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.
11:1 a 1Ko 1:1; Bef 1:1; Bak 1:1; 2Ti 1:1 b 1Ko 10:32 c Bik 18:12Pawulo omutume wa Kristo Yesu, olw’okusiima kwa Katonda, n’owooluganda Timoseewo, tuwandiikira ekkanisa ya Katonda eri mu Kkolinso awamu n’abatukuvu bonna abali mu Akaya yonna, 21:2 Bar 1:7ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo bibeerenga nammwe.
31:3 Bef 1:3; 1Pe 1:3Katonda oyo Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, Kitaffe ow’okusaasira era Katonda azaamu bonna amaanyi yeebazibwe, 41:4 2Ko 7:6, 7, 13atuzaamu amaanyi mu kubonaabona kwonna kwe tuyitamu, tulyoke tugumye abalala abayita mu kubonaabona okwa buli ngeri, olw’okugumya kwe tufuna nga Katonda atuzaamu amaanyi. 51:5 2Ko 4:10; Bak 1:24Kubanga nga bwe tugabana ku kubonaabona kwa Kristo, ne Kristo bw’atyo bw’atuzzaamu amaanyi. 61:6 2Ko 4:15Bwe tubonaabona, tubonaabona mulyoke muzibwemu amaanyi era mulokolebwe; oba ne bwe tuba nga tuzzibwamu endasi nammwe muzibwamu endasi, mulyoke mugumire okubonaabona kwe kumu kwe tuyitamu. 71:7 Bar 8:17Essuubi lyaffe gye muli linywevu, nga tumanyi nti nga bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kubonaabona, bwe mutyo bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kuzibwamu amaanyi.
81:8 1Ko 15:32Kubanga tetwagala mmwe abooluganda obutategeera, okubonaabona kwe twayitamu mu Asiya kwali kungi ekiyitiridde n’essuubi ery’okuba abalamu ne lituggwaamu. 91:9 Yer 17:5, 7Naye ffe ffennyini nga tusaliddwa gwa kufa, nga tetusaanidde kwetekamu bwesige bwaffe ffe, wabula mu Katonda azuukiza abafu, 101:10 Bar 15:31eyatuwonya mu kufa okwo okw’entiisa, era anaatulokolanga, era gwe tulinamu essuubi ery’okutuwonyanga. 111:11 a Bar 15:30; Baf 1:19 b 2Ko 4:15Tukolere wamu nga mutusabira, bangi balyoke batwebalizeeko olw’ekirabo kye twaweebwa.
Pawulo akyusa mu ntegeka ze
121:12 a Bik 23:1 b 2Ko 2:17 c 1Ko 2:1, 4, 13Tulina okwenyumiriza ng’omwoyo gwaffe gutujulira kubanga twatambulira mu buwombeefu ne mu mazima ga Katonda, so si mu magezi ag’omubiri, naye mu kisa kya Katonda nga tuli mu nsi n’okusingira ddala gye muli. 13Kubanga tetubawandiikira lwa bintu birala wabula ku ebyo bye musomako era ku ebyo bye mumanyiiko; era nsuubira nga mulibimanyira ddala okutuusa ku nkomerero, 141:14 1Ko 1:8era nga bwe mwamanyako ekitundu nti muli kya kwenyumiriza gye tuli nga naffe bwe tuli eky’okwenyumiriza gye muli ku lunaku lwa Mukama waffe Yesu. 151:15 a 1Ko 4:19 b Bar 1:11, 13; 15:29Olw’okwekakasa mu ekyo, nateekateeka okujja gye muli edda, mulyoke musanyuke omulundi ogwokubiri, 161:16 1Ko 16:5-7nga mpita gye muli okugenda e Makedoniya, ate n’amadda nga nkomawo, mulyoke munsibirire okulaga e Buyudaaya. 171:17 2Ko 10:2, 3Mulowooza nga nateekateeka bwe ntyo olwokubanga nnekyusiza? Oba nti ntekateeka ebintu nga ngoberera omubiri, nga ŋŋamba nti weewaawo ye weewaawo, ate nti si weewaawo, si weewaawo?
181:18 1Ko 1:9Naye nga Katonda bw’ali omwesigwa ekigambo kyaffe gye muli tekiri weewaawo ate nti si weewaawo. 191:19 Beb 13:8Omwana wa Katonda Yesu Kristo gwe twababuulira, nze ne Sirwano1:19 Sirwano Mu Luyonaani oluusi ayitibwa Siira ne Timoseewo teyali nti weewaawo ne si weewaawo, wabula mu ye mwe muli weewaawo bulijjo. 201:20 a Bar 15:8 b 1Ko 14:16Kubanga nga bwe biri ebisuubizo ebingi ebya Katonda, era mu ye kyetuva tugamba Amiina nga tuyita mu ye, Katonda atenderezebwe mu ffe. 211:21 1Yk 2:20, 27Naye atunyweza ffe awamu nammwe mu Kristo, era eyatufukako amafuta, ye Katonda, 221:22 2Ko 5:5era ye oyo eyatussaako akabonero, n’atuwa amazima g’omwoyo mu mitima gyaffe.
231:23 a Bar 1:9; Bag 1:20 b 1Ko 4:21; 2Ko 2:1, 3; 13:2, 10Katonda oyo ye mujulirwa w’emmeeme yange, nga nabasabira ne sijja Kkolinso. 241:24 a 1Pe 5:3 b Bar 11:20; 1Ko 15:1Temusaanye kulowooza nti ffe tufuga okukkiriza kwammwe, naye tuli bakozi bannammwe, mulyoke musanyuke, kubanga okukkiriza kwammwe kwe kubanywezezza.