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CHAPTER VIII. of godly sorrow. no man, we have defrauded nothing, that ye sorrowed after a

godly sort, what carefulness it 3 I speak not this to condemn wrought in you, yea, what you: for I have said before, clearing of yourselves, yea, that ye are in our hearts to die what indignation, yea, what and live with you.

fear, yea, what vehement de. 4 Great is my boldness of sire, yea, what zeal, yea, what speech toward you, great is my revenge! In all things ye have glorying of you: I am filled approved yourselves to be clear with comfort, I am exceeding in this matter. joyful in all our tribulation. 12 Wherefore, though I wrote

5 For, when we were come unto you, I did it not for his into Macedonia, our flesh had cause that had done the wrong, no rest, but we were troubled nor for his cause that suffered on every side; without were wrong, but that our care for fightings, within were fears. you in the sight of God might

6 Nevertheless God, that appear unto you. comforteth those that are cast 13 Therefore we were comfort. down, comforted us by the ed in your comfort: yea, and coming of Titus;

exceedingly the more joyed we 7 And not by his coming for the joy of Titus, because his only, but by the consolation spirit was refreshed by you all. wherewith he was comforted 14 For if I have boasted any in you, when he told us your thing to him of you, I am not earnest desire, your mourning, ashamed; but as we spake all your fervent mind toward me; things to you in truth, even so so that I rejoiced the more. our boasting, which I made

8 For though I made you before Titus, is found a truth. sorry with a letter, I do not re- 15 And his inward affection is pent, though I did repent: for more abundant toward you, I perceive that the same epis- whilst he remembereth the tle hath made you sorry, though obedience of you all, how with it were but for a season. fear and trembling ye received

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye him. were made sorry, but that ye

I sorrowed to repentance: for ye have confidence in you in all were made sorry after a godly things. manner, that ye might receive

CHAPTER VIII. damage by us in nothing. 1 He stirreth them up to a liberal contribution 10 For godly sorrow worketh

for the poor saints at Jerusalem, by the ex

ample of the Macedonians, 7 by commendarepentance to salvation not to tion of their former forwardness, 9 by the be repented of: but the sorrow

example of Christ

, 14 and by the spiritual

profit that shall redound to themselves there. of the world worketh death. by: 16 commending to them the readiness of 11 For behold this selfsame

Titus, and other brethren, who were coming to them for this business.

but that ye 16 I rejoice therefore that I




to liberality. OREOVER, brethren, we vice: for this is expedient for

do you to wit of the grace you, who have begun before, of God bestowed on the church- not only to do, but also to be es of Macedonia;

forward a year ago. 2 How that, in a great trial 11 Now therefore perform the of affliction, the abundance of doing of it; that as there was their joy and their deep pover- a readiness to will, so there ty abounded unto the riches of may be a performance also out their liberality.

of that which ye have. 3 For to their power, I bear 12 For if there be first a willrecord, yea, and beyond their ing mind, it is accepted accord- . power they were willing of ing to that a man hath, and not themselves;

according to that he hath not. 4 Praying us with much en. 13 For I mean not that other treaty that we would receive men be eased, and ye burdenthe gift, and take upon us the ed: fellowship of the ministering 14 But by an equality, that to the saints.

now at this time your abun5 And this they did, not as we dance may be a supply for their hoped, but first gave their own want, that their abundance selves to the Lord, and unto us also may be a supply for your by the will of God.

want; that there may be 6 Insomuch that we desired equality : Titus, that as he had begun, 15 As it is written, He that so he would also finish in you had gathered much had nothe same grace also.

thing over; and he that had 7 Therefore, as ye abound in gathered little had no lack. every thing, in faith, and ut- o16 But thanks be to God, terance, and knowledge, and which put the same earnest in all diligence, and in your care into the heart of Titus for love to us, see that ye abound you. in this grace also.

17 For indeed he accepted 8 I speak not by command the exhortation; but being ment, but by occasion of the more forward, of his own acforwardness of others, and to cord he went unto you. prove the sincerity of your 18 And we have sent with love.

him the brother, whose praise 9 For

ye know the grace of is in the gospel throughout all our Lord Jesus Christ, that, the churches;

, though he was rich, yet for 19 And not that only, but who your sakes he became poor, was also chosen of the churchthat yė through his poverty es to travel with us with this might be rich.

grace, which is administered 10 And herein I give my ad- | by us to the glory of the same




recommended. Lord, and declaration of your

3 Yet have I sent the breready mind :

thren, lest our boasting of you 20 Avoiding this, that no man should be in vain in this be. should blame us in this abun- half; that, as I said, ye may dance which is administered | be ready: by us:

4 Lest haply if they of Mace

4 21 Providing for honest things, donia come with me, and find not only in the sight of the you unprepared, we (that we Lord, but also in the sight of say not, ye) should be ashamed

in this same confident boasting. 22 And we have sent with 5 Therefore I thought it ne. them our brother, whom we cessary to exhort the brethren, have oftentimes proved dili. that they would go before ungent in many things, but now to you, and make up before. much more diligent, upon the hand your bounty, whereof ye great confidence which I have had notice before, that the

same might be ready, as a mat. 23 Whether any do inquire ter of bounty, and not as of of Titus, he is my partner and covetousness. fellow helper concerning you: 6 But this I say, He which or our brethren be inquired soweth sparingly shall reap of, they are the messengers of also sparingly; and he which the churches, and the glory of soweth bountifully shall reap Christ.

also bountifully. 24 Wherefore shew ye to 7 Every man according as he them, and before the church. purposeth in his heart, so let es, the proof of your love, and him give; not grudgingly, or

, of our boasting on your behalf. of necessity : for God loveth CHAPTER IX.

a cheerful giver. 1 He giveth the reason why, though he knero

8 And God is able to make their forwardness, he yet sent Titus and his

all grace abound toward you; brethren beforehand. 6 He exhorteth them to a bountiful alms, as being but a kind of sow- that ye, always having all ing of seed, 10 which shall return a great in sufficiency in all things, may givings unto God.

abound to every good work:

in you.

crease to them, 12 and occasion



tering to the saints, it is dispersed abroad; he hath giv. superfluous for me to write to en to the poor : his righteousyou:

ness remaineth for ever. 2 For I know the forward- 10 Now he that ministereth ness of your mind, for which seed to the sower both minisI boast of you to them of Ma- ter bread for your food, and cedonia, that Achaia was ready multiply your seed sown, and

, a year ago; and your zeal hath increase the fruits of your rightprovoked very many.

eousness :

The apostle's

II. CORINTHIANS, spiritual power. 11 Being enriched in every flesh, we do not war after the thing to all bountifulness, flesh: which causeth through us 4 (For the weapons of our thanksgiving to God.

warfare are not carnal, but 12 For the administration of mighty through God to the this service not only supplieth pulling down of strong holds :) the want of the saints, but is 5 Casting down imaginaabundant also by many thanks- tions, and every high thing givings unto God;

that exalteth itself against the 13 While by the experiment knowledge of God, and bring. of this ministration they glo ing into captivity every thought rify God for your professed to the obedience of Christ; subjection unto the gospel of 6 And having in a readiness Christ, and for your liberal dis- to revenge all disobedience, tribution unto them, and unto when your obedience is fulfill. all men ;

ed. 14 And by their prayer for 7

7 Do ye look on things after you, which long after you for the outward appearance? If the exceeding grace of God in any man trust to himself that you.

he is Christ's, let him of him. 15 Thanks be unto God for self think this again, that, as his unspeakable gift.

he is Christ's, even so are wo


8 For though I should boast 1 Against the false apostles, who disparaged somewhat more of our author- . his bodily presence and speech, he asserteth his spiritual might and authority; 11 as- ity, which the Lord hath giv. suring them that at his coming he will be

en us for edification, and not found as mighty in word, as he is now in writing being absent : 12 and reproving them for your destruction, I should for reaching out themselves beyond their com

not be ashamed. pass, and boasting themselves of other men's

9 That I may not seem as if COW I Paul myself beseech I would terrify you by letters: you by the meekness and

10 For his letters, say they, gentleness of Christ, who in are weighty and powerful; but presence am base among you, his bodily presence is weak, but being absent am bold to and his speech contemptible:

11 Let such a one think this, 2 But I beseech you, that I that, such as we are in word may not be bold when I am by letters when we are absent, present with that confidence, such will we be also in deed wherewith I think to be bold when we are present. against some, which think of 12 For we dare not make us as if we walked according ourselves of the number, or to the flesh.

compare ourselves with some 3 For though we walk in the that commend themselves: but


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his self boasting. they, measuring themselves in my folly: and indeed bear by themselves, and comparing with me. themselves among themselves, 2 For I am jealous over you are not wise.

with godly jealousy: for I 13 But we will not boast of have espoused you to one things without our measure, husband, that I may present but according to the measure

a chaste virgin to of the rule which God hath Christ. distributed to us, a measure

3 But I fear, lest by any to reach even unto you. means, as the serpent beguil.

14 For we stretch not our- ed Eve through his subtilty, selves beyond our measure, as so your minds should be corthough we reached not unto rupted from the simplicity that you; for we are come as far is in Christ. as to you also in preaching the 4 For if he that cometh preachgospel of Christ

eth another Jesus, whom we 15 Not boasting of things have not preached, or if ye without our measure, that is, receive another spirit, which of other men's labours; but ye have not received, or anohaving hope, when your faith ther gospel, which ye have not is increased, that we shall be accepted, ye might well bear

, enlarged by you according to with him. our rule abundantly,

5 For I suppose I was not a 16 To preach the gospel in whit behind the very chiefest the regions beyond you, and apostles.

not to boast in another

man's 6 But though I be rude in

line of things made ready to speech, yet not in knowledge; our hand.

but we have been thoroughly 17 But he that glorieth, let made manifest among you in him glory in the Lord.

all things. 18 For not he that com- 7 Have I committed an ofmendeth himself is approved, fence in abasing myself that but whom the Lord commen- ye might be exalted, because deth.

I have preached to you the

gospel of God freely? CHAPTER XI.

8 I robbed other churches, 1 As the Corinthians seemed to make more of taking wages of them, to do

the false apostles than of him, he entereth into a vindication of himself, 5 of his equality with the chief apostles, 7 and of his preach- 9 And when I was present ing the gospel to them freely; 13 shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful roork- with you, and wanted, I was

in any in the service of Christ, and in all kinds of suffers chargeable to no man: for that ing for his sake, far superior.

which was lacking to me the OULD to God

could brethren which

came from bear with me a little | Macedonia supplied : and in

you service.


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