The Message

2 Corinthians 1

11-2 I, Paul, have been sent on a special mission by the Messiah, Jesus, planned by God himself. I write this to God’s congregation in Corinth, and to believers all over Achaia province. May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours! Timothy, someone you know and trust, joins me in this greeting.

The Rescue

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.

8-11 We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part.

12-14 Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised. Don’t try to read between the lines or look for hidden meanings in this letter. We’re writing plain, unembellished truth, hoping that you’ll now see the whole picture as well as you’ve seen some of the details. We want you to be as proud of us as we are of you when we stand together before our Master Jesus.

15-16 Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan.

17-19 Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no. How could it be? When Silas and Timothy and I proclaimed the Son of God among you, did you pick up on any yes-and-no, on-again, off-again waffling? Wasn’t it a clean, strong Yes?

20-22 Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.

23 Now, are you ready for the real reason I didn’t visit you in Corinth? As God is my witness, the only reason I didn’t come was to spare you pain. I was being considerate of you, not indifferent, not manipulative.

24 We’re not in charge of how you live out the faith, looking over your shoulders, suspiciously critical. We’re partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant. I know that you stand by your own faith, not by ours.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

2 Kọrinti 1

1Paulu aposteli Jesu Kristi nípa ìfẹ́ Ọlọ́run, àti Timotiu arákùnrin wá, sí ìjọ Ọlọ́run tí ó wà ní Kọrinti pẹ̀lú gbogbo àwọn ènìyàn mímọ́ tí ó wà ní gbogbo Akaia:

Oore-ọ̀fẹ́ sí yín àti àlàáfíà láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run Baba wa, àti Jesu Kristi Olúwa.

Ọlọ́run gbogbo ìtùnú

Olùbùkún ni Ọlọ́run, àti Baba Jesu Kristi Olúwa wa, Baba ìyọ́nú, àti Ọlọ́run ìtùnú gbogbo; Ẹni tí ń tù wá nínú ni gbogbo ìdààmú wa, ki àwa pẹ̀lú lè máa tu àwọn tí ó wá nínú ìdààmú nínú, nípá ìtùnú náà ti a fi ń tú àwa fúnra wa nínú láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run wá. Nítorí pé bí àwa ti pín nínú ìjìyà Kristi, gẹ́gẹ́ bẹ́ẹ̀ nì ìtùnú wa dí púpọ̀ pẹ̀lú nípa Kristi. Ṣùgbọ́n bí a bá sì ń pọ́n wa lójú, ó jẹ́ fún ìtùnú àti ìgbàlà yín; tàbí bi a bá ń tù wá nínú, ó jẹ́ fún ìtùnú yín ti ń ṣiṣẹ́ sùúrù láti mú yin ní irú ìfaradà ìyà kan náà ti àwa pẹ̀lú ń jẹ́. Àti pé ìrètí wa nípa tiyín dúró ṣinṣin, àwa si mọ̀ pé, bí ẹ̀yin ti jẹ alábápín nínú ìyà wa, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ẹ̀yin ń pín nínú ìtùnú náà pẹ̀lú.

Arákùnrin àti arábìnrin, àwa kò fẹ́ kí ẹ̀yin jẹ́ òpè nípa wàhálà tí ó dé bá wa ní agbègbè Asia, ní ti pé a pọ́n wa lójú gidigidi rékọjá agbára ìfaradà wa, tó bẹ́ẹ̀ tí ìrètí kò tilẹ̀ sí fún ẹ̀mí wa mọ́. Nítòótọ́, nínú ọkàn wa a tilẹ̀ ní ìmọ̀lára wí pé a tí gba ìdálẹ́bi ikú, ṣùgbọ́n èyí farahàn láti má mú wa gbẹ́kẹ̀lé ara wa bí kò ṣe Ọlọ́run tí ń jí òkú dìde: 10 Ẹni tí ó gbà wá kúrò nínú irú ikú tí ó tóbi bẹ́ẹ̀, yóò sí tún gbà wá; òun ní àwa gbẹ́kẹ̀lé pé yóò sí máa gbà wá síbẹ̀síbẹ̀, 11 bí ẹ̀yin pẹ̀lú ti ń fi àdúrà yín ràn wá lọ́wọ́. Àti pé ọ̀pọ̀ ènìyàn ni yóò dúpẹ́ nítorí wa fún oore-ọ̀fẹ́ ojúrere tí a rí gbà nípa ìdáhùn sí àdúrà ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ènìyàn.

Paulu yí ìpinnu rẹ̀ padà

12 Nítorí èyí ní ìṣògo wá, ẹ̀rí láti inú ọkàn wa pẹ̀lú si jẹ́rìí wí pé àwa ń gbé ìgbésí ayé tí ó ní ìtumọ̀ pàápàá jùlọ nínú ìbágbépọ̀ wa pẹ̀lú yín, nínú ìwà mímọ́ àti òtítọ́ láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run wá. Kì í ṣe nípa ọgbọ́n ti ara ni àwa ń ṣe èyí bí kò ṣe nípa oore-ọ̀fẹ́ Ọlọ́run. 13 Nítorí pé àwa kò kọ̀wé ohun tí eyín kò lè kà àti ni mòye rẹ̀ sí yín. Mo sì tún ní ìrètí wí pé. 14 Gẹ́gẹ́ bí ẹ̀yin pẹ̀lú ti ní ìmọ̀ nípa wa ní apá kan, bákan náà ni ẹ ó ní ìmọ̀ lẹ́kùnrẹ́rẹ́ tí ẹ ó sì fi wá yangàn, bí àwa pẹ̀lú yóò ṣe fi yín yangàn ní ọjọ́ Jesu Olúwa.

15 Nítorí mo ní ìdánilójú yìí wí pé, mo pinnu láti kọ́kọ́ bẹ̀ yín wò kí ẹ lè jẹ àǹfààní ìgbà méjì. 16 Mo pinnu láti bẹ̀ yín wò ní ìrìnàjò mi sí Makedonia àti láti tún bẹ̀ yín wò nígbà tí mo bá ń padà bọ̀ láti Makedonia àti wí pé kí ẹ̀yin kí ó lè rán mi láti ọ̀dọ̀ yín ní ìrìnàjò mi sí Judea. 17 Nítorí náà nígbà tí èmi ń gbèrò bẹ́ẹ̀, èmi ha ṣiyèméjì bí? Tàbí àwọn ohun tí mo pinnu, mo ha pinnu wọn gẹ́gẹ́ bí ti ará bí, pé kí ó jẹ́ “Bẹ́ẹ̀ ní, bẹ́ẹ̀ ní” àti “Bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́, bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́”?

18 Ṣùgbọ́n bí Ọlọ́run tí jẹ́ olóòtítọ́, ọ̀rọ̀ wa fún yín kí í ṣe bẹ́ẹ̀ ni àti bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́. 19 Nítorí pé Jesu Kristi, Ọmọ Ọlọ́run, ẹni tí a tí wàásù rẹ̀ láàrín yín nípasẹ̀ èmí àti Silfanu àti Timotiu, kì í ṣe bẹ́ẹ̀ ni bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́, ṣùgbọ́n nínú rẹ̀ ni bẹ́ẹ̀ ní. 20 Nítorí tí gbogbo ìlérí Ọlọ́run dí bẹ́ẹ̀ ni nínú Kristi. Nítorí ìdí èyí ní a ṣe ń wí pé “Àmín” nípasẹ̀ rẹ̀ sí ògo Ọlọ́run. 21 Ǹjẹ́ nísinsin yìí, Ọlọ́run ni ó fi ẹsẹ̀ wa múlẹ̀ pẹ̀lú yín nínú Kristi, Òun ni ó ti fi ààmì òróró yàn wá, 22 ó sì fi èdìdì rẹ̀ dì wá pẹ̀lú, ó sì tí fi Ẹ̀mí rẹ́ sí wa ní ọkàn gẹ́gẹ́ bí ẹ̀rí ìdánilójú ohun tí ó ń bọ̀.

23 Mo sì pe Ọlọ́run ṣe ẹlẹ́rìí ọkàn mi pé nítorí àti dá yín sí ní èmi kò ṣe padà sí Kọrinti. 24 Kì í ṣe nítorí tí àwa jẹ gàba lórí ìgbàgbọ́ yín: ṣùgbọ́n àwa ń ṣiṣẹ́ pọ̀ pẹ̀lú yín fún ayọ̀ yín nítorí nípa ìgbàgbọ́ ni ẹ̀yin dúró ṣinṣin.