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no man, we have corrupted no 12 Wherefore, though I wrote man, we have defrauded no man. unto you, I did it not for his cans

3 I speak not this to condemn that had done the wrong, nor fra you: for I have said before, that his cause that suffered wrong, but ye are in our hearts to die and live that our care for you in the sight with you.

of God might appear unto yol e 4 Great is my boldness of speech 13 Therefore we were conforted toward you, great is my glorying in your comfort: yea, and exceed of you: I am filled with comfort, I ingly the more joyed we for the am exceeding joyful in all our joy of Titus, because his spirit tribulation.

was refreshed by you all.. e 5 For when we were come into 14 For if I have boasted au Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, thing to him of you, I am a but we were troubled on every ashamed; but as we spake a side; without were fightings, within things to you in truth, even were fears. 6 6 Nevertheless God, that com- Titus, is found a truth. forteth those that are cast down, lc 15 And his inward affection i comforted us by the coming of more abundant toward you, wbLS Titus ;

he remembereth the obedienced 17 And not by his coming only, you all, how with fear and tres but by the consolation wherewith bling ye received him. he was comforted in you, when he 16 I rejoice therefore that I hant told us your earnest desire, your confidence in you in all things. mourning, your fervent mind to-1

CHAP. VIII. ward me; so that I rejoiced thet MTOREOVER, brethren, me more.

I I do you to wit of the grace 8 For though I made you sorry of God bestowed on the churcbes with a letter, I do not repent, of Macedonia; though I did repent: for I perceiveld 2 How that in a great trial of a that the same epistle hath made fiction the abundance of their in you sorry, though it were but for a and their deep poverty, abounded season,

Junto the riches of their liberality. d 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye 3 For to their power, I bear Twere made sorry, but that ye sor- cord, yea, and beyond their power, rowed to repentance: for ye were they were willing of themselves ; made sorry after a godly manner, ! 4 Praying us with much entre that ye might receive damage by ty, that we would receive the gilt, us in nothing.

and take upon us the fellowship e 10 For godly sorrow worketh the ministering to the saints. repentance to salvation not to be d 5 And this they did, not as me repented of: but the sorrow of the hoped, but first gave their own world worketh death.

selves to the Lord, and unto us by d 11 Forbehold this self-same the will of God: thing, that ye sorrowed, after a 6 Insomuch that we desired T): godly sort, what carefulness it tus, that as he had begun, so be wrought in you, yea, what clearing would also finish in you the same of yourselves, yea, what indigna- Igrace also. tion, yea, what fear, yea, what ve-la 7 Therefore, as ye abound m hement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, levery thing, in faith, and utter: what revenge ! In all things ye lance, and knowledge, and in all have approved yourselves to be diligence, and in your love to clear in this matter.

I see that ye abound in this grace also

8 I speak not by commandment, d 21 Providing for honest things, but by occasion of the forwardness not only in the sight of the Lord, of others, and to prove the since- but also in the sight of men. rity of your love.

22 And we have sent with them t 9 For ye know the grace of our our brother, whom we have often. Lord Jesus Christ, that though he times proved diligent in many was rich, yet for your sakes he things, but now much more dilibecame poor, that ye through his gent, upon the great confidence poverty might be rich.

which I have in you. 10 Ănd herein I give my advice:_23 Whether any do inquire of for this is expedient for you, who Titus, he is my partner and fellowhave begun before, not only to do, helper concerning you: or our but also to be forward a year ago. brethren be inquired of, they are the d 11 Now therefore perform the messengers of the churches, and doing of it ; that as there was a the glory of Christ. readiness to will, so there may be a 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, performance also out of that which and before the churches, the proof ye have.

of your love, and of our boasting 12 For if there be first a willing on your behalf. mind, it is accepted according to

CHAP. IX. that a man hath, and not accord-d TOR as touching the minising to that he hath not.

T tering to the saints, it is su13 For I mean not that other perfluous for me to write to you: men be eased, and you burdened: 1 2 For I know the forwardness

14 But by an equality, that now of your mind, for which I boast of at this time your abundance may you to them of Macedonia, that be a supply for their want, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and their abundance also may be a your zeal hath provoked very supply for your want: that there many. may be equality :

13 Yet have I sent the brethren, 15 As it is written, He that had lest our boasting of you should be gathered much had nothing over ; in vain in this behalf; that, as I and he that had gathered little had said, ye may be ready: no lack.

| 4 Lest haply if they of Macedo16 But thanks be to God, which nia come with me, and find you put the same earnest care into the unprepared, we (that we say not, heart of Titus for you.

ye) should be ashamed in this 17 For indeed he accepted the same confident boasting. exhortation ; but being more for-d 5 Therefore I thought it necesward, of his own accord he went sary to exhort the brethren, that unto you.

they would go before unto you, 18 And we have sent with him and make up beforehand your the brother, whose praise is in the bounty, whereof ye had notice begospel throughout all the churches ; fore, that the same might be ready,

19 And not that only, but who as a matter of bounty, and not as was also chosen of the churches to of covetousness. travel with us with this grace, 16 6 But this I say, He which sow. which is administered by us to the eth sparingly, shall reap also spaglory of the same Lord, and decla- ringly; and he which soweth boun. ration of your ready mind: tifully, shall reap also bountifully.

20 Avoiding this, that no man d 7 Every man according as he should blame us in this abundance purposeth in his heart t him which is administered by us: Tgive; not grudgingly, or of ne

cessity: for God loveth a cheerful and every high thing that exaltet giver.

itself against the knowledge of God 7 8 And God is able to make all and bringing into captivity every grace abound toward you ; that thought to the obedience of Christ ye, always having all sufficiency! 6 And having in a readiness o in all things, may abound to every revenge all disobedience, whez good work:

your obedience is fulfilled. a 9 (As it is written, He hath dis- 7 Do ye look on things after the persed abroad; he hath given to outward appearance? If any na the poor: his righteousness re- trust to himself that he is Christ's maineth for ever.

let him of himself think this agar. b 10 Now, he that ministereth that, as he is Christ's, even so er! seed to the sower, both minister we Christ's. bread for your food, and multiply 8 For though I should beast your seed sown, and increase the somewhat more of our authoriti, fruits of your righteousness ;) which the Lord hath given us ir

11 Being enriched in every thing edification, and not for your de to all bountifulness, which causeth struction, I should not be ashame through us thanksgiving to God. 9 That I may not seem as if !

12 For the administration of this would terrify you by letters. service not only supplieth the want 10 For his letters (say they) of the saints, but is abundant also weighty and powerful ; but is by many thanksgivings unto God ; bodily presence is weak, and la c 13 While by the experiment of speech contemptible. this ministration they glorify God '11 Let such a one think this for your professed subjection unto that such as we are in word by the gospel of Christ, and for your letters when we are absent, such liberal distribution unto them, and will we be also in deed when TE unto all men;

are present. t 14 And by their prayer for you, lp 12 For we dare not make our which long after you, for the ex-selves of the number, or compart ceeding grace of God in you. Tourselves with some that com t 15 Thanks be unto God for his mend themselves: but they, mea unspeakable gift.

suring themselves by themselves, CHAP. X.

and comparing themselves among dNTOWI Paul myself beseech themselves, are not wise.

vou, by the meekness and t 13 But we will not boast of thing gentleness of Christ, who in pre-without our measure, but accordsence am base among you, but be- ing to the measure of the rule ing absent am bold toward you: which God hath distributed to us, a

2 But I beseech you, that I may measure to reach even unto you not be bold when I am present 14 For we stretch not ourselves with that confidence, wherewith beyond our measure, as though we I think to be bold against some, reached not unto you; for we are which think of us as if we walked come as far as to you also in preach according to the flesh.

I ing the gospel of Christ : e 3 For though we walk in the 15 Not boasting of things withfesh, we do not war after the flesh: out our measure, that is, of other t 4 (For the weapons of our war-Imen's labours ; but having hope, fare are not carnal, but mighty when your faith is increased, that through God to the pulling down we shall be enlarged by you, ac• of strong holds ;)

cording to our rule abundantly, .. e 5 Casting down imaginations, 16 To preach the gospel in the


regions beyond you, and not tol 11 Wherefore ? because I love joast in another man's line of you not? God knoweth. hings made ready to our hand. 12 But what I do, that I will do, 1 17 But he that glorieth, let him that I may cut off occasion from glory in the Lord.

them which desire occasion ; that 18 For not he that commendeth wherein they glory, they may be himself is approved, but whom the found even as we. Lord commendeth.

c 13 For such are false apostles, CHAP. XI.

deceitful workers, transforming STOULD to God ye could bear themselves into the apostles of

y with me a little in my folly : Christ. and indeed bear with me.

t 14 And no marvel ; for Satan e 2 For I am jealous over you himself is transformed into an anwith godly jealousy: for I have gel of light. espoused you to one husband, that 15 Therefore it is no great thing I may present you as a chaste vir- if his ministers also be transformed gin to Christ.

as the ministers of righteousness; w 3 But I fear, lest by any means, whose end shall be according to as the serpent beguiled Eve through their works. his subtilty, so your minds should 16 I say again, Let no man think be corrupted from the simplicity me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a that is in Christ.

fool receive me, that I may boast w 4 For if he that cometh preach-myself a little. eth another Jesus, whom we have 17 That which I speak, I speak not preached, or if ye receive it not after the Lord, but as it were another spirit which ye have not foolishly, in this confidence of received, or another gospel, which boasting. ye have not accepted, ye might: 18 Seeing that many glory after well bear with him.

the flesh, I will glory also. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, behind the very chiefest apostles. seeing ye yourselves are wise.

6 But though I be rude in speech, 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring yet not in knoweldge ; but we you into bondage, if a man devour have been thoroughly made mani- you, if a man take of you, if a man fest among you in all things. exalt himself, if a man smite you

7 Have I committed an offence on the face. in abasing myself that ye might be 21 I speak as concerning reexalted. because I have preached proach, as though we had been to you the gospel of God freely? weak. Howbeit, whereinsoever

8 I robbed other churches, ta- any is bold, (I speak foolishly) I king wages of them, to do you ser-am bold also. vice.

1 22 Are they Hebrews ? so am I. c 9 And when I was present with Are they Israelites ? so am I. Are you, and wanted, I was chargeable they the seed of Abraham ? so am I. to no man: for that which was 23 Are they ministers of Christ ? lacking to me the brethren which (I speak as a fool) I am more ; in came from Macedonia supplied : labours more abundant, in stripes and in all things I have kept my- above measure, in prisons more self from being burdensome unto frequent, in deaths oft. you, and so will I keep myself. If Of the Jews five times receiv

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, ed I forty stripes save one. no man shall stop me of this boast- f 25 Thrice was I beaten with ing in the regions of Achaia. | rods, once was I stoned, thrice I


suffered shipwreck, a night and a yet of myself I will not glory, but day I have been in the deep ; in mine infirmities.

26 In journeyings often, in pe-6 For though I would desire to rils of waters, in perils of robbers, glory, I shall not be a fool; for I in perils by mine own countrymen; will say the truth: but now I forin perils by the heathen, in perils bear, lest any man should think of in the city, in perils in the wilder-me above that which he seeth me ness, in perils in the sea, in perils to be, or that he heareth of me. brethren

le 7 And lest I should be exalted 27 In weariness in painfulness, above measure through the abunin watchings often, in hunger and dance of the revelations, there thirst, in fastings often, in cold and was given to me a thorn in the nakedness.

flesh, the messenger of Satan to 28 Besides those things that are buffet me, lest I should be exalted without, that which cometh upon above measure. me daily, the care of all thel 8 For this thing I besought the churches.

Lord thrice, that it might depart e 29 Who is weak, and I am not from me. weak? who is offended, and I burn | 6 9 And he said unto me, My not ?

grace is sufficient for thee: for my 30 If I must needs glory, I will strength is made perfect in weak. glory of the things which concern ness. Most gladly therefore will I mine infirmities.

(rather glory in my infirmities, that 31 The God and Father of our the power of Christ may rest Lord Jesus Christ, which is bless- upon me. ed for ever more, knoweth that I lc 10 Therefore I take pleasure in lie not.

infirmities, in reproaches, in nef 32 In Damascus the governor cessities, in persecutions, in disunder Aretas the king kept the tresses for Christ's sake: for when city of the Damascenes with a gar- I am weak, then am I strong.. rison, desirous to apprehend me: 11 I am become a fool i

33 And through a window in a ing ; ye have compelled me: for! basket was I let down by the wall, ought to have been commended of and i his hands.

you: for in nothing am I behind * CHAP. XII.

the very chiefest apostles, though TT is not expedient for me doubt- I be nothing.

less to glory. I will come to 12 Truly the signs of an apostle visions and revelations of the Lord. were wrought among you in all f2 I knew a man in Christ above patience, in signs, and wonders, fourteen years ago, (whether in and mighty deeds. the body, I cannot tell ; or whe-! 13 For what is it wherein ye ther out of the body, I cannot tell: were inferior to other churches, God knoweth ;) such a one caught except it be that I myself was not up to the third heaven.

burdensome to you forgive me 3 And I knew such a man, this wrong. (whether in the body, or out of d 14 Behold, the third time I am the body, I cannot tell: God ready to come to you; and I will knoweth ;)

not be burdensome to you: for m 4 How that he was caught up seek not yours, but you. For the into paradise, and heard unspeak- children ought not to lay up for able words, which it is not lawful the parents, but the parents for for a man to utter.

the children. 5 Of such a one will I glory: lc 15 And I will very gladly spend

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