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c. iii. 1. v. 13.
14 wherefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions and afflictions, for Christ's sake : for, when I am weak, then am I strong. 15 Am I become a fool 2 ye have compelled me; for I ought to have been commended by you: for I am inferior in nothing to the very chiefest apostles, although I am nothing. 16 Truly, the signs of an apostle were wrought among you, in me, in all patience; in miracles, and wonders, and mighty deeds: 17 for, what is there in which ye were inferior to the other churches? unless it was that I myself did not burden you : forgive me this injury. 18 Behold, I am ready this third time to come to you, yet I will not burden you; for I seek not that which is yours, but you yourselves: for, the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children: 19 and I will most gladly spend, and be spent, for you ; although the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 20 But be it, that though I did not burden you, yet, being crafty, I caught you by guile: 21 did I make gain of you, by any one of those whom I sent to you? 22 I desired Titus to go to
you, and with him I sent a brother: did Titus make gain of you in any thing? did we not both walk in the same spirit, nay, in the same steps, as heretofore ? 23 Think ye that we are excusing ourselves to you? we are speaking before God, in Christ; and all, beloved, for the sake of your edification: 24 for I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as ye would not : lest there be contentions, jealousy, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 25 Lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you; and that I shall bewail many who have already sinned, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness which they have committed.
3 since ye seek a proof that Christ speaketh in me, who is not weak toward you, but is mighty in you : 4 for, he was crucified through weakness, but liveth through the power of God; and we also are weak in him, but shall live, with him, through the power of God. 5 Make trial of yourselves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves: or, know ye not yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless ye fail in the proof? 6 but I trust that ye will know, that we do not fail in the proof: 7 and we pray to God, that ye do nothing evil; not that we may appear approved, but that ye should do that which is right, though we be accounted as disapproved: 8 for, we can do nothing
against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice, when we are weak but ye are strong: and for this we pray, even your perfection: 10 therefore, I write these things while I am absent, that when I am present I may not use severity, according to the authority which the Lord hath given me for edification, but c. x. 8. not for destruction. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell! Be ye perfect; receive Heb. xiii.22. exhortation; be of one mind; live in peace; and the God of love, and of peace, will be with you. 12 Salute one another, with an holy kiss: 13 all the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all!
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi.
EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
CHAPTER I. PAUL, an apostle, (not from
men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father who raised him from the dead;) 2 and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia; 3 grace and peace be to you, from God the Father; and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world; 4 according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever! Amen! 5 I wonder that ye have so soon withdrawn yourselves, from him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel: 6 which, indeed, is not another gospel; only "there are some who trouble you, and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. 7 But if we, or an angel
from heaven, preach to you any other gospel than that which we preached to you, let him be accursed : 8 as we said before, so I now say again, If any one preach to you any other gospel than that which ye received from us, let him be accursed. 9 For, do I now strive to gain men, or God; or do I seek to please men 2 for, if I still pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ. 10 But I certify to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me, was not preached after man; 11 for I neither received it from, nor was taught it by, man; but, by a revelation of Jesus Christ: 12 for, ye have heard of my former course in the Jewish religion, that I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it beyond measure; 13 and surpassed many of my equals in years, of my own nation, in the Jewish religion; being zealous to excess for the traditions of my fathers. 14 But, when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I should preach him among the Gentiles; 15 I did not, immediately, communicate with flesh and blood; nor did I return to Jerusalem, to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and came back again to Damascus. 16 Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Kephas, and I continued with him fifteen days; 17 but I saw no other of the apostles, except James, the Lord's brother: 18 and in what I write to you, behold, before. God, I lie not. 19 Then, I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia: 20 and I was unknown, in person, to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 21 but they had only heard, That he who formerly persecuted us, now preacheth the faith which he before destroyed : 22 and they glorified God
CHAPTER II. HEN, and within four
years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus with me: 2 and I went up openly, and laid before them all, the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles; and severally to those who were chiefly esteemed, that I might not run, or have run, in vain. 3 But, neither was Titus, who was with me and who was a Greek, circumcised as of necessity, but only on account of the false brethren that had creptin; 4 who insinuated themselves, to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage : 5 to whom we gave way for the moment, not by submission, but that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 And, as to those who were reputed something, whatever they were maketh no difference to me, (God accepteth not the person of man); for, they who were so reputed, contributed nothing to me: 7 but, on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as that of the circumcision was to Peter; 8 (for he who wrought in Peter for the apostleship of Z
or, in the Jourth year.
Acts, xxvi. 16, 17.
c. ii. 2.
Acts, ix. 21.
c. i. 17.
Acts, xv. 1.
the circumcision, wrought also in me for the Gentiles:) 9 and when they knew the grace that was given to me, James, Kephas, and John, who were esteemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; agreeing, thatweshould go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision; 10 only exhorting us to be mindful of the poor, which I was also forward to do. 11 But, when Kephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for, before certain persons came from James, he eat with the Gentiles: 12 but, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision: 13 and the other Jews, also, dissembled with him ; so that even Barnabas was carried away by their dissimulation: 14 but, when I saw that they walked not strait according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Kephas, before them all; 15 If thou, who art a Jew, livest as the Gentiles, and not as the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as the Jews? 16 We, who are by nature Jewish sinners, and not sinners of the Gentiles; and who know that a man is not justified by a law of works, but by faith in Christ Jesus,
17 even we have believed in Acts, xv. 11. Jesus Christ, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by a law of works: for, by a law of works, no flesh will be justified. 18 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, even we ourselves are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin 2 God forbid! 19 yet, if I build up again the things I have demolished, I render myself a transgressor: 20 for, by renouncing the law, I died to the law, that I might live to God; I am crucified with Christ : 21 nevertheless, I live: yet not I alone, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in God, and in Christ who loved me, and gave himself for me. 22 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for, if justifica- e. iii. 23. tion could have been by a law, truly Christ hath died in vain.
SENSELESS Galatians ! who hath fascinated you, e. i. 6. to whose eyes Jesus Christ is fore-written, crucified ? o 2 this only I would learn Acts, ill is from you, Received ye the Spirit by a law of works, or Rom:15, by faith in hearing 2 17, 18. 3 are ye so senseless, that having begun in the Spirit, ye now end in the flesh?