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The earnest care of Titus. II. CORINTHIANS. God loveth a cheerful giver.
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want; that there may be equality:
15 As it is written, mHe that had gathered 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 n 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 p chosen of the churches to travel with us with this H grace, which is administered by us q to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21 r Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which ll I have in you.
23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are s the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.
24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our * boasting on your behalf.
The apostle sheweth why, though he knew their forwardness, he yet sent Titus and his brethren beforehand; 6 and exhortcth them to give bountifully. 15 God's unspeakable gift.
}7^0R as touching athe ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
2 For I know bthe forwardness of your mind, c for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that d Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
3 e Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia
come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your t bounty, ll whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
6 f But this 1 say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; s not grudgingly, or of necessity: for h 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, k 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 m righteousness:
11 Being enriched in every thing to all H bountifulness, n 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 p glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal q distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding r grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God "for his unspeakable gift.
Against those who disparaged his bodily presence and speech, he asserteth his spiritual might and authority; 12 and rcproveth them for stretching themselves beyond their measure, and for boasting themselves of other men's labours.
NOW a I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,b who ll in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2 But I beseech you, cthat I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which ll think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
Paul's vindication of
his apostolic authority.
A. D. 60.
II Or, to God. d Eph. 6. 13.
1 Thess. 5. 8.
|| Or, reason-
2 Tim. 2. 3. f Acts 7. 22.
1 Cor. 2. 5.
ch. 6. 7. & 13.
3,4. 8 Jer. 1. 10. h I Cor. 1. 19.
k. 3. 19. 'ch. 13. 2, 10. k ch. 2. 9. &
7. 15. 1 John 7. 24.
ch. 5. 12. &
11. 18. m 1 Cor. 14.
4.6. n 1 Cor. 3. 23.
& 9. 1. ch.
11. 23. o ch. 13. 10.
P ch 7. 14. & 12.6.
y Is. 65.16.
Jer. 9. 24.
1 Cor. 1.31. i Prov. 27. 2.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (d For the weapons e of our warfare are not carnal, but f mighty II through God s to the pulling down of strong holds :)
5 h Casting down ll imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 [ And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when kyour obedience is fulfilled.
7 *Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? mIf 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 nwe 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,p 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 q his bodily presence is weak, and his r speech contemptible:
11 Let such a 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 sFor 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, H are not wise.
13 t But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the II 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, x of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be ll 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 H line of things made ready to our hand.'
17 ^But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For znot he that commendeth himself is approved, but a whom the Lord commendeth.
The apostle's jealousy over them. 5 He is not behind the chiefest of the apostles. 7 His preaching the gospel freely to them. 13 The false apostles. 16 He asketh to be indulged in boasting himself a little; 21 and sheiveth that, in respect to birth, he was not inferior to those deceitful workers, 23 and, as to sufferings and labours for Christ, far superior.
WOULD to God ye could bear with me a little in amy folly: and indeed ll bear with me.
2 For I am bjealous over you with godly jealousy: for c I have espoused you to one husband, d that I may present you e as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as f the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds sshould be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or h another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear II with him.
5 For I suppose ;I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
6 But though k I be rude in speech, yet not] in knowledge; butm we have been thoroughly 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 gospel of God freely?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, ° I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me p the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself q from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
10 r As the truth of Christ is in me, tsno man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Wherefore 1 l because I love you not? God knoweth.
12 But what I do, that I will do, "that I may cutoffoccasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
13 For such x are false apostles, y deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into z an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the a ministers of righteousness; b whose end shall be according to their works.
A. D. 60.
a ver. 16. ch.
5. 13. || Or, ye do
me. b Gal. 4. 17,
18. c Hos. 2. 19,
20. I Cor.
d Col. 1. 28.
John 8. 44. g Eph. 6. 24.
Col. 2. 4, 8,
18. 1 Tim.
1. 3. & 4. 1.
Heb. 13. 9.
2 Pet. 3. 17.
h Gal. 1. 7, 8. || Or, with me.
i 1 Cor. 15.10.
ch. 12. 11.
Gal. 2. 6. k 1 Cor. I. 17.
& 2. 1, 13.
ch. 10. 10. 1 Eph. 3. 4. m ch. 4. 2. &
5. 11. & 12.
12. n Acts 18. 3.
1 Cor. 9. 6,
12. ch. 10.1.
o Acts 20. 33. ch. 12. 13.
1 Thess. 2. 9.
2 Thess. 3. 8,9.
P Phil. 4. 10,
15, 16. q ch. 12. 14,
r Rom. 9. 1. t Gr. this
in me. ■ I Cor. 9. 15. t ch. 6. 11. &
7. 3. & 12. 15. u 1 Cor. 9. 12.
x Acts 15. 24.
Rom. 16. 18.
Gal. 1. 7. & 6.
12. Phil. I.
15. 2 Pet. 2.
1. 1 John 4.
1. Rev. 2. 2. y ch. 2. 17.
Phil. 3. 2.
Tit. 1. 10,11. z Gal. 1. 8.
a Rom. 2. 29.
a ch. 3. 9.
Paul's vindication of
his apostolic authority.
16 c I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool ll receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
17 That which I speak, dl speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly,e in this confidence of boasting.
18 f Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, g seeing ye yourselves are wise.
20 For ye suffer, hif 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, 1 as though we had been weak. Howbeit, k whereinsoever any is 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.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool,) I am more; m in labours more abundant, nin stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, ° in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I p forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I q beaten with rods, r once was I stoned, thrice I s suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, l in perils by mine own countrymen, u in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, xin watchings often, yin hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, z the care of all the churches.
29 aWho is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30 If I must needs glory, b I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 c The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, d which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
32 e In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
Though he might glory in his toonderful revelations, 9 yet he rather chooseih to glory in his infirmities. 11 They had forced him to this vain boasting. 14 He promiseth to come to them again; but yet in the affection of a father, 20 although hefeareth he shall find many offenders.
IT is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. 1I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man ain Christ above fourteen years ago, whether in the body I cannot tell, or whether out of the body I cannot tell; God knoweth: such a one b 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 c paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not II lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such a one will I glory: d yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
6 For e 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 f thorn in the flesh, sthe messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 h 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 therefore [ will I rather glory in my infirmities, k that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore ' I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: mfor when I am weak, then am I strong.
Ill am become n a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for °in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though p I be nothing.
12 q Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13 rFor what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that SI myself was not burdensome to you 1 forgive me * this wrong.
14 u Behold, the third time I am ready
PauVs freedom from guile.
Offenders are threatened.
to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for x I seek not yours, but you: y for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but.the parents for the children.
15 And z I will very gladly spend and be spent a for t you; though b the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
16 But be it so, c I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
17 dDid I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
18 e I desired Titus, and with him I sent a f brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps 1
19 s Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you 1 h we speak before God in Christ: [ but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that k I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
21 And lest, when I come again, my God l will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many m which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and n fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
The apostle thrcatcncth obstinate offenders. 5 An exhortation to self examination, 1 and to a reformation of life. 11 He concludeth his epistle with a general exhortation, and a, salutation.
THIS is athe third time I am coming to you. b In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
2 c I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write
to them d which heretofore have sinned, and to all others, that, if I come again, e I will not spare:
3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ f speaking in me, which to ydu-ward is not weak, but is mighty s in you.
4 hFor though he was crucified through weakness, yet ] he liveth by the power of God. For kwe also are weak II in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
5 l Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, mhow that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be n reprobates?
6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though ° we be as reprobates.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 For we are glad, pwhen we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, ^even your perfection.
10 r Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present SI should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, u be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love xand peace shall be with you.
12 y Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints salute you.
14 z The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and a the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
If The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
A. D. 60.
d ch. 12. 21.
1 Cor. 5. 4.
ch. 2. 10. g 1 Cor. 9. 2. h Phil. 2. 7. 8.
1 Pet. 3. 18. i Rom. 6. 4. || Or, with
him. k Seech. 10.3,
1 1 Cor. 11. 28.
m Rom. 8.10.
Gal. 4. 19. n 1 Cor. 9. 27.
P 1 Cor. 4. 10.
ch. 11. 30. &
12. 5, 9, 10. q 1 Thess. 3.
10. r 1 Cor. 4. 21.
ch. 2. 3. & 10.
2. & 12. 20,
s Tit. 1. 13. t ch. 10. 8.
u Rom. 12. 16,
18. & 15. 5.
1 Cor. 1. 10.
Phil. 2. 2. &
3. 16. 1 Pet.
3.8. x Rom. 15. 33. y Rom. 16.16.
1 Cor. 16. 20.
1 Thess. 5.
26. 1 Pet. 5.
z Rom. 16. 24. a Phil. 2. 1.
A. D. 58.
a ver. 11,12.
b Acts 9. 6. &,
& 26. 16.'
Tit. 1. 3. c Acts 2. 24. d Phil. 2. 22.
& 4. 21. e 1 Cor. 16. 1.
f Rom. 1. 7.
1 Cor. 1. 3.
2 Cor. 1. 2. Eph. 1. 2. Phil. 1. 2. Col. 1. 2. IThess. 1.1. 2 Thess. 1. 2. 2 John 3.
g Matt. 20. 28.
Rom. 4. 25.
ch. 2. 20.
Tit. 2.14. h See Is. 65.
17. John 15.
19. & 17. 14.
Heb. 2. 5. &
5.19. » ch. 5. 8. k 2 Cor. 11. 4. 1 Acts 15. 1,
24. 2 Cor. 2.
17. & 11. 13.
ch. 5. 10,12. m 1 Cor. 16.
n Deut. 4. 2.
& 12. 32.
Prov. 30. 6.
Rev. 22.18. o l Thess. 2.4. P1 Sam. 24. 7.
1 John 3. 19. q 1 Thess. 2.
4. James 4.
4. r 1 Cor. 15.1.
s 1 Cor. 15. 1,
ver. 1. t Eph. 3. 3.
u Acts 9. 1. & 22.4. & 26.11. 1 Tim. 1.13.
x Acts 8. 3.
EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
The apostle's salutation. 6 He marvelleth that they are so re turned to another gospel, 8 and accurscth those that preach any other gospel than he did. 11 He learned the gospel not of men, but of God. 13 What he was before his conversion, 15 and what he did immediately after it.
PAUL, an apostle, anot of men, neither by man, but bby Jesus Christ, and God the Father, c who raised him from the dead;
2 And all the brethren d which are with me, e unto the churches of Galatia:
3 f Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 * Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us hfrom this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed *from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 k Which is not another; but there be some l that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though m we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you "than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For so do I now p persuade men, or God? or q do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 rBut I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For s I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but l by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that u beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and x wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my t equals in mine own
nation, y being more exceedingly zealous zof the traditions of my fathers.
15 But wrhen it pleased God, awho separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 bTo reveal his Son in me, thatc I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not withd flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years eI H went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 Butf other of the apostles saw I none, save ^Jarnes the Lord's brother.
20 Now the things which I write unto you, h behold, before God, I lie not.
21 J Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
22 And was unknown by face k unto the churches of Judea which l were in Christ:
23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.
The apostle sheiocth when and for what purpose he went up again to Jerusalem; 3 that Titus was not compelled to be circumcised; 11 and that he withstood Peter at Antioch for his dissimulation, 14 because, through fear of the Jews, he acted as if justification came by works of law. 20 His life by the faith of the Son of God.
THEN fourteen years after aI went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation,b and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but ll privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means c I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 And that because ofd false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our e liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, fthat they might bring us into bondage:
A. D. 58.
35. y Acts 22.3. &
26.9. Phil. 3.
6. z Jer. 9. 14.
Matt. 15. 2.
Mark 7. 5. a Is. 49. 1,5.
Jer. 1. 5.
Acts 9. 15. &
13. 2. & 22.
1. 1. b 2 Cor. 4. 6.
38. || Or, returned. c Acts 9. 15.
& 22. 21. &.
26. 17, 18.
Eph. 3. 8. d Matt. 1G. 17.
1 Cor. 15. 50.
Eplv6. 12. e Acts 9. 20. f 1 Cor. 9. 5. S Matt. 13. 55.
Mark 6. 3. h Rom. 9. 1. i Acts 9. 30. k 1 Thess. 2.
14. 1 Rom. 16. 7.
52. i Acts 15. 2.
|| Or, sever-
c Phil. 2.16.
d Acts 15. 1,
24. 2 Cor. 11.
26. e ch. 3. 25.
& 5. 1, 13. f 2 Cor. 11.20.
t Gr. equals in years.
ch. 4. 3, 9.