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which corrupt the word of God: nance, which glory was to be but as of sincerity, but as of done away; God, in the sight of God speak 8 How shall not the ministrawe in Christ.

tion of the Spirit be rather glo.

rious ? CHAP. III.

9 For if the ministration of

condemnation be glory, much THE EXCELLENCY OF THE more doth the ministration of

righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was DO we begin again to com- made glorious, had no glory in mend ourselves ? or need we, this respect, by reason of the as some others, epistles of com- glory that excelleth. mendation to you, or letters of 11 For if that which is done commendation from you? away was glorious, much more

2 Ye are our epistle written in that which remaineth is glori. our hearts, known and read of ous. all men:

12 Seeing then that we have 3 Forasmuch as ye are mani. such hope, we use great plain. festly declared to be the epistle ness of speech : of Christ, ministered by us, 13 And not as Moses, which written not with ink, but with put a vail over his face, that the the Spirit of the living God; children of Israel could not not in tables of stone, but in stedfastly look to the end of that fleshly tables of the heart. which is abolished :

4 And such trust have we 14 But their minds were blindthrough Christ to God-ward: ed: for until this day remain

5 Not that we are sufficient of eth the same vail untaken away ourselves to think any thing as in the reading of the old testaof ourselves; but our suffici. ment; which vail is done away ency is of God;

in Christ. 6 Who also hath made us able 15 But even unto this day, ministers of the new testament; when Moses is read, the vail is not of the letter, but of the spi- upon their heart. rit: for the letter killeth, but 16 Nevertheless, when it shall the spirit giveth life.

turn to the Lord, the vail shall ñ But if the ministration of be taken

away. death, written and engraven in 17 Now, the Lord is that Spi. stones, was glorious, so that rit; and where the Spirit of the children of Israel could not the Lord is, there is liberty. stedfastly behold the face of Mo- 18 But we all with open face, ses, for the glory of his counte- || beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed in- | side, yet not distressed; we are to the same image from glory perplexed, but not in de to glory, even as by the Spirit spair ; of the Lord.

9 Persecuted, but not forsa

ken; cast down, but not deCHAP. IV.


10 Always bearing about in THE CHRISTIAN'S PARADOX.

the body the dying of the Lord THEREFORE, seeing we Jesus, that the life also of Jesus have this ministry, as we have might be made manifest in our received mercy, we faint not ; body.

2 But have renounced the hid- 11 For we which live are alden things of dishonesty, not way delivered unto death for walking in craftiness, nor hand- Jesus' sake, that the life also of ling the word of God deceitful. Jesus might be made manifest in ly ; but, by manifestation of our mortal flesh. the truth, commending our- 12 So then, death worketh in selves to every man's consci. us, but life in you. ence in the sight of God. 13 We having the same Spirit

3 But if our gospel be hid, it of faith, according as it is writis hid to them that are lost : ten, I believed, and therefore

4 In whom the god of this have I spoken: we also believe, world hath blinded the minds and therefore speak; of them which believe not, lest 14 Knowing that he which the light of the glorious gospel raised up the Lord Jesus, shall of Christ, who is the image of raise up us also by Jesus, and God, should shine unto them. shall present us with you.

5 For we preach not ourselves, 15 For all things are for your but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and sakes, that the abundant grace ourselves your servants for Je- might, through the thanksgiving sus' sake.

of many, redound to the glory 6 For God, who commanded of God. the light to shine out of dark- 16 For which cause we faint ness, hath shined in our hearts, not; but though our outward to give the light of the know. man perish, yet the inward man ledge of the glory of God in the is renewed day by day. face of Jesus Christ.

17 For our light affliction, 7 But we have this treasure which is but for a moment, in earthen vessels, that the ex- worketh for us a far more excellency of the power may be of ceeding and eternal weight of God, and not of us.

glory : 8 We are troubled on every

18 While we look not at the


things which are seen, but at 8 We are confident, I say, and the things which are not seen : willing rather to be absent from for the things which are seen, the body, and to be present are temporal; but the things with the Lord. which are not seen, are eter- 9 Wherefore we labour, that, nal.

whether present or absent, we

may be accepted of him. CHAP. V.

10 For we must all appear be

fore the judgment-seat of Christ; PAUL ASSURED OF

that every one may receive the IMMORTALITY.

things done in his body, accord. FOR we know, that if our ing to that he hath done, wheearthly house of this tabernacle ther it be good or bad. were dissolved, we have a build- 11 Knowing, therefore, the ing of God, an house not made terror of the Lord, we persuade with hands, eternal in the hea- men ; but we are made mani.

fest unto God, and I trust also 2 For in this we groan, earn.

are made manifest in your conestly desiring to be clothed sciences. upon with our house which is 12 For we commend not our. from heaven:

selves again unto you, but give 3 If so be that being cloth- you occasion to glory on our ed, we shall not be found nak- | behalf, that ye may have someed :

what to answer them, which 4 For we that are in this ta- glory in appearance, and not in bernacle, do groan, being bur- | heart. dened; not for that we would 13 For whether we be beside be unclothed, but clothed upon, ourselves, it is to God; or that mortality might be swal- whether we be sober, it is for lowed up of life.

your cause. 5 Now, he that hath wrought 14 For the love of Christ conus for the self-same thing, is straineth us; because we thus God, who also hath given unto judge, that if one died for all, us the earnest of the Spi- | then were all dead : rit.

15 And that he died for all, 6 Therefore we are always that they which live should not confident, knowing that whilst henceforth live unto themselves, we are at home in the body, but unto him which died for

absent from the them, and rose again. Lord :

16 Wherefore henceforth know 7 (For we walk by faith, not we no man after the flesh; yea, by sight:)

though we have known Christ




after the flesh, yet now hence- || thing, that the ministry be not forth know we him no more. blamed :

17 Therefore, if any man be 4 But in all things approving in Christ, he is a new creature : ourselves as the ministers of old things are passed away : God, in much patience, in behold, all things are become afflictions, in necessities, in dis

tresses, 18 And all things are of God, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, who hath reconciledus to himself in tumults, in labours, in watchby Jesus Christ, and hath given ings, in fastings; to us the ministry of reconcilia- 6 By pureness, by knowledge, tion ;

by long-suffering, by kindness, 19 To wit, that God was in by the Holy Ghost, by love un. Christ, reconciling the world | feigned, unto himself, not imputing 7 By the word of truth, by the their trespasses unto them; and power of God, by the armour of hath committed unto us the righteousness on the right hand word of reconciliation,

and on the left, 20 Now then, we are ambas. 8 By honour and dishonour, sadors for Christ, as though God by evil report and good report; did beseech you by us : we pray as deceivers and yet true; you in Christ's stead, be ye re- 9 As unknown, and yet well conciled to God.

known; as dying, and behold, 21 For he hath made him to we live ; as chastened, and nat be sin for us, who knew no sin; killed ; that we might be made the 10 As sorrowful, yet always righteousness of God in him. rejoicing; as poor, yet making

many rich; as having nothing, CHAP. VI.

and yet possessing all

things. 11 O ye Corinthians! our

mouth is open unto you, our WE then, as workers toge- heart is enlarged. ther with him, beseech you also, 12 Ye are not straitened in us, that ye receive not the grace of but ye are straitened in your God in vain.

own bowels, 2 (For he saith, I have heard 13 Now, for a recompence thee in a time accepted, and in in the same, (I speak as unthe day of salvation have I suc- to my children,) be


also coured thee: behold, now is larged. the accepted time ; behold, 14 Be ye not unequally yoked now is the day of salvation.) together with unbelievers : for 3 Giving no offence in any | what fellowship hath righteous



receive you;

ness with unrighteousness? and that ye are in our hearts, to die what communion hath light and live with you. with darkness ?

4 Great is my boldness of 15 And what concord hath speech toward you, great is my Christ with Belial ? or what glorying of you : I am filled part hath he that believeth, with with comfort, I am exceeding an infidel?

joyful in all our tribulation. 16 And what agreement hath 5 For when we were come into the temple of God with idols ? Macedonia, our flesh had no for ye are the temple of the rest, but we were troubled on living God; as God hath said, every side: without were fightI will dwell in them, and walk | ings, within were fears. in them; and I will be their 6 Nevertheless, God, that comGod, and they shall be my peo- forteth those that are cast down, ple.

comforted us by the coming of 17 Wherefore, come out from | Titus : among them, and be ye separate, 7 And not by his coming only, saith the Lord, and touch not but by the consolation wherethe unclean thing; and I will with he was comforted in you,

when he told us your earnest 18 And will be a Father unto desire, your mourning, your you, and ye shall be my sons fervent mind toward me; so and daughters, saith the Lord that I rejoiced the more. Almighty.

8 For though I made you sorry

with a letter, I do not repent, CHAP. VII.

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 HAVING, therefore, these were made sorry, but that ye promises, dearly beloved, let sorrowed to repentance: for us cleanse ourselves from all ye were made sorry after a godfilthiness of the flesh and spirit, ly manner, that ye might reperfecting holiness in the fear ceive damage by us in noof God.

thing 2 Receive us : we have wrong- 10 For godly sorrow worketh ed no man, we have corrupted repentance to salvation not to no man, we have defrauded no be repented of: but the sorrow



of the world worketh death. 3 I speak not this to condemn 11 For, behold, this self-same you : for I have said before, thing, that ye sorrowed after a


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