Yes and no at the same time (2 Cor. 1:17)

“Was I vacillating

When I wanted to do this?

Do I make my plans

According to ordinary

Human standards?

Am I ready

To say

‘Yes! Yes!’

And ‘No! No!’

At the same time?”

τοῦτο οὖν βουλόμενος μήτι ἄρα τῇ ἐλαφρίᾳ ἐχρησάμην; ἢ ἃ βουλεύομαι κατὰ σάρκα βουλεύομαι, ἵνα ᾖ παρ’ ἐμοὶ τό Ναί ναὶ καὶ τὸ Οὔ χρησάμενος;

Paul then asked a series of questions.  “Was I vacillating (μήτι ἄρα τῇ ἐλαφρίᾳ ἐχρησάμην) when I wanted to do this (τοῦτο οὖν βουλόμενος)?  Do I make my plans (ἢ ἃ βουλεύομαι) according to ordinary human standards (κατὰ σάρκα βουλεύομαι)?  Am I ready to say (ἵνα ᾖ παρ’ ἐμοὶ) “Yes! Yes! (τό Ναί ναὶ)” and “No! No! (καὶ τὸ Οὔ οὔ)” at the same time?”  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἐλαφρίᾳ, that means levity, fickleness, or lightly.  Paul defended himself with a series of questions.  Was he fickle or vacillating when he said he wanted to come to Corinth on his trip to and from Macedonia?  Then he asked was he like other humans making human plans?  Finally, was he one of those people who meant the opposite of what they were saying with yes and no?  Was he unpredictable or double minded?  Paul’s response will be that he did everything in the best interests of the Christian Corinthians.  Are you unpredictable?

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