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.
1Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, mũtũmwo wa Kristũ Jesũ nĩ ũndũ wa kwenda kwa Ngai, tũrĩ na Timotheo mũrũ wa Ithe witũ,
Twatũma marũa maya kũrĩ kanitha wa Ngai ũrĩa ũrĩ Korinitho, o hamwe na andũ othe aamũre arĩa marĩ Akaia guothe:
21:2 Arom 1:7Wega na thayũ kuuma kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ o na Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ iroikara na inyuĩ.
Ngai Mwene Kũhoorerania Guothe
31:3 Aef 1:3; 1Pet 1:3Ngai na Ithe wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ arogoocwo, o we Ithe witũ wa tha, na Ngai mwene ũhoro wothe wa kũũmanĩrĩria, 4ũrĩa ũtũũmagĩrĩria mathĩĩna-inĩ maitũ mothe, nĩguo na ithuĩ tũhotage kũhooreragia arĩa marĩ na thĩĩna o wothe na ũndũ wa kũũmĩrĩrio kũrĩa ithuĩ ene tũũmĩrĩirio nakuo nĩ Ngai. 51:5 2Akor 4:10Nĩgũkorwo o ta ũrĩa kũnyariirwo gwa Kristũ kũingĩhĩte thĩinĩ witũ-rĩ, ũguo noguo kũũmanĩrĩria gwitũ kũingĩhĩte nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ. 6Tũngĩthĩĩnio-rĩ, tũthĩĩnagio nĩguo mũũmĩrĩrio na mũhonokio; tũngĩũmĩrĩrio-rĩ, tũũmagĩrĩrio nĩguo na inyuĩ mũgĩe na ũũmĩrĩru, ũrĩa ũciaraga gũkirĩrĩria mũkĩnyariirwo na mathĩĩna o ta marĩa tũthĩĩnagio namo. 7Nakĩo kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro kĩrĩa tũrĩ nakĩo nĩ ũndũ wanyu nĩ kĩrũmu, tondũ nĩtũũĩ atĩ o ta ũrĩa mũgwatanagĩra na ithuĩ maũndũ-inĩ marĩa tũnyariiragwo namo-rĩ, no taguo mũgwatanagĩra na ithuĩ ũhoro-inĩ wa kũũmanĩrĩria o naguo.
81:8 1Akor 15:32Ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, tũtikwenda mũkorwo mũtooĩ mathĩĩna marĩa twarĩ namo bũrũri wa Asia. Twarĩ hatĩka-inĩ nene mũno makĩria ma ũrĩa tũngĩahotire gũkirĩrĩria, nginya ha ũhoro witũ wa gũtũũra muoyo tũkĩyũũmĩra tha. 9Ti-itherũ, ngoro-inĩ ciitũ twaiguaga tũtuĩrĩirwo gũkua. No kwahanĩkire ũguo nĩguo tũtikae kwĩĩhoka ithuĩ ene, no twĩhoke Ngai, ũrĩa ũriũkagia arĩa akuũ. 10Nĩwe watũhonokirie ũgwati-inĩ ũcio wahaanaga wa gĩkuũ, na nowe ũgaatũhonokia. We nĩwe twĩrĩgĩrĩire atĩ no egũthiĩ na mbere gũtũhonokia, 111:11 Arom 15:30; 2Akor 4:15inyuĩ na inyuĩ mũgĩtũteithagia na gũtũhoera. Nao andũ aingĩ nĩmarĩcookagia ngaatho nĩ ũndũ witũ, tondũ wa wega ũcio tũtugĩĩtwo naguo arĩ macookio ma mahooya ma andũ aingĩ.
Paũlũ Kũgarũra Mũbango Wake
121:12 Atũm 23:1; 1Athe 2:10Na rĩrĩ, ũndũ ũyũ nĩguo twĩrahagĩra: Thamiri ciitũ nĩcio itũmenyithagia atĩ mĩthiĩre iitũ ĩrĩa tũikaraga nayo gũkũ thĩ, na makĩria ũrĩa tũikaranagia na inyuĩ, nĩ ya ũtheru na ya ũhoro wa ma kuuma kũrĩ Ngai. Tũtiĩkaga ũguo kũringana na ũũgĩ wa thĩ, no nĩ kũringana na wega wa Ngai. 13Nĩgũkorwo tũtiramwandĩkĩra ũndũ o na ũrĩkũ mũtangĩhota gũthoma kana gũtaũkĩrwo nĩguo. Na ngwĩhoka atĩ, 14o ta ũrĩa mũtũmenyete hanini, nĩmũrĩtaũkĩrwo biũ atĩ no mũhote kwĩraha nĩ ũndũ witũ, o ta ũrĩa tũkeeraha nĩ ũndũ wanyu mũthenya ũrĩa wa Mwathani Jesũ.
151:15 1Akor 4:19; Arom 1:11, 13Na tondũ wa ũrĩa ndaarĩ na mwĩhoko wa ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, nĩndabangĩte njũke kwanyu mbere nĩguo mũgunĩke maita meerĩ. 16Ndabangĩte ndĩmũceerere ngĩthiĩ Makedonia, na njokere kũu kwanyu ngiuma Makedonia, na inyuĩ nĩguo mũcooke mũndũme Judea. 171:17 2Akor 10:2, 3Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ndaabangaga ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, kaĩ ndeekaga ũguo na itherũ? Kana hihi haaragĩria mĩbango yakwa na njĩra ya kĩ-mwĩrĩ nĩguo rĩmwe njugage, “Ĩĩ, ĩĩ,” na rĩrĩa rĩngĩ ngoiga “Aca, aca”?
18No ti-itherũ, o ta ũrĩa Ngai arĩ mwĩhokeku-rĩ, ndũmĩrĩri iitũ kũrĩ inyuĩ ti “Ĩĩ” na rĩngĩ “Aca.” 191:19 Math 4:3; Ahib 13:8Nĩgũkorwo Mũrũ wa Ngai, Jesũ Kristũ, ũrĩa mwahunjĩirio ũhoro wake nĩ niĩ, na Sila, na Timotheo, ũhoro wake ndwarĩ wa kuuga, “Ĩĩ” ũgacooka ũkoiga “Aca,” no thĩinĩ wake gũtũũraga o “Ĩĩ.” 201:20 1Akor 14:16; Arom 15:8Nĩgũkorwo ciĩranĩro cia Ngai, o na cingĩhĩte atĩa-rĩ, ciothe nĩ “Ĩĩ” thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. Na nĩ ũndũ ũcio thĩinĩ wake, ithuĩ tũkoigaga “Ameni” nĩgeetha Ngai agoocagwo. 211:21 1Akor 16:13; 1Joh 2:20, 27Na rĩrĩ, Ngai nĩwe ũtũmaga ithuĩ hamwe na inyuĩ twĩhaande wega thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. Nĩwe watũitĩrĩirie maguta, 22na agĩtwĩkĩra rũũri rwa kuonania atĩ tũrĩ ake, na agĩtũhe Roho wake thĩinĩ wa ngoro ciitũ arĩ ta mwĩhoko wa kũrũgamĩrĩra maũndũ marĩa magooka.
231:23 1Akor 4:21; 2Akor 2:1, 3Ngai nĩwe mũira wakwa, na nĩoĩ atĩ niĩ ndaagire gũcooka Korinitho nĩ ũndũ wa kũmũcaaĩra. 241:24 Arom 11:20; 1Pet 5:3Ũguo ti kuuga atĩ nĩtũramwatha ũhoro-inĩ wa wĩtĩkio wanyu, no nĩ atĩ tũrutithanagia wĩra na inyuĩ nĩgeetha mũkenage, tondũ mũtũũrĩte mwĩhaandĩte wega nĩ ũndũ wa wĩtĩkio wanyu.