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392 Friendly admonitions, II. CORINTHIANS.
and salutazione, out conduct him forth in peace, that he
that which was lacking on your part, they may come unto me: for I look for him nave supplied. with the brethren.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit 12 As touching our brother Apollos, and yours: therefore acknowledge ye I greatly desired him to come unto you them that are such. with the brethren but his will was not 19 The churches of Asia salute you. at all to come at this time ; but he || Aquila and Priscilla salute you much will come when he shall have convenien: in the Lord, with the church that is in time.
their house. 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet quit you like men, be strong.
ye one another with an holy kiss. 14 Let all your things be done with 21 The salutation of me Paul with charity.
mine own hand. 15 í beseech you, brethren, (ye know 22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus the house of Stephanas, that it is the Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha. first fruits of Achaja, and that they have 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ addicted themselves to the ministry of he with you. the saints)
24 My love be with you all in Christ 16 That ye submit yourselves unti Jesus. Amen. such, and to every one that helpeth with The first epistle to the Corinthians us, and laboureth.
was written from Philippi by Ste17 Lam glad of the coming of Stepha phanas, and Fortunatus, and Achainas, and Fortunatus, and Ach'icus : for cus, and Timotheus.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
TO THE CORINTHIANS.
me işure, above strength, insomuch, that 3 The apostle encourngeth them against we despaired even of life:
troubles, 12 and she weth the sincerity of 9 But we had the sentence of death in his preaching 15 He excuseth his not ourselves, that we should not trust in comi 5 to them.
purselves, but in God which raiseth the an apostle of Jesus Christ by dead : the will of God, and Timothy our
10 Who delivered us frem so great a brother, unto the church of God which death, and doth deliver : in whom we is at Corinth, with all the saints which trust that he will yet deliver us : are in all Achaia:
11 Ye also helping together by prayer 2 Grace be to you and peace from God for us, that for the gitt bestuwd upon our Father, and from the Lord Jesus us by the means of many persons, thanks Chri-t.
may be given by many on our behalf. 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of 12 For our rejoicing is this, the testiour Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mer- nony of our conscience, that in simpliccies, and the God of all comfort ; iry and godly sincerity, not with fleshly
4 Who comforteth us in all our trib- || wisdom, but by the grace of God, we ulation, that we may be able to comfort | have had our conversation in the world, them which are in any trouble by the and more abundantly to you-ward. comfort wherewith we ourselves art 13 For we write none other things comforted of God.
into you, than what ye read or acknowl5 For as the sufferings of Christ a- dge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge bound in us, so our consolation also a. even to the end ; boundeth by Christ.
14 As also ye have acknowledged us 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is in part, that we are your rejoicing, even for your consolation and salvatio:s, which as ye also are ours in the day of the is effectual in the enduring of the same Lord Jesus. sufferings which we also suffer :
15 And in this confidence I was whether we be comforted, it is for your
iminded to come unto you before, that ye consolation and salvation.
might have a second benefit ; 7 Ad our hope of you is steadfist, 16 And to pass by you into Maceda knowing, that as ye are partakers of the ja, and to come again out of Macedo sufferings, so shall ye be also of the con- ja unto you, and of you to be brought solution.
11 my way toward Judea. 8 For we would not, brethren, have 17 When I therefore was thus minded, you ignorant of our trouble which came did I use lightness ? or the things that to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of I purpose, do 1 purpose according to the
Of the excommunicated person. CHAP. II, III. Spirit and letter. 893 besh, that with me there should be yes, I found not Titus my brother : but takjea, ai d nav, nay?
ing my leave of them, I went from thence 18 But as God is true, our word to- inio Macedonia. ward vou was not yea and nay.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which 19 For the Son of God Jesus Christ, why, always causcth us to triumph in Christ, was preached among you by us, even by
and maketh manifest the savour of his me, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, was knowle (Ige by us in every place. not yea and nay, but in him wis vea. 15 F we are unto God a sweet sa
20 For all the promises of God in him vour of Christ, in them that are saved, are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glu and in them that perish : ry of God by us.
16 To the one we are the savour of 21 Now he which stablisheth us ith you | death unto death; and to the oiher the in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Savour of life unto life. And who is suf
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given nicient for these things? the earnest of the spirit in our hearis. 17 For we are not as many, which cor
23 Moreover, I call God for a record rupt the word of Godi: but as of sinceriupon my soul, that to spare you I came ty, but as of God, in the sight of God not as yet unto Corinth.
speak we in Christ. 24 Not for that we have dominion over
CHAP. III. your faith, but are helpers of your joy : | 1 A commendation of Paul's ministrij. 6 for by faith ye stand.
A comparison betwixt the ministers CHAP. II.
of the law and the gospel. 17h reasons of his d.oi coming unto them.
we begin ag in to commend our6 Of the excummunicated person
selves? or ned we, as some others, The success of his prcaching in every cjuisties of commendation to you, or letplure.
iers of commendation from you? ,
2 Ye are our epis:le written in our that I would not come again to you hearts, known and read of all men: in he viness.
Furaxmuchas yr arr manifestly declar2 For if I make you sorry, who is he ed to be the epistle of Christ ministered by then that maketh me glad, but the same us, written not with ink, but with the which is made sorry by me?
Spirit of the living God; not in tables of 3 And I wrote this same unto you, les.. tone, but in Aleshiv tables of the heart. when I came, I should have sorrow fron 4 And such trust have we through them of whom I ought to rejoice; hav- Chrisi to God-ward : ing confidence in you all, that my joy i. 5 Not that we are sufficient of curselves the joy of you all.
to think any thing as of ourselves ; but 4 Tor out of much affiction and anguish ur sufficiency is of God; of heart I wrote unto you with many 6 Who also hath made us able ministears; not that ye should be grieved, bui ers of the new te-tament; not of the letthat ye might know the love which I er, but of the spirit : for the letter killhave more abundantly unto you.
cth, but the spirit giveth life. 5 Bunu if any have caused grief, he hath 7 But if the ministration of death, writnot grieved me, but in part : that I may ten and engraven in stones, was glorious, not overcharge you all.
so that the children of Israel could not 6 Sufficient to such a man is this pun- steadfastly behold the face of Moses for ishment, which was inflicted of many: the glory of his countenance; which
7 So that contrariwise, ye ought rather glory was to be done away : to forgive him, and comfort him, lest per- • How shall not ihe ministration of the haps such an one should be swallowed up spirit be rather glorious ? with vermuch sorrow.
9 For if the ministration of condemna8 Wherefore I beseech you that yo tion be glory, much more do the miniswould confirm your love toward him. tration of righteousness exceed in glory.
9 For to this end also did I write, tha! 10 For even that which was made gloI might know the proof of you, whether rious had no glory in this respect, by ye be obx dient in all things.
reason of the glory that excelleth. 10 lo whom ye forgive any thing, I 11 For if that which was done away: .forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, was glorious, much more that which reto whom I forgave it, for viur sakes maineth is glorious. forgave I it in the person of Christ ; 12 Seeing then that we have such hope,
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of we use great plainness of speech : us : for we are not ignorant of his devices. 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas over his face, that the children of Israel to preuch Christ's gospel, and a door was could not steadfastly look to the end of openerl unto me of the Lord,
that which is abolished: 13 I had no rest in my spirit, because 14 But their minds were blinded: for un
894 Paul's comforts in afflictions. II. CORINTHIANS. Of immortal glory. lil this day remaineth the same vail untak- l that the abundant grace might through en away in the reading of the old testa- the thanksgiving of many redound to the ment; wlich vail is done away in Christ. glory of God.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses 16 For which cause we faint not; but is read, the vail is upon their heart. though our outward man perish, yet the
16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to inward man is renewed day by day. the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 For our light affliction, which is but
17 Now the Lord is thatSpirit:and where for a moment, worketh for us a far more the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 But we all, with open face beholding 18 While we look not at the things as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are which are seen, but at the things which changed into the same image from glory to are not seen: for the things which are glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. seen are temporal; but the things which CHAP. IV.
are not seen are eternal. 1 Paul's sincerity and diligence inprcach
CHAP. V. ing, 7 and his troubles for the same. 1 In hope of immortal glory, 9 and in er'HEREFORE, seeing we have this pectance of it, and of the generul judy
ministry, as we have received mer- men!, Paul laboureth to keep a good 2. Wat have renounced the hidden things Ffiskabernacle were dissolved, we
conscience. of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitful- have a building of God, an house not ly ; but, by manifestation of the truth, made with hands, eternal in the heavens. commending ourselves to every man's 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desirconscience in the sight of God.
ing to be clothed upon with our house 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is lid to which is from heaven: them that are lost:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall 4 In wliom the god of this world hath not be found naked. blinded the minds of them which believe 4 For we that are in this tabernacle da not, lest the light of the glorious gospel groan, being burdened: not for that we of Christ, who is the image of God, I would be unclothed, but clothed upon, should shine unto them.
that mortality might be swallowed up of 5 For we preach not ourselves, but life. Christ Jesus the Lord ; and ourselves 5 Now he that hath wrought us for your servants for Jesus' sake.
the self-same thing is God, who also hath 6 For God, who commanded the light | given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. to shine out of darkness, hath shined in 6 Therefore we are always confident, our hearts, to give the light of the knowl- knowing that, whilst we are at home in edge of the glory of God in the face of the body, we are absent from the Lord: Jesus Christ.
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight :) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen 8 We are confident, I say, and willing vessels, that the excellency of the power | rather to be absent from the body, and may be of God, and not of us.
to be present with the Lord. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whethnot distressed; we are perplexed, but er present or absent, we may be accepted not in despair;
of him. 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast 10 For we must all appear before the down, but not destroyed;
judgment-seat of Christ; that every one 10 Always bearing about in the body may receive the things done in his body, the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life according to that he hath done, whether also of Jesus might be made manifest in it be good or bad. our body.
11 Knowing therefore the terror of the 11 For we which live are always deliv- | Lord, we persuade men; but we are ered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the made manifest unto God; and I trust alsa life also of Tesus might be made manifest are made manifest in your consciences. in our ortal fesli.
12 For we commend not ourselves a12 So then death worketh in us, but gain unto you, but give you occasion to life in you,
glory on our behalf, that ye may have 13 We having the same spirit of faith, somewhat to answer them which glory according as it is written, I believed, and in appearance, and not in heart. therefore have I spoken ; we also believe, 13 'For whether we be beside ourselves, and therefore speak;
it is to God: or whether we be sober, it 14 Knowing, that he which raised up is for your cause. the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by 14 For the love of Christ constraineth Jesus, and shall present us with you. us; because we thus judge, that if one
15 For all things are for your sakes, died for all, then were all dead:
Paul's faithfulness in the ministry. Chap. vi, vii. Exhortation to purity. 893
15 And that he died for all, that they || (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also which live should not henceforth live un- enlarged. to themselves, but unto him which died 14 Be ye not unequally yoked tofor them, and rose again.
gether with unbelievers : for what fel16 Wherefore henceforth know we no lowship hath righteousness with unrightman after the flesh: yea, though we have eousness and what communion hatlı known Christ after the flesh, yet now light with darkness? henceforth know we hin no more.
15 And what concord hath Christ with 17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, Belial? or what part hath he that behe is a new creature : old things are pas:- lieveth with an infidel? ed away ; behold, all things are become 16 And what agreement hath the temnew.
ple of God with idols ? for ye are the tem18 And all things are of God, who ple of the living God; as God hath saii, hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; Christ, and hath given to us the ministry and I will be their God, and they shall of reconciliation ;
be my people. 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, rec- 17 Wherefore come out from among onciling the world unto himself, not im- them, and be yo separate, saith the Lord, puting their trespasses unto them; and i and touch not the unclean thing; and I hath committed unto us the word of rec- will receive you. onciliation.
13 And will be a Father unto you, and 20 Now then we are ambassadors for ye shall be my sons and daughters, saithi Christ, as though God did beseech you the Lord Almighty. by us : we pray you in Christ's stead, be
CHAP. VII. ye reconciled to God.
1Paul echorteth to purity, 3and shewell 21 For he hath made him to be sin for what comfort he took in aflictione. 119, who knew no sin ; that we miglit be PAVING therefore these promises, made the righteousness of God in him. 11 dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourCHAI. VỊ.
selves from allfil:hiness ofthe flesh and spir. 1 Of Paul's faithfulness in the ministry. it, perfecting holiness in the fear of Gix!.
14 Erhortation to avoid idolaters. 2 kcceive us; we have wronged noman, WE
E then, as workers together with we have corrupted no man, we have dehim, bescech you also that ye re
frauded no man. cieve not the grace of God in vain. 3 I speak not this to condemn yori:
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a for I have said before, that ye are in our time accepted, and in the day of salva- | hearts to die and live with you. tion have I succoured thee: behold, now 4 Great is my boldness of speech tois the accepted time; behold, now is the ward you, great is my glorying of you : day of salvation.)
I am filled with comfort, I am excced 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that ing joyful in all our tribulation. the ministry be not blamed :
5 For, when we were come into Vlace4 But in all things approving ourselves donia, our flesh had no rest, but we were as the ministers of God, in mich patience, troubled on every side ; without wir? in afilictions, in recessities, in distresses, fightings, within were fcars.
5 In stripes, in imprisonments,intumults, 6 Nevertheless God, that comfortelli in labours, ia watchings, in fastings; those that are cast down, comfurtce tis
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long- | by the coming of Titus; suffering, by kindness, by the lioly Ghost, 7 And not by his coming only, but by by love unteigned,
the consolation wherewith he wascomfort: 7 By the word of truth. by the power ed in you, when lie told us your earnest of God, by the armour of righteousness desire, your moursing, your fervent ini! on the right hand and on the left, toward me; so that I rejoiced the more
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil 8 For though I made you sorzy with it report and gosod report: as deceivers, i letter, I do not repent, though I did reand yet true ;
pent: for I perceive that the same epis9 Ås unknown, and yet well known ; ile hath made you sorry, though it wiru as dying, and behold, we live; as chas. but for a scason. tened, and not killed ;
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were mad10 As sorrowful, yet always rejuicing; sorry, but that sorrowed to repentanc? : as pror, yet making many rich ; as hav- for ye were inade sorry after a godly ing nothing, and yet possessing all things. I manner, that ye might receive dainage
11 Oye Corinthians, our mouth is open by us in nothing unto you, our heart is enlarged.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repen:12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye ance to salvation not to be repenteil of: are straitened in your own bowels. but the sorrow of the world worketh deatii,
13 Now for a recompense in the same, 11 For behold this self-same thing, this! Titus for you.
MOME OVER, brethren, we do you to
396 Paul exhorteth to liberality. IL. CORINTHIANS, Titus and others coinmended ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what care o there may be a performance also we fulness it wrought in you, yea, wha ut that which ye have, clearing of yourselves, yea, what indig 12 For if there be first a willing mind, i nation, yea, what fear, yea, what eht is accepted according to that a man hali, ment desire, yea, what zeal, yea, wha and in according to that he hath not revenge! In all things ye have approved 13 For I mean not that other men be yourselves to be clear in this matter. eased, and you burdened:
12 Wherefore, though I wroteunto you, 14 But by an equality, that now, at I did it not for his cause that had done this time your abundance may be a su the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered 1.ly for the
want, that their abundance wrong, but that our care for you in the us may be a suppily for your want : sight of God might appear unto you. tnat there may be equality :
13 Therefore we were comforted in 15 As it is written, He that had gathyour comfort: yea, and exceedingly the ered much had nothing over, and be more joyed we for the joy of Titus, be that had gathered litle had na lack., cause his spirit was refreshed by you all. 16 But thanks be to God, which put
14 For if I have boasted any thing to the same earnest care into the heart of 'him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortso our boasting, which I made before Ti- ation ; but being more forwaid, a. bis tus, is found a truth.
own accord he went into you. 15 And his inward affection is more · 18 And we have sent with him the abundant toward you, whilst he remem- brother, whose praise is in the gospel bereth the obedience of you all, how with throughout all tlie churches, fear and trembling ye received him. 19 Anxl not ihug only, but who was also
16 I rejoice therefore that I have con- chosen of the chanches to travel with us fidence in you in all things.
with this grace, which is adhuistered by CHAP. VIII.
us to the glory of ihe same Lord, and 1 He stirreth them up to contribute to the declaration of your ready pund: saints, 16 commendeth Titus and otherx. 0 Aveling this, that no man shouki
olame us in this abundance wbich is adwit of the grace of God bestowed minis ered by us : on the churches of Macedonia ;
21 Providing for honest things, not only 2 How that in a great trial of affliction, in the sight of the Lord, but also in the the abundance of their joy, and their cleep ight of men. poverty, abounded unto the riches of their 22 And we have sent with them or liberality.
brother, whom we hare ofte: Umea, pros3 For to their power, I bear record, ed dinyent in many thing, but now much yea, and beyond their power, they were more dirigent, upon the great. cun dence willing of themselves;
which I have in you. 4 Prayingns with much entreaty, that we 21 Whethrany do ingure of Titas, would receivetl:egift, andluke ujonus the hii. my piriner and fellow-kel, es con fellowship of the ministering to the saints. Crning you: or our brein en ze inquirrd
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, I, they are the messengers of the but first gave their own selves to the Lord, cimrches, and the glory of Chiis'. and unto us by the will of Gd:
24 Wheret re sexw.ye to them, and be6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that fore the churches, the proof of ynur love, as he had begun, so he would also finish and of our buastig on von behalf in-you the same grace also.
CHAP. IX. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, 1 He shewrth why he sen! Litus, 6 and in faith and utterance, and knowledge, stirreth them up to be take ful in and in all diligence, and in your love to uins, 10 which shalt viral Inem u 015, see that ye abound in this grace also. 6 untiful inerruse.
8. I speak not by commandment, but PR is touching the micistering to the by occasion of the forwardness of others, saints, it is superfluus tur it to and to prove the sincerity of your love. wilt to you:
9 Fel ye know ihe grace of our Lord For I know the forwardness of our Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, munci, for which i benest of your texts of sei for your sakes lie became poor, that Mc:domis, that Achait was od: a ye through his poverty night be rich. vear ago; and your zeal hach provoked
10 And herein I give my advice : for Teiy m.in. this is expedient for you, who have begun 3 Yet hive I sent the breuirenlet oor before, not only to do, but also to be fire baisung if you should be in vam is this ward a year agi:
behalt; ihat, as I said, re may be resy: 11 Now thercfore perform the doing 4 Łest haply if they of Macedonia gune it ; that as there was a readiness to will, with me, and find you unpreparedne