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Chap. xi. self-commendation. and comparing themselves among well bear with him. themselves, are not wise.
5 For I suppose I was not a 13 But we will not boast of whit behind the very chiefest things without our measure, but apostles. according to the measure of the 6 But though I be rude in rule which God hath distributed speech, yet not in knowledge; but to us, a measure to reach even un- we have been thoroughly made to you.
manifest among you in all things. 14 For we stretch not ourselves 7 Have I committed an offence beyond our measure, as though in abasing myself that ye might we reached not unto you; for we be exalted, because I have preachare come as far as to you also in ed to you the gospel of God freepreaching the gospel of Christ: ly?
15 Not boasting of things with- 8 I robbed other churches, taout our measure, that is, of other king wages of them to do you sermen's labours; but having hope, vice. when your faith is increased, that) 9 And when I was present with we shall be enlarged by you ac- you, and wanted, I was chargeacording to our rule abundantly. ble to no man: for that which
16 To preach the gospel in the was lacking to me the brethren regions beyond you: and not to which came from Macedonia supboast in another man's line, of plied; and in all things I have things made ready to our hand. kept myself from being burden
17 But he that glorieth, let him some unto you, and so will I keep glory in the Lord.
myself: 18 For not he that commenceth 10 As the truth of Christ is in himself is approved, but whom me, no man shall stop me of this the Lord commendeth.
boasting in the regions of Achaia. CHAP. XI.
11 Wherefore? because I love Paul's forced self commendation. you not? God knoweth.
OULD to God ye could 12 But what I do, that I will
bear with me a little in my do, that I may cut off occasion folly; and indeed bear with me. from them which desire occasion;
2 For I am jealous over you that wherein they glory, they may with godly jealousy: for I have be found even as we. espoused you to one husband,
13 For such are false apostles, that I may present you as a chaste deceitful workers, transforming virgin to Christ.
themselves into the apostles of 3 But I fear, lest by any means, Christ. as the serpent beguiled Eve 14 And no marvel; for Satan through his subtilty, So your himself is transformed into an anminds should be corrupted from Igel of light. the simplicity that is in Christ.
15 Therefore it is no great thing 4 For if he that cometh, preach-Jif his ministers also be transformeth another Jesus whom we have ed as the ministers of righteousnot preached, or if ye receive ness; whose end shall be accordanother spirit which ye have noting to their works. received, or another gospel which 16 I say again, Let no man ye have not accepted, ye might think me a fool : ifotherwise, yet
Paul glorieth in II. Corinthians. his infirmities. as a fool receive me, that I may churches. boast myself a little.
29 Who is weak, and I am not 17 That which I speak, I speak weak? who is offended, and I it not after the Lord, but as it burn not? were foolishly, in this confidence 30 If I must needs glory, I will of boasting
glory of the things which concern 18 Seeing that many glory after mine infirmities. the flesh, I will glory also.
31 The God and Father of our 19 For ye suffer fools gladly, Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessseeing ye yourselves are wise. ed for evermore, knoweth that I
20 For ye suffer if a man bringslie not. . you into bondage, if a man de- 32 In Damascus the governor vour you, if a man take of you, under Aretas the king kept the ciif a man exalt himself, if a man ty of the Damascenes with a garsmite you on the face.
rison, desirous to apprehend me; 21 I speak as concerning re- 33 And through a window in a proach, as though we had been basket was I let down by the wall, weak. Howbeit, whereinsoever and escaped his hands. any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I
CHAP. XII. anı bold also.
Paul's wonderful revelations. 22 Are they Hebrews ? so am T is not expedient for me, I. Are they Israelites ? so am I. doubtless, to glory; I will Are they the seed of Abraham ? come to visions and revelations of
the Lord. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? 2 I knew a man in Christ above (I speak as a fool,) I am more: fourteen years ago, (whether in in labours more abundant, in the body, I cannot tell; or whestripes above measure, in prisons ther out of the body, I cannot more frequent, in deaths oft. tell: God knoweth,) such an one
24 Of the Jews five times re- caught up to the third heaven. ceived I forty stripes save cne.
3 And I knew such a man, 25 Thrice was I beaten with (whether in the body, or out of rods, once was I stoned, thrice I the body, I cannot tell: God suffered shipwreck, a night and a knoweth.) day I have been in the deep;
4 How that he was caught up 26 In journeyings often, in per- into paradise, and heard unils of waters, in perils of robbers, speakable words, which it is not in perils by mine own country-lawful for a man to utter. men, in perils by the heathen, in 5 Of such an one will I glory: perils in the city, in perils in the yet of myself I will not glory, but wilderness, in perils in the sea, in mine infirmities. in perils among false brethren; 6 For though I would desire to
27 In weariness and painful-glory, I shall not be a fool; for I ness, in watchings often, in hun- will say the truth: but now I forger and thirst, in fastings often, bear, lest any man should think in cold and nakedness.
of me above that which he seeth 28 Besides those things that are me to be, or that he heareth of me. without, that which cometh upon 7 And lest I should be exalted me daily, the care of all the above measure through the abun
so am I.
Chap. xiii. obstinate sinners. dance of the revelations, there was 17 Did I make a gain of you by given to me a thorn in the flesh, any of them whom I sent unto the messenger of Satan to buffet you? me, lest I should be exalted above 18 I desired Titus, and with measure.
bim I sent a brother: did Titus 8 For this thing I besought the make a gain of you? walked we Lord thrice, that it might depart not in the same spirit? walked we from me.
not in the same steps? 9 And he said unto me, My 19 Again, think ye that we exgrace is sufficient for thee: for my cuse ourselves unto you? we strength is made perfect in weak-speak before God in Christ : but ness. Most gladly therefore will we do all things, dearly beloved, I rather glory in my infirmities, for your edifying. that the power of Christ may rest 20 For I fear, lest when I come upon me.
I shall not find you such as I 10 Therefore I take pleasure in would, and that I shall be found infirmities, in reproaches, in ne unto you such as ye would not: cessities, in persecutions, in dis- lest there be debates, envyings, tresses for Christ's sake: for when wraths, strifes, backbitings, whis I am weak, then am I strong. perings, swellings, tumults;
11 I am become a fool in glory- 21 And lest, when I come aing; ye have compelled me: for gain, my God will humble me I ought to have been commended among you, and that I shall beof you; for in nothing am I be-wail many which have sinned alhind the very chiefest apostles, ready, and have not repented of though I be nothing.
the uncleanness, and fornication, 12 Truly the signs of an apostle and lasciviousness, which they were wrought among you in all have committed. patience, in signs and wonders,
CHAP. XIII. and mighty deeds.
Obstinate sinners threatened. 13 For what is it wherein ye HIS is the third time I am were inferior to other churches, coming to you.
In the except it be that I myself was not mouth of two or three witnesses burdensume to you? forgive me shall every word be established.
2 I told you before, and foretel 14 Behold, the third time I am you, as if I were present the seready to come to you; and I will cond time; and, being absent, not be burdensome to you ; for I now I write to them which hereseek not yours, but you; for the tofore have sinned, and to all children ought not to lay up for other, that, if I come again, I will the parents, but the parents for the not spare; children.
3 Since ye seek a proof of 15. And I will very gladly spend Christ speaking in me, which to and be spent for you; though the you-ward is not weak, but is more abundantly I love you, the mighty in you. less I be loved.
4 For though he was crucified 16 But be it so, I did not bur- through weakness, yet he liveth clen you: nevertheless, being craf-by the power of God. For we alty, I caught you with guile, 30 are weak in him, but we shall
salutation. live with him by the power of God things being absent, lest being toward you.
present I should use sharpness, 5 Examine yourselves whether according to the power which the ye be in the faith; prove your own Lord hath given me to edification, selves: know ye not your own and not to destruction. selves, how that Jesus Christ is in 11 Finally, brethren, farewel : you, except ye be reprobates? be perfect, be of good comfort,
6 But I trust that ye shall know be of one mind, live in peace; that we are not reprobates. and the God of love and
peace 7 Now I pray to God that ye do shall be with you. no evil; not that we should ap- 12 Greet one another with an pear approved, but that ye should holy kiss. do that which is honest, though 13 All the saints salute you. we be as reprobates.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus 8 For we can do nothing against Christ, and the love of God, and the truth, but for the truth. the communion of the Holy 9 For we are glad when we are Ghost, be with you all
. Amen. weak, and ye are strong: and T The second epistle to the this also we wish even, your per
Corinthians was written from fection.
a city of Macedo10 Therefore I write these nia, by Titus and Lucas.
I THE EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE
7 Which is not another: but He marvels why they left the gospel. there be some that trouble you,
AUL, an apostie, (not of and would pervert the gospel of
men, neither by manbut by Christ. Jesus Christ, and God the Father, 8 But though we, or an angel who raised him from the clead,) from heaven, preach any other
2 And all the brethren which gospel unto you than that which are with me, unto the churches we have preached unto you, let of Galatia.
him be accursed. 3 Grace be to you, and peace,
9 As we said before, so say I from God the Father, and from now again, Ifany man preach any our Lord Jesus Christ, other gospel unto you than that
4 Whọ gave himself for our ye have received, let him be ac, sins, that he might deliver us cursed. from this present evil world, ac- 10 For do I now persuade men, cording to the will of God and our or God? or do I seek to please Father;
men? 'for if I yet pleased men, I 5 To whom be glory for ever should not be the servant of and ever. Amen.
Christ. 6 I marvel, that ye are so soon 11 But I certify you, brethren, removed from him that called you that the gospel which was preachinto the grace of Christ unto ano-ed of me is not after man: ther gospel;
12 For I neither received it of
by saith. man, neither was I taught it, but with Barnabas, and took Titus by the revelation of Jesus Christ. with me also.
13 For ye have heard of my 2 And I went up by revelation, conversation in time past in the and communicated unto them that Jews' religion, how that beyond gospel which I preach among the measure I persecuted the church Gentiles, but privately to them of God, and wasted it;
which were of reputation, lest by 14 And profited in the Jews' re- any means I should run, or had ligion above many my equals in run,
in vain. mine own nation, being more ex- 3 But neither Titus, who was ceedingly zealous of the traditions with me, being a Greek, was of my fathers.
compelled to be circumcised: 15 But when it pleased God, 4 And that because of false brewho separated me from my mo-thren unawares brought in, who ther's womb, and called me by his came in privily to spy out our ligrace,
berty which we have in Christ 16 To reveal his Son in me, Jesus, that they might bring us that I might preach him among|into bondage; the heathen; immediately I con- 5 To whom we gave place by ferred not with flesh and blood: subjection no not for an hour,
17 Neither went I up to Jerusa- that the truth of the gospel might lem to them which were apostles continue with you. before me; but I went into Ara- 6 But of those who seemed to bia, and returned again unto Da- be somewhat, (whatsoever they mascus.
were, it maketh no matter to me: 18 Then after three years I went God accepteth no man's person:) up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and for they who seemed to be someabode with him fifteen days. |wbat in conference added nothing
19 But other of the apostles saw to me: I none, save James the Lord's 7 But contrariwise, when they brother.
saw that the gospel of the uncir20 Now, the things which I cumcision was committed unto write unto you, behold, before me, as the gospel of the circumciGod, I lie not.
sion was unto Peter: 21 Afterward I came into the 8 (For he that wrought effecturegions of Syria and Cilicia: ally in Peter to the apostleship of
22 And was unknown by face the circumcision, the same was unto the churches of Judea which mighty in me toward the Genwere in Christ:
tiles;) 23 But they had heard only, 9 And when James, Cephas, that he which persecuted us in and John, who seemed to be piltimes past, now preacheth the lars, perceived the grace that was faith which once he destroyed. given unto me, they gave to me
24 And they glorified God in and Barnabas the right hands of me.
fellowship, that we should go unto CHAP. II.
the heathen, and they unto the Of justification by faith. circumcision. HẾN fourteen years after I 10 Only they would that we went up again to Jerusalem (should remember the poor ; the