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you, lost, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto
Oll. 5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 7 So that contrariwise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be bbedient in as things. .10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I *t in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. -
try DO we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you ? 2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men : 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God ; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit:
for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 #. if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the &: of Moses for the glory of his lountenance; which glory was to be done away : 8 How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious ! 9, For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is gloriOUIS. 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished : 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same wail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which rail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18, IBut we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from § to glory, even as by the pirit of the Lord. CHAP. IV.
1 Paul's unwearied diligence and zeal in preaching : 7 his troubles for the same.
THERE ORE, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not ; 2. But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty; not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully ; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending our'selves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. 4, In, whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest
§ light of the glorious gospel
of Christ, who is the image of God, them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ }. the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of dark'ness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. . . 7 But we have this treasure
should shine unto
in earthern vessels, that the ex
cellenc of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are always, delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 4. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing, that he which raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all . for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgivin of many redound to the glory o God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of
glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen : for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
ernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly #. to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven : 3 If so be that being cloth: we shall not be found nak€(1. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the self-same thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord : 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the łoń. 9 Wherefore we labour, that whether present, or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give
you occasion to glory on our!
behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to Go Or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. 14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no lilore. 17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconcilation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them ; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the righ
| il Paul's sufferings and patience in the min
istry....14 Exhortation to avoid idolaters, &c.
W E then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I suc...} thee: behold, now is the accepted time; dehold, now is the ây of salvation.) 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed : 4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresseS, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 § the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true ; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
eousness of God in him.
12 Ye are not straitened in us,
but ye are straitened in your own 4 Great is, my boldness of bowels. speech toward you, great is my
13 Now for a recompense in glorying of you : I am filled the same (I speak as unto my with comfort, I am exceedingly children,) be ye also enlarged. joyful in all our tribulation. 14 Beyenotunequally yoked. 5 For, when we were come together with unbelievers: for into Macedonia, our flesh had what fellowship hath righteous: no rest, but we were troubled on ness with unrighteousness! and every side; without were fight
what communion hath light with darkness! 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel !
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols 1 for ye are the temple of the livil ing God; as God hath said, . I 'i dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you;
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
1 He exhorteth to purity of life, 3 and sheweth the source of his comfort in afflictions.
AVING therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no IIlall. 3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that !e are in our hearts to die and
ive with you.
ings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, thatcomforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8 For though I made you sor§ with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for sperceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance, for ye were made sorry after a od; manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this self-same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12Wherefore, though I wrote