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Why Paul sent Titus.

CHAP. X. XI. Paul's spiritual might, EC. 897 (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed 6 And having in a readiness to revenge in this same confident boasting.

all disobedience, when your obedience is 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to fulfilled. exhort the brethren, that they would go 7 Do ye look on things after the outbefore unto you, and make up beforehand ward appearance? If any man trust to your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, himself that he is Christ's, let him of himthat the same might be ready, as a mat- self think this again, that, as he is Christ's, ter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. even so are we Christ's.

6 But this I say, He which soweth 8 For though I should boast somewhat sparingly, shall reap also sparingly; and more of our authority, which the Lord he which soweth bountifully, shall reap hath given us for edification, and not for also bountifully.

your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 7 Every man according as he purposeth 9 That I may not seem as if I would in his heart, 80 let him give; not grudg- terrify you by letters. ingly, or of necessity : for God loveth a 10 For his letters, (say they) are weighcheerful giver.

ty and powerful; but his bodily presence 8 And God is able to make all grace is weak, and his speech contemptible. abound toward you ; that ye always hav- 11 Let such an one think this, that such ing all sufficiency in all things, may a- as we are in word by letters when we are bound to every good work :

absent, such will we be also in deed when 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed we are present. abroad; he hath given to the poor : his 12 For we dare not make ourselves of righteousness remaineth for ever. the number, or compare ourselves with

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the some that commend themselves: but they sower, both minister bread for your food, measuring themselves by themselves, and and multiply your seed sown, and increase comparing themselves among themselves, the fruits of your righteousness ;)

are not wise. 11 Being enriched in every thing to all 13 But we will not boast of things withbountifulness, which causeth through us outourmeasure,but according to the measthanksgiving to God.

ure of the rule which God hath distribut12 For the administration of this ser-ed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. vice not only supplieth the want of the 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond saints, but is abundant also by many our measure, as though we reached not thanksgivings unto God ;

unto you; for we are come as far as to you 13 While by the experiment of this also in preaching the gospel of Christ : ministration they glorify God for your 15 Not boasting of things without our professed subjection unto the gospel of measure, that is, of other men's labours ; Christ, and for your liberal distribution but having bope, when your faith is inunto them, and unto all men ;

creased, that we shall be enlarged by you, 14 And by their prayer for you, which according to our rule abundantly, long after you, for the exceeding grace of 16 To preach the gospel in the regions

beyond you, and not to boast in another 15 Thanks be unto God for his un- man's line of things made ready to our hand. speakable gift.

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory CHAP. X.

in the Lord. 1 Paul's spiritual might and authority. 18 For not he that commendeth him

12 Not to stretch beyond our compa88. self is approved, but whom the Lord com:

W I Paul myself beseech you, by | mendeth.
the meekness and gentleness of

Christ, who in presence am base among 1 Paul, being forced, entereth into a
you, but being absent am bold toward you: commendation of himself, 5 and com-

2 But I beseech you, that I may not be parison with the other apostles. bold when I am present with that confi

WOULD to God ye could bear with derice, wherewith I think to be bold a- me a little in my folly : and indeed gainst some, which think of us as if we bear with me. walked according to the flesh.

2 For I am jealous over you with godly 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we jealousy : for I have espoused you to one do not war after the flesh :

husband, that I may present you as a 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are

chaste virgin to Christ. not carnal, but mighty through God to 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the the pulling down of strong holds ;) serpent beguiled Eve through his subtil

5 Casting down imaginations, and every ty, so your minds should be corrupted high thing that exalteth itself against the from the simplicity that is in Christ. knowledge of God, and bringing into cap- 4 For if he that cometh preacheth antivity every thought to the obedience of other Jesus, whom we have not preached, Christ;

or if ye receive another spirit, which ye

God in you.

898 Paui commendeth himself. II. CORINTHIANS. He glorieth in affliction have not received, or another gospel, 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, aack which ye have not accepted, ye might was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck well bear with him.

a night and a day I have been in the deep; 5 For I suppose I was not a whit be- 28 In journeyings often, in perils o hind the very chiefest apostles.

waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not mine own countrymmen, in perils by ube in knowledge; but we have been through- heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in ly made manifest among you in all things the wilderness, in perils in the sea, is

7 Have I committed an offence in a- perils among false brethren jury basing myself that ye might be exalted, 27 In weariness and painfulness, in because I have preached to you the gos- watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in pel of God freely?

fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 8 I robbed other churches, taking wa- 28 Besides those things that are with ges of them, to do you service.

out, that which cometh upon me daily 9 And when I was present with you, the care of all the churches, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? for that which was lacking to me the who is offended, and I burn not? brethren which came from Macedonia 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of supplied: and in all things I have kept the things which concern mine infirmities. myself from being burdensome unto you, 31 The God and Father of our Lord and so will I keep myself:

Jesus Christ, which is blessed for ever10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no more, knoweth that I lie not man shail stop me of this boasting in the 32 In Damascus the governor under regions of Achaia.

Aretas the king kept the city of the Dai1 Wherefore? because I love you not? mascenes with a garrison, desirous to apGod knoweth.

prehend me: 12 But what I do, that I will do, that 33 And through a window in a basket I may cut off occasion from them which was I let down by the wall, and escaped desire occasion ; that wherein they glory, | his hands. they may be found even as we.

CHAP. XII. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful 1 Paul commenleth his apostleship, not workers, transforming themselves into the by his revelations, 9 but by his infirapostles of Christ.

mities, 11 blaming them for forcing 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself this boasting is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if

T is not expedient for me doubtless to IT

glory. I will come to visions and re. his ministers also be transformed as the velations of the Lord. ministers of righteousness ; whose end

21 knew a man in Christ above fourteen shall be according to their works. years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot

16 I say again, Let no man think me a tell ; or whether out of the body, I cannot fool ; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive | tell: God knoweth ;) such an one caught me, that I may boast myself a little. up to the third heaven.

17 That which I speak, I speak it not 3 And I knew such a man, (whether after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in in the body, or out of the body, I cannot this confidence of boasting,

tell ; God knoweth ;) 18 Seeing that many glory after the 4 How that he was caught up into para fesh, I will glory also.

dise, and heard unspeakable words, which 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye it is not lawful for a man to utter. yourselves are wise.

5 Of such an one will I glory : yet of 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you myself I will not glory, but in mine infirinto bondage, if a man devour you, if a mities, man take of you, if a man exalt himself, 6 For though I would desire to glory, I if a man smite you on the face.

shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: 21 I speak as concerning reproach, as but now I forbear, lest any man should though we had been weak. Howbeit, think of me above that which he seeth me whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak fool- to be, or that he heareth of me. ishly) I am bold also.

7 And lest I should be exalted above 22 Are they Hebrews ? so am I. Are measure through the abundanceof the rerthey Israelites ? so am I. Are they the elations, there was given to me a thorn in seed of Abraham ? so am I.

the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I me, lest I should be exalted above measure. speak as a fool) I am more ; in labours 8 For this thing I besought the Lord more abundant, in stripes above measure, thrice, that it might depart from me. in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is suf

24 Of the Jews five times received I || ficient for thee: for my strength is made forty stripes save one.

perfect in weakness. Most gladly there


Paul's pleasure in his infirmities, &c. Chap. 1. He threateneth obstinate sinners. 899 fore will I rather glory in my infirmities,

CHAP: XIII. that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 1 Paul threateneth obstinate sinners. 5 He

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infir- adviseth them to a trial of their faith. mities, in reproaches,in necessities, in per


THIS is the third time I am coming to secutions, in distresses for Christ's sake : you : In the mouth of two or three før when I am weak, then am I strong. witnesses shall every word be established.

· 11 I am become a fool in glorying ; ye 2 I told you before, and foretel you, as have compelled me : for I ought to have if I were present, the second time, and been commended of you: for in nothing being absent now I write to them which am I behind the very chiefest apostles, heretofore have sinned, and to all other, though I be nothing.

that, if I come again, I will not spare : 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ wrought among you in all patience, in speaking in me, which to you-ward is signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. not weak, but is mighty in you.

'13 For what is it wherein ye were in- 4 For though he was crucified through ferior to other churches, except it be that weakness, yet he liveth by the power of I myself was not burdensome to you? God. For we also are weak in him, but forgive me this wrong:

we shall live with him by the power of 14 Behold, the third time I am ready God toward you. to come to you ; and I will not be bur- 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in densome to you : for I seek not yours, the faith ; prove your own selves. Know but you. For the children ought not to ye not your own selves, how that Jesus fay up for the parents, but the parents Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? for the children.

6 But I trust that ye shall know that 15 And I will very gladly spend and we are not reprobates. be spent for you ; though the more a- 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no bundantly I love you, the less I be loved. evil; not that we should appear approv

16 But be it so, I did not burden you : ed, but that ye should do that which is nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you honest, though we be as reprobates. with guile.

8 For we can do nothing against the 17 Did I make a gain of you by any truth, but for the truth. of them whom I sent unto you?

9 For we are glad, when we are weak, * 18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent and ye are strong: and this also we wish, a brother. Did Titus make a gain of even your perfection. you walked we not in the same spirit ? 10 Therefore I write these things bewalked we not in the same steps ? ing absent, lest being present I should

19 Again, think ye that we excuse our- use sharpness, according to the power selves unto you? we speak before God in which the Lord hath given me to edifiChrist : but we do all things, dearly be- cation, and not to destruction. toved, for your edifying.

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be per20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I fect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, shall not find you such as I would, and live in peace; and the God of love and that I shall be found unto you such as ye peace shall be with you. would not : lest there be (lebates, envy- 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. ings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whis- 13 All the saints salute you. perings, swellings, tumults :

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 And lest, when I come again, my God and the love of God, and the communwill humble me among you, and that I || ion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. shall be wait many which have sinned al- || Amen. ready, and have not repented of the un- [ The second epistle to the Corinthians cleanness, and fornication, and lascivi- was written from Philippi, a city of ousness, which they have comınitted. Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.




3 Grace be to you and peace from God 6 Paul wondereth that they have so soon the Father, and from our Lord Jesus

left him and the gospel, 11 which he i Christ,
learned, not of men, but of God. 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that

an apostle, (not of men, nei he might deliver us from this present
ther by man, but by Jesus Christ, evil world, according to the will of God
and God the Father, who raised' him and our Father :
from the dead ;)

5 To whom be glory forever and ever. 2 And all the brethren which are Amen. with me, into the churches of Galatia : 6 1 marvel that ye are so soon removed

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900 Paul marvels at the Galatians. GALATIANS. Of justification by faith from him that called you into the grace || communicated unto them that gospel of Christ unto another gospel :

which I preach among the Gentiles, but 7 Which is not another, but there be privately to them which were of reputasome that trouble you, and would pervert tion, lest by any means I should run, of the gospel of Christ.

had run in vain. 8 But though we, or an angel from 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, heaven, preach any other gospel unto being a Greek, was compelled to be ciryou than that which we have preached cumcised: unto you, let him be accursed.

4 And that because of false brethren 9 As we said before, so say I now a- unawares brought in, who came in privilygain, If any man preach any other gospel to spy out our liberty which we have in unto you than that ye have received, let Christ Jesus, that they might bring us him be accursed.

into bondage: 10 For do I now persuade men, or 5 To whom we gave place by subjecGod? or do I seek to please men for iftion, no, not for an hour; that the trath I yet pleased men, I should not be the of the gospel might continue with you. servant of Christ.

6 But of these, who seemed to be some11 But I certify you, brethren, that the what, (whatsoever they were it maketh no gospel which was preached of me is not matter to me: God accepteth no man's after man.

person :) for they who seemed to be somr12 For I neither received it of man, sukat, in conference added nothing to me: neither was I taught it, but by the reve- 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that lation of Jesus Christ.

the gospel of the uncircumcision was com13 For ye have heard of my conversa- mitted unto me, as the gospel of the cirtion in time past in the Jews religion, cumcision was unto Peter; how that beyond measure I persecuted 8 (For he that wrought effectually in the church of God, and wasted it ; Peter to the apostleship of the circumnicis.

14 And profited in the Jews religion ion, the same was mighty in me toward above many my equals in mine own na- the Gentiles :) tion, being more exceedingly zealous of 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, the traditions of my fathers

who seemed to be pillars, perceived the 15 But when it pleased God, who sep- grace that was given unto me, they gave arated me from my mother's womb, and to me and Barnabas the right hands of called me by his grace,

fellowship; that we should go unto the 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might heathen, and they unto the circumcision. preach him among the heathen; immedi- 10 Only they would that we should reately I conferred not with flesh and blood : | member the poor; the same which I also

17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to was forward to do. them which were apostles before me : 11 But when Peter was come to Antibut I went into Arabia, and returned a- och, I withstood him to the face, because gain unto Damascus.

he was to be blamed. 18 Then after three years I went up 12 For before that certain came from to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode || James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but with him fifteen days.

when they were come, he withdrew, and 19 But other of the apostleś saw I none, || separated himself, fearing them which save James the Lord's brother.

were of the circumcision 20 Now the things which I write unto 13 And the other Jews dissembled like you, behold, before God, I lie not. wise with him; insomuch that Barnabas

21 Afterwards I came into the regions also was carried away with their dissimof Syria and Cilicia ;

ulation. 22 And was unknown by face unto the 14 But when I saw that they walked churches of Judea which were in Christ: net uprightly according to the truth of

23 But they had heard only, That he the gospel, I said unto Peter before them which persecuted us in times past, now all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the preacheth the faith which once he de- manner of Gentiles, and not as do the stroyed.

Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles 24. And they glorified God in me. to live as do the Jewsd. Peter CHAP. II.

15 We who arc Jews by nature, and* 1 Paul sheweth when he went up again not sinners of the Gentiles,

to Jerusalemi, and why. 14 Of justifica, 16 Knowing that a man is not justified tion by faith, and not by works. 20 They by the works of the law, but by the faith that are so justified, hve not in sin. of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in TH 'HEN fourteen years after I went Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by

up again to Jerusalem with Barna- || the faith of Christ, and not by the works bas, and took Titus with me also.

of the law: for by the works of the law 2 And I went up by revelation, and shall no flesh be justified.


Believers are justified, CHAP. III, IV. and blessed with Abraham. 901 3

17 But if, while we seek to be justified come on the Gentiles through Jesus p by Christ, we ourselves also are found Christ; that we might receive the promise

sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of of the Spirit through faith, sin? God forbid.

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner 18 For if I build again the things, which of men; Though it be but a man's cove I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. enant, yet if it be confirmed, no man dis

19 For I through the law am dead to annulleth or addeth thereto. the law, that I might live unto God. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were

20. I am crucified with Christ : never- the promises made. He saith not, And to theless, I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth seeds, as of many ; but as of one, And to in me: and the life which I now live in thy seed, which is Christ, the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of 17 And this I say, that the covenant that God, who loved me, and gave himself for was confirmed before of God in Christ,

the law, which was four hundred and 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it for if righteousness come by the law, then should make the promise of none effect. Christ is dead in vain.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, CHAP. III.

it is no more of promise : but God gave it 1 Paul asketh what moved them to leave to Abraham by promise.

the faith, and depend on the law. 6 19 Wherefore then serveth the law ? It They that believe are justified, 9 and was added because of transgressions, till blessed with Abraham.

the seed should come to whom the promO

FOOLISH Galatians, who hath be- || ise was made; and it was ordained by

witched you, that ye should not obey | angels in the hand of a mediator. * the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of

hath been evidently set forth, crucified one ; but Gol is one. among you?

21 Is the law then against the promises 2 This only would I learn of you, Re- of God? God forbid : for if there had ceived ye the Spirit by the works of the been a law given which could have given law, or by the hearing of faith?

life, verily righteousness should have been Loved 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in by the law. in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by 22 But the scripture hath concluded all the flesh?

undler sin, that the promise by faith of 4 Have ye suffered so many things in Jesus Christ might be given to them that vain ? if it be yet in vain.

believe. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you 23 But before faith came, we were kept the Spirit, and worketh miracles among under the law, shut up unto the faith you, doeth he it by the works of the law, which should afterwards be revealed. or by the hearing of faith?

24 Wherefore the law was our school6 Even as Abraham beliered God, and master to bring us unto Christ, that we it was accounted to him for righteousness. might be justified by faith.

7 Know ye therefore, that they which 25 But after that faith is come, we are are of faith, the same are the children of | no longer under a school-master. Abraham.

26 For ye are all the children of God 8 And the scripture foreseeing that by faith in Christ Jesus. God would justify the heathen through 27 For as many of you as have been faith, preached before the gospel unto A- baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. braham, saying, In thee shall all nations 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, be blessed.

there is neither bond nor free, there is 9 So then they which be of faith are neither male nor female: for ye are all blessed with faithful Abraham.

one in Christ Jesus. 10 For as many as are of the works of 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye the law, are under the curse : for it is . Abraham's seed, and heirs according to written, Cursed is every one that contin- | the proinise. veth not in all things which are written

CHAP. IV. in the book of the law to do them. 1 We were under the law till Christ cene,

11 But that no man is justified by the 5 but Christ freed us. 22 Weare the sons law in the sight of God, it is evident : of Abraham by the free-woman. for, The just shall live by faith.


he is a child, The man that doeth them shalllivein them. a servant, though he be lord of all;

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the 2 But is under tutors and governors curse of the law, being made a curse for until the time appointed of the father. us : for it is written, Cursed is every one 3 Even so we, when we were children, chat hangeth on a tree:

were in bondage under the elements of 14 That the blessing of Abraham might I the world :

12 And the law is not of faith : but. Niis say that the heir, as long as

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