THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
1:1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which
is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
1:2: Grace be to you and peace from God our
Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3: Blessed be God, even the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
1:4: Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
1:5: For as the sufferings of Christ abound
in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
1:6: And whether we be afflicted, it is for
your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring
of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be
comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
1:7: And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing,
that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also
of the consolation.
1:8: For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant
of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed
out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even
1:9: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth
1:10: Who delivered us from so great a death,
and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
1:11: Ye also helping together by prayer for
us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons
thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
1:12: For our rejoicing is this, the testimony
of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not
with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our
conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
1:13: For we write none other things unto you,
than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge
even to the end;
1:14: As also ye have acknowledged us in part,
that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day
of the Lord Jesus.
1:15: And in this confidence I was minded to
come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
1:16: And to pass by you into Macedonia, and
to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought
on my way toward Judaea.
1:17: When I therefore was thus minded, did
I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according
to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
1:18: But as God is true, our word toward you
was not yea and nay.
1:19: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who
was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus,
was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
1:20: For all the promises of God in him are
yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
1:21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in
Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
1:22: Who hath also sealed us, and given the
earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1:23: Moreover I call God for a record upon
my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
1:24: Not for that we have dominion over your
faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2:1: But I determined this with myself, that
I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2:2: For if I make you sorry, who is he then
that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
2:3: And I wrote this same unto you, lest, 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.
2:4: 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 you.
2:5: But if any have caused grief, he hath not
grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
2:6: Sufficient to such a man is this punishment,
which was inflicted of many.
2:7: So that contrariwise ye ought rather to
forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be
swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
2:8: Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm
your love toward him.
2:9: For to this end also did I write, that
I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
2:10: 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 it in the person of Christ;
2:11: Lest Satan should get an advantage of
us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2:12: Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach
Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
2:13: 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.
2:14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth
us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his
knowledge by us in every place.
2:15: For we are unto God a sweet savour of
Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2:16: To the one we are the savour of death
unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And
who is sufficient for these things?
2:17: For we are not as many, which corrupt
the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight
of God speak we in Christ.
3:1: Do we begin again to commend ourselves?
or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or
letters of commendation from you?
3:2: Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,
known and read of all men:
3:3: 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 fleshy tables of the heart.
3:4: And such trust have we through Christ to
3:5: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of
3:6: 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.
3:7: But if the ministration of death, written
and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of
Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory
of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
3:8: How shall not the ministration of the spirit
be rather glorious?
3:9: For if the ministration of condemnation
be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed
3:10: For even that which was made glorious
had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
3:11: For if that which is done away was glorious,
much more that which remaineth is glorious.
3:12: Seeing then that we have such hope, we
use great plainness of speech:
3:13: And not as Moses, which put a vail over
his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look
to the end of that which is abolished:
3:14: But their minds were blinded: for until
this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of
the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
3:15: But even unto this day, when Moses is
read, the vail is upon their heart.
3:16: Nevertheless when it shall turn to the
Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
3:17: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as
in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
4:1: Therefore seeing we have this ministry,
as we have received mercy, we faint not;
4:2: 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
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
4:3: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to
them that are lost:
4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
4:5: For we preach not ourselves, but Christ
Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
4:6: For God, who commanded the light to shine
out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
4:8: We are troubled on every side, yet not
distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
4:9: Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down,
but not destroyed;
4:10: 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.
4:11: For we which live are alway delivered
unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
4:12: So then death worketh in us, but life
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;
4:14: Knowing that he which raised up the Lord
Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with
4:15: For all things are for your sakes, that
the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound
to the glory of God.
4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though
our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
4:17: For our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory;
4:18: 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
5:1: For we know that if our earthly house of
this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an
house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
5:2: For in this we groan, earnestly desiring
to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
5:3: If so be that being clothed we shall not
be found naked.
5:4: 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.
5:5: Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame
thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
5:6: Therefore we are always confident, knowing
that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the
5:7: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather
to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
5:9: Wherefore we labour, that, whether present
or absent, we may be accepted of him.
5:10: 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
5:11: 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.
5:12: 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
5:13: For whether we be beside ourselves, it
is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
5:14: For the love of Christ constraineth us;
because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all
5:15: 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.
5:16: 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 more.
5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things
are become new.
5:18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled
us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry
5:19: 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.
5:20: 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.
5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
6:1: We then, as workers together with him,
beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
6:2: (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time
accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold,
now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
6:3: Giving no offence in any thing, that the
ministry be not blamed:
6:4: But in all things approving ourselves as
the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities,
6:5: In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults,
in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6:6: By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering,
by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
6:7: By the word of truth, by the power of God,
by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
6:8: By honour and dishonour, by evil report
and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
6:9: As unknown, and yet well known; as dying,
and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
6:10: As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as
poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing
6:11: O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto
you, our heart is enlarged.
6:12: Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are
straitened in your own bowels.
6:13: Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak
as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
6:14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
6:15: And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
6:16: And what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will
be their God, and they shall be my people.
6:17: Wherefore come out from among them, and
be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you,
6:18: And will be a Father unto you, and ye
shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly
beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh
and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
7:2: Receive us; we have wronged no man, we
have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
7:3: I speak not this to condemn you: for I
have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with
7:4: Great is my boldness of speech toward you,
great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding
joyful in all our tribulation.
7:5: For, when we were come into Macedonia,
our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without
were fightings, within were fears.
7:6: Nevertheless God, that comforteth those
that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7:7: And 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.
7:8: For though I made you sorry with a letter,
I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the
same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
7:9: Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after
a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
7:10: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to
salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh
7:11: For behold this selfsame 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.
7:12: Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I
did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his
cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight
of God might appear unto you.
7:13: Therefore we were comforted in your comfort:
yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because
his spirit was refreshed by you all.
7:14: For if I have boasted any thing to him
of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in
truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found
7:15: And his inward affection is more abundant
toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how
with fear and trembling ye received him.
7:16: I rejoice therefore that I have confidence
in you in all things.
8:1: Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of
the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
8:2: How that in a great trial of affliction
the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto
the riches of their liberality.
8:3: For to their power, I bear record, yea,
and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
8:4: Praying us with much intreaty that we would
receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering
to the saints.
8:5: And this they did, not as we hoped, but
first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will
8:6: Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as
he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
8:7: Therefore, as ye abound in every thing,
in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence,
and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
8:8: I speak not by commandment, but by occasion
of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your
8:9: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became
poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
8:10: And herein I give my advice: for this
is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but
also to be forward a year ago.
8:11: Now therefore perform the doing of it;
that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance
also out of that which ye have.
8:12: For if there be first a willing mind,
it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according
to that he hath not.
8:13: For I mean not that other men be eased,
and ye burdened:
8:14: But by an equality, that now at this time
your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance
also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
8:15: As it is written, He that had gathered
much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no
8:16: But thanks be to God, which put the same
earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
8:17: For indeed he accepted the exhortation;
but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
8:18: And we have sent with him the brother,
whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
8:19: 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
8:20: Avoiding this, that no man should blame
us in this abundance which is administered by us:
8:21: Providing for honest things, not only
in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
8:22: 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
8:23: Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is
my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be
enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the
glory of Christ.
8:24: Wherefore shew ye to them, and before
the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your
9:1: For as touching the ministering to the
saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
9:2: For I know the forwardness of your mind,
for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was
ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
9:3: Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our
boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said,
ye may be ready:
9:4: Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with
me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be
ashamed in this same confident boasting.
9:5: 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 covetousness.
9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly
shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall
reap also bountifully.
9:7: Every man according as he purposeth in
his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for
God loveth a cheerful giver.
9:8: And God is able to make all grace abound
toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work:
9:9: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad;
he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
9:10: 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;)
9:11: Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness,
which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
9:12: For the administration of this service
not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also
by many thanksgivings unto God;
9:13: Whiles by the experiment of this ministration
they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel
of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto
9:14: And by their prayer for you, which long
after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
9:15: Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable
10:1: Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness
and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but
being absent am bold toward you:
10:2: 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 the flesh.
10:3: For though we walk in the flesh, we do
not war after the flesh:
10:4: (For the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
10:5: 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;
10:6: And having in a readiness to revenge all
disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
10:7: 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.
10:8: 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:
10:9: That I may not seem as if I would terrify
you by letters.
10:10: For his letters, say they, are weighty
and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech
10:11: 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.
10:12: For we dare 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 wise.
10:13: 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.
10:14: 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:
10:15: 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 enlarged by you according to our
10:16: 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.
10:17: But he that glorieth, let him glory in
10:18: For not he that commendeth himself is
approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
11:1: Would to God ye could bear with me a little
in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
11:2: 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.
11:3: 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.
11:4: For if he that cometh preacheth another
Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit,
which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not
accepted, ye might well bear with him.
11:5: For I suppose I was not a whit behind
the very chiefest apostles.
11:6: But though I be rude in speech, yet not
in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you
in all things.
11:7: Have I committed an offence in abasing
myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you
the gospel of God freely?
11:8: I robbed other churches, taking wages
of them, to do you service.
11:9: 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.
11:10: As the truth of Christ is in me, no man
shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11:11: Wherefore? because I love you not? God
11:12: 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.
11:13: For such are false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
11:14: And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light.
11:15: 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.
11:16: I say again, Let no man think me a fool;
if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself
11:17: That which I speak, I speak it not after
the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
11:18: Seeing that many glory after the flesh,
I will glory also.
11:19: For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye
yourselves are wise.
11:20: For ye suffer, if a man bring you into
bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt
himself, if a man smite you on the face.
11:21: I speak as concerning reproach, as though
we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak
foolishly,) I am bold also.
11:22: Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites?
so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
11:23: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak
as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above
measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
11:24: Of the Jews five times received I forty
stripes save one.
11:25: 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;
11:26: 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;
11:27: In weariness and painfulness, in watchings
often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
11:28: Beside those things that are without,
that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
11:29: Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is
offended, and I burn not?
11:30: If I must needs glory, I will glory of
the things which concern mine infirmities.
11:31: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
11:32: In Damascus the governor under Aretas
the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous
to apprehend me:
11:33: And through a window in a basket was
I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
12:1: It is not expedient for me doubtless to
glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
12:2: 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 an one caught up
to the third heaven.
12:3: And I knew such a man, (whether in the
body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
12:4: How that he was caught up into paradise,
and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man
12:5: Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself
I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
12:6: For though I would desire to glory, I
shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear,
lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to
be, or that he heareth of me.
12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure
through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me
a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest
I should be exalted above measure.
12:8: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
12:9: 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.
12:10: 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.
12:11: I am become a fool in glorying; ye have
compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in
nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
12:12: Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought
among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
12:13: For what is it wherein ye were inferior
to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome
to you? forgive me this wrong.
12:14: Behold, the third time I am ready to
come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not
yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents,
but the parents for the children.
12:15: And I will very gladly spend and be spent
for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be
12:16: But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless,
being crafty, I caught you with guile.
12:17: Did I make a gain of you by any of them
whom I sent unto you?
12:18: I desired Titus, and with him I sent
a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the
same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
12:19: Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves
unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things,
dearly beloved, for your edifying.
12:20: For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall
not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you
such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths,
strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
12:21: And lest, when I come again, my God will
humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned
already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication
and lasciviousness which they have committed.
13:1: This is the third time I am coming to
you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be
13:2: I told you before, and foretell you, as
if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write
to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that,
if I come again, I will not spare:
13:3: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking
in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
13:4: For though he was crucified through weakness,
yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him,
but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the
faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how
that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
13:6: But I trust that ye shall know that we
are not reprobates.
13:7: Now I pray to God that ye do no evil;
not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that
which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
13:8: For we can do nothing against the truth,
but for the truth.
13:9: For we are glad, when we are weak, and
ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.
13:10: Therefore I write these things being
absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to
the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not
13:11: Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect,
be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God
of love and peace shall be with you.
13:12: Greet one another with an holy kiss.
13:13: All the saints salute you.
13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with
you all. Amen.