwa na Silvano, Timotheo, na mimi mwenyewe, hakuwa ‘ndio’ na ‘hapana.’ Katika yeye wakati wote ni ndio. 20 Kwa maana ahadi zote za Mungu ni ‘ndio’ katika Kristo. Ndio sababu tunatamka ‘Amina’ kwa ajili yake, kwa utukufu wa Mungu. 21 Ni Mungu mwenyewe ambaye anatuwezesha sisi na ninyi kusimama imara katika Kristo. Ametuweka wakfu; 22 ametutia mhuri wake juu yetu, akatupa Roho wake mioyoni mwetu kama uthibitisho.

23 Mungu ni shahidi wangu kwamba niliacha kurudi Korintho kwa kuwahurumia. 24 Hatutaki kuwaamrisha kuhusu imani yenu bali tunafanya kazi pamoja nanyi kwa ajili ya furaha yenu; kwa maana mnasimama imara kwa imani.