New Living Translation

2 Corinthians 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece.[a]

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

God Offers Comfort to All

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[b] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Paul’s Change of Plans

12 We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness[c] and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. 13 Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us, 14 even if you don’t understand us now. Then on the day when the Lord Jesus[d] returns, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you.

15 Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice— 16 first on my way to Macedonia and again when I returned from Macedonia.[e] Then you could send me on my way to Judea.

17 You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” 19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas,[f] Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

23 Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn’t return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke. 24 But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Greek Achaia, the southern region of the Greek peninsula.
  2. 1:8 Greek brothers.
  3. 1:12 Some manuscripts read honesty.
  4. 1:14 Some manuscripts read our Lord Jesus.
  5. 1:16 Macedonia was in the northern region of Greece.
  6. 1:19 Greek Silvanus.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

2 Akorinto 1

1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwachifuniro cha Mulungu, pamodzi ndi mʼbale wathu Timoteyo,

Kulembera mpingo wa Mulungu mu Korinto, pamodzi ndi oyera mtima onse mu Akaya monse.

Mukhale ndi chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.

Mulungu Mwini Chitonthozo

Alemekezeke Mulungu, Atate a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, Atate achifundo chonse, Mulungu wachitonthozo chonse. Iye amatitonthoza ife mʼmavuto athu onse, kuti ifenso tithe kutonthoza amene ali pavuto lililonse ndi chitonthozo chimene ife tilandira kwa Mulungu. Pakuti monga momwe tili mʼmasautso pamodzi ndi Khristu, momwemonso Khristu amatitonthoza kwambiri. Ngati ife tikusautsidwa, nʼchifukwa choti inu mutonthozedwe ndi kupulumutsidwa. Ngati ife tikutonthozedwa nʼchifukwa choti inu mutonthozedwe, ndi chitonthozo chimene chimabweretsa mwa inu kupirira kosawiringula pa zosautsa zomwe timasauka nazo ife. Ndipo chiyembekezo chathu pa inu nʼcholimba chifukwa tikudziwa kuti monga momwe mumamva zowawa pamodzi nafe, momwemonso mumatonthozedwa nafe pamodzi.

Abale, sitikufuna kuti mukhale osadziwa za masautso amene tinakumana nawo mʼchigawo cha Asiya. Tinapanikizidwa koopsa kuposa muyeso woti nʼkutha kupirira, mwakuti sitinkadziwa kuti nʼkukhalabe ndi moyo. Zoonadi, tinamva mʼmitima mwathu chilango cha imfa. Koma izi zimachitika kuti tisangodzidalira mwa ife tokha koma Mulungu yemwe amaukitsa akufa. 10 Mulungu watilanditsa ku zoopsa zotere za imfa, ndipo adzatilanditsanso. Ife tayika chiyembekezo chathu pa Iyeyo kuti adzapitiriza kutilanditsabe. 11 Mutithandize potipempherera. Pamenepo ambiri adzathokoza mʼmalo mwathu, chifukwa cha chisomo chake poyankha mapemphero a anthu ambiri.

Paulo Afotokoza za Kusintha kwa Ulendo Wake

12 Tsono chonyadira chathu nʼchakuti, chikumbumtima chathu chimatitsimikizira kuti timakhala bwino mʼdziko lapansi, makamaka pa ubale wathu ndi inu. Takhala moona mtima ndi oyera mtima. Sitinachite chomwechi mwa nzeru ya dziko lapansi koma monga mwa chisomo cha Mulungu. 13 Pakuti sitikukulemberani zoti simungawerenge kapena kumvetsetsa. 14 Monga mwamva pangʼono chabe, ndikuyembekeza kuti mudzamvetsa kwenikweni, kuti mutha kutinyadira monga ife tidzakunyadirani, pa tsiku la Ambuye Yesu.

15 Popeza ndinatsimikiza mtima za ichi, nʼchifukwa chake ndinafuna kuti poyamba, ndidzakuchezereni kuti mupindule pawiri. 16 Ndinafuna kuti ndidzakuchezereni pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Makedoniya ndi kudzakuonaninso pochokera ku Makedoniyako kuti inu mudzandithandize pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Yudeya. 17 Kodi pamene ndinkakonzekera zimenezi, mukuganiza kuti ndinkachita mwachibwana? Kapena kuti ndinkaganiza ngati mwa dziko lapansi; kuti ndikhoza kumanena kuti, “Inde, Inde,” nthawi yomweyo nʼkumatinso “Ayi, Ayi?”

18 Koma zoona monga Mulungu ali wokhulupirika, uthenga wathu kwa inu siwakuti, “Inde” nʼkutinso “Ayi.” 19 Pakuti Yesu Khristu mwana wa Mulungu amene ine, Silivano ndi Timoteyo tinamulalikira pakati panu sali “Inde” yemweyonso “Ayi.” Koma nthawi zonse mwa Iye muli “Inde.” 20 Pakuti ngakhale malonjezo a Mulungu atachuluka chotani, onsewo ndi “Inde” mwa Khristu. Kotero kuti mwa Iye, ife timati “Ameni” kuchitira Mulungu ulemu. 21 Tsono ndi Mulungu amene anachititsa kuti inu ndi ife tiyime molimba mwa Khristu. Anatidzoza ife, 22 nayikanso Mzimu wake mʼmitima mwathu kutitsimikizira za mʼtsogolo.

23 Mulungu ndi mboni yanga kuti sindinabwererenso ku Korinto kuno kuti ndisakumvetseni chisoni. 24 Sikuti ife tikufuna kukhala olamulira chikhulupiriro chanu, koma timagwira nanu ntchito pamodzi kuti mukhale achimwemwe, chifukwa ndinu okhazikika kwambiri mʼchikhulupiriro.