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Of the excommunicated. CHAP. II, III, IV. Of the law and gospel. the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. but as of God, in the sight of God speak

23 Moreover, I call God for a record we in Christ. upon my soul, that to spare you I came not

CHAP. III. as yet unto Corinth.


O we begin again to commend our24 Not for that we have dominion over selves? or need we, as some others, your faith, but are helpers of your joy : epistles of commendation to you, or letters for by faith ye stand.

of commendation from you? CHAP. II.

2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, UT I determined this with myself, known and read of all men :

3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly dein heaviness.

clared to be the epistle of Christ minister2 For if I make you sorry, who is heed by us, written not with ink, but with then that maketh me glad, but the same the Spirit of the living God; not in tables which is made sorry by me?

of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. 3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, 4 And such trust have we through Christ when I came, I should have sorrow from to God-ward : them of whom I ought to rejoice ; having 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy to think any thing as of ourselves ; but our of you all.

sufficiency is of God; 4 For out of much amiction and anguish 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; of the new testament; not of the letter, not that ye should be grieved, but that ye but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but might know the love which I have more the spirit giveth life. abundantly unto you.

7 But if the ministration of death, writ5 But if any have caused grief, he hath ten and engraven in stones, was glorious, not grieved me, but in part: that I may so that the children of Israel could not not overcharge you all.

steadfastly behold the face of Moses for 6 Sufficient to such a man is this punish- the glory of his countenance; which glory ment, which was inflicted of many. was to be done away:

7 So that contrariwise, ye ought rather 8 How shall not the ministration of the to forgive him, and confort him, lest per- Spirit be rather glorious? haps such a one should be swallowed up 9 For if the ministration of condemnawith overmuch sorrow.

tion be glory, much more doth the minis8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye tration of righteousness exceed in glory: would confirm your love toward him. 10 For even that which was made glo

9 For to this end also did I write, that I rious had no glory in this respect, by reamight know the proof of you, whether ye son of the glory that excelleth. be obedient in all things.

11 For if that which is done away 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I was glorious, much more that which reforgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to maineth is glorious. whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, I it in the person of Christ;

we use great plainness of speech : 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail of us: for we are not ignorant of his de- over his face, that the children of Israel vices.

could not steadfastly look to the end of 12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas that which is abolished: to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was 14 But their minds were blinded : for opened unto me of the Lord,

until this day remaineth the same vail un13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I taken away in the reading of the old testafound not Titus my brother: but taking ment; which vail is done away in Christ. my leave of them, I went from thence into 15 But even unto this day, when MoMacedonia.

ses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 14 Now thanks be unto God, which al- 16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to ways causeth us to triumph in Christ, and the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. maketh manifest the savour of his know- 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and ledge by us in every place.

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour liberty. of Christ, in them that are saved, and in 18 But we all, with open face behold. them that perish:

ing as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are 16 To the one we are the savour of changed into the same image from glory death unto death; and to the other the sa- to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. vour of life unto life. And who is suflicient

CHAP. IV. for these things?

THEREFORE, seeing we have this 17 For ir: are not as many, which cor- ministry, as we have received mercy, rupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, we faint not;


Afflictions for the faith. II. CORINTHIANS. Of imanortal glory. 2 But have renounced the hidden things made with hands, eternal in the heavens. of dishonesty ; not walking in craftiness, 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desirnor bandling the word of God deceitfully; ing. to be clothed upon with our bouse but, by manifestation of the truth, com- which is from heaven: mending ourselves to every man's con- 3 If so be that being clothed we shall science in the sight of God.

not be found naked. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do them that are lost :

groan, being burdened: not for that we 4 In whom the god of this world hath would be unclothed, but clothed upon, blinded the minds of them which believe that mortality might be swallowed up oi not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of life. Christ, who is the image of God, should 5 Now, he that hath wrought us for the shine unto them.

self-same thing is God, who also hath 5 For we preach not ourselves, but given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your 6 Therefore we are always confident, servants for Jesus' sake.

knowing that, whilst we are at home in the 6 For God, who commanded the light body, we are absent from the Lord: to shine out of darkness, hath shined in 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:) our hearts, to give the light of the know- 8 We are confident, I say, and willing ledge of the glory of God in the face of rather to be absent from the body, and to Jesus Christ.

be present with the Lord. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether vessels, that the excellency of the power present or absent, we may be accepted of may be of God, and not of us.

him. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet 10 For we must all appear before the not distressed; we are perplexed, but not judgment-seat of Christ; that every one in despair;

may receive the things done in his body, 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast according to that he hath done, wbether down, but not destroyed;

be good or bad. 10 Always bearing about in the body 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life Lord, we persuade men; but we are made also of Jesus might be made manifest in manifest unto God; and I trust also are our body.

made manifest in your consciences. 11 For we which live are always de- 12 For we commend not ourselves again sivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that unto you, but give you occasion to glory the life also of Jesus might be made mani- on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat fest in our mortal flesh.

to answer them which glory in appear12 So then death worketh in us, but life ance, and not in heart.

13 For whether we be beside ourselves, 13 We having the same spirit of faith, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is according as it is written, I believed, and for your cause. therefore have I spoken; we also believe, 14 For the love of Christ constraineth and therefore speak;

us; because we thus judge, that if one 14 Knowing, that he which raised up died for all, then were all dead: the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by 15 And that he died for all, that they Jesus, and shall present us with you. which live should not henceforth live unto

15 For all things are for your sakes, themselves, but unto him which died for that the abundant grace might through the them, and rose again. thanksgiving of inany redound to the glory 16'Wherefore henceforth know we no of God.

man after the flesh : yea, though we have 16 For which cause we faint not; but known Christ after the flesh, yet now though our outward man perish, yet the henceforth know we him no more. inward man is renewed day by day. 17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ,

17 For our light affliction, which is but he is a new creature: old things are passed for a moment, worketh for us a far more away ; behold, all things are become new. exceeding and eternal weigbt of glory ; 18 And all things are of God, who hath

18 While we look not at the things' reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, which are seen, but at the things which and hath given to us the ministry oi reare not seen: for the things which are conciliation ; scen are temporal ; but the things wbich 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reare not seen are eternal.

conciling the world unto himself, not imCHAP. V.

puting their trespasses unto them; and hatá FOR we know that if our earthly house committed unto us the word of reconcilia

of this tabernacle were dissolved, we'tion. bave a building of God, a house not, 20 Now then we are ambassadors fo

in you.




Paul's faithfulness:

CHAP. VI, VII. His comfort in affliction. Christ, as though God did beseech you by

CHAP. VII. us : we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye HAX

AVING therefore these promises,

dearly beloved, let us cleanse our21 For he hath made him to be sin for selves from all filthiness of the flesh and us, who knew no sin ; that we might be spirit, perfecting holiness in the fearof God. made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Receive us; we have wronged no CHAP. VI.

man, we have corrupted no man, we have E then, as workers together with defrauded no man.

him, beseech you also that ye re- 3 I speak not this to condemn you : for ceive not the grace of God in vain. I have said before, that ye are in our hearts

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a to die and live with you. time accepted, and in the day of salvation 4 Great is my boldness of speech tohave I succoured thee: behold, now is the ward you, great is my glorying of you: I accepted time; behold, now is the day of am filled with comfort, I am exceeding salvation.)

joyful in all our tribulation. 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that 5 For, when we were come into Macethe ministry be not blamed:

donia, our flesh had no rest, but we were 4 But in all things approving ourselves troubled on every side; without were as the ministers of God, in much patience, fightings, within were fears. in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tu- those that are cast down, comforted us by mults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; the coming of Titus;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long- 7 And not by his coming only, but by suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, the consolation wherewith he was comby love unfeigned,

forted in you, when he told us your earn7 By the word of truth, by the power est desire, your mourning, your fervent of God, by the armour of righteousness mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil re- 8 For though I made you sorry with a port and good report; as deceivers, and letter, I do not repent, though I did reyet true;

pent: for I perceive that the same epistle 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as hath made you sorry, though it were but dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, for a season. and not killed ;

9 Now I rejoice, not that

tye were made 10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing ; sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: as poor, yet making many rich; as having for ye were made sorry after a godly mannothing, and yet possessing all things. ner, that ye might receive damage by us

11 O'ye Corinthians, our mouth is open in nothing. unto you, our heart is enlarged.

10 For godly sorrow worketh repent12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye ance to salvation not to be repented of: but are straitened in your own bowels. the sorrow of the world worketh death.

13 Now for a recompence in the same 11 For behold this self-same thing, that (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what careenlarged.

fulness it wrought in you, yea, what clear14 Be ye not unequally yoked togethering of yourselves, yea, what indignation, with unbelievers : for what fellowship yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, hath righteousness with unrighteousness? yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all and wbat communion hath light with dark-things ye have approved yourselves to be ness?

clear in this matter. 15 And what concord hath Christ with 12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto Belial? or what part hath he that believeth you, I did it not for his cause that had done with an infidel ?

the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered 16 And what agreement hath the tem- wrong, but that our care for you in the ple of God with idols ? for ye are the tem- sight of God might appear unto you. ple of the living God; as God hath said, 13 Therefore we were comforted in I will dwell in them, and walk in them your comfort : yea, and exceedingly the and I will be their God, and they shall be more joyed we for the joy of Titus, bemy people.

cause his spirit was refreshed by you all. 19 Wherefore come out from among 14 For if I have boasted any thing to them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we and touch noi the unclean thing; and 1 spake all things to you in truth, even so will receive you ;

our boasting, which I made before Titus, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and is found a truth. ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith 15 And bis inward affection is more the Lord Almighty.

labundant toward you, whilst he rememto you:

Paul solicits charity: II. CORINTHIANS. He exhorts their liberality. bereth the obedience of you all, how with 19 And not that only, but who was also fear and trembling ye received him. chosen of the churches to travel with us

16 I rejoice therefore that I have con- with this grace, which is administered by fidence in you in all things.

us to the glory of the same Lord, and CHAP. VUI.

declaration of your ready mind: MOREOVhe Brabce of reind bestowed on blame us in this abundance which should the churches of Macedonia ;

ministered by us : 2 How that in a great trial of affliction, 21 Providing for honest things, not only the abundance of their joy, and their deep in the sight of the Lord, but also in the poverty, abounded unto the riches of their sight of men. liberality.

22 And we have sent with them our bro3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, ther, whom we have oftentimes proved and beyond their power, they were willing diligent in many things, but now much of themselves;

more diligent, upon the great confidence 4 Praying us with muchentreaty, that we which I have in you. would receive the gift, and take upon us the 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, ke fellowship of the ministering to the saints. is my partner and fellow-helper concen

5 And this they did, not as we hoped, ing you: or our brethren be inquired of but first gave their own selves to the Lord, they are the messengers of the churches, and unto us by the will of God: and the glory of Christ.

6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and beas he had begun, so he would also finish in fore the churches, the proof of your love, you the same grace also.

and of our boasting on your beball. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing,

CHAP. IX. in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and


TOR as touching the ministering to the in all diligence, and in your love to us, see saints, it is superfluous for me to write that ye abound in this grace also.

8 I speak not hy commandment, but by 2 For I know the forwardness of your occasion of the forwardness of others, and mind, for which I boast of you to them of to prove the sincerity of your love. Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year

For ye know the grace of our Lord ago; and your zeal hath proroked very Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet many, for your sakes he became poor, that ye 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest out through his poverty might be rich. boasting of you should be in rain in this

10 And herein 1 give my advice: for behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: this is expedient for you, who have begun 4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come before, not only to do, but also to be for- with me, and find you unprepared, we ward a year ago.

(that we say not, ye) should be ashamed 11 Now therefore perform the doing of in this same confident boasting. ut; that as there was a readiness to will, so 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exthere may be a performance also out of that hort the brethren, that they would go bewhich ye have.

fore unto you, and make up beforehand 12 for if there be first a willing mind, your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, it is accepted according to that a man hath, that the same might be ready, as a matter and not according to that he hath not. of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

13 For I mean not that other men be 6 But ibis I say, He which soweth spareased, and you burdened :

ingly, shall reap also sparingly; and he 14 But by an equality, that now at this which soweth bountifully, shall reap also time your abundance may be a supply for bountifully. their want, that their abundance also may 7 Every man according as he purposeth be a supply for your want: that there may in his heart, so let him give; not grudging. be equality :

ly, or of necessity: for God loretha 15 As it is written, He that had gathered cheerful giver. much had nothing over; and he that had 8 And God is able to make all grace gathered little had no lack.

abound toward you; that ye, always 16 But thanks be to God, which put the having all sufficiency in all things, may same earnest care into the heart of Titus abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed 17 For indeed he accepted the exhorta- abroad; he hath given to the poor: his tion ; but being more forward, of his own righteousness remaineth for erer. accord he went unto you.

10 Now, he that ministereth seed to the 18 And we have sent with him the bro- sower, both minister bread for your food, ther, whose praise is in the gospel through- and multiply your seed sown, and increase out all the churches;

the fruits of your righteousness :)

for you.

God in you.

Paul's spiritual might: CHAP. , X.

He commends himself. 11 Being enriched in every thing to all out our measure, but according to the mea. bountifulness, which causeth through us sure of the rule which God bath distributed thanksgiving to God.

to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 12 For the administration of this service 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond not only supplieth the want of the saints, our measure, as though we reached not but is abundant also by many thanks- unto you; for we are come as far as to you givings unto God;

also in preaching the gospel of Christ 13 While by the experiment of this mi. 15 Not boasting of things without our nistration they glorify God for your pro- measure, that is, of other men's labours; fessed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, but having hope, when your faith is inand for your liberal distribution unto them, creased, that we shall be enlarged by you, and unto all men;

according to our rule abundantly, 14 And by their prayer for you, which 16 To preach the gospel in the regions long after you, for the exceeding grace of beyond you, and not to boast in another

man's line of things made ready to our hand. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeak- 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in able gift.

the Lord. CHAP. X.

18 For not he that commendeth himseli TOWI Paul myself beseech you, by the is approved, but whom the Lord com

meekness and gentleness of Christ, mendeth. who in presence am base among you, but

CHAP. XI. 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be/WOULD to God ye could bear with

me a little in my folly: and indeed bold when I am present with that con- bear with me. fidence, wherewith I think to be bold 2 For I am jealous over you with godly against some, which think of us as if we jealousy: for I have espoused you to one walked according to the flesh.

husband, that I may present you as a 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we chaste virgin to Christ. do not war after the flesh:

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, not carnal, but mighty through God to the so your minds should be corrupted from pulling down of strong holds ;)

the simplicity that is in Christ. 5 Casting down imaginations, and every 4 For if he that cometh preacheth anohigh thing that exalteth itself against the ther Jesus, whom we have not preached, knowledge of God, and bringing into cap- or if ye receive another spirit, which ye tivity every thought to the obedience of have not received, or another gospel,

which ye have not accepted, ye might 6 And having in a readiness to revenge well bear with him. all disobedience, when your obedience is 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind fulfilled.

the very chiefest apostles. 7 Do ye look on things after the out- 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not ward appearance? If any, man trust to in knowledge; but we have been thoroughhimself that he is Christ's, let him of him- ly made manifest among you in all things. self think this again, that, as he is Christ's, 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing even so are we Christ's.

myself that ye might be exalted, because I 8 For though I should boast somewhat have preached to you the gospel of God more of our authority, which the Lord hath freely? given us for edification, and not for your 8 robbed other churches, taking wages destruction, I should not be ashamed: of them, to do you service.

9 That I may not seem as if I would 9 And when I was present with you, terrify you by letters.

and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: 10 Forhis letters say they) are weighty for that which was lacking to me the brethand powerful; but his bodily presence is ren which came from Macedonia supplied: weak, and his speech contemptible. and in all things I have kept myself from

11 Let such a one think this, that such being burdensoine unto you, and so will I as we are in word by letters when we are keep myself. absent, such will we be also in deed when 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no we are present,

man shall stop me of this boasting in the 12 For we dare not make ourselves of regions of Achaia. the number, or compare ourselves with 11 Wherefore ? because I love you not? some that commend themselves : but they, God knoweth. measuring themselves by themselves, and 12 But what I do, that I will do, that comparing themselves ainong themselves, I may cut off occasion from them which are not wise.

desire occasion ; that wherein they glory, 13 But we will not boast of things with- they may be found even as we.


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