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godly sort, what carefulness | do you to wit of the grace of it wrought in you, yea, what God bestowed on the churches clearing of yourselves, yea, what of Macedonia ; indignation, yea, what fear, yea, || 2 How that, in a great trial of what vehement desire, yea, what affliction, the abundance of their zeal, yea, what revenge ! In all || joy, and their deep poverty, things ye have approved your- || abounded unto the riches of selves to be clear in this mat- their liberality. ter.
|| 3 For to their power, I bear 12 Wherefore, though I wrote record, yea, and beyond their unto you, I did it not for his power, they were willing of cause that had done the wrong, themselves: nor for his cause that suffered 4 Praying us with much enwrong, but that our care for || treaty that we would receive the you in the sight of God might | gift, and take upon us the fellowappear unto you.
ship of the ministering to the 13 Therefore, we were com- || saints. forted in your comfort; yea, || 5 And this they did, not as we and exceedingly the more joyed hoped; but first gave their ownwe for the joy of Titus, because selves to the Lord, and unto us his spirit was refreshed by you by the will of God: .
6 Insomuch, that we desired 14 For if I have boasted any | Titus, that as he had begun, so thing to him of you, I am not | he would also finish in you the ashamed: but, as we spake all same grace also.' things to you in truth, even so 7 Therefore, as ye abound in our boasting, which I made every thing, in faith, and utterbefore Titus, is found a truth. ance, and knowledge, and in all
15 And his inward affection diligence, and in your love to is more abundant towards you, | us; see that ye abound in this whilst he remembereth the obe- || grace also. dience of you all, how with fear 8 I speak not by commandand trembling ye received ment, but by occasion of the him.
forwardness of others, and to 16 I rejoice, therefore, that I prove the sincerity of your love. have confidence in you in all 9 For ye know the grace of things.
our Lord Jesus Christ, that
though he was rich, yet for your CHAP. VIII.
sakes he became poor, that ye
through his poverty might be LIBERALITY EXTOLLED.
rich. MOREOVER, brethren, we | 10 And herein I give my adVOL. IV.
also that athurches
vice: for this is expedient for || the glory of the same Lord, and you, who have begun before, | declaration of your ready mind: not only to do, but also to be 20 Avoiding this, that no man forward a year ago.
should blame us in this abun11 Now, therefore, perform dance which is administered by the doing of it; that, as there us: was a readiness to will, so, 21 Providing for honest things, there may be a performance also | not only in the sight of the out of that which ye have. Lord, but also in the sight of
12 For if there be first a wild men. ling mind, it is accepted accord. | 22 And we have sent with them ing to that a man hath, and not our brother, whom we have ofaccording to that he hath not. tentimes proved diligent in ma
13 For I mean not that other ny things, but now much more men be eased, and you burden- diligent, upon the great confied :
dence which I have in you. 14 But by an equality, that 23 Whether any do enquire of now at this time your abundance | Titus, he is my partner and felmay be a supply for their want, low-helper, concerning you; or that their abundance also may our brethren be enquired of, they be a supply for your want; that are the messengers of the there may be equality;
churches, and the glory of 15. As it is written, He that Christ. had gathered much, had nothing 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, over; and he that had gathered and before the churches, the little, had no lack.
proof of your love, and of our 16 But thanks be to God, boasting on your behalf. which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for
CHAP. IX. you: 17 For indeed he accepted the
BOUNTY PRAISED. exhortation ; but being more FOR as touching the minisforward, of his own accord hetering to the saints, it is superwent unto you.
fluous for me to write to you: 18 And we have sent with him 2 For I know the forwardness the brother, whose praise is in of your mind, for which I boast the gospel, throughout all the l of you to them of Macedonia, churches :
that Achaia was ready a year 19 And not that only, but who ago; and your zeal hath provok. was also chosen of the churches ed very many. to travel with us with this grace, 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, which is administered by us to lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, || thing to all bountifulness, which as I said, ye may be ready: causeth, through us, thanksgiv
4 Lest haply, if they of Mace ing to God. donia come with me, and find || 12 For the administration of you unprepared, we (that we this service not only supplieth say not ye) should be ashamed the want of the saints, but is in this same confident boasting. abundant also by many thanks
5 Therefore I thought it ne. givings unto God; cessary to exhort the brethren, 13 (Whiles by the experiment that they would go before unto of this ministration, they glo. you, and make up beforehandrify God for your professed your bounty, whereof ye had subjection unto the gospel of notice before, that the same Christ, and for your liberal dismight be ready, as a matter of tribution unto them, and unto bounty, and not as of covetous- | all men ;) ness.
14 And by their prayer for 6 But this I say, He which || you, which long after you, for soweth sparingly, shall reap al- | the exceeding grace of God in so sparingly; and he which sow- || you. eth bountifully, shall reap also | 15 Thanks be unto God for his bountifully.
unspeakable gift. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
CHAP. X. give; not grudgingly, or of ne
PAUL'S SPIRITUAL MIGHT. cessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
NOW I Paul myself beseech 8 And God is able to make all you, by the meekness and gengrace abound toward you ; that tleness of Christ, who in preye, always having all-sufficiency sence am base among you, but in all things, may abound to being absent am bold towards every good work :
you. 9 (As it is written, He hath | 2 But I beseech you, that I dispersed abroad: he hath given || may not be bold when I am to the poor: his righteousness present with that confidence remaineth for ever.
wherewith I think to be bold 10 Now, he that ministereth against some, which think of us seed to the sower, both minister | as if we walked according to bread for your food, and multi- || the flesh. ply your seed sown, and in- 3 For though we walk in the crease the fruits of your right. Alesh, we do not war after the eousness :)
flesh: 11 Being enriched in every | 4 (For the weapons of our war
fare are not carnal, but mighty || selves among themselves, are through God, to the pulling || not wise. down of strong holds;)
13 But we will not boast of 5 Casting down imaginations, || things without our measure, but and every high thing that exalt- || according to the measure of the eth itself against the knowledge || rule which God hath distributed of God, and bringing into cap- | to us, a measure to reach even tivity every thought to the obe- || unto you. dience of Christ:
14 For we stretch not our6 And having in a readiness to | selves beyond our measure, as revenge all disobedience, when though we reached not unto you; your obedience is fulfilled. for we are come as far as to you . 7 Do ye look on things after also in preaching the gospel of the outward appearance? If any | Christ: man trust to himself that he is | 15 Not boasting of things Christ's, let him of himself without our measure, that is, of think this again, that as he is | other men's labours; but hayChrist's, even so are we | ing hope, when your faith is inChrist's.
creased, that we shall be en8 For though I should boast | larged by you, according to our somewhat more of ourauthority, || rule abundantly, which the Lord hath given us 16 To preach the gospel in the for edification, and not for your regions beyond you: and not to destruction, I should not be boast in another man's line, of ashamed;
things made ready to our hand. 9 That I may not seem as if I 17 But he that glorieth, let would terrify you by letters. him glory in the Lord.
10 For his letters (say they) || 18 For not he that commendare weighty and powerful; but | eth himself is approved, but his bodily presence is weak, and whom the Lord commendeth. bis speech contemptible. 11 Let such an one think this,
CHAP. XI. that such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, ||
PAUL'S GODLY BOASTING. such will we be also in deed | WOULD to God ye could when we are present.
bear with me a little in my fol12 For we dare not make our-ly; and indeed bear with me. selves of the number, or com- | 2 For I am jealous over you pare ourselves with some that with godly jealousy : for I have commend themselves: but they, l espoused you to one husband, measuring themselves by them- || that I may present you as a selves, and comparing them- || chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any || 11 Wherefore? because I love means, as the serpent beguiled you not? God knoweth. Eve through his subtilty, so | 12 But what I do, that I will your minds should be corrupt- do, that I may cut off occasion ed from the simplicity that is from them which desire occain Christ.
sion; that wherein they glory, 4 For if he that cometh, they may be found even as we. preacheth another Jesus, whom
| 13 For such are false apostles, we have not preached, or if ye
ed or if ve deceitful workers, transforming receive another spirit, which
themselves into the apostles of ye have not received, or ano Christ; ther gospel, which ye have not
| 14 And no maryel; for Satan accepted, ye might well bear himself is transformed into an with him.
angel of light. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit 15 Therefore it is no great behind the very chiefest apostles. thing, if his ministers also be
6 But though I be rude in transformed as the ministers of speech, yet not in knowledge ; righteousness; whose end shall but we have been thoroughly be according to their works. made manifest among you in
nong you in || 16 I say again, Let no man all things.
think me a fool : if otherwise, 7 Have I committed an offence | yet as a fool receive me, that I in abasing myself, that ye might may boast myself a little. be exalted, because I have
| 17 That which I speak, I speak preached to you the gospel of it not after the Lord, but as it God freely?
were foolishly, in this confi8 I robbed other churches, tak- || dence of boasting. ing wages of them to do you ser- 18 Seeing that many glory vice.
after the flesh, I will glory also. 9 And when I was present 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, with you, and wanted, I was seeing ye yourselves are wise. chargeable to no man: for that 20 For ye suffer, if a man which was lacking to me, the bring you into bondage, if a brethren which came from Ma- man devour you, if a man take cedonia supplied ; and in all of you, if a man exalt himself, if things I have kept myself from a man smite you on the face. · being burdensome unto you, 21 I speak as concerning reand so will I keep myself. proach, as though we had been
10 As the truth of Christ is weak. Howbeit, whereinsoin me, no man shall stop me of ever any is bold, (I speak foolthis boasting in the regions of ishly,) I am bold also. Achaia.
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I.