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unto you, I did it not for his we hoped, but first gave their cause that had done the wrong, own selves to the Lord, and nor for his cause that suffered unto us by the will of God: wrong, but that our care for you 6. Insomuch that we desired in the sight of God might appear. Titus, that as he had begun, so unto you. he would also finish in you the 13. Therefore we were com-same grace also. forted in your comfort:yea, and 7 #. as ye abound exceedingly the more joyed we in every thing, in faith, and for the joy of Titus, because his utterance, and knowledge, and spirit was refreshed by you all. in all diligence, and in your love 14 For if I have boasted any to us, see that ye abound in this thing to him of you, I am not grace also. ashamed; but as we spake all 8 I speak not by commandthings to you in truth, even so ment, but by occasion of the forour boasting, which I made be-wardness of others, and to prove fore Titus, is found a truth. the sincerity of your love. i5 And his inward affection "9"For ye know the grace is more abundant toward you, of our Lord Jesus Christ, that whilst he remembereth the obe- though he was rich, yet for your dience of you all, how with fear sakes he became poor, that §: and trembling ye received him, through his poverty might be I rejoice therefore that I rich. have confidence in you in all 10 And herein I give my adthings. vice: o i. is .."; for you, who have begun before, 1. He -: HAP: y"... to the 99t only to do, but also to be into is he commonieth Titus and oth forward a year ago. ers, &c. | 11 Now therefore perform MOREQWER brethren, we the doing of it; that as there do you to wit of the grace was a readiness to will, so there of Godbestowed on the churches may be a performance also out of of Macedonia; that which ye have. 2 How that in a great trial 12 For if there be first a wilof affliction, the abundance of ling mind, it is accepted accortheir joy, and their deep pover-ding to that a man hath, and not ty, abounded unto the riches of according to that he hath not. their liberality. 13 For I mean not that other 3 For to their power, I bear men be eased, and you burdenrecord, yea, and beyond their ed: o power, they were willing of 14 But by an equality, that themselves; now at this time your abundance 4 Praying us with much may be a supply for their want, entreaty, that we would receive that their abundance also may the gift, and take upon us the be a supply for your want, that fellowship of the ministering to there may be equality: the saints. 15 As it is written, He that 5 And this they did, not as had gathered much had nothing

over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for

you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered # uS : 21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in

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§ Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before. that the same might be ready as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousIneSS.

6 But this I say, He which soweth *...; shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully, shall reap also boun

to: 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not #. or of necessity: for God loveth a cheergiver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;

that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to §§ good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now, he that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 .# enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 While by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the o of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; i4 And by their prayer for you, which long after you, for the exceeding grace of God in

you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

CHAP. X.

Paul wisheth for no cause to exert his spiritual power and authority, &c. Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in {j am base among you, ut being absentam bold toward OUI : y 2. But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to

3 For though we walk the flesh, we the flesh: 4. (For the weapons of out warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, on your obedience is fulfil€01. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so arewe Christ's. 8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters (say they) (1762 .#. and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 1T Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also indeed when we are present. 12 For wedare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as * though we reached not unto you; for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarg— ed by you, according to our rule abundantly, 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's

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preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if yereceive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoro | made manifest among you in things. 7Have Icommitted anoffence in abasing myself that ye might be o: o: I * preached to you the gospel o God freely 4 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. 9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man : for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Wherefore ? because I love you not! God knoweth. 12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion ; that wherein they glory, ho may be found even as we. 3For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transformin themselves into the apostles .# Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan

himself is transformed into antrymen, in perils by the heathen,

angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great
thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall
be according to their works.
16 I say again, Let no man
think me a fool; if otherwise
yet as a fool receive me, that i
may boast myself a little.
7 That which I speak, I
speak it not after the Lord, but
as it were foolishly, in this con-
fidence of boasting.
18 Seeing that many glory af-
ter the flesh, I will glory also.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly,
seeing ye yourselves are wise.
20. For ye suffer, if a man
bring you into bondage, if a man
devour you, if a man take of you,

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sumite you on the face.
21 I speak as concerning re-
proach, as though we had ion
weak. Howbeit, whereinsoever
any 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!
so am I.
23 Are they ministers of
Christ! (I speak as a fool) I am
more; in labours more abundant,
in stripes above measure, in pris-
ons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times re-
ceived I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with
rods, once was I stoned, thrice
I suffered shipwreck, a night
and a day I have been in the
deep ;
26. In journeyings often, in
perils of waters, in perils of rob-
bers, in perils by mine own coun-

in perils in the city, in perils in
the wilderness, in perils in the
sea, in perils among false breth-
ren ;
27 In weariness and pain-
fulness, in watchings often, in
hunger and thirst, in fastings of.
ten, in cold and nakedness.
28 Besides those things that
are without, that which cometh
upon me daily, the care of all
the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am
not weak 2 who is offended, and
I burn not ?
30 Is Imust needs glory, I will
glory of the things which con-
cern mine infirmities.
31 The God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, which is bles-
sed for evermore, knoweth that
lie not.
32 In Damascus the gover-
nor under Aretas the king kept
the city of the Damascenes with
a garrison, desirous to appre-
hend me: -
. 33, And through a window
in a basket was I let down by
the wall, and escaped his hands.
CHAP. XII.

1 He chooseth to commend his apostleship,
not by revelations, 9 but by his infirmities,
11 blaming them for forcing his boasting.
T is not expedient for me
doubtless to glory. I will come
to visions and revelations of the
Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ
above fourteen years ago,
(whether in the body, I cannot
tell; or whether out of the body,
I cannot tell ; God knoweth ;

|such a one caught up to the thi

heaven.
3 And I knew such a man,
(whether in the body, or out of

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