1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,1:8 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 8:1; 13:11. about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul’s Change of Plans
12Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity1:12 Many manuscripts holiness and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas1:19 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
23I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
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.
2Mukhale ndi chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.
Mulungu Mwini Chitonthozo
3Alemekezeke Mulungu, Atate a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, Atate achifundo chonse, Mulungu wachitonthozo chonse. 4Iye amatitonthoza ife mʼmavuto athu onse, kuti ifenso tithe kutonthoza amene ali pavuto lililonse ndi chitonthozo chimene ife tilandira kwa Mulungu. 5Pakuti monga momwe tili mʼmasautso pamodzi ndi Khristu, momwemonso Khristu amatitonthoza kwambiri. 6Ngati 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. 7Ndipo chiyembekezo chathu pa inu nʼcholimba chifukwa tikudziwa kuti monga momwe mumamva zowawa pamodzi nafe, momwemonso mumatonthozedwa nafe pamodzi.
8Abale, 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. 9Zoonadi, tinamva mʼmitima mwathu chilango cha imfa. Koma izi zimachitika kuti tisangodzidalira mwa ife tokha koma Mulungu yemwe amaukitsa akufa. 10Mulungu watilanditsa ku zoopsa zotere za imfa, ndipo adzatilanditsanso. Ife tayika chiyembekezo chathu pa Iyeyo kuti adzapitiriza kutilanditsabe. 11Mutithandize potipempherera. Pamenepo ambiri adzathokoza mʼmalo mwathu, chifukwa cha chisomo chake poyankha mapemphero a anthu ambiri.
Paulo Afotokoza za Kusintha kwa Ulendo Wake
12Tsono 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. 13Pakuti sitikukulemberani zoti simungawerenge kapena kumvetsetsa. 14Monga mwamva pangʼono chabe, ndikuyembekeza kuti mudzamvetsa kwenikweni, kuti mutha kutinyadira monga ife tidzakunyadirani, pa tsiku la Ambuye Yesu.
15Popeza ndinatsimikiza mtima za ichi, nʼchifukwa chake ndinafuna kuti poyamba, ndidzakuchezereni kuti mupindule pawiri. 16Ndinafuna kuti ndidzakuchezereni pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Makedoniya ndi kudzakuonaninso pochokera ku Makedoniyako kuti inu mudzandithandize pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Yudeya. 17Kodi 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?”
18Koma zoona monga Mulungu ali wokhulupirika, uthenga wathu kwa inu siwakuti, “Inde” nʼkutinso “Ayi.” 19Pakuti Yesu Khristu mwana wa Mulungu amene ine, Silivano ndi Timoteyo tinamulalikira pakati panu sali “Inde” yemweyonso “Ayi.” Koma nthawi zonse mwa Iye muli “Inde.” 20Pakuti ngakhale malonjezo a Mulungu atachuluka chotani, onsewo ndi “Inde” mwa Khristu. Kotero kuti mwa Iye, ife timati “Ameni” kuchitira Mulungu ulemu. 21Tsono ndi Mulungu amene anachititsa kuti inu ndi ife tiyime molimba mwa Khristu. Anatidzoza ife, 22nayikanso Mzimu wake mʼmitima mwathu kutitsimikizira za mʼtsogolo.
23Mulungu ndi mboni yanga kuti sindinabwererenso ku Korinto kuno kuti ndisakumvetseni chisoni. 24Sikuti ife tikufuna kukhala olamulira chikhulupiriro chanu, koma timagwira nanu ntchito pamodzi kuti mukhale achimwemwe, chifukwa ndinu okhazikika kwambiri mʼchikhulupiriro.