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no lack. the same ritus

| little had no lack. But thanks be CHAP. VIII.

to God, which put the same earFeb. 12, June 10, Oct. 9.

nest care into the heart of Titus

for you. For indeed he accepted M OREOVER, brethren, we do the exhortation ; but being more Il you to wit of the grace of forward, of his own accord he God bestowed on the churches of went unto you. And we have sent Macedonia; how that in a great with him the brother, whose praise trial of affliction the abundance is in the gospel throughout all of their joy and their deep po the churches; and not that only, verty abounded unto the riches of but who was also chosen of the their liberality. For to their power, churches to travel with us with I bear record, yea, and beyond this grace, which is administered their power they were willing of by us to the glory of the same themselves; praying us with much Lord, and declaration of your intreaty that we would receive the ready mind: avoiding this, that gift, and take upon us the fellow no man should blame us in this ship of the ministering to the saints. abundance which is administered And this they did, not as we hop by us : providing for honest things, ed, but first gave their own selves not only in the sight of the Lord, to the Lord, and unto us by the but also in the sight of men. And will of God. Insomuch that we we have sent with them our brodesired Titus, that as he had be | ther, whom we have oftentimes gun, so he would also finish in you proved diligent in many things, the same grace also. Therefore, but now much more diligent, upas ye abound in every thing, in on the great confidence which I faith, and utterance, and know have in you. Whether any do enledge, and in all diligence, and quire of Titus, he is my partner in your love to us, see that ye a and fellowlielper concerning you: bound in this grace also. I speak or our brethren be enquired of, not by commandment, but by oc they are the messengers of the casion of the forwardness of others, churches, and the glory of Christ. and to prove the sincerity of your Wherefore shew ye to them, and love. For ye know the grace of before the churches, the proof of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though your love, and of our boasting on he was rich, yet for your sakes your behalf. he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. And

CHAP. IX. herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have

Feb. 13, June 12, Oct. 10. begun before, not only to do, but TOR as touching the ministeralso to be forward a year ago. Ting to the saints, it is superNow therefore perform the doing fluous for me to write to you: of it; that as there was a readi for I know the forwardness of ness to will, so there may be a per your mind, for which I boast of formance also out of that which you to them of Macedonia, that ye have. For if there be first a | Achaia was ready a year ago; and willing mind, it is accepted ac- your zeal hath provoked very macording to that a man liath, and ny. Yet have I sent the brethren, not according to that he hath not. | lest our boasting of you should For I mean not that other men be in vain in this behalf; that, be eased, and ye burdened: but as I said, ye may be ready: lest by an equality, that now at this haply if they of Macedonia come time your abundance may be a with me, and find you unpreparsupply for their want, that their ed, we (that we say not, ye) should abundance also may be a supply be ashamed in this same confident for your want: that there may be boasting. Therefore I thought it equality: as it is written, He that necessary to exhort the brethren, had gathered much had nothing that they would go before unto over; and he that had gathered | you, and make up beforehand

than had. He the be ashamat we and your

your bounty, whereof ye had no- | the pulling down of strong holds ;) tice before, that the same might casting down imaginations, and be ready, as a matter of bounty, every high thing that exalteth itand not as of covetousness. But self against the knowledge of God, this I say, He which soweth spar and bringing into captivity every ingly shall reap also sparingly; thought to the obedience of Christ; and he which soweth bountifully and having in a readiness to reshall reap also bountifully. Every venge all disobedience, when your man according as he purposeth obedience is fulfilled. Do ye look in his heart, so let him give; not on things after the outward apgrudgingly, or of necessity : for pearance? If any man trust to God loveth a cheerful giver. And himself that he is Christ's, let God is able to make all grace him of himself think this again, abound toward you ; that ye, al that, as he is Christ's, even so ways having all sufficiency in all are we Christ's. For though I things, may abound to every good should boast somewhat more of work: (as it is written, He hath our authority, which the Lord dispersed abroad; he hath given hath given us for edification, and to the poor: his righteousness re not for your destruction, I should maineth for ever. Now he that not be ashamed: that I may not ministereth seed to the sower both seem as if I would terrify you by minister bread for your food, and letters. For his letters, say they, multiply your seed sown, and in are weighty and powerful; but crease the fruits of your righte- | his bodily presence is weak, and ousness ;) being enriched in every his speech contemptible. Let such thing to all bountifulness, which an one think this, that, such as causeth through us thanksgiving | we are in word by letters when to God. For the administration we are absent, such will we be also of this service not only supplieth in deed when we are present. For the want of the saints, but is a we dare not make ourselves of bundant also by many thanksgiv the number, or compare ourselves ings unto God; whiles by the ex with some that commend themperiment of this ministration they selves: but they measuring themglorify God for your professed sub selves by themselves, and comjection unto the gospel of Christ, paring themselves among themand for your liberal distribution selves, are not wise. But we will unto them, and unto all men; not boast of things without our and by their prayer for you, which measure, but according to the long after you for the exceeding measure of the rule which God grace of God in you. Thanks be hath distributed to us, a measure unto God for his unspeakable gift. to reach even unto you. For we

stretch not ourselves beyond our CHAP. X.

measure, as though we reached

not unto you: for we are come Feb. 14, June 13, Oct. 11.

as far as to you also in preaching N OW I Paul myself beseech the gospel of Christ : not boasting

you by the meekness and of things without our measure, gentleness of Christ, who in pre that is, of other men's labours; sence am base among you, but be but having hope, when your faith ing absent am bold toward you: is increased, that we shall be enbut I beseech you, that I may not larged by you according to our be bold when I am present with rule abundantly, to preach the that confidence, wherewith I think gospel in the regions beyond you, to be bold against some, which and not to boast in another man's think of us as if we walked ac- line of things made ready to our cording to the flesh. For though hand. But he that glorieth, let we walk in the flesh, we do not him glory in the Lord. For not war after the flesh: (for the wea- | he that commendeth himself is pons of our warfare are not car- approved, but whom the Lord nal, but mighty through God to commendeth.

of the spel of on also in are com

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again, Let no man think me a

fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool Feb. 15, June 14, Oct. 12.

receive me, that I may boast myW OULD to God ye could bear self a little. That which I speak,

with me a little in my folly: I speak it not after tlie Lord, but and indeed bear with me. For I as it were foolishly, in this conam jealous over you with godly fidence of boasting. Seeing that jealousy: for I have espoused you many glory after the flesh, I will to one husband, that I may pre glory also. For ye suffer fools sent you as a chaste virgin to gladly, seeing ye yourselves are Christ. But I fear, lest by any wise. For ye suffer, if a man bring means, as the serpent beguiled you into bondage, if a man deEve through his subtilty, so yourvour you, if a man take of you, minds should be corrupted from if a man exalt himself, if a man the simplicity that is in Christ. smite you on the face. I speak as For if he that cometh preacheth concerning reproach, as though another Jesus, whom we have not we had been weak. Howbeit preached, or if ye receive another whereinsoever any is bold, (I spirit, which ye have not received, speak foolishly,) I am bold also. or another gospel, which ye have Are they Hebrews ? so am I. Are not accepted, ye might well bear they Israelites ? so am I. Are with him. For I suppose I was they the seed of Abraham ? so am not a whit behind the very chiefest I. Are they ministers of Christ? apostles. But though I be rude in (I speak as a fool) I am more; speech, yet not in knowledge; but in labours more abundant, in we have been throughly made stripes above measure, in prisons manifest among you in all things. more frequent, in deaths oft. Of Have I committed an offence in the Jews five times received I abasing myself that ye might be forty stripes save one. Thrice was exalted, because I have preached I beaten with rods, once was I to you the gospel of God freely? stoned, thrice I suffered shipI robbed other churches, taking wreck, a night and a day I have wages of them, to do you service. been in the deep; in journeyings And when I was present with you, often, in perils of waters, in perils and wanted, I was chargeable to of robbers, in perils by mine own no man: for that which was lack countrymen, in perils by the heaing to me the brethren which then, in perils in the city, in perils came from Macedonia supplied : in the wilderness, in perils in the and in all things I have kept my sea, in perils among false breself from being burdensome unto thren; in weariness and painfulyou, and so will I keep myself. ness, in watchings often, in hunAs the truth of Christ is in me, ger and thirst, in fastings often, no man shall stop me of this in cold and nakedness. Beside boasting in the regions of Achaia. those things that are without, Wherefore? because I love you that which cometh upon me daily, not? God knoweth. But what I the care of all the churches. Who do, that I will do, that I may cut is weak, and I am not weak? off occasion from them which de- who is offended, and I burn not? sire occasion; that wherein they If I must needs glory, I will glory glory, they may be found even as of the things which concern mine we. For such are false apostles, infirmities. The God and Father deceitful workers, transforming of our Lord Jesus Christ, which themselves into the apostles of is blessed for evermore, knoweth Christ. And no marvel; for Sa that I lie not. In Damascus the tan himself is transformed into an governor under Aretas the king angel of light. Therefore it is no kept the city of the Damascenes great thing if his ministers also with a garrison, desirous to ap. be transformed as the ministers prehend me: and through a winof righteousness; whose end shalldow in a basket was I let down by be according to their works. I say the wall, and escaped his hands.


hold, the third time I am ready

to come to you; and I will not be Feb. 16, June 15, Oct. 13.

burdensome to you: for I seek IT is not expedient for me doubt not your's, but you: for the chil

1 less to glory. I will come to dren ought not to lay up for the visions and revelations of the parents, but the parents for the Lord. I knew a man in Christ children. And I will very gladly above fourteen years ago, (whe- spend and be spent for you; ther in the body, I cannot tell; though the more abundantly Í or whether out of the body, I can | love you, the less I be loved. But not tell : God knoweth ;) such an be it so, I did not burden you: neone caught up to the third heaven. vertheless, being crafty, I caught And I knew such a man, (whe you with guile. Did I make a ther in the body, or out of the gain of you by any of them whom body, I cannot tell: God know I sent unto you? I desired Titus, eth;) how that he was caught up and with him I sent a brother. into paradise, and heard unspeak Did Titus make a gain of you? able words, which it is not lawful | walked we not in the same spirit? for a man to utter. Of such an walked ue not in the same steps ? one will I glory: yet of myself I Again, think ye that we excuse will not glory, but in mine in- ourselves unto you? we speak befirmities. For though I would fore God in Christ: but we do all desire to glory, I shall not be a things, dearly beloved, for your fool; for I will say the truth: but edifying. For I fear, lest, when I nowo I forbear, lest any man should come, I shall not find you such as think of me above that which he I would, and that I shall be found seeth me to be, or that he heareth unto you such as ye would not: of me. And lest I should be ex- lest there be debates, envyings, alted above measure through the wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisabundance of the revelations, perings, swellings, tumults: and there was given to me a thorn in lest, when I come again, my God the flesh, the messenger of Satan will humble me among you, and to buffet me, lest I should be that I shall bewail many which exalted above measure. For this have sinned already, and have thing I besought the Lord thrice, not repented of the uncleanness that it might depart from me. and fornication and lasciviousness And he said unto me, My grace which they have committed. is sufficient for thee : for my

CHAP. XIII. strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will Feb. 17, June 16, Oct. 14 I rather glory in my infirmities, THIS is the third time I am that the power of Christ may rest 1 coming to you. In the mouth upon me. Therefore I take plea of two or three witnesses shall sure in infirmities, in reproaches, every word be established. I told in necessities, in persecutions, in you before, and foretell you, as distresses for Christ's sake: for if I were present, the second time; when I am weak, then am I strong and being absent now I write to I am become a fool in glorying: | them which heretofore have sinye have compelled me: for I ought ned, and to all other, that, if I to have been commended of you: come again, I will not spare: for in nothing am I behind the since ye seek a proof of Christ very chiefest apostles, though I speaking in me, which to yoube nothing. Truly the signs of an ward is not weak, but is mighty apostle were wrought among you in you. For though he was cruin all patience, in signs, and won cified through weakness, yet he ders, and mighty deeds. For what liveth by the power of God. For is it wherein ye were inferior to we also are weak in him, but we other churches, except it be that shall live with him by the power I myself was not burdensome to of God toward you. Examine you? forgive me this wrong. Be- yourselves, whether ye be in the

gut i | Arethren, omfort, the G

faith; prove your own selves. | present I should use sharpness, Know ye not your own selves, according to the power which the how that Jesus Christ is in you, Lord hath given me to edification, except ye be reprobates ? But Í and not to destruction. Finally, trust that ye shall know that we brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be are not reprobates. Now I pray of good comfort, be of one mind, to God that ye do no evil; not | live in peace; and the God of love that we should appear approved, and peace shall be with you. Greet but that ye should do that which one another with an holy kiss. is honest, though we be as repro All the saints salute you. The bates. For we can do nothing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, against the truth, but for the and the love of God, and the comtruth. For we are glad, when we munion of the Holy Ghost, be are weak, and ye are strong: and with you all. Amen. this also we wish, even your per

The second épistle to the Corinthians fection. Therefore I write these was written from Philippi, a city of things being absent, lest being | Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas,




yet pleased men, I should not be

the servant of Christ. But I cerFeb. 18, June 17, Oct. 15.

tify you, brethren, that the gospel DAUL, an apostle, (not of men, which was preached of me is not I neither by man, but by Jesus after man. For I neither received Christ, and God the Father, who it of man, neither was I taught raised him from the dead ;) and it. but by the revelation of Jesus all the brethren which are with Christ. For ye have heard of my me, unto the churches of Galatia: conversation in time past in the Grace be to you and peace from Jews' religion, how that beyond God the Father, and from our measure I persécuted the church Lord Jesus Christ, who gave him of God, and wasted it: and proself for our sins, that he might fited in the Jews' religion above deliver us from this present evil many my equals in mine own world, according to the will of nation, being more exceedingly God and our Father: to whom zealous of the traditions of my be glory for ever and ever. Amen. fathers. But when it pleased God, I marvel that ye are so soon re who separated me from my momoved from him that called you ther's womb, and called me by his into the grace of Christ unto ano grace, to reveal his Son in me, ther gospel: which is not another; that I might preach him among but there be some that trouble the heathen; immediately I conyou, and would pervert the gospel ferred not with flesh and blood : of Christ. But though we, or an neither went I up to Jerusalem angel from heaven, preach any to them which were apostles beother gospel unto you than that fore me; but I went into Arabia, which we have preached unto you, and returned again unto Damaslet him be accursed. As we said cus. Then after three years I went before, so say I now again, If any up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and man preach any other gospel unto abode with him fifteen days. But you than that ye have received, other of the apostles saw I none, let him be accursed. For do Í save James the Lord's brother. now persuade men, or God? or Now the things which I write do I seek to please men? for if I | unto you, behold, before God, I

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