JMNT(i) 1 Paul, one commissioned and sent off as an emissary from Jesus Christ (or: an apostle of Christ Jesus), through the effect of God's will and purpose, and Timothy, the brother, to God's called-out assembly – the one being (existing) within the midst of Corinth, together with all those set-apart (the holy ones; the saints) being (existing) within [the] whole [region of] Achaia: 2 Grace (the influence and boon of gracious favor, kindness, joy and goodwill) and peace [= shalom] from God, our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ (or: from our Father, God, and [the] Owner, Jesus Christ [= Messiah]). 3 The God and Father of our Master, Jesus Christ (or: our Lord and Owner, Jesus [the] Anointed One [= Messiah]) [is] One full of words of ease and thoughts of wellness (or: [is] well-spoken of and blessed): the Father of the compassions and sympathetic pities, and God of every calling to one's side for aid, comfort, consolation and encouragement (or: of all functioning of a paraclete), 4 the One continuously calling us to [His] side to give aid, comfort, consolation and encouragement (or: the One habitually functioning as our Paraclete) upon [the occurrence of] all our squeezing pressure (or: our every affliction and tribulation), [directing and leading] us into the [sphere or situation] to be continuously able (to constantly have power) to keep on performing as paracletes in repeatedly giving aid, comfort, consolation and encouragement for those within the midst of every pressure (squeezing, affliction and tribulation), through means of the intimate aid, comfort and encouragement with which we, ourselves, are being constantly called alongside by God to [from Him] receive aid, comfort, consolation and encouragement (or: from which we, ourselves, are habitually being given the services of the Paraclete by God), 5 because correspondingly as the effects and results of the Christ's experiences and sufferings are progressively superabounding into us, in the same way, through the Christ (the Anointed One; [= the Messiah]) our calling [folks] to our side to give [them] help, comfort and encouragement is also progressively superabounding! 6 Now whether we are being continually squeezed and compressed in tribulation over (or: on behalf of) assistance (or: a calling to [His] side for aid and comfort) and deliverance (salvation, rescue, health, wholeness and restoration) pertaining to and for you folks, or whether we are repeatedly being given intimate assistance, comfort and encouragement over (or: because of) your assistance and comfort – referring to [that aid] which is continuously performing inward work and operation within the midst of remaining under in endurance of the very experiences and sufferings which we, ourselves, are habitually experiencing and suffering – 7 our expectation (or: hope) [stands] on good footing (or: [is] stable, unwavering, with feet firmly planted) over (or: with regard to) you folks, having seen and continuing to know that just as you are (continue to be) common participants (partners and sharers) of the experiences and sufferings, in the same way [are you] of the aid and encouraging comfort as well. 8 For we do not continue intending (wanting; purposing) for you folks to continue being ignorant (without intimate knowledge), brothers, over [other MSS: concerning] our squeezing pressure (tribulation; affliction) – referring to [that] which happened [other MSS +: to us] in Asia – that corresponding to an act of overshooting or throwing beyond the target (= something extreme and excessive; comparable to a hyperbole) over and above [our] power and ability, we were weighted down (burdened [with difficulty]) so as to be without an exit (with no way out) for us, even to continue living! 9 Further yet, we ourselves had held and continued having, within ourselves, the result and effect from a decision of the Death (or: from a judgment which meant death) – to the end that we may not exist being ones having put trust and confidence upon ourselves, but to the contrary, upon the God Who is continually (habitually; repeatedly) awakening and raising up the dead ones! 10 He Who snatched (dragged so as to rescue) us from out of the midst of the very prime (or: peak) of Death (or: out of a death of such proportions) will also drag us to Himself – into Whom we have placed our hope and expectation so as to yet rely that He also will Himself still drag us further toward Himself. 11 Your habitually cooperating and working together in undergirding support over us (= on behalf of us, or, concerning our situation), even in the need (or: and by the [or: your] petition regarding [our] need), [gives the result] that forth from out of many faces (= people) the effect and result of grace – [coming] into us through (or: by means of) many folks – can (may) be sent (or: given) in the ease, prosperity and wellness of grace over us [other MSS: you] (or: may be given in gratitude on our behalf). 12 For our boasting is this: the witness and testimony of our conscience that within and in union with God's simplicity [other MSS: quality and aspect of being set-apart (holiness)] and clearness from a decision (judgment) made in sunlight – and not within fleshly wisdom or cleverness – and further, within the midst of and in union with God's grace, we were turned back to live our lives within the midst of the system (world of religion, culture and government), and [to do so] even more exceedingly toward you folks. 13 So then, we are not now writing other things to you, but rather either what you continue reading and recognizing, or even what you folks continue progressing to full, intimate knowledge about. Yet I continue expecting and hoping that unto the goal (until maturity and the finished product) you will in addition accurately and intimately come to know by experience, 14 just as you added personal knowledge about us, partly, because we are your cause for boasting, exactly as you also [are] ours – within and in union with the Day which pertains to, has its source in, and is, our Lord (Master; Owner), Jesus. 15 So, with (in; by) this persuaded confidence, I had formerly continued intending (planning and purposing) to come to you folks, so that you folks could have (may hold) a second grace (influence and boon of undeserved favor, kindness and goodwill) [other MSS: joy], 16 and to pass on through you [i.e., through your city] into Macedonia, and to come back again to you from Macedonia, and [then] to be sent forward (perhaps: to be accompanied or escorted on part of the journey) by you folks [other MSS: from you] into the Judean [area]. 17 Therefore, continuing in planning and intending this, surely I do not consequently engage in joking (employ levity; use lightness; may = resort to fickleness), do I? Or the things which I habitually plan and purpose, am I constantly planning down from [the] flesh (or: in accordance with flesh), so that it may be with me, "Yes, yes," and "No, no!"? 18 Now God [is] full of faith and reliable (faithful; trustworthy)! [With] that, our message (word) toward you folks is not [other MSS: did not come to be] "Yes," and [then, or, at the same time] "No," 19 for the Son of God, Christ Jesus – the One within the midst of and in union with you folks – being heralded and publicly proclaimed through us – through Silvanus [this may = Silas], Timothy and me – did not come to be (or: was not birthed) "Yes," and yet, "No," but to the contrary, [the divine] "Yes" has been birthed and remains in existence within Him (or: in union with Him, "Yes" has happened and continues being; or: within the midst of Him, [the] "Yes" has come into being)! 20 So (For) as many as [be] God's promises, [they are] the "Yes," within and in union with Him. Wherefore also, through Him [is] The Amen (or: the affirmation; the "It is so") in (or: by) God [directed] toward glory (a good reputation; a manifestation which calls forth praise) through us. 21 Now God [is] the One repeatedly placing us on good, firm footing (constantly stabilizing and establishing us) and completely (or: instantly, in one point in time) anointing us, together with you folks, into Christ. 22 He [is] also the One completely (or: instantly, in one point in time) sealing us (imprinting us with [His] mark of identity and ownership), even (and) completely (instantly, in one point in time) giving the advance transaction of the agreement (or: the pledge and token payment guaranteeing full payment for purchase; or: a dowry) of the Spirit (or: which is the spirit; or: having its source and origin in the Spirit; or: which belongs and pertains to the spirit) within the midst of our hearts. 23 Now I, myself, continue to call upon God [to be] a witness upon my own soul (mind, will, emotions; inner life; self), that in myself continuing in holding back and sparing of you folks, I no longer came (or: I did not yet go) into Corinth. 24 Not that we are constantly acting like your owners (exercising lordship with regards to you; performing like your masters) with regard to the faith, but to the contrary, we exist being (we are) fellow workers regarding and pertaining to your joy, for you folks have taken a stand and continue to stand in, by and for the faith.