The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 Paul, See the declaration of such salutations in the former epistles. 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 with you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
3 He begins after this manner with thanksgiving, which nonetheless (otherwise than he was accustomed to) he applies to himself: beginning his epistle with the setting forth of the dignity of his apostleship, forced (as it should seem) by their importunity which took an occasion to despise him, by reason of his miseries. But he answers, that he is not so afflicted but that his comforts do exceed his afflictions, showing the ground of them, even the mercy of God the Father in Jesus Christ. To him be praise and glory given. Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Most merciful. mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, The Lord comforts us to this end and purpose, that we may so much the more surely comfort others. 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 The miseries which we suffer for Christ, or which Christ suffers in us. sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 He denies that either his afflictions with which he was often afflicted, or the consolations which he received of God, may justly be despised, seeing that the Corinthians both ought and might take great occasion to be strengthened and encouraged by either of them. And whether we be afflicted, [it is] for your consolation and salvation, which is Although salvation is given to us freely, yet because there is a way appointed to us by which we must come to it, which is the race of an innocent and upright life which we must run, therefore we are said to work our salvation; (Phi_2:12). And because it is God alone that of his free good will works all things in us, therefore is he said to work the salvation in us by that very same way by which we must pass to everlasting life, after we have once overcome all incumbrances. 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 is stedfast concerning you, in as much as we know that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 He witnesses that he is not ashamed of his afflictions, and further that he desires also to have all men know the greatness of them, and also his delivery from them, although it is not yet perfect. 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 I did not know at all what to do, neither did I see by man's help which way to save my life. despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in I was resolved within myself to die. ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so From these great dangers. great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver [us];
11 That he may not seem to boast of himself, he attributes all to God, and in so doing also confesses that he attributes much to the prayers of the faithful. Ye also helping together by prayer for us, The end of the afflictions of the saints is the glory of God, and therefore they ought to be precious to us. that for the gift [bestowed] upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 Secondly, he dismisses another slander, that is, that he was a light man, and such a one as was not lightly to be trusted, seeing that he promised to come to them, and did not come. And first he speaks of the singleness of his mind, and sincerity, which they knew both by his voice when he was present, and they ought to acknowledge it also in his letters, being absent: and moreover he protests that he will never be otherwise. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly With clearness, and holy and true plainness of mind, as God himself can witness. sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the Trusting to that very wisdom which God of his free goodness has given me from heaven. grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
13 For we write He says that he writes plainly and simply: for he that writes in an elaborate way, is rightly said to write otherwise than we read. And this, he says, the Corinthians will truly know and like very well. none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the Perfectly. end;
14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your Paul's rejoicing in the Lord was that he had won the Corinthians: and they themselves rejoiced that such an apostle was their instructor, and taught them so purely and sincerely. rejoicing, even as ye also [are] ours in the When he will sit as judge. day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a Another benefit. second benefit;
16 And to passe by you into Macedonia, and to come againe out of Macedonia vnto you, and to be led foorth towarde Iudea of you.
17 He dismisses their slander and false report by denying it, and first of all in that different ones went about to persuade the Corinthians, that in the preaching of the Gospel, Paul agreed not to himself: for this was the matter and the case. When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the As men do who will rashly promise anything, and change their purpose constantly. flesh, that with me there should be That I should say and not say a thing? yea yea, and nay nay?
18 He calls God as witness and as judge of his constancy in preaching and teaching one self same Gospel. But [as] God [is] True, and of whose faithful witness it would be horribly wicked to doubt. true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 He adds also with himself his companions, as witnesses with whom he fully consented in teaching the same thing, that is, the same Christ. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, Was not different and wavering. was not yea and nay, but in That is, in God. him was yea.
20 Last of all he declares the sum of his doctrine, that is, that all the promises of salvation are sure and ratified in Christ. For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in Christ is set also forth to exhibit and fulfil them most assuredly, and without any doubt. him Amen, unto the glory of God by Through our ministry. us.
21 He attributes the praise of this constancy only to the grace of God, through the Holy Spirit. In addition he concludes that they cannot doubt of his faith and his fellows, without doing injury to the Spirit of God, seeing that they themselves know all this to be true. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the An earnest is whatever is given to confirm a promise. earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Now coming to the matter, he swears that he did not lightly alter his purpose of coming to them, but rather that he did not come to them for this reason, that he, being present, might not be forced to deal more sharply with them than he would like. Moreover I call God for a record upon my Against myself, and to the danger of my own life. soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 He removes all suspicion of arrogance, declaring that he speaks not as a lord to them, but as a servant, appointed by God to comfort them. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your He sets the joy and peace of conscience, which God is author of, as opposed to tyrannous fear, and in addition shows the result of the Gospel. joy: for by faith ye stand.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh