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in the churches.

a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation : let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an 27 unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course ; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him 28 keep silence in the church ; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. ' If any 29 thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace, For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be 31 comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 32 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches 33 of the saints.

LET your women keep silence in the churches; for it 34 Women are not permitted to teach is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are com

manded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home; 35 for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What! came the 36 word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man 37 think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if 38 any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet 39 to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be 40 done decently, and in order. By various argu

MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the 15 ments, the truth of gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have established. Christ received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are 2 assuredly rose, and saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, tainty of our rising. unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto 3 by Christ, to receive you first of all, that which I also received, how that

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and 4 punishment.

that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures : and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the 5 twelve; after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once ; 6 of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 7 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 8 (For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an 9 A postle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of 10 God I am what I am : and his grace which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain ; but I labored more abundantly than they all : yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.) Therefore whether it were I or 11 they, so we preach, and so ye

believed. Now if Christ be preached 12 that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, 13 then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching 14 vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses 15 of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ : whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead 16 rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith 17 is vain ; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep 18 in Christ are perished. If in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we 19 are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, 20 and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came 21 death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (For as in Adam 22 all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.) But every man in bis 23 own order : Christ the first-fruits ; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the 24

their reward or


kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must . reign, “ till he hath put all 25 enemies under his feet.” The last enemy that shall be destroyed is 26 death. 1 « For he hath put all things under his feet.” But when he saith 27 all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto 28 him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do, which 29 are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead ? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour ? I 30 protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die 31 daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, 32 what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not ? let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die. Be not deceived: • Evil communications corrupt 33 good manners.' Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have 34 not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. Some objections as But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? 35 to the manner of the and with what body do they come? Thou fool! that 36 resurrection, an

which thou sowest is not quickened except it die : and 37 that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: but God giveth it a 38 body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed its own body. All Aesh is 39 not the same flesh ; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial 40 bodies, and bodies terrestrial : but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and an- 41 other glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars : for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It 42 is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption : it is sown in dishonor, 43 it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: it is 44 sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, “ The first man 45 Adam was made a living soul,” the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is 46 natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the 47 earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, 48 such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, 49 we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, 50 that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery: We 51 shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, ' in a. moment, in the 52 twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, (for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.) For 53 this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, 54 and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “ Death is swallowed up in victory.'

O DEATH, where is thy sting ?: 0. grave, where is thy 55 triumph. victory ? The sting of death is sin ; and the strength of 56 sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through 57 our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, 58 unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


The Christian's

in Judea.

tended visit.

NOW concerning the collection for the saints, as I 16 of their assisting the poor brethren have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do

ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you 2 lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve 3 by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. Now I will 4,5 come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia, (for I do pass through Macedonia,) and it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter 6 with

you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For 7 I will not see you now by the way ; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. ! But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For 8,9 a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you 10 Praise of Timothy. Of Apollos' in- without fear; for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I

also do. Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct 11 him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to 12 come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time,' Watch 13, ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your 14 things be done with charity.

I BESEECH you, brethren : ye know the house of Ste- 15 Stephanus and phanus, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they,

have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints, ' that ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth 16 with us, and laboreth. I am glad of the coming of Stephanus, and 17 Fortunatus, and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part, they have supplied. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore 18 acknowledge ye

them that are such.

The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla 19

salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. ' All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with 20 a holy kiss.

'The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. If any man love 21 not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema! Maran-atha. The 23 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in 24 Christ Jesus. Amen.

Commendation of





PAUL, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy 1 our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia : Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. of Paul's sufferings

BLESSED be God, even the Father of our Lord 3 Christ, and his

Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all

comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that 4 we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort

in the cause of


He assigns the reason of his re

wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God: for as the sufferings of 5 Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And 6 whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is. effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer : or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation : (and og our hope of you is stedfast,) knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. For we would not, 8 brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life : but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, 9 that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead :

who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver : in whom we 10 trust that he will yet deliver us: ye also helping together by prayer for 11 us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons, thanks

may be given by many on our behalf. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in 12 simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. For we write none other things unto you, than what ye 13 read or acknowledge ; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; as also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, 14 even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you 15

before, that ye might have a second benefit; and to pass 16 linquishing his intention of visiting by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Ma

the Corinthians. cedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judea. When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness ? 17 or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea, yea, and nay, nay? But as God is true, our 18 word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus 19 Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea, (for all the 20 promises of God in him are yea, and in him, Amen,) unto the glory of God by us. Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath 21 anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of 22 the Spirit in our hearts. Moreover, I call God for a record upon my 23 soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. Not for that 24 we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: (for by faith ye stand ;) but I determined this with myself, that I would not 2 come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then 2 that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? And I 3 wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice, having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of 4 heart I wrote unto you with many tears ; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. The guilty person But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, 5 Pole le Cor.v. might but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient 6 be restored, upon

to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort 7 him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with over-much

Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love to- 8 ward him : for to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof 9 of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any 10 thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it,

his repentance.


Another reason for


truded the Mosaic

tians. The difference between the

for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ : lest Satan should 11 get an advantage of us : for we are not ignorant of his devices.

FURTHERMORE, when I came to Troas to preach 12 his relinquishing his Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the

Lord, 'I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not 13 Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.

NOW thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to 14 He compares himself with some false triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his teachers, who ob

knowledge by us in every place! For we are unto God 15 ritual upon Chris- a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in

them that perish : to the one we are the savor of death 16 Mosaic and Christian unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. dispensations.

And who is sufficient for these things ? 'For we are not 17 as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Do we begin again to 3 commend ourselves ? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle 2 written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are 3 manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ 4 to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing 5 as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us 6 able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit : for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration 7 of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance ; which glory was to be done away: how shall not 8 the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious ? For if the ministration 9 of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no 10 glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that 11 which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plain- 12 ness of speech : and not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that 13 the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished :--but their minds were blinded : for until this day remain- 14 eth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses 15 is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless, when it shall turn to 16 the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: 17 and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty--but we all, with 18 open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

THEREFORE, seeing we have this ministry, as we have 4

received mercy, we faint not ; but have renounced the 2. dejected by trials. hidden things of dishonesty; not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 'But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 'in whom 3,4 the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus 5 the Lord ; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who 6 commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,


No minister of Christ should be


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