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5 necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults,
6 in labours, in watahings, in fastings; in pureness, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the Holy Ghost, in love
7 unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the
8 armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by glory and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers,
9 and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and
10 behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet alvvay rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 Our mouth is open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart is 19 enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in
13 your own affections. Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged.
14 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniqviity? or what communion hath
15 light withdarkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
16 or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
17 be my people. Wherefore
Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, .' . ''
And touch no unclean thing;
18 And will be to you a Father,
And ye shall be to me sons and daughters^ .'' 7 saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Open your hearts to us: we wronged no man, we corrupted
3 no man, we took advantage of no man. I say it not to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die together
4 and live together. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying on your behalf: I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.
5 Poir even when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, hut we were afflicted on every side; without were fight
6 ings, within were fears. Nevertheless he that comforleth the
7 lowly, even, God, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort, wherewith he was comforted in you, while he told us your longing, your mourn
8 ing, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced yet more. For though I made you sorry with my epistle, I do not regret it, though I did regret; for I see that that epistle made you sorry, though but
9 for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye were made sorry unto repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly sort, that ye might suffer loss by us in noth
10 ing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world
11 worketh death. For behold, this selfsame thing, that ye were made sorry after a godly sort, what earnest care it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignati&n, yea, whatfear, yea, what longing, yea, what zeal, yea, what avenging! In everything ye approved yourselves to be pure in the matter.
12 So although I wrote unto you, 1 wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be made manifest unto you in the
13 sight of God. Therefore we have been comforted: and in our comfort we joyed the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus,
14 because his spirit hath been refreshed by you all. For if in any thing I have gloried to him on your behalf, I was not put to shame; but as we spake all things to you in truth, so our glorying also, which I made before Titus, was found to be truth.
15 And his inward affection is more abundantly toward }rou, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you' all, how with fear and
16 trembling ye received him. I rejoice that in every thing I am of good courage concerning you.
8 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God
2 which hath been given in the churches of Macedonia; how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their
3 deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond their
4 power, they gave of their own accord, beseeching us with much intreaty in regard of this grace and the fellowship in the minister
5 ing to the saints, and this, not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.
6 Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace also.
7 But as ve abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that
8 ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sin
9 cerity also of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.
10 And herein I give my judgement, for this is expedient for you, who were the first to make a beginning a year ago, not only to do,
11 but also to will. But now complete the doing also; that as there was the readiness to will, so there may be the completion also
12 out of your ability. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable
13 according as a man hath, not according as he hath not. For / say
14 not this, that others may be eased, and ye distressed: but by equality; your abundance being a supply at this present time for their want, that their abundance also may become a supply for
15 your 'want; that there may be equality: as it is 'written, He that gathered much had nothing over; aud he that gathered little had no lack.
16 But thanks be to God, which putteth the same earnest care for
17 you into the heart of Titus. For indeed he accepted our exhortation; but being himself very earnest, he went forth unto you
18 of his own accord. Andweiiave sent together with him the brother whose praise in the gospel is spread through all the
19 churches; and not only so, but who was also appointed by the churches to travel with us in the matter of this grace, which is ministered by us 1o the glory of the Lord, and to shew our readi
20 Bess: avoiding this, that any man should blame us in the mat
21 ter of this bounty which is ministered by us: for we take thought for things honourable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also
22 in the sight of men. And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have many times proved earnest in many things, hut now much more earnest, by reason of the great confidence which
23 he hath in you. Whether any inquire about Titus, he it niy partner and my fellow-worker to you-ward; or our brethren, they are the messengers of the churches, tlwy are the glory of
24 Christ. Shew ye therefore unto them in the face of the churches the proof of your love, and of our glorying on your behalf.
© For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superflu
2 ous for me to write to you: for 1 know your readiness, of which I glory on your behalf to them of Macedonia, that Achaia hath been prepared for a year past; and your zeal hath stirred up very
3 many of them. But I have sent the brethren, that our glorying on your behalf may not be made void in this respect; that, even
4 as I said, ye mav be prepared: lest by any means, if there come with me any of Macedonia, and find you unprepared, we (that we
5 say not, ye) should be put to shame in this confidence. I thought it necessary therefore to intreat the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your aforeproraised bounty, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not of extortion.
6 But this I say, He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart; not
8 grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good
9 work: as it is written,
He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor;
10 And he that supplieth seed to the sower and bread for food, shall supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits
11 of your righteousness: ye being enriched in everything unto all
12 liberality, which worketh through us thanksgiving to God. For the ministration of this service not only filleth up the measure of the wants of the saints, but aboundeth also through many thanks
13 givings unto God; seeing that through the provingof you by this ministration they glorify God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your con
14 irilmiiou unto them and unto all; while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the
10 exceeding gjace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
lO Now I Paul myself intreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being
2 absent am of good courage toward you: yea. I beseech yon, that I may not when present shew courage with the confidence wherewith I count to be bold against some, which count of us as if we
3 walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh,
4 we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down
5 of strong holds); casting.down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every
6 thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; ah(T being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall
7 be fulfilled. Ye look at the things that are before your face. If any mm trusteth in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider "this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ's, so
8 also arc we. For though I should glory somewhat abundantly concerning our authority (which the Lord gave for building you up. and not for casting you clown), I shall not be put to shame
9 that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. For,
10 His letters, they say, are weighty and strong; but his bodily pres
11 ence is weak, and his speech of no account. Let such a one reckon this, that, what we are in word by letters when we are
13 absent, such are we also in deed when we are present. For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with certain of them that commend themselves: but they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with them
13 selves, are without understanding. But we will not glory beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the province which GoJ appDrtioned to us as a measure, to reach even unto you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves overmuch, as though we reached not unto you- for we came even as far as unto you in the gospel of
15 Christ: not glorying beyond our measure, that is, in other men's labours; but having hope that, as your faithgroweth, we shall be magnified in you according to our province unto further abun
16 dance, so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you, ani not to glory in another's province in regard of things ready
17 to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not ho that commendeth himself is approved, but whom tha Lord commendeth.
1 ] Would that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: ray 2 indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might pre
3 sent you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is
4 toward Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, which ye did not accept,
5 ye do well to bear with him. For I reckon that I am not a whit
6 behind the very chiefest apostles. But though I be rude in speech, yet ami not in knowledge; nay, in everything we have made
7 it manifest among all men to you-ward. Or d.d I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you
8 the gospel of God for nought? I robbed other churches, taking
9 wages of them, that I might minister unto you; and when I was present with you and was in want, I was. not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in every thing I kept myself from
10 being burdensome unto you, and so will 1 keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this glorying iii
11 the regions of Achaia. Wherefore? because I love you not?
12 God knoweth. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire an occasion; that wherein they
13 glory, they may be found even as we. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles
14 of Christ. Ahd no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself
15 into an angel of light. It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
16 I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if ye do, yet as
17 foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little. That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this
18 confidence of glorying. Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I
19 will glory also. For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise
20 yourselves. For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you captive, if he exaltcth
21 himself, if he smiteth you on the face. I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet whereinsoever
22 any is bold (1 speak in foolishness), I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am 1. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the
23 seed of Abraham? so am L Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I more; in labours more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure,
24 in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes 23 save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned,
thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been in £6 the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in. perils from my countrymen, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils 27 in the seu, in, perils among false brethren; in labour and travail,