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 favour 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 to 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 let 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, 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.
1Saa krataa yi fi Paulo a Onyankopɔn ayi no sɛ Kristo Yesu somafo no ne Timoteo a ɔyɛ yɛn nuanom no mu baako nkyɛn,
Wɔde saa krataa yi rekɔma Onyankopɔn asafo a ɛwɔ Korinto ne ahotefo a wɔwɔ Akaiaman mu no nyinaa:
2Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.
Onyankopɔn Boa Yɛn
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya a ɔyɛ mmɔborɔhunu Agya na ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn a awerɛkyekye nyinaa fi no no ase. 4Ɔkyekye yɛn werɛ wɔ yɛn amane nyinaa mu na yɛnam awerɛkyekye a yɛn ankasa anya afi Onyankopɔn nkyɛn no so atumi akyekye afoforo a wɔwɔ amane ahorow mu no werɛ. 5Sɛnea yɛahu amane wɔ Kristo mu no, saa ara nso na yenya Kristo awerɛkyekye a ɛdɔɔso no. 6Mo awerɛkyekye ne mo nkwagye nti yehu amane. Efisɛ sɛ Kristo kyekye yɛn werɛ a yɛn nso yɛnam so betumi akyekye mo werɛ. Ɛno bɛma moanya ntoboase ahu amane sɛ yɛn nso. 7Enti gyidi a yɛwɔ wɔ mo mu no nhinhim. Yenim sɛ, sɛnea mo ne yɛn hu amane no, saa ara nso na munya awerɛkyekye a yenya no bi.
8Anuanom, yɛpɛ sɛ yɛtwe mo adwene ba ɔhaw a ɛtoo yɛn wɔ Asia mantam mu no so. Amane a yɛfaa mu no so, na na emu yɛ duru enti yɛn asetena mu anidaso nyinaa yerae. 9Nokware mu, yegye too mu sɛ yɛrebewu. Saa asɛm yi sii, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛremfa yɛn ho nto yɛn ankasa so, na mmom yɛde yɛn ho bɛto Onyankopɔn a ɔma awufo sɔre no so. 10Wayi yɛn afi saa owu amanehunu yi mu na ɔbɛkɔ so agye yɛn. Ɔno na yɛde yɛn ani ato no so sɛ, sɛ mokɔ so bɔ mpae ma yɛn a, 11obegye yɛn bio. Eyi kyerɛ sɛ obebua mpae dodow biara a mobɔ ma yɛn no, na Onyankopɔn behyira yɛn, na dodow no ara ama wɔn nne so de ada no ase ama yɛn.
Paulo Sesa Ne Nhyehyɛe
12Yɛhoahoa yɛn ho sɛ yɛn ahonim mmu yɛn fɔ, yɛatena ase nokwaredi mu, ne titiriw ne bere a yɛwɔ mo nkyɛn no. Ɛnyɛ wiase nyansa na ɛkyerɛ yɛn kwan. Mmom, yɛn akwankyerɛ fi Onyankopɔn adom no mu. 13Nsɛm a mubetumi akenkan ate ase nko na yɛkyerɛw de brɛ mo. Mewɔ anidaso sɛ mobɛte biribiara a 14monte ase yiye no ase daakye sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a da a Awurade Yesu bɛba no, mode yɛn bɛhoahoa mo ho na yɛn nso yɛde mo ahoahoa yɛn ho.
15Na minim sɛ saa asɛm yi bɛba mu. Ɛno nti na mehyehyɛɛ sɛ mɛba abɛsra mo na moanya nhyira mprenu. 16Meyɛɛ mʼadwene sɛ, sɛ merekɔ Makedonia a mɛba mo nkyɛn, na meresan nso a, mafa mo nkyɛn ansa na makɔ Yudea. 17Modwene sɛ mantumi ansi mʼadwene pi wɔ nea ɛsɛ sɛ meyɛ hoa ana? Anaasɛ mete sɛ obi a ɔka se “Yiw” anaa “Dabi” sɛnea ɛbɛsɔ afoforo ani?
18Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔnokwafo. Enti sɛ meka se yɛn mmuae yɛ “Yiw” bere biara a ɛyɛ “Yiw”, ɛnyɛ “Dabi” da. 19Efisɛ Yesu Kristo, Onyankopɔn Ba no a me Paulo, Silas ne Timoteo kaa ne ho asɛm kyerɛɛ mo no nsesa. Ɔnka “Yiw” ne “Dabi” da. Bere biara odi nʼasɛm so. 20Ɔno mu na Onyankopɔn bɔhyɛ nyinaa awie pɛyɛ. Eyi nti yɛnam Yesu Kristo so ka “Amen” de hyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam. 21Afei Onyankopɔn no ankasa na ɔma yɛne mo tumi gyina pintinn wɔ Kristo mu. Ɔno na ɔsraa yɛn 22faa yɛn sɛ ne de, na ɔde ne Honhom Kronkron no hyɛɛ yɛn koma mu de sii nea ɔwɔ ma yɛn nyinaa so dua.
23Mefrɛ Onyankopɔn sɛ mʼadanse. Onim me koma mu. Sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubenya kwan agye mo ahome nti na mankɔ Korinto no. 24Ɛnyɛ yɛn adwene ne sɛ yɛbɛhyɛ mo ama moagye biribi adi, na mmom mo ahotɔ nti na yɛne mo yɛ adwuma. Efisɛ ɛnam mo ankasa gyidi so na mubegyina pintinn.