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.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

2 Akorinto 1

1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwachifuniro cha Mulungu, pamodzi ndi mʼbale wathu Timoteyo,

Kulembera mpingo wa Mulungu mu Korinto, pamodzi ndi oyera mtima onse mu Akaya monse.

Mukhale ndi chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.

Mulungu Mwini Chitonthozo

Alemekezeke Mulungu, Atate a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, Atate achifundo chonse, Mulungu wachitonthozo chonse. Iye amatitonthoza ife mʼmavuto athu onse, kuti ifenso tithe kutonthoza amene ali pavuto lililonse ndi chitonthozo chimene ife tilandira kwa Mulungu. Pakuti monga momwe tili mʼmasautso pamodzi ndi Khristu, momwemonso Khristu amatitonthoza kwambiri. Ngati ife tikusautsidwa, nʼchifukwa choti inu mutonthozedwe ndi kupulumutsidwa. Ngati ife tikutonthozedwa nʼchifukwa choti inu mutonthozedwe, ndi chitonthozo chimene chimabweretsa mwa inu kupirira kosawiringula pa zosautsa zomwe timasauka nazo ife. Ndipo chiyembekezo chathu pa inu nʼcholimba chifukwa tikudziwa kuti monga momwe mumamva zowawa pamodzi nafe, momwemonso mumatonthozedwa nafe pamodzi.

Abale, sitikufuna kuti mukhale osadziwa za masautso amene tinakumana nawo mʼchigawo cha Asiya. Tinapanikizidwa koopsa kuposa muyeso woti nʼkutha kupirira, mwakuti sitinkadziwa kuti nʼkukhalabe ndi moyo. Zoonadi, tinamva mʼmitima mwathu chilango cha imfa. Koma izi zimachitika kuti tisangodzidalira mwa ife tokha koma Mulungu yemwe amaukitsa akufa. 10 Mulungu watilanditsa ku zoopsa zotere za imfa, ndipo adzatilanditsanso. Ife tayika chiyembekezo chathu pa Iyeyo kuti adzapitiriza kutilanditsabe. 11 Mutithandize potipempherera. Pamenepo ambiri adzathokoza mʼmalo mwathu, chifukwa cha chisomo chake poyankha mapemphero a anthu ambiri.

Paulo Afotokoza za Kusintha kwa Ulendo Wake

12 Tsono chonyadira chathu nʼchakuti, chikumbumtima chathu chimatitsimikizira kuti timakhala bwino mʼdziko lapansi, makamaka pa ubale wathu ndi inu. Takhala moona mtima ndi oyera mtima. Sitinachite chomwechi mwa nzeru ya dziko lapansi koma monga mwa chisomo cha Mulungu. 13 Pakuti sitikukulemberani zoti simungawerenge kapena kumvetsetsa. 14 Monga mwamva pangʼono chabe, ndikuyembekeza kuti mudzamvetsa kwenikweni, kuti mutha kutinyadira monga ife tidzakunyadirani, pa tsiku la Ambuye Yesu.

15 Popeza ndinatsimikiza mtima za ichi, nʼchifukwa chake ndinafuna kuti poyamba, ndidzakuchezereni kuti mupindule pawiri. 16 Ndinafuna kuti ndidzakuchezereni pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Makedoniya ndi kudzakuonaninso pochokera ku Makedoniyako kuti inu mudzandithandize pa ulendo wanga wopita ku Yudeya. 17 Kodi pamene ndinkakonzekera zimenezi, mukuganiza kuti ndinkachita mwachibwana? Kapena kuti ndinkaganiza ngati mwa dziko lapansi; kuti ndikhoza kumanena kuti, “Inde, Inde,” nthawi yomweyo nʼkumatinso “Ayi, Ayi?”

18 Koma zoona monga Mulungu ali wokhulupirika, uthenga wathu kwa inu siwakuti, “Inde” nʼkutinso “Ayi.” 19 Pakuti Yesu Khristu mwana wa Mulungu amene ine, Silivano ndi Timoteyo tinamulalikira pakati panu sali “Inde” yemweyonso “Ayi.” Koma nthawi zonse mwa Iye muli “Inde.” 20 Pakuti ngakhale malonjezo a Mulungu atachuluka chotani, onsewo ndi “Inde” mwa Khristu. Kotero kuti mwa Iye, ife timati “Ameni” kuchitira Mulungu ulemu. 21 Tsono ndi Mulungu amene anachititsa kuti inu ndi ife tiyime molimba mwa Khristu. Anatidzoza ife, 22 nayikanso Mzimu wake mʼmitima mwathu kutitsimikizira za mʼtsogolo.

23 Mulungu ndi mboni yanga kuti sindinabwererenso ku Korinto kuno kuti ndisakumvetseni chisoni. 24 Sikuti ife tikufuna kukhala olamulira chikhulupiriro chanu, koma timagwira nanu ntchito pamodzi kuti mukhale achimwemwe, chifukwa ndinu okhazikika kwambiri mʼchikhulupiriro.