New International Version – UK

2 Corinthians 1:1-24

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.

New Amharic Standard Version

2 ቆሮንቶስ 1:1-24

1በእግዚአብሔር ፈቃድ የክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ሐዋርያ ከሆነው ከጳውሎስ፣ ከወንድማችንም ከጢሞቴዎስ፤

በቆሮንቶስ ላለችው ለእግዚአብሔር ቤተ ክርስቲያን እንዲሁም በመላው አካይያ ለሚኖሩ ቅዱሳን ሁሉ፤

2ከአባታችን ከእግዚአብሔር፣ ከጌታም ከኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጸጋና ሰላም ለእናንተ ይሁን።

የመጽናናት አምላክ

3የርኅራኄ አባት፣ የመጽናናትም ሁሉ አምላክ የሆነው የጌታችን የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ አምላክና አባት ይባረክ። 4እኛ ራሳችን ከእግዚአብሔር በተቀበልነው መጽናናት፣ በመከራ ያሉትን ማጽናናት እንድንችል፣ እርሱ በመከራችን ሁሉ ያጽናናናል። 5የክርስቶስ ሥቃይ በእኛ ላይ የመብዛቱን ያህል መጽናናታችንም በክርስቶስ በኩል ይበዛልናል። 6መከራ ብንቀበል ስለ እናንተ መጽናናትና መዳን ነው። ብንጽናናም እኛ የተቀበልነውን መከራ በመቀበል በትዕግሥት እንድትጸኑ ስለ እናንተ መጽናናት ነው። 7ስለ እናንተ ያለን ተስፋ ጽኑ ነው፤ ምክንያቱም በመከራችን እንደ ተካፈላችሁ ሁሉ በመጽናናታችንም እንደምትካፈሉ እናውቃለን።

8ወንድሞች ሆይ፤ በእስያ ስለ ደረሰብን መከራ እንድታውቁ እንወዳለን፤ በሕይወት ለመኖር እንኳ ተስፋ እስከምንቈርጥ ድረስ ከዐቅማችን በላይ የሆነ ጽኑ መከራ ደርሶብን ነበር። 9በርግጥም የሞት ፍርድ እንደ ተፈረደብን ይሰማን ነበር፤ ይህም የሆነው ሙታንን በሚያስነሣ በእግዚአብሔር እንድንታመን እንጂ፣ በራሳችን እንዳንታመን ነው። 10እርሱ እንዲህ ካለው የሞት አደጋ አድኖናል፤ ያድነናልም፤ ወደ ፊትም ደግሞ እንደሚያድነን ተስፋችንን በእርሱ ላይ ጥለናል። 11እናንተም በጸሎታችሁ ደግፉን፤ በብዙዎች ጸሎት ስለ ተሰጠን ስጦታ ብዙ ሰዎች ስለ እኛ1፥11 ብዙ ቅጆች እናንተ ይላሉ ምስጋና ያቀርባሉ።

ጳውሎስ ዕቅዱን ለወጠ

12እንግዲህ ትምክህታችን ይህ ነው፤ በዚህ ዓለም በተለይም ከእናንተ ጋር ባለን ግንኙነት፣ ከእግዚአብሔር በሆነ ቅድስናና ቅንነት እንደኖርን ኅሊናችን ይመሰክራል፤ ይህም በሰው ጥበብ ሳይሆን፣ በእግዚአብሔር ጸጋ ነው። 13ልታነቡት ወይም ልትረዱት የማትችሉትን ነገር አንጽፍላችሁም፤ ሁሉንም እንደምትረዱ ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ። 14እናንተ በእኛ እንደምትመኩ ሁሉ እኛም በእናንተ እንደምንመካ አሁን የተረዳችሁን በከፊል ቢሆንም፣ በጌታ ኢየሱስ ቀን ሁሉን ትረዳላችሁ።

15በዚህ ርግጠኛ ስለ ነበርሁ በዕጥፍ እንድትጠቀሙ፣ በመጀመሪያ ልጐበኛችሁ ዐቅጄ ነበር። 16ወደ መቄዶንያ ስሄድ እግረ መንገዴን ልጐበኛችሁና ከመቄዶንያም በእናንተ በኩል ተመልሼ ወደ ይሁዳ ስሄድ በጒዞዬ እንድትረዱኝ ዐቅጄ ነበር። 17ይህን ሳቅድ በሚገባ ሳላስብ ያደረግሁት ይመስላችኋልን? ወይስ በዓለማዊ ልማድ አንዴ፣ “አዎን፣ አዎን” ወዲያው ደግሞ፣ “አይደለም፣ አይደለም” የምል ይመስላችኋልን?

18እግዚአብሔር ታማኝ እንደሆነ ሁሉ፣ ለእናንተ የምንናገረው ቃላችን፣ “አዎን” እና “አይደለም” ሊሆን አይችልም፤ 19ምክንያቱም እኔም ሆንሁ ሲላስና1፥19 ግሪኩ ሶልያኑስ ይላል ጢሞቴዎስ፣ እኛ የሰበክንላችሁ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ “አዎን” እና “አይደለም” አልነበረም፤ ነገር ግን በእርሱ ዘወትር፣ “አዎን” ነው። 20በእግዚአብሔር የተሰጡ ተስፋዎች ሁሉ፣ “አዎን” የሚሆኑት በእርሱ ነውና፤ እኛም በእርሱ አማካይነት ለእግዚአብሔር ክብር፣ “አሜን” የምንለው በዚህ ምክንያት ነው። 21እንግዲህ፣ እኛንም እናንተንም በክርስቶስ ጸንተን እንድንቆም የሚያደርገን እግዚአብሔር ነው፤ የቀባንም እርሱ ነው፤ 22የእርሱ ለመሆናችን ማኅተሙን ያተመብን ደግሞም ወደ ፊት ለምናገኘው ነገር የመንፈሱን ዋስትና በልባችን ያኖረ እርሱ ነው።

23ወደ ቆሮንቶስ ተመልሼ ያልመጣሁት እንዳላሳዝናችሁ ብዬ ነው፤ ይህ እውነት ካልሆነ እግዚአብሔር ይመስክርብኝ። 24ጸንታችሁ የምትቆሙት በእምነት ስለ ሆነ፣ ደስ እንዲላችሁ ከእናንተ ጋር እንሠራለን እንጂ በእምነታችሁ ላይ ለመሠልጠን አይደለም።