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From Memory: 2 Corinthians 1:1-14

March 28, 2011

 

Meditation upon God's Word

Psalms 119:15 states, "I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways." Memorization of Scripture is an ideal way to focus on God's precepts.

I want to thank my friends at Scriptures in Use[1] for persuading me of the advantage it would be to my own soul to accurately memorize lengthy portions of the Bible. I am learning a lot.

 

2 Corinthians 1:1-14  (ESV)

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 the saints throughout Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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 may comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Him our comfort overflows. 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 will share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed of the hardships we have suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril. And He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us on behalf of the prayers of many.

Now this is our boast. Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world and especially in our relations with you in the holiness and sincerity which are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace. For we do not write anything that you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, as you understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us, just as you will boast of us in the day of the Lord Jesus.


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