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Paul solicits charity.
II. CORINTHIANS. He exhorts their liberakty. bereth the obedience of you all, how with 19 And not that only, but wbo was also fear and trembling ye received him. chosen of the churches to travel with
16 I rejoice therefore that I have con- with this grace, which is administered by fidence in you in all things.
us to the glory of the same Lord, and CHAP. VIII.
declaration of your ready mind: MORFOVher race of God bestowed on blame us in this abundance which wadthe churches of Macedonia ;
ministered by us : 2 How that in a great trial of affliction,. 21 Providing for honest things, not only
abundance of their joy, and their deep in the sight of the Lord, but also in poverty, abounded unto the riches of their sight of men. liberality
22 And we have sent with them our bro3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, ther, whom we have oftentimes prored and beyond their power, they were willing diligent in many things, but now much of themselves;
more diligent, upon the great confidence 4 Praying us with much entreaty, that we which I have in you. would receive the gift, and take upon us the 23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he fellowship of the ministering to the saints. is my partner and fellow-helper concern:
5 And this they did, not as we hoped, ing you: or our brethren be inquired of, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, they are the messengers of the churches, and unto us by the will of God:
and the glory of Christ. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and be as he had begun, so he would also finish in fore the churches, the proof of your love, you the same grace also.
and of our boasting on your behalf. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing,
CHAP. IX. in faith and utterance; and knowledge, and FOR as touching the ministering to the in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
8 I speak not by commandment, but by 2 For I know the forwardness of your occasion of the forwardness of others, and mind, for which I boast of you to them of to prove the sincerity of your love. Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year
For ye know the grace of our Lord ago; and your zeal hath provoked very Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet many. for your sakes he becaine poor, that ye 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our through his poverty might be rich. boasting of you should be in vain in this
10° And herein 1 give my advice: for behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: this is expedient for you, who have begun 4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come before, not only to do, but also to be for- with me, and find you unprepared, we ward a year ago
(that we say not, ye) should be ashamed 11 Now therefore perform the doing of in this same confident boasting. it ; that as there was a readiness to will, so 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to ex. there may be a performance also out of that hort the brethren, that they would go bewhich ye have.
fore unto you, and make up beforehand 12 For if there be first a willing mind, your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, it is accepted according to that a man hath, that the same might be ready, as a matter and not according to that he hath not, of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
13 For I mean not that other men be 6 But this I say, He which soweth spareased, and you burdened :
ingly, shall reap also sparingly; and he 14 But by an equality, that now at this which soweth bountifully, shall reap also time your abundance may be a supply for bountifully. their want, that their abundance also may 7 Every man according as he purposeth be a supply for your want: that there may in his heart, so let him give; pot grudgingbe equality :
ly, or of necessity: for God loveth a 15 As it is written, He that had gathered cheerful giver. much had nothing over; and he that had 8 And God is able to make all grace gathered little had no lack.
abound toward you; that ye, always 16 But thanks be to God, which put the having all sufficiency in all things, may same earnest care into the heart of Titus abound to every good work :
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed 17 For indeed he accepted the exhorta- abroad; he hath given to the poor: his tion; but being more forward, of his own righteousness remaineth for ever. accord he went unto you.
10 Now, he that ministereth seed to the 18 And we have sent with him the bro- sower, both minister bread for your food. ther, whose praise is in the gospel through- and multiply your seed sown, and increase out all the churches;
the fruits of your righteousness;)
God in you.
Paul's spiritual might. CHAP. X, XI. He commends himself.
11 Being enriched in every thing to all out our measure, but according to the mea, bountifulness, which causeth through us sure of the rule which God hath distributed thanksgiving to God.
to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 12 For the administration of this service 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond not only supplieth the want of the saints, our measure, as though we reached not but is abundant also by many thanks- unto you; for we are come as far as to you givings unto God;
also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 13 While by the experiment of this mi 15 Not boasting of things without our nistration they glorify God for your pro-measure, that is, of other men's labours; fessed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, but having hope, when your faith is inand for your liberal distribution unto them, creased, that we shall be enlarged by you, and unto all men;
according to our rule abundantly, 14 And by their prayer for you, which 16 To preach the gospel in the regions long after you, for the exceeding grace of beyond you, and not to boast in another
man's line of things made ready toour hand. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeak 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in able gift.
the Lord. CHAP. X.
18 For not he that commendeth himself TOWI Paul myself beseech you, by the is approved, but whom the Lord com
meekness and gentleness of Christ, mendeth. who in presence am base among you, but
CHAP. XI. being ahsent am bold toward you :
TOULD to God 'ye could bear with 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be me a little in my folly: and indeed bold when I am present with that con- bear with me. fidence, where with I think to be bold 2 For I am jealous over you with godly against some, which think of us as if we jealousy: for I have espoused you to one walked according to the flesh.
husband, that I may present you as a 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we chaste virgin to Christ. do not war after the flesh :
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, not carnal, but mighty through God to the so your minds should be corrupted from pulling down of strong holds ;)
the simplicity that is in Christ. 5 Casting down imaginations, and every 4 For if he that cometh preacheth ano high thing that exalteth itself against the ther Jesus, whom we have not preached knowledge of God, and bringing into cap- or if ye receive another spirit, which ye tivity every thought to the obedience of have not received, or another gospel; Christ;
which ye have not accepted, ye might 6 And having in a readiness to revenge well bear with him, all disobedience, when your obedience is 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind fulfilled.
the very chiefest apostles. 7 Do ye look on things after the out 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not ward appearance? If any, man trust to in knowledge; but we have been thoroughhimself that he is Christ's, let him of him- ly made manifest among you in all things. self think this again, that, as he is Christ's, 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing even so are we Christ's.
myself that ye might be exalted, because 8 For though I should boast somewhat have preached to you the gospel of God more of our authority, which the Lord hath freely? given us for edification, and not for your 8 s robbed other churches, taking wages destruction, I should not be ashamed: of them, do
service. 9 That I may not seem as if I would 9 And when I was present with you, terrify you by letters.
and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: 10 Forhis letters (say they) are weighty for that which was lacking to me the brethand powerful ; but his bodily presence is ren which came from Macedonia supplied: weak, and his speech contemptible. and in all things I have kept myself from
11 Let such a one think this, that such being burdensome unto you, and so will I as we are in word by letters when we are keep myself. absent, such will we be also in deed when 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no we are present,
man shall stop me of this boasting in the 12 For we dare not make ourselves of regions of Achaia. the number, or compare ourselves with 11 Wherefore? because I love
not? some that commend themselves: but they, God knoweth. measuring themselves by themselves, and 12 But what I do, that I will do, that I comparing themselves ainong themselves, I may cut off occasion from them which are not wise.
desire occasion; that wherein they glory, 13 But we will not boast of things with- they may be found even as we.
The sufferings of Paul. II. CORINTHIANS. His apostleship commended. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful
CHAP. XII. workers transfigning themselves into the IT is not expedient for me doubtless to
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is velations of the Lord. transformed into an angel of light.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot ministers also be transformed as the minis- tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot ters of righteousness; whose end shall be tell : God knoweth ;) such a one caught according to their works.
up to the third heaven. 16 I say again, Let no man think me a 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell : me, that I may boast myself
a little. God knoweth ;) 17 That which I speak, I speak it not 4 How that he was caught up into paraafter the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in dise, and heard unspeakable words, which this confidence of boasting.
it is not lawful for a man to utter. 18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, 5 Of such a one will I glory : yet of I will glory also.
myself I will not glory, but in mine infirm19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye ities. yourselves are wise.
6 For though I would desire to glory, I 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into shall not be a fool ; for I will say the truth: bondage, if a man devour you, if a man but now I forbear, lest any man should take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a think of me above that which he seeth me man smite you on the face.
to be, or that he heareth of me. 21 I speak as concerning reproach, as 7 And lest I should be exalted above though we had been weak. How beit, measure through the abundance of the rewhereinsoever any is bold, (I speak fool- velations, there was given to me a thorn ishly) I am bold also.
in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet 22 Are they Hebrews ? so am I. Are me, lest I should be exalted above measure. they Israelites ? so am I. Are they the 8 For this thing I besought the Lord seed of Abraham ? so am I.
thrice, that it might depart from me. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufspeak as a fool) I am more ; in labours ficient for thee: for my strength is made more abundant, in stripes above measure, perfect in weakness. Most gladly therein prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. fore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
24 Of the Jews five times received I that the power of Christ may rest upon me. forty stripes save one.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirm25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once ities, in reproaches, in necessities, in perwas I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, secutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: a night and a day I have been in the deep; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
26 In journeyings often, in perils of wa 11 I am become a fool in glorying ; ye ters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine have compelled me : for I ought to have own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, been commended of you: for in nothing in perils in the city, in perils in the wil- am I behind the very chiefest apostles, derness, in perils in the sea, in perils among though I be nothing. false brethren;
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were 27. In weariness and painfulness, in wrought among you in all patience, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 13 For what is it wherein ye were in
28 Besides those things that are with- ferior to other churches, except it be that I out, that which cometh upon me daily, the myself was not burdensome to you? forcare of all the churches.
give me this wrong. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to who is offended, and I burn not? come to you; and I will not be burden
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of some to you: for I seek not yours, but you. the things which concern mine infirmities. For the children ought not to lay up for the
31 The God and Father of our Lord parents, but the parents for the children. Jesus Christ, which is blessed for ever 15 And I will very gladly spend and be more, knoweth that I lie not.
spent for you ; though the more abundant32' In Damascus the governor under ly I love you, the less I be loved. Aretas the king kept the city of the Dama 16 But be it so, I did not burden you : scenes with a garrison, desirous to appre- nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you hend me :
with guile. 33 And through a window in a basket 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of was I let down by the wall, and escaped them whom I sent unto you? his hands.
18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a
Obstinate sinners threatened. CHAP. I. Paul marvels at the Galatians. brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? we shall live with bim by the power of walked we not in the same spirit ? walked God toward you. we not in the same steps?
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be 19 Again, think ye that we excuse our in the faith ; prove your own selves. Know selves unto you? we speak before God in ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ : but we do all things, dearly be- Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? loved, for your edifying.
6 But I trust that ye shall know that we 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall are not reprobates. not find you such as I would, and that I 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; shall be found unto you such as ye would not that we should appear approved, but not: lestthere be debates, envyings, wraths, that ye should do that which is honest, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swell though we be as reprobates. ings, tumults:
8 For we can do nothing against the 21 And lest, when I come again, my truth, but for the truth. God will humble me among you, and ihat 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, I shall bewail many which have sinned al- and ye are strong: and this also we wish, ready, and have not repented of the un- even your perfection. cleanness, and fornication, and lascivious 10° Therefore I write these things being ness, which they have committed. absent, lest being present I should use CHAP. XIII.
sharpness, according to the power which TH THIS is the third time I am coming to the Lord hath given me to edification,
you : In the mouth of two or three and not to destruction. witnesses shall every word be established. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be per
2 I told you before, and foretell you, as fect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, if I were present, the second time; and live in peace; and the God of love and being absent now I write to them which peace shall be with you. heretofore have sinned, and to all other, 12 Greet one another with a boly kiss. that, if I come again, I will not spare :
13 All the saints salute you. 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speak 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, ing in me, which to you-ward is not weak, and the love of God, and the communion but is mighty in you.
of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 4 For though he was crucified through The second épistle to the Corinthians weakness, yet he liveth by the power of was written from Philippi, a city of God. For we also are weak in him, but Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
1 The Epistle of PAUL,the Apostle, to the GALATIANS. CHAP. I.
you than that
ye have received, let him be PAUL an apostle, (not of men, neither accursed.
by man, but by Jesus Christ, and 10 For do I now persuade men, or God the Father, who raised him from the God? or do I seek to please men ? for if I dead ;)
yet pleased men, I should not be the ser2 And all the brethren which are with vant of Christ. me, unto the churches of Galatia :
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the 3 Grace be to you, and peace from God gospel which was preached of me is not the Father, and fromour Lord Jesus Christ, after man:
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he 12 For I neither received it of man, might deliver us from this present evil neither was I taught it, but by the revela. world, according to the will of God and tion of Jesus Christ. our Father:
13 For ye have heard of my conversa5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. tion in time past in the Jews' religion, how Amen.
that beyond measure I persecuted the 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed church of God, and wasted it; from him that called you into the grace of 14 And profited in the Jews' religion Christ, unto another gospel :
above many my equals in mine own na7 Which is not another; but there be tion, being more exceedingly zealous of some that trouble you, and would pervert the traditions of my fathers. the gospel of Christ.
15 But when it pleased God, who scpa: 8 But though we, or an angel from hea- rated me from my mother's womb, and ven, preach any other gospel unto you than called me by his grace, that which we have preached unto you, let 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might him be accursed.
preach him among the heathen ; immedi9 As we said before, so say I now again, ately I conferred not with flesh and blood: If any man preach any other gospel unto! 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to
Of justification by faith. GALATIANS. Believers are justified. them which were apostles before me: but James, he did eat with the Gentiles : but I went into Arabia, and returned again when they were come, he withdrew, and unto Damascus.
separated himself, fearing them which 18 Then after three years I went up to were of the circumcision. Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with 13 And the other Jews dissembled likehim fifteen days.
wise with him; insomuch that Barnabas 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, also was carried away with their dissimusave James the Lord's brother.
lation. 20 Now the things which I write unto 14 But when I saw that they walked you, behold, before God, I lie not. not uprightly according to the truth of the
21 Afterwards I came into the regions gospel, 1 said unto Peter before them all, of Syria and Cilicia;
If thou, being a Jew, livest after the man22 And was unknown by face unto the ner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, churches of Judea which were in Christ: why compellest thou the Gentiles to live
23 But they had heard only, That he as do the Jews? which persecuted us in times past, now 15 We who are Jews by nature, and preacheth the faith which once he de- not sinners of the Gentiles, stroyed.
16 Knowing that a man is not justified 24 And they glorified God in me. by the works of the law, but by the faith CHAP. II.
of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in THEN fourteen years after I went up Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by
again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, the faith of Christ, and not by the works and took Titus with me also.
of the law: for by the works of the law 2 And I went up by revelation, and com- shall no flesh be justified. municated unto them that gospel which I 17 But if, while we seek to be justified preach among the Gentiles, but privately by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinto them which were of reputation, lest by ners, is therefore Christ the minister of any means I should run, or had run,in vain. sin?'God forbid.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, 18 For if I build again the things which being a Greek, was compelled to be cir- I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. cumcised :
19 For I through the law am dead to 4 And that because of false brethren the law, that I might live unto God. unawares brought in, who came in privily 20 I am crucified with Christ: neverto spy out our liberty which we have in theless, I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into in me: and the life which I now live in the bondage :
flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, 5 To whom we gave place by subjec- who loved me, and gave himself for me. tion, no, not for an hour; that the truth of 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: the gospel might continue with you. for if righteousness come by the law, then
6 But of those, who seemed to be some- Christ is dead in vain. what, whatsoever they were, it maketh
CHAP. III. person: they who seemed to be some witched you,
should not obey what, in conference added nothing to me: the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that hath been evidently set forth, crucified the gospel of the uncircumcision was com- among you? mitted unto me, as the gospel of the cir 2 This only would I learn of you,
Recumcision was unto Peter;
ceived ye the Spirit by the works of the 8 (For he that wrought effectually in law, or by the hearing of faith? Peter to the apostleship of the circum 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the cision, the same was mighty in me toward Spirit, areyenow made perfect by the flesh? the Gentiles :)
4 Have ye suffered so many things in 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, vain? if it be yet in vain. who seemed to be pillars, perceived the 5 He therefore that ministereth to you grace that was given unto me, they gave the Spirit, and worketh miracles among to me and Barnabas the right hands of fel-you, doeth he it by the works of the law, lowship, that we should go unto the hea- or by the hearing of faith? then, and they unto the circumcision. 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and
10 Only they would that we should re- it was accounted to him for righteousness. member the poor; the same which I also 7 Know ye therefore, that they which was forward to do.
are of faith, the same are the children of 11 But when Peter was come to Anti- Abraham. och, I withstood him to the face, because 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God he was to be blamed.
would justify the beathen through faith, 12 For before that certain came from preached before the gospel unto Abraham,