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2 Corinthians 1 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Paul[a], an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God being in Corinth, together-with all the saints being in all Achaia[b]: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed Be God For Comforting Us In All Our Sufferings

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions[c] and God of all comfort[d], the One comforting us concerning[e] all our affliction so that we might be able to comfort the ones in every affliction with the comfort by which we ourselves are being comforted by God. Because just as the sufferings of Christ are abounding in us, so our comfort also is abounding through Christ. And if we are being afflicted— it is for the sake of your comfort and salvation. If we are being comforted— it is for the sake of your comfort, the comfort being at-work[f] in your endurance of the same sufferings which we also are suffering. And our hope for you is firm[g], knowing that as you are sharers of the sufferings, so also of the comfort.

For We Despaired Even of Living, But God Delivered Us, And Will Deliver Us

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, with-reference-to our affliction having taken place in Asia[h], that we were burdened[i] extremely beyond our power, so that we despaired[j] even of living. But we had[k] the sentence of death in ourselves in order that we should not be trusting in ourselves, but in God, the One raising the dead, 10 Who delivered us from so great a death[l], and will deliver us; in Whom we have put our hope that He will indeed[m] still deliver us 11 you also joining-in-helping in your prayer for us— in-order-that thanks might be given on our behalf by many faces[n] as to the gift granted to us through many prayers.

Our Boast As We Endure Our Suffering Is Our Blameless And Forthright Behavior Toward You

12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of [o] our conscience that we conducted-ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, in simplicity[p] and purity[q] from God[r]; and not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God. 13 For we are writing no other things to you other than the things which you read or indeed understand. And I hope that you will understand until the end[s] 14 just as you also did understand us in part— that we are your boast, even as you also are ours, on the day of our Lord Jesus.

And In This Confidence I Was Intending To Come To You First, Then Go To Macedonia

15 And in this confidence, I was intending first[t] to come to you in order that you might have a second[u] benefit[v], 16 and[w] to go through you to Macedonia, and from Macedonia to come again to you, and to be sent-forward by you to Judea.

I Do Not Make My Plans Lightly, But I Changed My Plans In Order To Spare You

17 Therefore, while intending this, I did not then act with lightness, did I ? Or do I plan[x] the things which I plan according-to the flesh— so that[y] there is with me the yes, yes, and the no, no? 18 But as God is faithful[z], our message to you is not yes and no. 19 For God’s Son Jesus Christ, the One having been proclaimed among you by us— by me and Silvanus and Timothy— did not become[aa] yes and no, but has become yes in Him. 20 For as many as there are promises of God, in Him is the yes[ab]! Therefore also through Him is [spoken] the amen[ac] to God for His glory, through[ad] us. 21 And the One establishing us with you for[ae] Christ and having anointed us is God— 22 the One also having sealed us and given the pledge[af] of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 And I call-upon God as witness for my soul that sparing[ag] you I no longer came to Corinth— 24 not that we are lording-over your faith, but we are fellow-workers of [ah] your joy. For you stand in[ai] your faith[aj].


  1. 2 Corinthians 1:1 On when this book was written, see Act 20:2.
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:1 This is the Roman province in which Corinth was located.
  3. 2 Corinthians 1:3 That is, acts of compassion.
  4. 2 Corinthians 1:3 Or, encouragement.
  5. 2 Corinthians 1:4 Or, during, because of.
  6. 2 Corinthians 1:6 Or, in-operation.
  7. 2 Corinthians 1:7 Or, secure.
  8. 2 Corinthians 1:8 That is, in Ephesus after 1 Cor 16:8-9.
  9. 2 Corinthians 1:8 Or, weighed down.
  10. 2 Corinthians 1:8 Or, were utterly at a loss. That is, they could not see how they would survive the danger facing them.
  11. 2 Corinthians 1:9 The grammar implies it was true then and continues to be true now.
  12. 2 Corinthians 1:10 That is, a peril of death.
  13. 2 Corinthians 1:10 Or, also, even.
  14. 2 Corinthians 1:11 That is, persons viewed as looking up to God in prayer.
  15. 2 Corinthians 1:12 That is, proceeding from.
  16. 2 Corinthians 1:12 Or, frankness.
  17. 2 Corinthians 1:12 Or, sincerity.
  18. 2 Corinthians 1:12 Or, before God; or, godly, modifying one or both of the preceding terms.
  19. 2 Corinthians 1:13 Or, fully, completely.
  20. 2 Corinthians 1:15 Or, formerly. That is, intending formerly; or, to come to you first. This was Paul’s original plan, which he changed in 1 Cor 16:3-6, apparently causing some Corinthians to question whether he was a divinely-directed apostle.
  21. 2 Corinthians 1:15 That is, by virtue of a second visit by Paul.
  22. 2 Corinthians 1:15 Or, grace, kindness, favor.
  23. 2 Corinthians 1:16 Or, even, indeed.
  24. 2 Corinthians 1:17 Or, decide, resolve.
  25. 2 Corinthians 1:17 That is, so that my plans or my message are based on human uncertainty or whim.
  26. 2 Corinthians 1:18 as God is faithful. This is an oath, like 11:10 and Rom 14:11.
  27. 2 Corinthians 1:19 Or, was not; or, did not prove-to-be.
  28. 2 Corinthians 1:20 That is, the fulfillment, confirmation, affirmation.
  29. 2 Corinthians 1:20 That is, the amen of response and acceptance of God’s message.
  30. 2 Corinthians 1:20 Or, by.
  31. 2 Corinthians 1:21 Or, in.
  32. 2 Corinthians 1:22 Or, first-installment, down-payment.
  33. 2 Corinthians 1:23 Sparing the Corinthians further grief over an incident that had occurred among them, as alluded to in 2:1-11, was Paul’s motive for changing his plans.
  34. 2 Corinthians 1:24 That is, producing.
  35. 2 Corinthians 1:24 Or, by.
  36. 2 Corinthians 1:24 Or, in faith.
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2 Corinthians 1 New International Version (NIV)

Paul, 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:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If 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. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] 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. Indeed, 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. 10 He 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, 11 as 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

12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity[b] and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as 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.

15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I 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. 17 Was 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”?

18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For 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. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

23 I 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. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.


  1. 2 Corinthians 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.
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:12 Many manuscripts holiness
  3. 2 Corinthians 1:19 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas
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