The death sentence (2 Cor. 1:9)


We felt that

Among ourselves

That we had received

The sentence of death.

But that was to make us

Rely not on ourselves,

But on God

Who raises up the dead.”

ἀλλὰ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς τὸ ἀπόκριμα τοῦ θανάτου ἐσχήκαμεν, ἵνα μὴ πεποιθότες ὦμεν ἐφ’ ἑαυτοῖς ἀλλ’ ἐπὶ τῷ Θεῷ τῷ ἐγείροντι τοὺς νεκρούς·

Paul said that indeed, we felt that among ourselves (ἀλλὰ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς) we had received the sentence of death (τὸ ἀπόκριμα τοῦ θανάτου ἐσχήκαμεν).  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves (ἵνα μὴ πεποιθότες ὦμεν ἐφ’ ἑαυτοῖς) but on God (ἀλλ’ ἐπὶ τῷ Θεῷ) who raises up the dead (τῷ ἐγείροντι τοὺς νεκρούς).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἀπόκριμα, that means a judicial sentence or decision.  Paul and his companions felt like they had received a death sentence.  This would be especially true if it was the Ephesian riot in Acts, chapter 19:23-20:1.  However, Paul realized that they were relying on themselves instead of God who raises people from the dead.  Thus, this bad incident was a learning occasion for Paul and his companions.  They needed to rely more on God, instead of themselves.  Do you rely on yourself rather than God?

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