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Paul's hopè in glory. II. Corinthians. Of the last judgment. cle were dissolved, we have a appearance, and not in heart building of God, an house not 13 For whether we be beside made with hands, eternal in the ourselves, it is to God; or wheheavens.

ther we be sober, it is for your 2 For in this we groan, earnest-cause. ly desiring to be clothed upon 14 For the love of Christ con: with our house which is from straineth us; because we thus heaven:

judge, that if one died for all, then 3 If so be that being clothed, were all dead: we shall not be found naked. 15 And that he died for all,

4 For we that are in this taber- that they which live should not nacle, do groan, being burdened; henceforth live unto themselves, not for that we would be uncloth- but unto him which died for them, ed, but clothed upon, that mor- and rose again. tality might be swallowed up of 16 Wherefore henceforth know life.

we no man after the flesh; yea, 5 Now, he that hath wrought though we have known Christ us for the self-same thing, is God, after the flesh, yet now henceforth who also hath given unto us the know we him no more. earnest of the Spirit.

17 Therefore, if any man be in 6 Therefore we are always con- Christ he is a new creature: old fident, knowing that whilst we things are passed away: behold, are at home in the body, we are all things are become new. absent from the Lord :

18 And all things are of God, 7 (For we walk by faith, not who hath reconciled us to him by sight :)

self by Jesus Christ, and hath gi8 We are confident, I say, and ven to us the ministry of reconciwilling rather to be absent from liation; the body, and to be present with 19 'To wit, that God was in the Lord.

Christ, reconciling the world un9 Wherefore we labour, that to himself; not imputing their whether present or absent, we trespasses unto them; and hath may be accepted of him. committed unto us the word of

io For we must all appear be- reconciliation. fore the judgment-seat of Christ; 20 Now then, we are ambassathat every one may receive the dors for Christ, as though God things done in his body, according did beseech you by us: we pray to that he hath done, whether it be you in Christ's stead, Be ye recongood or bad.

ciled to God. 11 Knowing, therefore, the ter- 21 For he hath made him to be ror of the Lord, we persuade sin for us, who knew no sin, that men; but we are made manifest we might be made the righteousunto God, and I trust alsoare made ness of God in him. manifest in your consciences.

CHAP. VI. 12 For we commend not our His faithfulness in the ministry. selves again unto you, but give E then, as workers toge: you occasion to glory on our be- ther with him, beseech you half, that ye may have somewhat also, that ye receive not the grace to wwer them which glory in of God in vain.


True ministers.

Chap. vii.

Exhortations to purity. 2 (For he saith, I have heard) 15 And what concord hath thee in a time accepted, and in Christ with Belial? or what part the day of salvation have I suc-hath he that believeth with an incoured thee: behold, now is the fidel? accepted time; behold, now is the 16 And what agreement hath day of salvation.)

the temple of God with idols? for 3 Giving no offence in any ye are the temple of the living thing, that the ministry be notGod; as God hath said, I will blamed:

dwell in them, and walk in them; 4 But in all things approving and I will be their God, and they ourselves as the ministers of God, shall be my people. in much patience, in afflictions, 17 Wherefore, come out from in necessities, in distresses, among them, and be ye separate,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, saith the Lord, and touch not the in tumults, in labours, in watch-unclean thing; and I will receive ings, in fastings;

you; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, 18 And will be a Father unto by long-suffering, by kindness, you, and ye shall be my sons and by the Holy Ghost, by love un-daughters, saith the Lord Alfeigned,

mighty. 7 By the word of truth, by the

CHAP. VII. power of God, by the armour of Exhortations to purity. righteousness on the right hand AVING, therefore, these and on the left,

promises, dearly beloved, 8 By honour and dishonour, by let us cleanse ourselves from all evil report and good report; as filthiness of the flesh and spirit, deceivers, and yet true; perfecting holiness in the fear of

9 As unknown, and yet well God. known; as dying, and, behold, we 2 Receive us; we have wronged live; as chastened, and not killed ; no man, we have corrupted no

10 As sorrowful, yet alway man; we have defrauded no man. rejoicing; as poor, yet making 3 I speak not this to condemn many rich; as having nothing, you: for I have said before, that and yet possessing all things, ye are in our hearts to die and live

11 Oye Corinthians ! mouth is open unto you, our 4. Great is my boldness of heart is enlarged

speech toward you, great is my 12 Ye are not straitened in us, glorying of you: I am filled with but ye are straitened in your own comfort, I am exceeding joyful bowels,

in all our tribulation. 13 Now, for a recompence in

5 For when we were come into the same,' (I speak as 'unto my Macedonia our flesh had no rest, children,) be ye also enlarged. but we were troubled on every

14 Be ye not unequally yoked side: without were fightings, with together with unbelievers; for in were fears, what fellowship hath righteous- 6 Nevertheless God, that comness with unrighteousness? and forteth those that are cast down, what communion hath light with comforted us by the coming of darkness


our with


tle hath made you sorry, though M do you to wit of the srace

for ye

Godly sorrow. II. Corinthians. Liberality recommended.

7 And not by his coming only, fore Titus, is found a truth. but by the consolation where- 15 And his inward affection is with he was comforted in you, more abundant toward you, when he told us your earnest de- whilst he remembereth the obedisire, your mourning, your fer-lence of you all, how with fear and vent mind toward me ; so that I trembling ye received him. rejoiced the more.

16 I rejoice, therefore, that I 8 For though I made you sorry have confidence in you in all with a letter, I do not re-things. pent, though I did repent:

CHAP. VIII. for I perceive that the same epis- He exhorteth to liberality.

OREOVER, brethren, we it were but for a season.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye of God bestowed on the churches were made sorry, but that ye sor- of Macedonia; rowed to repentance :

2 How that, in a great trial of were made sorry after a godly affliction, the abundance of their manner, that ye might receive joy, and their deep poverty, adamage by us in nothing, bounded unto the riches of their

10 For godly sorrow worketh liberality, repentance to salvation not to be 3 For to their power, I bear repented of: but the sorrow of record, yea, and beyond their the world worketh death

power, they were willing of 11 For, behold, this self-same themselves; thing that ye sorrowed after a 4 Praying us with much engodly sort, what carefulness it treaty that we would receive the wrought in you, yea, what clear- gift, and take upon us the fellowing of yourselves, yea, what in-ship of the ministering to the dignation, yea, what fear, yea, saints, what vehement desire, yea, what 5 And this they did, not as we zeal, yea, what revenge! In all hoped ; but first gave their own things ye have approved your-selves to the Lord, and unto us selves to be clear in this matter. by the will of God:

12 Wherefore, though I wrote 6 Insomuch, that we desired unto you, I did it not for his cause Titus, that as he had begun, so that had done the wrong, nor for he would also finish in you the his cause that suffered wrong, but same grace also. that our care for you in the sight 7 Therefore, as ye abound in of God might appear unto you. every thing, in faith, and utter

13 Therefore, we were com- ance, and knowledge, and in all forted in your comfort; yea, and diligence, and in your love to us; exceedingly the more joyed we see that ye abound in this grace for the joy of Titus, because his also. spirit was refreshed by you all, 8 I speak not by command

14 For if I have boasted any ment, but by occasion of the forthing to him of you, I am not wardness of others, and to prove ashamed: but, as we spake all the sincerity of your love. things to you in truth, even so 9 For ye know the grace of our our boasting, which I made be- Lord Jesus Christ, that though he


Paul commendeth Titus. Chap. ix. Charity recommended. was rich, yet for your sakes he be-1 21 Providing for honest things, came poor, that ye through his not only in the sight of the Lord, poverty might be rich.

but also in the sight of men. 10 And herein I give my ad. 22 And we have sent with them vice : for this is expedient for you, our brother, whom we have oftenwho have begun before, not only times proved diligent in many to do, but also to be forward a things, but now much more dili. year ago.

gent, upon the great confidence 11 Now, therefore, perform the which I have in you. doing of it; that, as there was a 23 Whether any do enquire of readiness to will, so there may be Titus, be is my partner and fellowa performance also out of that helper concerning you: or our which ye have.

brethren be enquired of, they are 12 For if there be first a willing the messengers of the churches, mind, it is accepted according to and the glory of Christ. that a man hath, and notaccording 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, to that he hath not.

and before the churches, the 13 For I mean not that other proof of your love, and of our men be eased, and you burdened; boasting on your behalf. 14 But by an equality, that

CHAP. IX. now at this time your abundance Charity recommended. may be a supply for their want, OR as touching the ministers that their abundance also may be ing to the saints, it is supera supply for your want, that there fluous for me to write to you: may be equality:

2 For I know the forwardness 15 As it is written, He that had of your mind, for which I boast gathered much had nothing over; of you to them of Macedonia, and he that had gathered little had that Achaia was ready a year ago; no lack.

and your zeal hath provoked very 16 But thanks be to God, which many. put the same earnest care into the 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, heart of Titus for you.

lest our boasting of you should be 17 For indeed he accepted the in vain in this behalf; that, as I exhortation ; but being more for- said, ye may be ready. ward, of his own accord he went 4 Lest haply if they of Macedounto you,

nia come with me and find you 18 And we have sent with him unprepared, we (that we say not the brother, whose praise is in the you) should be ashamed in this gospel throughout all the church- same confident boasting. es:

5 Therefore I thought it neces19 And not that only, but who sary to exhort the brethren, that was also chosen of the churches to they would go before unto you, travel with us with this grace, and make up beforehand your which is administered by us to the bounty, whereofye had notice be. glory of the same Lord, and decla-fore, that the same might be rearation of your ready mind: dy, as a matter of bounty, and

20 Avoiding this, that no man not as of covetousness. should blame us in this abun- 6 But this I say, He which dance which is administeredby us: soweth sparingly shall reap also

Paul's spiritual II. Corinthians.

authority. sparingly; and he which soweth 2 But I beseech you, that I may bountifully shall reap also bounti- not be bold when I am present fully.

with that confidence wherewith I 7 Every man according as he think to be bold against some; purposeth in his heart, so let him which think of us as if we walked five; not grudgingly, or of ne-according to the flesh. cessity: for God loveth a cheerful 3 For though we walk in the giver.

Alesh, we do not war after the flesh; 8 And God is able to make all 4 (For the weapons of our war: grace abound toward you; that fare are not carnal, but mighty ye, always having all-sufficiency through God to the pulling down in all things, may abound to every of strong holds;) good work:

5 Casting down imaginations, 9 (As it is written, He hath and every high thing that exalteth dispersed abroad; he hath given itself against the knowledge of to the poor: his righteousness re-God, and bringing into captivity maineth for ever.

every thought to the obedience of 10 Now, he that ministereth Christ; seed to the sower, both minister 6 And having in readiness to rebread for your food, and multiply venge all disobedience, when your your seed sown, and increase the obedience is fulfilled. fruits of your righteousness:) 7 Do ye look on things after the

11 Being enriched in every outward appearance ? Ifany man thing to all bountifulness, which trust to himself that he is Christ's, causeth through us thanksgiving let him of himself think this again, to God.

that, as he is Christ's, even so are 12 For the administration of this we Christ's. service not only supplieth the 8 For though I should boast want of the saints, but is abun-somewhat more of our authority, dant also by many thanksgivings which the Lord hath given us for unto God;

edification, and not for your de13 (Whiles by the experiment struction, I should not be ashamof this ministration they glorify ed; God for your professed subjection 9 That I may not seem as if I unto the gospel of Christ, and would terrify you by letters. for your liberal distribution unto 10 For his letters (say they) are them, and unto all men ;) weighty and powerful; but his

14 And by their prayer for you, bodily presence is weak, and bis which long after you for the ex-Ispeech contemptible. ceeding grace of God in you. 11 Let such an one think this,

15 Thanks be unto God for his that such as we are in word by ur:speakable gift.

letters when we are absent, such CHAP. X.

will we be also indeed when we are Of Paul's spiritual might. present. TOW I Paul myself beseech 12 For we dare not make our

you, by the meekness and selves of the number, or compare gentleness of Christ, who in pre-curselves with some that comsence am base among you, but mend themselves: but they, meabeing abscntam bold toward you. suring themselves by themselves,

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