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Paul's faithful ministry. II. CORINTHIANS, 7. Godly sorrow described. E then, as workers together with him, 3 I speak not this to condemn you : for I
have said before, that ye are in our hearts the grace of God in vain.
to die and live with you. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward accepted, and in the day of salvation have I you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) our tribulation.
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the 5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, ministry be not blamed:
our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled 4 But in all things approving ourselves as on every side; without were fightings, within the ministers of God, in much patience, in were fears. africtions, in necessities, in distresses,
6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, that are cast down, comforted us by the in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
coming of Titus; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffer- 7 And not by his coming only, but by the ing, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love consolation wherewith
he was comforted in upfeigned,
you, when he told us your earnest desire, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of your mourning, your fervent mind toward God, by the armour of righteousness on the me; so that I rejoiced the more. right hand and on the left,
8 For though I made you sorry with a let8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report ter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; I perceive that the same epistle hath made
9. As unknown, and yet well known; as you sorry, though it were but for a season. dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made and not killed;
sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as for ye were made sorry after a godly manpoor, yet making many rich; as having no- ner, that ye might receive damage by us in thing, and yet possessing all things.
nothing. 11 0 ye Corinthians, our mouth is open 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto you, our heart is enlarged.
to salvation not to be repented of : but the 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are sorrow of the world worketh death. straitened in your own bowels.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that yo 13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulas unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. ness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what unbelievers : for what fellowship hath right- fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what eousness with unrighteousness ? and what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have communion hath light with darkness? approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
15 And what concord hath Christ with 12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I Belial? or what part bath he that believeth did it not for his cause that had done the with an infidel?
wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, 16 And what agreement bath the temple but that our care for you in'the sight of God of God with idols? for ye are the temple might appear unto you." of the livirg God; as God hath said, I will 13 Therefore we were comforted in your dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will comfort: yea, and exceedingly, the more be their God, and they shall be my people. joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his
17 Wherefore come out from among them, spirit was refreshed by you all. and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch 14 For if I have boasted any thing to not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye spake all things to you in truth, even so shall be my sons and daughters, saith the our boasting, which I made before Titus, is Lord Almighty
found a truth.
15 And his inward affection is more abunCHAPTER 7.
dant toward you, whilst he remembereth 1 He proceedeth in exhorting them to purity of life, 2 and to bear him like affection as he
the obedience of you all, how with fear and doth to them. 3 Whereof lest he might seem to
trembling ye received him. doubt, he declareth what comfort he took in
16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence his afflictions, by the report which Titus gave in you in all things. of their godly sorrow, which his former epistle
CHAPTER 8. had wrought in them, 13 and of their loving- 1 He stirreth them up to a liberal contribution kindness and obedience towards Titus, an
for the poor saints at Jerusalem, by the exswerable to his former boastings of them.
ample of the Macedonians, 7 by commendation SAVING therefore these promises, dearly of their former forwardness, by the example
of Christ, 14 and by the spiritual profit that all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfect
shall redound to themselves thereby: 16 coming holiness in the fear of God.
mending to them the integrity and willing
ness of Titus, and those other brethren, who 2 Receive us; we have wronged no man,
upon his request, exhortation, and commen. we have corrupted no man, we have defraud- dation, were purposely come to them for this ed no man.
Exhortations to liberality II. CORINTHIANS, 8.
and almsgiving. MOREOVER, brethren, we do you to 23. And we have sent with them
our brothe churches of Macedonia ;
ligent in many things, but now much more 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the diligent, upon the great confidence which I abundance of their joy and their deep poverty
have in you. abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he
3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, is my partner and fellowhelper concerning and beyond their power they were willing of you: or our brethren be enquired of, they themselves;
are the messengers of the churches, and the 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we glory of Christ. would receive the gift, and take upon us the 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before fellowship of the ministering to the saints. the churches, the proof of your love, and of 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but our boasting on your behalf. first gave their own selves to the Lord, and
CHAPTER 9. unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as
1 He yieldeth the reason why, though he knew he had begun, so he would also finish in you
their forwardness, yet he sent Titus and his the same grace also.
brethren beforehand. 6 And he proceedeth in 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing,
stirring them up to a bountiful alms, as being
but a kind of sowing of seed, 10 which shall in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and return a great increase to them, 13 and ocin all diligence, and in your love to us, see casion a great sacrifice of thanksgivings unto that ye abound in this grace also.
God. Scasiopeak the fox waramandmente boutab Fshings to ushingetheo ministerio de tortite to prove the sincerity of your love.
¿ 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Je- 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, sus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for for which I boast of you to them of Maceyour sakes he became poor, that ye through donia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; his poverty might be rich.
and your zeal bath provoked very many. 10 And herein I give my advice: for this is ex- 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our pedient for you, who have begun before, not boasting of you should be in vain in this only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. behall; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; 4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come that as there was a readiness to will, so there with me, and find you unprepared, we (that may be a performance also out of that which we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this ye have.
same confident boasting. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to ex• accepted according to that a man hath, and hort the brethren, that they would go before not according to that he hath not.
unto you, and make up beforehand your 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that and ye burdened:
the same might be ready, as a matter of ,14 But by an equality, that now at this bounty, and not as of covetousness. time your abundance may be a supply for 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly their want, that their abundance also may shall reap also sparingly; and he which sowbe a supply for your want: that there may eth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. be equality:
7 Every man according as he purposeth in 15 As it is written, He that had gathered his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or much had nothing over; and he that had of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. gathered little had no lack.
8 And God is able to make all grace a16 But thanks be to God, which put the bound toward you; that ye, always having same earnest care into the heart of Titus all sufficiency in all things, may abound to
every good work: 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed þut being more forward, of his own accord abroad; he hath given to the poor : his he went unto you.
righteousness remaineth for ever. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the whose praise is in the gospel throughout all sower both minister bread for your food, the churches;
and multiply your seed sown, and increase 19 And not that only, but who was also the fruits of your righteousness ;) chosen of the churches to travel with us 11 Being enriched in every thing to all with this grace, which is administered by bountifulness, which causeth through us us to the glory of the same Lord, and de- thanksgiving to God.
ESHTE claration of your ready mind :
12 For the administration of this service 20. Avoiding this, that no man should blame not only supplieth the want of the saints, us in this abundance which is administered but is abundant also by many thanksgivings by us:
unto God; 21 Providing for honest things, not only in 13 Whiles by the experiment of this mithe sight of the Lord, but also in the sight nistration they glorify God for your proof men.
fessed subjection unto the gospel of Christ,
Paul's spiritual power. II. CORINTHIANS, 11. He excuseth his boasting. and for your Uberal distribution unto them, | having hope, when your faith is increased, and unto all men;
that we shall be enlarged by you according 14 And by their prayer for you, which long to our rule abundantly, after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 16 To preach the gospel in the regions be
.15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable yond you, and not to boast in another man's gift.
line of things made ready to our hand. CHAPTER 10.
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in Against the false apostles, who disgraced the the Lord. weakness of his person and bodily presence, 18 For not he that commendeth himself is he setteth out the spiritual might and au, approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. thority, with which he is armed against all adversary powers, 7 assuring them that at his
CHAPTER 11. coming he will be found as mighty in word, 1 Out of his jealousy over the Corinthians, who
seemed to make more account of the false apoas he is now in writing being absent, 12 and withal tacing them for reaching out them.
stles than of him, he entereth into a forced selves beyond their compass, and, vaunting
commendation of himself, 5 of his equality themselves into other men's labours.
with the chief apostles, 7 of his preaching OW I Paul myself beseech you by the
the gospel to them freely, and without any
their charge, meekness and gentleness of Christ, who
13 shewing that he was not
inferior to those deceitful workers in any in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
legal prerogative,, 23 und in the service of
Christ, and in all kind of sufferings for his 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be ministry, far superior. dence, wherewith I think to be bold against a little my folly: and indeed bear some, which think of us as if we walked
with me. according to the flesh.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do jealousy: for I have espoused you to ono not war after the flesh:
husband, that I may present you as a chaste 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not virgin to Christ. carnal, but mighty through God to the pull- 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the ing down of strong holds ;)
serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high so your minds should be corrupted from thing that exalteth itself against the know- the simplicity that is in Christ. ledge of God, and bringing into captivity 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another every thought to the obedience of Christ; Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all receive another spirit, which ye have not redisobedience, when your obedience is fulilled. ceived, or another gospel, which ye have not
7 Do ye look on things after the outward accepted, ye might well bear with him. appearance? If any man trust to himself 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind that he is Christ's, let him of himself think the very chiefest apostles. this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not are we Christ's.
in knowledge; but we have been throughly 8 For though I should boast somewhat made manifest among you in all things. more of our authority, which the Lord hath 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing given us for edification, and not for your myself that ye might be exalted, because destruction, I should not be ashamed : I have preached to you the gospel of God
9 That I may not seem as if I would freely? terrify you by letters.
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of 10 For his letters, say they, are weighty them, to do you service. and powerful; but his bodily, presence is 9 And when I was present with you, and weak, and his speech contemptible.
wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for 11 Let such an one think this, that, such that which was lacking to me the brethren as we are in word by letters when we are which came from Macedonia supplied : and absent, such will we be also in deed when in all things I have kept myself from being we are present.
burdensome unto you, and 80 will I keep 12 For we dare not make ourselves of the myself. number, or compare ourselves with some that 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man commend themselves: but they measuring shall stop me of this boasting in the regions themselves by themselves, and comparing of Achaia. themselves among themselves, are not wise. 11 Wherefore ? because I love you not?
13 But we will not boast of things without God knoweth. our measure, but according to the measure 12 But what I do, that I will do, that I of the rule which God hath distributed to may cut off occasion from them which deus, a measure to reach even unto you. sire occasion; that wherein they glory, they
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond may be found even as we. our measure, as though we reached not unto 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful you: for we are come as far as to you also workers, transforming themselves into the preaching the gospel of Christ;
apostles of Christ. 15 Not boasting of things without our mea- 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is that is, of other men's labours; but transformed into an angel of light.
and revelations. 15 Therefore it is por great thing in his mis IT le not expedient for to doubtless
to of righteousness; whose end shall be ac- lations of the Lord. cording to their works.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen 16 I say again, Let no man think me a years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot that I may boast myself a little.
tell: God knoweth ;) such an one caught 17 That which I speak, I speak it not after up to the third heaven. the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in confidence of boasting.
the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: 18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, God knoweth ;) I will glory also.
4 How that he was caught up into para19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye dise, and heard unspeakable words, which it yourselves are wise.
is not lawful for a man to utter. 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into 5 of such an one will I glory: yet of myself bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man 6 For though I would desire to glory, I smite you on the face.
shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: 21 I speak as concerning reproach, as but now I forbear, lest any man should though we had been weak. Howbeit where- think of me above that which he seeth me insoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I to be, or that he heareth of me. am bold also.
7 And lest I should be exalted above mea22 Are they Hebrews ? so am I. Are they sure through the abundance of the revelaIsraelites ? so am I. Are they the seed of tions, there was given to me a thorn in the Abraham ? so am I.
flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak lest I should be exalted above measure. as a fool) I am more; in labours more abun- 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, dant, in stripes above measure, in prisons that it might depart from me. more frequent, in deaths oft.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is suf24 of the Jews five times received I forty ficient for thee: for my strength is made stripes save one.
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the was I stoned, thrice I suttered shipwreck, a power of Christ may rest upon me. night and a day I have been in the deep; 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmi
26 In journeyings often, in perils of wa- ties, in reproaches, in necessities, in perseters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine cutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, when I am weak, then am I strong. in perils in the city, in perils in the wilder- 11 I am become a fool in glorying ; ye have ness, in perils in the sea, in perils among compelled me: for I ought to have been false brethren;
commended of you: for in nothing am I 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watch- behind the very chiefest apostles, though I ings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings be nothing. often, in cold and nakedness.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were 28 Beside those things that are without, wrought among you in all patience, in that which cometh upon me daily, the care signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. of all the churches.
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who to other churches, except it be that I myself is offended, and I burn not?
was not burdensome to you? forgive me 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the
this wrong things which concern mine infirmities.
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus come to you; and I will not be burdensome Christ, which is blessed for evermore, know- to you: for I seek not your's, but you: for eth that I lie not.
the children ought not to lay up for the 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas parents, but the parents for the children. the king kept the city of the Damascenes 15 And I will very gladly spend and be with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: spent for you; though the more abundantly
33 And through a window in a basket was I love you, the less I be loved. I let down by the wall, and escaped his 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: neverhands.
theless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. CHAPTER 12
17 Did I make a gain of you by any of
them whom I sent unto you? 1 For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,
18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a 9 yet he rather chooseth to glory of his in
brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? firmities, 11 blaming them for forcing him
walked we not in the same spirit ? walked to this vain boasting. 14 He promiseth to we not in the same steps ? come to them again but yet altogether in 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourthe affection of a father, 20 although he feareth he shalt to his grief find many of
selves unto you? we speak before God in fenders, and publick disorders there.
Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved,
for your edifying.
The conclusion. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in find you such as I would, and that I shall be the faith; prove your own selves. Know yo found unto you such as ye would not : lest not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, is in you, except ye be reprobates ? backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we
21 And lest, when I come again, my God are not reprobates. will humble me among you, and that I shall 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; bewail many which have sinned already, not that we should appear approved, but and have not repented of the uncleanness that ye should do that which is honest, and fornication and lasciviousness which though we be as reprobates. they have committed.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, CHAPTER 13.
but for the truth. 1 He threateneth severity, and the power of
9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and his apostleship against obstinate sinners. 5
ye are strong: and this also we wish, even And advising them to a trial of their faith, your perfection. 7 and to a reformation of their sins before
10 Therefore I write these things being his coming, if he concludeth his epistle with absent, lest being present I should use a general e.chortation and a prayer.
sharpness, according to the power which WIS is the third time I am coming to the Lord hath given me to edification, and
not to destruction. witnesses shall every word be established. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in I were present, the second time; and being peace; and the God of love and peace shall absent now I write to them which hereto- be with you. fore have sinned, and to all other, that, if 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. I come again, I will not spare:
13 All the saints salute you. 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but the love of God, and the communion of tho is mighty in you.
Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. I The second epistle to the Corinthians was For we also are weak in him, but we shall written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, Live with him by the power of God toward you. by Titus and Lucas.
Tuysu. the their time or aw.coming homeo
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
| you than that ye have received, let him bo 6 He wondereth that they have 80 soon left him
accursed. and the gospel, 8 and accurseth those that 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or preach any other gospel than he did. 11 He do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased learned the gospel not of men, but of God: 14 men, I should not be the servant of Christ. and sheweth what he was before his calling, 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the 17 and what he did presently after it.
gospel which was preached of me' is not
after man. man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the 12 For I neither received it of man, neiFather, who raised him from the dead ;) ther was I taught it, but by the revelation
2 And all the brethren which are with me, of Jesus Christ. unto the churches of Galatia:
13 For ye have heard of my conversation 3 Grace be to you and peace from God the in time past in the Jews' religion, how that Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, beyond measure I persecuted the church of
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he God, and wasted it: might deliver us from this present evil world, 14 And profited in the Jews' religion above according to the will of God and our Father: many my equals in mine own nation, being 5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. more exceedingly zealous of the traditions 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed of my fathers. from him that called you into the grace of 15 But when it pleased God, who separated Christ unto another gospel :
me from my mother's womb, and called me 7 Which is not another; but there be
by his grace, some that trouble you, and would pervert 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might the gospel of Christ.
preach him among the heathen; immedi8 But though we, or an angel from hea- ately I conferred not with flesh and blood : ven, preach any other gospel unto you than 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to that which we have preached unto you, let them which were apostles before me; but I him be accursed.
went into Arabia, and returned again unto 9 As we said before, so say I now again, Damascus. If any man preach any other gospel unto 18 Then after three years I went up to