1 Paul, an apostle
of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints
which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able
to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith
we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation
also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings
which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for
your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers
of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble
which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure,
above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should
not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:
in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift
bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be
given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience,
that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom,
but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the
world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read
or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the
14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your
rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before,
that ye might have a second benefit;
16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out
of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward
17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or
the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh,
that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among
you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea
and nay, but in him was yea.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath
anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit
in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare
you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers
of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
1 But I determined
this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad,
but the same which is made sorry by me?
3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should
have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence
in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto
you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that
ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but
in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted
7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort
him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch
8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward
9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof
of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave
any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it
in the person of Christ;
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel,
and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my
brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph
in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by
us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that
are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to
the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient
for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but
as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we
1 Do we begin again
to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of
commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle
of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the
Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy
tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing
as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament;
not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth,
but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in
stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not
stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance;
which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more
doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this
respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that
which remaineth is glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the
children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that
which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth
the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament;
which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall
be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 Therefore seeing
we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking
in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but
by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every
man's conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of
Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and
ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus'
sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in
our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written,
I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise
up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace
might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man
perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are
temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.