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] 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:
] Grace be to you and peace from
God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
] Blessed be God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of
] 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.
] For as the sufferings of Christ
abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
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.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the
sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
] 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
] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we
should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that
he will yet deliver us;
] 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.
] 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.
] For we write none other
things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall
acknowledge even to the end;
] As also ye have acknowledged us in
part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the
] And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you
before, that ye might have a second benefit;
] 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.
] 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
] But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and
] 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
] For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him
Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
] Now he which stablisheth us
with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
] Who hath also
sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as
yet unto Corinth.
] Not for that we have dominion over your faith,
but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
] But I determined this with myself, that I would not
come again to you in heaviness.
] For if I make you sorry, who is he
then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
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.
] 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.
if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not
overcharge you all.
] Sufficient to such a man is this punishment,
which was inflicted of many.
] So that contrariwise ye ought rather
to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up
with overmuch sorrow.
] Wherefore I beseech you that ye would
confirm your love toward him.
] For to this end also did I write,
that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all
] 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;
] Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for
we are not ignorant of his devices.
] Furthermore, when I came to
Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the
] 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
] Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in
] For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in
them that are saved, and in them that perish:
] 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?
] 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.
] Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as
some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from
] Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of
] 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
] And such trust have we through Christ to
] Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any
thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
] 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.
] 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:
shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of
righteousness exceed in glory.
] For even that which was made
glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that
] For if that which is done away was glorious, much more
that which remaineth is glorious.
] Seeing then that we have such
hope, we use great plainness of speech:
] 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:
] 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.
] But even
unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken
] Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is liberty.
] 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.
] Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have
received mercy, we faint not;
] 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.
] But if our gospel be hid, it
is hid to them that are lost:
] 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.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your
servants for Jesus' sake.
] 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.
] But we
have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be
of God, and not of us.
] We are troubled on every side, yet not
distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
] Persecuted, but
not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
] 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.
] 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.
] So then death worketh in us, but life in
] We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is
written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore
] Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise
up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
] For all
things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the
thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
] For which cause
we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed
day by day.
] For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
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 are eternal.
] 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.
] For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
] 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
] Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God,
who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:
] (For we walk by faith, not by
] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent
from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
] Wherefore we
labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of
] 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 bad.
] 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.
] 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 in
] For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or
whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
] For the love of Christ
constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all
] 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
] 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
] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
] 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
] 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
] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that
we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
] We then, as workers together with him, beseech you
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
] (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
] Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be
] But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers
of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in
] In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours,
in watchings, in fastings;
] By pureness, by knowledge, by
longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the
right hand and on the left,
] By honour and dishonour, by evil
report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
] As unknown,
and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not
] As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making
many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
] O ye
Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own
] Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my
children,) be ye also enlarged.
] Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with
] 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
] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive
] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
] 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.
] Receive us; we have wronged no man,
we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
] I speak not
this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die
and live with you.
] 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.
] 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.
] Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that
are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
] 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.
] 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.
] 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
] For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to
be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
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
] 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.
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
] 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 a truth.
] 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.
] I rejoice therefore that
I have confidence in you in all things.
] Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of
God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
] How that in a great
trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded
unto the riches of their liberality.
] For to their power, I bear
record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of
] Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive
the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the
] And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their
own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the
same grace also.
] 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.
] I speak not by commandment, but
by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your
] 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.
] 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
] 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
] For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted
according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath
] For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye
] 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:
] As it is
written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered
little had no lack.
] But thanks be to God, which put the same
earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
] For indeed he
accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto
] And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in
the gospel throughout all the churches;
] 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
] Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this
abundance which is administered by us:
] Providing for honest
things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of
] 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 you.
] Whether any do inquire of
Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be
inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of
] Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the
proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
] For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is
superfluous for me to write to you:
] 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.
] 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:
] 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.
] 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.
] But this I say, He
which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth
bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
] Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for
God loveth a cheerful giver.
] 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:
] (As it is written, He hath dispersed
abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for
] Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister
bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of
] Being enriched in every thing to all
bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints,
but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
] 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 all men;
] And by their prayer for you, which long
after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
] Thanks be unto
God for his unspeakable gift.
] 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:
] 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.
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling
down of strong holds;)
] 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;
] And having in
a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is
] 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.
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
] That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by
] For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but
his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
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.
] 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.
] 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.
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
] 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 rule abundantly,
preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's
line of things made ready to our hand.
] But he that glorieth, let
him glory in the Lord.
] For not he that commendeth himself is
approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
] Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my
folly: and indeed bear with me.
] 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.
] 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.
] 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.
] For I suppose I was not a
whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
] But though I be rude in
speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you
in all things.
] Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that
ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God
] I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you
] 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.
] As the truth of
Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of
] Wherefore? because I love you not? God
] 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.
] For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
] And no
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the
ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
] 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.
which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this
confidence of boasting.
] Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I
will glory also.
] For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves
] 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.
] I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had
been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold
] Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I.
Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
] 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.
] Of the
Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
] 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;
] 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;
] In weariness and
painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in
cold and nakedness.
] Beside those things that are without, that
which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
] Who is
weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
] If I
must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine
] The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
] In Damascus the
governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison,
desirous to apprehend me:
] And through a window in a basket was I
let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
] It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will
come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
] 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
] And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the
body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
] How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to
] Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not
glory, but in mine infirmities.
] 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.
] 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
] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might
depart from me.
] 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
] 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.
] 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.
] Truly the
signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and
wonders, and mighty deeds.
] 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.
] 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
] And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with
] Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto
] 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
] Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we
speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your
] 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,
] 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.
] This is the third time I am coming to you. In the
mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
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:
] Since ye seek a proof of
Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in
] 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.
] 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?
] But I trust that ye
shall know that we are not reprobates.
] 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.
] For we can do nothing
against the truth, but for the truth.
] For we are glad, when we are
weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your
] 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 to destruction.
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.
] Greet one
another with an holy kiss.
] All the saints salute
] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.