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.

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.