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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

2 Abakkolinso 1

Okulamusa n’Okwebaza

1Pawulo omutume wa Kristo Yesu, olw’okusiima kwa Katonda, n’owooluganda Timoseewo, tuwandiikira ekkanisa ya Katonda eri mu Kkolinso awamu n’abatukuvu bonna abali mu Akaya yonna, ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo bibeerenga nammwe.

Katonda oyo Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, Kitaffe ow’okusaasira era Katonda azaamu bonna amaanyi yeebazibwe, atuzaamu amaanyi mu kubonaabona kwonna kwe tuyitamu, tulyoke tugumye abalala abayita mu kubonaabona okwa buli ngeri, olw’okugumya kwe tufuna nga Katonda atuzaamu amaanyi. Kubanga nga bwe tugabana ku kubonaabona kwa Kristo, ne Kristo bw’atyo bw’atuzzaamu amaanyi. Bwe tubonaabona, tubonaabona mulyoke muzibwemu amaanyi era mulokolebwe; oba ne bwe tuba nga tuzzibwamu endasi nammwe muzibwamu endasi, mulyoke mugumire okubonaabona kwe kumu kwe tuyitamu. Essuubi lyaffe gye muli linywevu, nga tumanyi nti nga bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kubonaabona, bwe mutyo bwe mugabanira awamu naffe mu kuzibwamu amaanyi.

Kubanga tetwagala mmwe abooluganda obutategeera, okubonaabona kwe twayitamu mu Asiya kwali kungi ekiyitiridde n’essuubi ery’okuba abalamu ne lituggwaamu. Naye ffe ffennyini nga tusaliddwa gwa kufa, nga tetusaanidde kwetekamu bwesige bwaffe ffe, wabula mu Katonda azuukiza abafu, 10 eyatuwonya mu kufa okwo okw’entiisa, era anaatulokolanga, era gwe tulinamu essuubi ery’okutuwonyanga. 11 Tukolere wamu nga mutusabira, bangi balyoke batwebalizeeko olw’ekirabo kye twaweebwa.

Pawulo akyusa mu ntegeka ze

12 Tulina okwenyumiriza ng’omwoyo gwaffe gutujulira kubanga twatambulira mu buwombeefu ne mu mazima ga Katonda, so si mu magezi ag’omubiri, naye mu kisa kya Katonda nga tuli mu nsi n’okusingira ddala gye muli. 13 Kubanga tetubawandiikira lwa bintu birala wabula ku ebyo bye musomako era ku ebyo bye mumanyiiko; era nsuubira nga mulibimanyira ddala okutuusa ku nkomerero, 14 era nga bwe mwamanyako ekitundu nti muli kya kwenyumiriza gye tuli nga naffe bwe tuli eky’okwenyumiriza gye muli ku lunaku lwa Mukama waffe Yesu. 15 Olw’okwekakasa mu ekyo, nateekateeka okujja gye muli edda, mulyoke musanyuke omulundi ogwokubiri, 16 nga mpita gye muli okugenda e Makedoniya, ate n’amadda nga nkomawo, mulyoke munsibirire okulaga e Buyudaaya. 17 Mulowooza nga nateekateeka bwe ntyo olwokubanga nnekyusiza? Oba nti ntekateeka ebintu nga ngoberera omubiri, nga ŋŋamba nti weewaawo ye weewaawo, ate nti si weewaawo, si weewaawo?

18 Naye nga Katonda bw’ali omwesigwa ekigambo kyaffe gye muli tekiri weewaawo ate nti si weewaawo. 19 Omwana wa Katonda Yesu Kristo gwe twababuulira, nze ne Sirwano[a] ne Timoseewo teyali nti weewaawo ne si weewaawo, wabula mu ye mwe muli weewaawo bulijjo. 20 Kubanga nga bwe biri ebisuubizo ebingi ebya Katonda, era mu ye kyetuva tugamba Amiina nga tuyita mu ye, Katonda atenderezebwe mu ffe. 21 Naye atunyweza ffe awamu nammwe mu Kristo, era eyatufukako amafuta, ye Katonda, 22 era ye oyo eyatussaako akabonero, n’atuwa amazima g’omwoyo mu mitima gyaffe.

23 Katonda oyo ye mujulirwa w’emmeeme yange, nga nabasabira ne sijja Kkolinso. 24 Temusaanye kulowooza nti ffe tufuga okukkiriza kwammwe, naye tuli bakozi bannammwe, mulyoke musanyuke, kubanga okukkiriza kwammwe kwe kubanywezezza.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:19 Sirwano Mu Luyonaani oluusi ayitibwa Siira