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894 Paul's comforts in afflictions. II. CORINTHIANS.
Of immortal glory.
til this day remaineth the same vail untak-that the abundant grace might through en away in the reading of the old testa- the thanksgiving of many redound to the ment; which vail is done away in Christ. glory of God. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now theLord is thatSpirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 But we all, with 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. CHAP. IV.
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 Paul's sincerity and diligence inpreach-
2 But have renounced the 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.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom 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.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing, that he which raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes,
1 In hope of immortal glory, 9 and in expectance of it, and of the general judgment, Paul laboureth to keep a good conscience.
FOR we know that if our earthly house
of this tabernacle were
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
Paul's faithfulness in the ministry. CHAP. vi, vii.
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are pass-lieveth with an infidel? ed away; behold, all things are become
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. CHAP. VI.
Exhortation to purity. 893
(I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that be
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be yc separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
1 Paul exhorteth to purity, 3and sheweth what comfort he took in afflictions. AVING therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
1 Of Paul's faithfulness in the ministry.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as hav-, ing nothing, and yet possessing all things. 11 Oye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
13 Now for a reccnpense in the same,
3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceed ing joyful in all our tribulation.
5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments,in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, Eby love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the powered of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comfortin you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death,
11 For behold this self-same thing, that
396 Paul exhorteth to liberality. II. CORINTHIANS. Titus and others commended.
so there may be a performance also cut of that which ye have.
12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hạih, and not according to that he hath not
13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened:,
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a sup ply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
15 As it is written, He that had gath ered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack...
16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18 And we have sent with him, the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches ; ̧
19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by as to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready nund :).
0 Avling this, that no man should lame us in this abundance which is administered by us :
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the. Lord, but also in the ight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have ofte.umes proved diagent in many thing, but now ch more diligent, upon the great cuny dence which I have in you.
21 Whether any do inquire of Titas, he is my partner and fellow-tel, e cmcerning you: or our brethren, ce inquired f, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Chris".
24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and be fore the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behal£ * 1 CHAP. IX.
ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, wha clearing of yourselves, yea, what indig nation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehe ment desire, yea, what zeal, yea, wha revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Ti tus, is found a truth.
15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things. CHAP. VIII.
1 He stirreth them up to contribute to the saints, 16 commendeth Titus and others. TOREOVER, brethren, we do you to
on the churches of Macedonia ;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy, and their deep poverty, abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
3 For to their power, I hear record, yea, and beyond their power, they were willing of themselves;
4 Praying us with much entreaty, that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God:
6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
› He showeth why he sent Litus, 6 and
by cachian of the forwardness of others, F shits, it is the mucus fur for to
8. I speak not by commandment, but
ministering to the
and to prove the sincerity of your love.
9 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 be rich.
10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be ward a year ago.
11 Now therefore perform the doing f it; that as there was a readiness to will,
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2 For I know the forwardness of your mund, for which I beust of you to thens of Mcdonit, that Achai was Tad a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many,
3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our for-boasting of you should be in vamisthis behalf; that, as 1 said, re may be ready:
4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia conne with me, and find you unprepared se
Why Paul sent Titus.
CHẠP. X. XI
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness ;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 While by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men ;
Paul's spiritual might, &c. 897 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, (say they) are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves,
are not wise.
13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you; for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you, according to our rule abundantly,
16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
He glorieth in affliction
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chicfest apostles.
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the
6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been through-heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, is perils among false brethren;
ly made manifest among you in all things. 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gos pel of God freely?
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness,
8 I robbed other churches, taking wa ges of them, to do you service.
28 Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches,
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shail stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
898 Paul commendeth himself. II. CORINTHIANS.
12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ,
.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself
his ministers also be transformed as the
16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting,
18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit, whereinsoever any bold, (I speak foolishly) I am bold also.
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham ? so am I.
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Paul commenieth his apostleship, not by his revelations, 9 but by his infirmities, 11 blaming them for forcing this boasting.
is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
21 knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell; God knoweth ;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth ;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infir mities.
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet (Ime, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly there