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Paul's selfdenial. II. CORINTHIANS, His sufferings all things I have kept myself | man devour you, if a man from being burdensome unto take of you, if a man exalt you, and so will I keep my himself, if a man smite you self.
on the face. 10 As the truth of Christ is 21 I speak as concerning rein me, no man shall stop me proach, as though we had been of this boasting in the regions weak. Howbeit, whereinsoevof Achaia.
er any is bold, (I speak fool11 Wherefore ? because I ishly,) I am bold also. love you not? God knoweth. 22 Are they Hebrews ? so
12 But what I do, that I am I. Are they Israelites ? will do, that I may cut off oc- so am I. Are they the seed casion from them which desire of Abraham ? so am I. occasion; that wherein they 23 Are they ministers of glory, they may be found even Christ? (I speak as a fool,) I
am more; in labours more 13 For such are false apos- abundant, in stripes above tles, deceitful workers, trans- measure, in prisons more freforming themselves into the quent, in deaths oft. apostles of Christ.
24 Of the Jews five times 14 And no marvel; for Satan received I forty stripes save himself is transformed into an angel of light.
25 Thrice was I beaten with 15 Therefore it is no great rods, once was I stoned, thrice thing if his ministers also be I suffered shipwreck, a night transformed as the ministers and a day I have been in the of righteousness; whose end deep; shall be according to their 26 In journeyings often, in works.
perils of waters, in perils of 16 I say again, Let no man robbers, in perils by mine own think me a fool; if otherwise, countrymen, in perils by the yet as a fool receive me, that heathen, in perils in the city, Í may boast myself a little. in perils in the wilderness, in
17 That which I speak, I perils in the sea, in perils speak it not after the Lord, among false brethren; but as it were foolishly, in 27 In weariness and painfulthis confidence of boasting. ness, in watchings often, in hun
18 Seeing that many glory ger and thirst, in fastingsoften, after the flesh, I will glory in cold and nakedness. also.
28 Beside those things that 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, are without, that which conneth seeing ye yourselves are wise. upon me daily, the care of all
20 For ye suffer, if a man the churches. bring you into bondage, if a l: 29 Who is weak, and I am not
CHAPTER XII. in his infirmities. weak? who is offended, and I 5 Of such a one will I glory: burn not?
yet of myself I will not glory, 30 If I must needs glory, I but in mine infirmities. will glory of the things which 6 For though I would desire concern mine infirmities. to glory, I shall not be a fool;
31 The God and Father of our for I will say the truth: but Lord Jesus Christ, which is now I forbear, lest any man blessed for evermore, knoweth should think of me above that that I lie not.
which he seeth me to be, or 32 In Damascus the governor that he heareth of me. under Aretas the king kept 7 And lest I should be exthe city of the Damascenes alted above measure through with a garrison, desirous to ap- the abundance of the revelaprehend me :
tions, there was given to me a 33 And through a window thorn in the flesh, the messenin a basket was I let down by ger of Satan to buffet me, lest the wall, and escaped his I should be exalted above ineahands.
sure. CHAPTER XII.
8 For this thing I besought 1 Though he might glory in his wonderful reve- the Lord thrice, that it might lations, 9 yet he rather chooseth to glory in his infirmities. 11 They had forced him to
depart from me. this vain boasting. 14 He proiniseth to come 9 And he said unto me, My to them again; but yet in the afection of a father, 20 although he feareth he shall And grace is sufficient for thee: for many offenders.
my strength is made perfect in T is not expedient for me weakness. Most gladly there.
I will fore will I rather glory in my come to visions and revelations infirmities, that the power of of the Lord.
Christ may rest upon me. 2 I knew a man in Christ 10 Therefore I take pleasure above fourteen years ago, (whe- in infirmities, in reproaches, in ther in the body, I cannot tell; | necessities, in persecutions, in or whether out of the body, distresses for Christ's sake: for I cannot tell: God knoweth,) when I am weak, then am I such a one caught up to the strong. third heaven.
11 I am become a fool in 3 And I knew such a man, glorying; ye have compelled (whether in the body, or out me: for I ought to have been of the body, I cannot tell: God commended of you: for in noknoweth)
thing am I behind the very 4 How that he was caught chiefest apostles, though I be up into paradise, and heard nothing. unspeakable words, which it 12 Truly the signs of an is not lawful for a man to ut- apostle were wrought among ter.
you in all patience, in signs,
Paul's selfdenial. II. CORINTHIANS.
He threateneth and wonders, and mighty | back bitings,whisperings, swelldeeds.
ings, tumults: 13 For what is it wherein ye 21 And lest, when I come were inferior to other church again, my God will humble me es, except it be that I myself among you, and that I shall was not burdensome to you? bewail many which have sinforgive me this wrong. ned already, and have not re
14 Behold, the third time I pented of the uncleanness and am ready to come to you; and fornication and lasciviousness I will not be burdensome to which they have committed. you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought
CHAPTER XIII. not to lay up for the parents,
1 He threateneth scverity, and the power of his
apostleship ayainst obstinate sinners, 5 and but the parents for the child. exhortcth them to self examination, 7 and to a
reforination of life. 11 He concludeth his
epistle with a general exhortation, and a sa15 And I will very gladly lutation. and be for you;
THIS is the third time I am though the more abundantly coming to . the I love you, the less I be lov- mouth of two or three witnessed.
es shall every word be estab16 But be it so, I did not lished. burden you: nevertheless, be- 2 I told you before, and foretell ing crafty, I caught you with you, as if I were present, the guile.
second time; and being absent 17 Did I make a gain of you now I write to them which by any of them whom I sent heretofore have sinned, and to unto you?
all others, that, if I come again, 18 I desired Titus, and with I will not spare: him I sent a brother. Did Ti. 3 Since ye seek a proof of tus make a gain of you? walk. Christ speaking in me, which ed we not in the same spirit? | to you-ward is not weak, but walked we not in the same is mighty in you. steps ?
4 For though he was cruci. 19 Again, think ye that we fied through weakness, yet he excuse ourselves unto you? | liveth by the power of God. we speak before God in Christ: For we also are weak in him, but we do all things, dearly but we shall live with him by beloved, for your edifying. the power of God toward you.
20 For I fear, lest, when I 5 Examine yourselves, whecome, I shall not find you such
be in the faith; prove as I would, and that I shall your own selves. Know ye be found unto you such as ye not your own selves, how that would not: lest there be de Jesus Christ is in you, except bates, envyings, wraths, strifes, ye be reprobates ?
unreclaimed CHAPTER I.
offenders. 6 But I trust that ye shall | the Lord hath given me to know that we are not repro- edification, and not to destrucbates.
tion. 7 Now I pray to God that ye 11 Finally, brethren, fare. do no evil; not that we should well. Be perfect, be of good appear approved, but that ye comfort, be of one mind, live should do that which is honest, in peace; and the God of love though we be as reprobates. and peace shall be with you.
8 For we can do nothing 12 Greet one another with a against the truth, but for the holy kiss. truth.
13 All the saints salute you. 9 For we are glad, when we 14 The grace of the Lord are weak, and ye are strong: / Jesus Christ, and the love of and this also we wish, even God, and the communion of your perfection.
the Holy Ghost, be with you 10 Therefore I write these all. Amen. things being absent, lest being
The second epistle to the Corinthipresent I should use sharpness, ans was written from Philippi, a city according to the power which of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
4 Who gave himself for our 1 Paul marvelleth that they are so soon turned sins, that he might deliver us to another gospel, 8 and accurseth those that preach any other gospel than he did. 11 He from this present evil world, learned the gospel not of men, beste ficcadi
: according to the will of God ing, 17 and what he did presently after it.
of 5 To whom be glory for ever men, neither by man, but and ever. Amen. by Jesus Christ, and God the 6 I marvel that ye are so Father, who raised him from soon removed from him that the dead;
called you into the grace of 2 And all the brethren which Christ unto another gospel: are with ine, unto the church. 7 Which is not another; but es of Galatia:
there be some that trouble 3 Grace be to you, and peace, you, and would pervert the from God the Father and from gospel of Christ. our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 But though we, or an angel
not from man. from heaven, preach any other | apostles before me; but I went gospel unto you than that into Arabia, and returned again which we have preached unto unto Damascus. you, let him be accursed.
18 Then after three years
I 9 As we said before, so say I went up to Jerusalem to see now again, If any man preach Peter, and abode with him fifany other gospel unto you teen days. than that ye have received, 19 But other of the apostles let him be accursed.
saw I none, save James the 10 For do I now persuade Lord's brother. men, or God? or do I seek to 20 Now the things which I please men? for if I yet pleased write unto you, behold, before men, I should not be the serv. God, I lie not. ant of Christ.
21 Afterwards I came into the 11 But I certify you, breth- regions of Syria and Cilicia; ren, that the gospel which was 22 And was unknown by face preached of me is not after unto the churches of Judea
which were in Christ: 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught That he which persecuted us it, but by the revelation of Je- in times past now preacheth sus Christ.
the faith which once he des. 13 For ye have heard of my troyed. conversation in time past in 24 And they glorified God the Jews' religion, how that in me. beyond measure I persecuted
CHAPTER II. the church of God, and wasted
1 He sheweth when and for what purpose he went it:
up again to Jerusalem ; 3 that Titus was not 14 And profited in the Jews'
circumcised; 11 and that he with stood Peter
for his dissimulation, because, while he bereligion above many my equals lieved in justification by faith in Christ, he in mine own nation, being
yet acted as if it came by works of law : 20
they that are justified by faith do not live in more exceedingly zealous of sin. the traditions of my fathers. WHEN fourteen years after 15 But when it pleased God,
I went up again to Jeruwho separated me from my salem with Barnabas, and took mother's womb, and called me Titus with me also. by his grace,
2 And I went up by revela16 To reveal his Son in me, tion, and communicated unto that I might preach him among them that gospel which I the heathen; immediately I preach among the Gentiles, conferred not with flesh and
but privately to them which blood :
were of reputation, lest by any 17 Neither went I up to Je- means I should run, or had rusalem to them which were
run, in vain.