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14 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.


11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

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present with that confidence, 13 But we will not boast of wherewith I think to be bold things without our measure, against some, which think of but according to the measure us as if we walked according of the rule which God hath to the flesh. distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

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4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the pulling down of strong holds ;) gospel of Christ:

5 Casting down imaginations, 15 Not boasting of things and every high thing that ex- without our measure, that is, alteth itself against the know- of other men's labours; but ledge of God, and bringing in- having hope, when your faith to captivity every thought to is increased, that we shall be the obedience of Christ; enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

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 are we Christ's.

16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

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Paul glories II. CORINTHIANS, 11. in his ministry.


WOULD to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with


2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

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, they may be found even as we.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be 4 For if he that cometh transformed as the ministers preacheth another Jesus, of righteousness; whose end whom we have not preached, shall be according to their or if ye receive another spirit, works. which ye have not received, or 16 I say again, Let no man another gospel, which ye have think me a fool; if otherwise, not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.

yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. 17 That which I speak, speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly in this 6 But though I be rude in confidence of boasting. speech, yet not in knowledge: 18 Seeing that many glory but we have been throughly after the flesh, I will glory also. made manifest among you in 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, all things. 7 Have I committed an of-seeing ye yourselves are wise. fence in abasing myself that. 20 For ye suffer if a man ye might be exalted, because bring you into bondage, if a I have preached to you the man devour you, if a man take gospel of God freely? of you, if a man exalt him8I robbed other churches, self, if a man smite you on the taking wages of them, to do


21 I speak as concerning reyou service. 9 And when I was present weak. Howbeit whereinsoever proach, as though we had been with you, and wanted, I was any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) chargeable to no man: for that I am bold also.

which was lacking to me the 22 Are they Hebrews? so am brethren which came from I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Macedonia supplied: and in Are they the seed of Abraham? all things I have kept myself so am I.

from being burdensome unto 23 Are they ministers of you, and so will I keep myself. Christ? (I speak as a fool) I 10 As the truth of Christ is am more; in labours more in me, no man shall stop me abundant, in stripes above

He glories in II. CORINTHIANS, 12. his infirmities. measure, in prisons more fre- fourteen years ago, (whether quent, in deaths oft. in the body, I cannot tell; or 24 Of the Jews five times re- whether out of the body, I canceived I forty stripes save one. not tell: God knoweth ;) such 25 Thrice was I beaten with an one caught up to the third rods, once was I stoned, thrice heaven. I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep.

3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth ;)

4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painful- 6 For though I would desire ness, in watchings often, in to glory, I shall not be a fool; hunger and thirst, in fastings for I will say the truth: but often, in cold and nakedness. now I forbear, lest any man 28 Beside those things that should think of me above that are without, that which cometh which he seeth me to be, or upon me daily, the care of all that he heareth of me. the churches.

7 And lest I should be exalt29 Who is weak, and I am abundance of the revelations, ed above measure through the not weak? who is offended, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of 30 If I must needs glory, I Satan to buffet me, lest I should will glory of the things which be exalted above measure. concern mine infirmities.

and I burn not?

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison,desirous to apprehend


33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.


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8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled I will commended of you, for in for me me: for I ought to have been

come to visions and revela- nothing am I behind the very tions of the Lord. chiefest apostles. though I be

2I knew a man in Christ above nothing.

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