Paul an Apostle of Iesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothie our brother, vnto the Church of God, which is at Corinth, with all the Saints, which are in all Achaia:
Grace bee to you and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
Blessed be God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort,
Who comforteth vs in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort, wherewith we our selues are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in vs, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and saluation, which is effectuall in the enduring of the same sufferings, which wee also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation, and saluation.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall yee be also of the consolatiou.
For we would not, brethren, haue you ignorant of our trouble which came to vs in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, aboue strength, in so much that we dispaired euen of life.
But we had the sentence of death in our selues, that we should not trust in our selues, but in God which raiseth the dead.
Who deliuered vs from so great a death, and doeth deliuer: in whom we trust that he will yet deliuer vs:
You also helping together by prayer for vs, that for the gift bestowed vpon vs by the meanes of many persons, thankes may bee giuen by many on our behalfe.
For our reioycing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicitie and godly sinceritie, not with fleshly wisedome, but by the grace of God, wee haue had our conuersation in the world, and more aboundantly to youwards.
For we write none other things vnto you, then what you reade or acknowledge, and I trust you shall acknowledge euen to the end.
As also you haue acknowledged vs in part, that we are your reioycing, euen as ye also are ours, in the day of the Lord Iesus.
And in this confidence I was minded to come vnto you before, that you might haue a second benefit:
And to passe by you into Macedonia, and to come againe out of Macedonia vnto you, and of you to bee brought on my way toward Iudea.
When I therefore was thus minded, did I vse lightnesse?
or the things that I purpose, doe I purpose according to the flesh, that with mee there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
But as God is true, our word toward you, was not yea and nay.
For the Sonne of God Iesus Christ, who was preached among you by vs, euen by me, and Syluanus and Timotheus, was not Yea, and Nay, but in him, was yea.
For all the promises of God in him are Yea, and in him Amen, vnto the glory of God by vs.
Now hee which stablisheth vs with you, in Christ, and hath anoynted vs, is God,
Who hath also sealed vs, and giuen the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Moreouer, I call God for a record vpon my soule, that to spare you I came not as yet vnto Corinth.
Not for that we haue dominion ouer your faith, but are helpers of your ioy: for by faith ye stand.