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“thing over; and he that had “gathered little, had no want.” 16 And thanks be to God, who put that earnest concern for you into the heart of Titus: 17 for he received, indeed, our exhortation; but, being very forward, he went to you of his own accord. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise in the gospel is throughout all the churches; 19 and not that only, but who also was appointed, by the churches, to be our fellow-traveller with that bounty which was administered by us, to the glory of the Lord, and to the demonstration of our own readineSS : 20 avoiding this; that any one should blame us in the application of that munificence which is administered by us: 21 for we are provident to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And, with them, we have sent our brother, whom we have often proved to be diligent in many things; but now much more diligent, through the great confidence which he hath in you: 23 and, if any inquire concerning Titus, he is my partner and fellow-labourer for you : or, if our other brethren be inquired
after, they are messengers of the churches, and the glory of
Christ : 24 wherefore, shew to them,
before the churches, the proof of your love, and the ground of
our boasting on your behalf.
UT, indeed, it is superfluous for me to write to you concerning the ministering to the saints; 2 for I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to the Macedonians, telling them, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath excited very many: 3 nevertheless, I have sent the brethren to you, that our boasting of you should not be in vain in this particular; that ye may be ready, as I said ye were: 4 lest, if any Macedonians should come with me, and find that you are not ready, we (not to say, ye) should be shamed in this ground of our confidence: 5 therefore, I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you, and to take measures beforehand; that your promised bounty might be ready as a bounty on your part, and not as an extortion on our part.
c. viii. 10.
6 But, remember this, that he Gal. v. 7.
, who soweth sparingly, will also
reap sparingly; and he who soweth bountifully, will also reap bountifully. 7 Let each give, as he had first designed in his heart; not regretfully, or as of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver: 8 and God is able to make every gift abound toward yourselves; so that, having alwaysall sufficiency in all things, ye may abound to every good work; 9 as it is written, “He hath “dispersed abroad; he hath “given to the poor: his justi“fication remaineth for ever.” 10 And he who supplieth seed to the sower, will both supply bread for your food, and will multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your justification; 11 being in every thing enriched for all bountifulness, which, through us, worketh thanksgiving to God. 12 For, the administration of this service, not only supplieth the wants of the saints; but aboundeth also, in many thanksgivings to God; 13 while, by the experience of that administration, they glo
15 Thanks be to God, for his unspeakable gifts
ND I, Paul, do myself exhort you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ; who in presence am lowly among you, but, while absent, am bold toward you; 2 nay, I beseech you, that, when I am present, I may not be bold with that confidence with which I think to be bold against some, who account of us as if we walked according to the flesh: 3 for, though we walk in the flesh, we war not according to the flesh : 4 for, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty, through God, to the demolishing of resistances; 5 with which we demolish disputings, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God; and bring every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ; 6 and are in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be completed. 7 Look ye on things according to the outward appearance only? if any one thinketh he may trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him also think this of himself, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we :
8 for, if I should boast somewhat largely of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for your edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be shamed : 9 that I may not seem, as if I would only terrify you by my letters: 10 for, his letters, they say, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible: 11 let such an one take account of this, that, as we are in word by letters, when we are absent, such will we also be in deed, when we are present. 12 For, we dare not number, or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but they consider not, that they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves among themselves: 13 but, we will not boast of things beyond our measure, but only according to the measure of the rule which God hath measured out for us, and which extendeth even to you : 14 for we do not overstretch ourselves (as if we did not reach to you); for we came even as far as to you, in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 not boasting, I say, of things beyond our measure, that is, of others' labours; but having a hope, that, when your faith is increased among you,
we shall be abundantly enlarged in our rule; 16 so as to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you: not to glory in another's rule, of things already prepared for us; 17 but, “he that glorieth, let “him glory in the Lord:” 18 for, not he who commendeth himself is approved, but he whom the Lord commendeth.
I WOULD, that ye would bear with me in a little folly: and now, do bear with me; 2 for, I am jealous of you with a godly jealousy; for I prepared you for one husband, that I may present you, as a chaste virgin, to the Christ; 3 but I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve through his subtilty, your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity and purity that is in the Christ; 4 if, when he who cometh preach another Jesus whom we have not preached, or ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye have not derived from us, ye bear favourably with him. 5 But, I account that I am in nothing inferior to the very chiefest of the apostles; 6 and even if I am rude in speech, yet I am not in knowledge; in all things we have been made thoroughly manifest to you. 7 Or, have I committed a fault, in lowering myself that ye may be exalted; because I preach to you the gospel of God, without reward 7 8 I robbed other churches, by taking their wages to do your service; 9 and, when I was present with you, and wanted any thing, I was chargeable to no one; for, the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied my want : and in all things I have kept myself unburdensome to you, and so will keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting shall not be silenced in me in the regions of Achaia: 11 why? do I not love you? God knoweth : 12 but what I do, I will still do; that I may cut off all occasion from those who desire occasion to seem even as we, in that in which they glory: 13 for, such are false apostles, deceitful workers, counterfeiting apostles of Christ: 14 and no wonder; for Satan himself hath counterfeited an angel of light: 15 it is no great thing, then, if his ministers also have counterfeited ministers of justifica
c. xiii. 10.
Jer. ix. 24.
Gal. i. 7, 8.
tion ; whose end will be according to their works. 16 I say again, Let no one think me a fool; but if otherwise, yet receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little. 17 What I now speak, on this ground of boasting, 1 speak not after the Lord, but as foolishly; 18 since many boast after the flesh, I also will boast. 19 For ye bear with fools gladly, being yourselves wise: 20 for ye bear with it, if any one enslave you, if any one devour you, if any one take from you, if any one exalt himself, if any one smite you on the face. 21 I speak with respect to reproach, as if we had been weak; yet, in whatsoever any one is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also : 22 are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites? so am I : are they the seed of Abraham 2 so am I : 23 are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in prisons more frequent, in stripes above measure, in deaths often : 24 from the Jews, five times I received forty stripes, save one: Deut. xxv.2. 25 thrice I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I passed in the deep;
Acts, ix. 25.
26 in journeyings often ; in perils from waters, in perils from robbers, in perils from my own countrymen, in perils from the Gentiles; in perils in the city, in perils in the deserts, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren: 27 in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often ; in hunger and thirst, in fastings often ; in cold and nakedness: 28 besides the things that are without, that which presseth on me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak 2 who is made to stumble, and I burn not?
F I must needs boast, I will boast of the things which regard my infirmity: 2 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 3 In Damascus, the governor of Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to apprehend me; 4 yet, I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. 5 Must I needs boast? it is not good indeed, yet I will come even to visions and revelations of the Lord. 6 I know a man in Christ
who, fourteen years ago, was caught up to the third heaven; whether in the body, I know not, or whether out of the body, I know not; God only knoweth : 7 and I know that such a man, (whether in the body, or apart from the body, God only knoweth,) was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 8 Of such an one I will boast; but of myself I will not boast, except of my infirmities: 9 yet, if I should wish to boast, I should not be a fool, for I should say the truth: but I forbear, lest any one should, from the very sublimity of the revelations, ascribe to me more than he seeth me to be, or heareth from me: 10 wherefore, that I should not be exalted above measure, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to chastise me: 11 for this, I thrice besought the Lord, that it might depart from me;
12 but he said to me, “My Is. XXx. 15.
“grace is sufficient for thee: “for my strength is made per“fect in weakness.” 13 Most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast of my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell upon me: