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and there are many adversaries. | us, and laboureth. I am glad of Now if Timotheus come, see that the coming of Stephanas and Forhe may be with you without fear: tunatus and Achaicus: for that for he worketh the work of the which was lacking on your part Lord, as I also do. Let no man they have supplied. For they have therefore despise him: but con refreshed my spirit and your's: duct him forth in peace, that he therefore acknowledge ye them may come unto me: for I look that are such. The churches of for him with the brethren. As Asia salute you. Aquila and Pritouching our brother Apollos, I scilla salute you much in the greatly desired him to come unto Lord, with the church that is in you with the brethren : but his their house. All the brethren greet will was not at all to come at this you. Greet ye one another with time; but he will come when he an holy kiss. The salutation of shall have convenient time. Watch me Paul with mine own hand. If ye, stand fast in the faith, quit any man love not the Lord Jesus you like men, be strong. Let all Christ, let him be Anathema Mayour things be done with charity. ran-atha. The grace of our Lord I beseech you, brethren, (ye know Jesus Christ be with you. My love the house of Stephanas, that it is be with you all in Christ Jesus. the firstfruits of Achaia, and that Amen. they have addicted themselves to
The first epistle to the Corinthians the ministry of the saints,) that
was written from Philippi by Steye submit yourselves unto such, phanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaand to every one that helpeth with icus, and Timotheus.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
ferings which we also suffer: or
whether we be comforted, it is for Feb. 5, June 3, Oct. 2.
your consolation and salvation. DAUL, an apostle of Jesus And our hope of you is stedfast, I Christ by the will of God, and knowing, that as ye are partakers Timothy our brother, unto the of the sufferings, so shall ye be church of God which is at Co also of the consolation. For we rinth, with all the saints which would not, brethren, have you igare in all Achaia: Grace be to you norant of our trouble which came and peace from God our Father, to us in Asia, that we were pressand from the Lord Jesus Christ. | ed out of measure, above strength, Blessed be God, even the Father insomuch that we despaired even of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Fa of life: but we had the sentence ther of mercies, and the God of of death in ourselves, that we all comfort; who comforteth us in should not trust in ourselves, but all our tribulation, that we may in God which raiseth the dead: be able to comfort them which who delivered us from so great a are in any trouble, by the comfort | death, and doth deliver: in whom wherewith we ourselves are com we trust that he will yet deliver us ; forted of God. For as the suffer 1 ye also helping together by prayer ings of Christ abound in us, so for us, that for the gift bestowed our consolation also aboundeth | upon us by the means of many by Christ. And whether we be af persons thanks may be given by flicted, it is for your consolation many on our behalf. For our reand salvation, which is effectual | joicing is this, the testimony of in the enduring of the same suf- our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with dence in you all, that my joy is fleshly wisdom, but by the grace the joy of you all. For out of much of God, we have had our conver affliction and anguish of heart I sation in the world, and more a wrote unto you with many tears; bundantly to you-ward. For we not that ye should be grieved, write none other things unto you, but that ye might know the love than what ye read or acknow which I have more abundantly ledge; and I trust ye shall ac unto you. But if any have caused knowledge even to the end; as grief, he hath not grieved me, but also ye have acknowledged us in in part: that I may not overpart, that we are your rejoicing, charge you all. Sufficient to such even as ye also are our's in the a man is this punishment, which day of the Lord Jesus. And in was inflicted of many. So that this confidence I was minded to contrariwise ye ought rather to come unto you before, that ye forgive him, and comfort him, might have a second benefit; andlest perhaps such a one should be to pass by you into Macedonia, swallowed up with overmuch sorand to come again out of Mace row. Wherefore I beseech you that donia unto you, and of you to be ye would confirm your love tobrought on my way toward Ju ward him. For to this end also dæa. When I therefore was thus did I write, that I might know minded, did I use lightness? or the proof of you, whether ye be the things that I purpose, do I obedient in all things. To whom purpose according to the flesh, | ye forgive any thing, I forgive that with me there should be yea also: for if I forgave any thing, yea, and nay nay? But as God to whom I forgave it, for your is true, our word toward you was sakes forgave I it in the person of not yea and nay. For the Son Christ; lest Satan should get an of God, Jesus Christ, who was advantage of us : for we are not preached among you by us, even ignorant of his devices. Furtherby me and Silvanus and Timo- more, when I came to Troas to theus, was not yea and nay, but preach Christ's gospel, and a door in him was yea. For all the pro was opened unto me of the Lord, mises of God in him are yea, and I had no rest in my spirit, bocause in him Amen, unto the glory of | I found not Titus my brother: God by us. Now he which sta but taking my leave of them, I blisheth us with you in Christ, I went from thence into Macedoand hath anointed us, is God; nia. Now thanks be unto God, who hath also sealed us, and given which always causeth us to trithe earnest of the Spirit in our umph in Christ, and maketh mahearts. Moreover I call God for nifest the savour of his knowledge a record upon my soul, that to by us in every place. For we are spare you I came not as yet unto unto God a sweet savour of Christ, Corinth. Not for that we have in them that are saved, and in dominion over your faith, but are them that perish: to the one we helpers of your joy: for by faith are the savour of death unto ye stand.
death; and to the other the saCHAP. II.
vour of life unto life. And who
is sufficient for these things ? For Feb. 6, June 4, Oct. 3.
we are not as many, which corPUT I determined this with rupt the word of God: but as of
D myself, that I would not come sincerity, but as of God, in the again to you in heaviness. For if sight of God speak we in Christ. I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the
CHAP. III. same which is made sorry by me?
Feb. 7, June 5, Oct. 4. And I wrote this same unto you, O we begin again to commend lest, when I came, I should have ourselves? or need we, as some sorrow from them of whom I | others, epistles of commendation ought to rejoice; having confi- / to you, or letters of commenda
mind the lig
tion from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and
CHAP. IV. read of all men : forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the
Feb. 8, June 6, Oct. 5. epistle of Christ ministered by us, THEREFORE seeing we have written not with ink, but with the 1 this ministry, as we have reSpirit of the living God; not in ceived mercy, we faint not; but tables of stone, but in fleshy ta have renounced the hidden things bles of the heart. And such trust of dishonesty, not walking in crafhave we through Christ to God tiness, nor handling the word of ward: not that we are sufficient God deceitfully; but by manifestaof ourselves to think any thing as tion of the truth commending ourof ourselves; but our sufficiency selves to every man's conscience is of God; who also hath made in the sight of God. But if our us able ministers of the new tes gospel be hid, it is hid to them tament; not, of the letter, but of that are lost: in whom the god the spirit: for the letter killeth, of this world hath blinded the but the spirit giveth life. But if minds of them which believe not, the ministration of death, written lest the light of the glorious gosand engraven in stones, was glo- pel of Christ, who is the image rious, so that the children of Is- of God, should shine unto them. rael could not stedfastly behold For we preach not ourselves, but the face of Moses for the glory of | Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourhis countenance; which glory was selves your servants for Jesus' to be done away: how shall not sake. For God, who commanded the ministration of the spirit be the light to shine out of darkness, rather glorious ? For if the minis- hath shined in our hearts, to give tration of condemnation be glory, the light of the knowledge of the much more doth the ministration glory of God in the face of Jesus of righteousness exceed in glory. Christ. But we have this treasure For even that which was made in earthen vessels, that the excelglorious had no glory in this re lency of the power may be of God, spect, by reason of the glory that and not of us. We are troubled excelleth. For if that which is on every side, yet not distressdone away was glorious, much ed; we are perplexed, but not in more that which remaineth is glo | despair; persecuted, but not forrious. Seeing then that we have saken; cast down, but not destroysuch hope, we use great plainness ed; always bearing about in the of speech : and not as Moses, which body the dying of the Lord Jesus, put a vail over his face, that the that the life also of Jesus might children of Israel could not sted-be made manifest in our body. fastly look to the end of that which For we which live are alway deis abolished: but their minds were livered unto death for Jesus' sake, blinded : for until this day re- that the life also of Jesus might maineth the same vail untakenl be made manifest in our mortal away in the reading of the old flesh. So then death worketh in testament: which vail is done | us, but life in you. We having Away in Christ. But even unto the same spirit of faith, accord. this day, when Moses is read, the ing as it is written, I believed, and vail is upon their heart. Never therefore have I spoken; we also theless when it shall turn to the believe, and therefore speak; knowLord, the vail shall be taken away. ing that he which raised up the Now the Lord is that Spirit: and Lord Jesus shall raise up us also where the Spirit of the Lord is, by Jesus, and shall present us there is liberty. But we all, with with you. For all things are for open face beholding as in a glass your sakes, that the abundant the glory of the Lord, are changed grace might through the thanksinto the same image from glory giving of many redound to the to glory, even as by the Spirit of glory of God. For which cause we the Lord.
faint not; but though our outward
ook to theecould not stehe that the dying of the about
therefore, therefore s sed up th
marene fiction, weth for us weight
died uld not bent unto rose are no
man perish, yet the inward man or whether we be sober, it is for is renewed day by day. For our your cause. For the love of Christ light affliction, which is but for constraineth us; because we thus a moment, worketh for us a far judge, that if one died for all, more exceeding and eternal weight then were all dead: and that he of glory; while we look not atdied for all, that they which live the things which are seen, but should not henceforth live unto at the things which are not seen: themselves, but unto him which for the things which are seen are died for them, and rose again. temporal; but the things which Wherefore henceforth know we no are not seen are eternal.
man after the flesh: yea, though
we have known Christ after the CHAP. V.
flesh, yet now henceforth know
we him no more. Therefore if any Feb. 9, June 7, Oct. 6.
man be in Christ, he is a new TOR we know that if our earth creature: old things are passed
T ly house of this tabernacle were away; behold, all things are bedissolved, we have a building of come new. And all things are of God, an house not made with God, who hath reconciled us to hands, eternal in the heavens. For himself by Jesus Christ, and bath in this we groan, earnestly desir given to us the ministry of reconing to be clothed upon with our ciliation; to wit, that God was in house which is from heaven: if so Christ, reconciling the world unto be that being clothed we shall not himself, not imputing their tresbe found naked. For we that are passes unto them; and hath comin this tabernacle do groan, being mitted unto us the word of reconburdened: not for that we would be ciliation. Now then we are amunclothed, but clothed upon, that bassadors for Christ, as though mortality might be swallowed up God did beseech you by us: we of life. Now he that hath wrought pray you in Christ's stead, be ye us for the selfsame thing is God, reconciled to God. For he hath who also hath given unto us the made him to be sin for us, who earnest of the Spirit. Therefore knew no sin; that we might be we are always confident, knowing made the righteousness of God in that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord : (for we walk by faith, not
| CHAP. VI. by sight:) we are confident, I say,
Feb. 10, June 8, Oct. 7. and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present W E then, as workers together with the Lord. Wherefore we la
with him, beseech you also bour, that, whether present or ab- that ye receive not the grace of sent, we may be accepted of him. God in vain. (For he saith, I have For we must all appear before heard thee in a time accepted, the judgment seat of Christ ; that and in the day of salvation have every one may receive the things I succoured thee: behold, now is done in his body, according to that the accepted time; behold, now he hath done, whether it be good is the day of salvation.) Giving or bad. Knowing therefore the | no offence in any thing, that the terror of the Lord, we persuade ministry be not blamed: bu men; but we are made manifest | all things approving ourselves as unto God; and I trust also are the ministers of God, in much made manifest in your consciences. patience, in afflictions, in necesFor we commend not ourselves a sities, in distresses, in stripes, in gain unto you, but give you occa imprisonments, in tumults, in lasion to glory on our behalf, that bours, in watchings, in fastings; ye may have somewhat to answer | by pureness, by knowledge, by them which glory in appearance, longsuffering, by kindness, by the and not in heart. For whether we Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by be beside ourselves, it is to God: | the word of truth, by the power
of God, by the armour of righte- | come into Macedonia, our flesh ousness on the right hand and on had no rest, but we were troubled the left, by honour and dishonour, on every side; without were fightby evil report and good report : ings, within were fears. Nevertheas deceivers, and yet true; as un- less God, that comforteth those known, and yet well known; as that are cast down, comforted us dying, and, behold, we live; as by the coming of Titus; and not chastened, and not killed ; as sor- | by his coming only, but by the rowful, yet alway rejoicing; as consolation wherewith he was compoor, yet making many rich; as forted in you, when he told us having nothing, and yet possess your earnest desire, your mourning all things. O ye Corinthians, ing, your fervent mind toward our mouth is open unto you, our me; so that I rejoiced the more. heart is enlarged. Ye are not strait For though I made you sorry ened in us, but ye are straitened with a letter, I do not repent, in your own bowels. Now for a though I did repent : for I perrecompence in the same, (I speak ceive that the same epistle hath as unto my children,) be ye also made you sorry, though it were enlarged. Be ye not unequally but for a season. Now I rejoice, yoked together with unbelievers : not that ye were made sorry, but for what fellowship hath righte that ye sorrowed to repentance: ousness with unrighteousness? and for ye were made sorry after a what communion hath light with godly manner, that ye might redarkness? and what concord hath ceive damage by us in nothing. Christ with Belial? or what part For godly sorrow worketh repenthath he that believeth with an ance to salvation not to be reinfidel? and what agreement hath pented of: but the sorrow of the the temple of God with idols ? for world worketh death. For behold ye are the temple of the living this selfsame thing, that ye sorGod; as God hath said, I will rowed after a godly sort, what dwell in them, and walk in them; carefulness it wrought in you, yea, and I will be their God, and they what clearing of yourselves, yea, shall be my people. Wherefore what indignation, yea, what fear, come out from among them, and yea, what vehement desire, yea, be ye separate, saith the Lord, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In and touch not the unclean thing all things ye have approved yourand I will receive you, and will selves to be clear in this matter. be a Father unto you, and ye Wherefore, though I wrote unto shall be my sons and daughters, you, I did it not for his cause that saith the Lord Almighty.
had done the wrong, nor for his
cause that suffered wrong, but CHAP. VII.
that our care for you in the sight
of God might appear unto you. Feb. 11, June 9, Oct. 8.
Therefore we were comforted in U AVING therefore these pro your comfort: yea, and exceed
I mises, dearly beloved, let us ingly the more joyed we for the cleanse ourselves from all filthi. | joy of Titus, because his spirit was ness of the flesh and spirit, per refreshed by you all. For if I have fecting holiness in the fear of God. boasted any thing to him of you, Receive us; we have wronged no I am not ashamed; but as we man, we have corrupted no man, spake all things to you in truth, we have defrauded no man. I even S0 our boasting, which I speak not this to condemn you: made before Titus, is found a for I have said before, that ye are truth. And his inward affection in our hearts to die and live with is more abundant toward you, you. Great is my boldness of speech whilst he remembereth the obetoward you, great is my glorying dience of you all, how with fear of you: I am filled with comfort, and trembling ye received him. I I am exceeding joyful in all our rejoice therefore that I have contribulation. For, when we were fidence in you in all things.