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II. CORINTHIANS. ministration. not in tables of stone, but in into the same image from glory fleshy tables of the heart. to glory, even as by the Spirit of

4 And such trust have wo the Lord. through Christ to God-ward :

CHAPTER IV. 5 Not that we are sufficient of Paul's comfort in distress. ourselves to think any thing as THERERORE; niseeing WO ;

ministry, as we is of God;

have received mercy, we faint not; 6 Who also hath made us able 2 But have renounced the bid' ministers of the new testament; den things of dishonesty, not not of the letter, but of the walking in crattines3, nor handspirit: for the letter killeth, but ling the word of God deceitthe spirit giveth life.

fully; but, by manifestation of 7 But if the ministration of the truth, commending our. death, written and eagraven in selves to every man's conscience stones, was glorious, so that the in the sight of God. children of Israel' could not 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is steadfastly behold the face of hid to them that are lost: Moses for the glory of his coun 4 In whoin the god of this tenance; which glory was to be world hath blinded the minds done away

of them which believe not, lest 8 How shall not the ministra- the light of the glorious gospel tion fthe spirit be rather glorious? of Christ, who is the image of 9 For if the ministration of God, should shine unto them. condeinnation be glory, much 5 For we preach not ourselves, more doth the ministration of but Christ Jesus the Lord; and righteousness exceed in glory. ourselves your servants for Je

10 For even that which was sus' sake. made glorious had no glory in 6 For God, who commanded this respect, by reason of the the light to shine out of darkglory that excelleth.

ness, hath shined in our hearts, 11 For if that which is done to give the light of the knowl. away w18 glorious, much more edge of the glory of God in the that which remaineth is glorious. face of Jesus Christ.

12 Seeing then that we have 7 But we have this treasure in such hope, we use great plain- earthen vessels, that the excelness of speech:

lency of the power may be of 13 And not as Moses, which God, and not of us. put a vail over his face, that the 8 We are troubled on every children of Israel could not side, yet not distressed; we are steadfastly look to the end of perplexed, but not in despair; that which is abolished :

9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; 14 But their minds were blind- cast down, but not destroyed; ed: for until this day remaineth 10 Always bearing about in the the same vail untaken away in body the dying of the Lord Jethe reading of the old testa- sus, that the life also of Jesus ment; which vail is done away might be made manifest in our in Christ.

body. 15 But even unto this day, 11 For we which live are alwhen Moses is read, the vail is way delivered unto death for upon their heart.

Jesus' sake, that the life also of 16 Nevertheless, when it shall Jesus might be made manifest turn to the Lord, the vail shall in our mortal flesh. be taken away.

12 So then death worketh in 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: us, but life in you. and where the Spirit of the 13 We having the same spirit Lord is, there is liberty, of faith, according as it is writ

18 But we all, with open ten, I believed, and therefore face beholding as in a glass the have I spoken; we also believe glory of the Lord, are changed and therefore speak;

Paul's hope II. CORINTHIANS. of immortality.

14 Knowing that he which 10 For we must all appear beraised up the Lord Jesus shall fore the judgment seat of Christ; raise up us also by Jesus, and that every one may receive the shall present us with you. things done in his body, accord

15 For all things are for your ing to that he hath done, whethBakes, that the abundant grace er it be good or bad. might through the thanksgiving 11 Knowing therefore the terof many redound to the glory ror of the Lord, we persuade of God.

men; but we are made mani. 16 For which cause we faint fest unto God, and I trust also not; but though our outward are made manifest in your conman perish, yet the inward man sciences. is renewed day by day.

12 For we commend not our 17 For our light affliction, selves again unto you, but give which is but for a moment, you occasion to glory on vur beworketh for us & far more exceed half, that ye may have someing and eternal weight of glory; what to answer them which 18 While we look not at the glory in appearance, and not in things which are seen, but at heart. the things which are not seen : 13 For whether we be beside for the things which are seen are ourselves, it is to God: or whetemporal; but the things which ther we be sober, it is for your are not seen are eternal.

cause. CHAPTER V.

14 For the love of Christ conPaul's hwpe of immortality. straineth us; because we thus TOR we know that, if our judge, that if one died for all, nacle were dissolved, we have 15 And that he died for all, a building of God, a house not that they which live should not made with hands, eternal in the henceforth live unto themselves, heavens.

but unto him which died for 2 For in this we groan, ear, them, and rose again. nestly desiring to be clothed 16 Wherefore henceforth know upon with our house which is we no man after the flesh: yea, from heaven:

though we have known Christ 3 If so be that being clothed after the flesh, yet now hencewe shall not be found naked. forth know we him no more. 4 For we that are in this taber-17 Therefore if any man be in nacle do groan, being burdened: Christ, he is a new creature: not for that we would be un- old things are passed away; clothed, but clothed upon, that behold, all things are become mortality might be swallowed new. up of life.

18 And all things are of God, 6 Now he that hath wrought who hath reconciled us to him. us for the selfsame thing is self by Jesus Christ, and hath God, who also hath given unto given to us the ministry of recus the earnest of the Spirit. onciliation; 6 Therefore we are always con 19 To wit, that God was in fident, knowing that, whilst we Christ, reconciling the world are at home in the body, we are unto himself, not imputing their absent from the Lord :

trespasses unto them; and hath 7 For we walk by faith, not by committed unto us the word of Bight:

reconciliation. 8 We are confident, I say, and 20 Now then we are ambaswilling rather to be absent from sadors for Christ, as though God the body, and to be present did beseech you by us; we pray with the Lord.

you in Christ's stead, be ye rec9 Wherefore we labour, that, onciled to God. whether present or absent, we

21 For he hath made him to be may be accepted of him. sin for us, who knew no sin;


Paul's faithfulness. II. CORINTHIANS.

Holiness urged. that we might be made the Christ with Belial ? or what righteousness of God in him. part hath he that believeth CHAPTER VI.

with an infidel? Paul's faithfulness in preaching. 16 And what agreement hath TE then, as workers together the temple of God with idols?

with him, beseech you also for ye are the temple of the liv, that ye receive not the grace ing. God; as God hath said, I of God in vain.

will dwell in them, and walk in 2 (For he saith, I have heard them; and I will be their God, thee in a time accepted, and in and they shall be my people. the day of salvation have I suc 17 Wherefore come out from coured thee: behold, now is the among them, and be ye sepaaccepted time; behold, now is rate, saith the Lord, and touch the day of salvation.)

not the unclean thing; and I 3 Giving no offence in any will receive you, thing, that the ministry be not 18 And will be a Father unto blamed:

you, and ye shall be my song 4 But in all things approving and daughters, saith the Lord ourselves as the ministers of Almighty. God, in much patience, in af

CHAPTER VII. flictions, in necessities, in dis

Purity of life. tresses,


TAVING therefore these prom5 In stripes, in imprisonments, ises, dearly beloved, let us in tumults, in labours, in watch-cleanse ourselves from all filthi. ings, in fastings;.

ness of the flesh and spirit, per 6 By pureness, by knowledge, fecting holiness in the fear of by longsuffering, by kindness, God. by the Holy Ghost, by love un 2 Receive us, we have wrong, feigned,

ed no man, we have corrupted 7 By the word of truth, by the no man, we have defrauded no power of God, by the armour man. of righteousness on the right 3 1 speak not this to condemn hand and on the left,

you : for I have said before, that 8 By honour and dishonour, by ye are in our hearts to die and evil report and good report: as live with you. deceivers, and yet true;

4 Great is my boldness of 9 As unknown, and yet well speech toward you, great is my known; as dying, and, behold, glorying of you: I am filled we live; as chastened, and not with comfort, I am exceeding

joyful in all our tribulation. 10 As sorrowful, yet alway re 5 For, when we were come joicing;. as poor, yet making into Macedonia, our flesh had many rich; as having nothing, no rest, but we were troubled and yet possessing all things. on every side: without were

11 0 ye Corinthians, our mouth fightings, within were fears. is open unto you, our heart is 6 Nevertheless God, that comenlarged.

forteth those that are cast down, 12 Ye are not straitened in us, comforted us by the coming of but ye are straitened in your Titus: own bowels.

7 And not by his coming only, 13 Now for a recompense in but by the consolation where the same, I speak as unto my with he was comforted in you, children,) be ye also enlarged. when he told us your earnest 14 Be ye not unequally yoked desire, your mourning, your together with unbelievers : for fervent mind toward me; 80 what fellowship hath righteous that rejoiced the more. ness with unrighteousness ? and 8 For though I made you sorry what communion hath light with a letter, I do not repent. with darkness?

though I did repent: for I per. 15 And what concord hath ceive that the same epistle hath


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Godly sorrow. II. CORINTHIANS. Liberality enjoined. made you sorry, though it were erty abounded unto the riches but for a season.

of their liberality. 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye 3 For to their power, I bear were made sorry, but that ye record, yea, and beyond their sorrowed to repentance: for ye power they were willing of were made sorry after a godly themselves; manner, that ye might receive 4 Praying us with much endamage by us in nothing. treaty that we would receive

10 For godly sorrow worketh the gift, and take upon us the repentance to salvation not to fellowship of the ministering be repented of: but the sorrow to the saints. of the world worketh death. 5 And this they did, not as we

11 For behold this selfsame hoped, but first gave their own thing, that ye sorrowed after a selves to the Lord, and unto us godly sort, what carefulness it by the will of God. wrought in you, yea, what clear- 6 Insomuch that we desired ing of yourselves, yea, what in- Titus, that as he had begun, so dignation, yea, what fear, yea, he would also finish in you the what vehement desire, yea, same grace also. what zeal, yea, what revenge! 7 Therefore, as ye abound in In all things ye have approved every thing, in faith, and utyourselves to be clear in this terance and knowledge, and matter.

in all diligence, and in your 12 Wherefore, though I wrote love to us, sce that ye abound unto you, I did it not for his in this grace also. cause that had done the wrong, 8 1 speak not by command. nor for his cause that suffered ment, but by occasion of the for. wrong, but that our care for wardness of others, and to prove you in the sight of God might the sincerity of your love. appear unto you.

9 For ye know the grace of our 13 Therefore we were comfort, Lord Jesus Christ, that, though ed in your comfort: yea, and he was rich, yet for your sakes exceedingly the more joyed he became poor, that ye through we for the joy of Titus, be: his poverty might be rich. cause his spirit was refreshed 10 And herein I give my ad. by you all.

vice: for this is expedient for 14 For if I have boasted any you, who have begun before, thing to him of you, I am not not only to do, but also to be ashamed; but as we spake all forward a year ago. things to you in truth, even so 11 therefore perform the our boasting, which I made doing of it; that as there was before Titus, is found a truth. a readiness to will, so there 15 And his inward affection may be a performance also out is more abundant toward you, of that which ye have. whilst he remembereth the 12 For if there be first a willobedience of you all, how ing mind, it is accepted acwith fear and trembling ye re- cording to that a man hath, ceived him.

and not according to that ho 16 I rejoice therefore that I hath not. have confidence in you in all 13 For I mean not that other things.

men be eased, and ye burdenCHAPTER VIII.

ed: Liberality enjoined. 14 But by an equality, that

: do you to wit of the grace ance may be a supply for their of God bestowed on the church- want, that their abundance also es of Macedonia,

may be a supply for your want; 2 How that, in a great trial that there may be equality : of atfliction, the abundance of 15 As it is written, He the their joy and their deep povo had gathered much had nothin

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God loveth a

II. CORINTHIANS. cheerful giver. over; and he that had gathered say not, ye) should be ashamed little had no lack.

in this same confident boasting. 16 But thanks be to God, which 5 Therefore I thought it neput the same earnest care into cessary to exhort the brethren, the heart of Titus for you. that they would go before unto 17 For indeed he accepted the you, and make up beforehand exhortation : but being more your bounty, whereof ye had now forward, of his own accord he tice before, that the same might went unto you.

be ready, as a matter of bounty, 18 And we have sent with and not as of covetousness. him the brother, whose praise 6 But this I say, He which sowis in the gospel throughout all eth sparingly shall reap also the churches;

sparingly; and he which sowo 19 And not that only, but who eth bountifully shall reap also was also chosen of the churches bountifully. to travel with us with this grace, 7 Every man according as he which is administered by us to purposeth in his heart, so let the glory of the same Lord, and him give; not srudgingly, or declaration of your ready mind : of necessity : for God loveth a 20 Avoiding this, that no mancheerful giver. should blame us in this abundance 8 And God is able to make all which is administered by us: grace abound toward you; that

21 Providing for honest things, ye, always having all sufficiennot only in the sightof the Lord, cy in all things, may abound but also in the sight of men. to every good work: 22 And we have sent withthem 9 As it is written, He hath our brother, whom we have dispersed abroad; he hath give oftentimes proved diligent in en to the poor: his righteousmany things, but now much ness remaineth for ever. more diligent, upon the great 10 Now he that ministereth seed confidence which I have in you. to the sower both minister bread

23 Whether any do inquire for your food, and multiply your of Titus, he is my partner and seed sown, and increase the fellow helper concerning you: fruits of your righteousness: or our brethren be inquired of, 11 Being enriched in every they are the messengers of the thing to all bountifulness, which churches, and the glory of causeth through us thanksgiv. Christ.

ing to God. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, 13 For the administration of and before the churches, the this service not only supplieth proof of your

love, and of our the want of the saints, but is boasting on your behalf.

abundant also by many thanks. CHAPTER 1X.

givings unto God; Almsgiviny recommended. 13 While by the experiment of FOR:

as touching the minis- this ministration they glorify tering to the saints, it is su- God for your professed subjecperfluous for me to write to you: tion unto the gospel of Christ, 2 For I know the forward and for your liberal distribution ness of your mind, for which I unto them, and unto all men ; boast of you to them of Mace-14 And by their prayer for you, donia, that Achaia was ready which long after you for the exa year ago; and your zeal hath ceeding grace of God in you. provoked very many.

15 Thanks be unto God for his 3 Yet have I sent the breth- unspeakable gift. ren, lest our boasting of you

CHAPTER X. should be in vain in this behalt'; Paul vindicateth his authority. Lest haply if they of Mace Now, Paul myself beseech

you by the meekness and donia come with me, and find gentleness of Christ, who in you unprepared, we (that we presence am base among you,

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