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1 The Second Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the CORINTHIANS.

CHAP. I.

18 For we would not, brethEncouragement against trouble. ren, have you ignorant of our DAUL, an apostle of Jesus trouble which came to us in

I Christ by the will of God, Asia, that we were pressed out and Timothy qur brother, unto of measure, above strength, insothe church of God which is at much that we despaired even Corinth, with all the saints of life : which are in all Achaia:

9 But we had the sentence 2 Grace be to you and peace of death in ourselves, that we from God our Father, and from should not trust in ourselves, the Lord Jesus Christ.

but in God which raiseth the 3 Blessed be God, even the dead : -------Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who delivered us from so the Father of mercies, and the great a death, and doth deliver: God of all comfort;

in whom we trust that he will 4 Who comforteth us in all yet deliver us : our tribulation, that we may be 11 Ye also helping together able to comfort them which are by prayer for us, that for the in any trouble by the comfort gift bestowed upon us by the wherewith we ourselves are com- means of many persons, thanks forted of God.

! may be given by many on our 5 For as the sufferings of behalf. Christ abound in us, so our 12 For our rejoicing is this, consolation also aboundeth by the testimony of our conscience, Christ.

that in simplicity and godly sin6 And whether we be afflict-cerity, not with fleshly wisdom, ed, it is for your consolation but by the grace of God, we and salvation, which is effectual have had our conversation in in the enduring of the same the world, and more abundantly sufferings which we also suffer: to you-ward. or whether we be comforted, it 13 For we write none other is for your consolation and sal-things unto you, than what ye vation.

read or acknowledge; and I 7 And our hope of you is trust ye shall acknowledge even steadfast, knowing, that as ye to the end; are partakers of the sufferings, 14 As also ye have acknowso shall ye be also of the conso- ledged us in part, that we are Jation.

your rejoicing, even as ye also

nay?

Paul excuseth his II. CORINTHIANS, not coming to them : are ours in the day of the Lord helpers of your joy: for by faith Jesus.

ye stand.
15 And in this confidence I
And in this confidence I

CHAP. II. was minded to come unto you Paul's preaching and success. before, that ye might have a DUT I determined this with second benefit;

TD myself, that I would not * 16 And to pass by you into come again to you in heaviness. Macedonia, and to come again 2 For if I make you sorry, out of Macedonia unto you, and who is he then that maketh me of you to be brought on my way glad, but the same which is toward Judea.

made sorry by me ? 17 When I therefore was 3 And I wrote this same unto thus minded, did I use light-you, lest, when I came, I should ness? or the things that I pur- have sorrow from them of whom pose, do I purpose according to I ought to rejoice; having confithe flesh, that with me there dence in you all, that my joy is should be yea, yea, and nay, the joy of you all.

14 For out of much affliction 18 But as God is true, our and anguish of heart I wrote word toward you was not yea unto you with many tears ; not and nay.

that ye should be grieved, but 19 For the Son of God, Jesus that ye might know the love Christ, who was preached among which I have more abundantly you by us, even by me, and Sil- unto you. vanus, and Timotheus, was not 5 But if any have caused grief, yea and nay, but in him was he hath not grieved me, but in yea.

part: that I may not overcharge 20 For all the promises of you all. God in him are yea, and in him 6 Sufficient to such a man is Amen, unto the glory of God this punishment, which was in. by us.

flicted of many.. 21 Now he which establisheths 7 So that contrariwise, ye us with you in Christ, and hath ought rather to forgive him, and anointed us, is God;

comfort him, lest perhaps such 22 Who hath also sealed us, a one should be swallowed up and given the earnest of the with overmuch sorrow. Spirit in our hearts.

8 Wherefore I beseech you 23 Moreover, I call God for that ye would confirm your love a record upon my soul, that to toward him. spare you I came not as yet unto 9 For to this end also did I. Corinth.

write, that I might know the 24 Not for that we have do-proof of you, whether ye be minion over your faith, but are obedient in all things.

art.

The success of his labours CHAP. III. in the gospel ministry.

10 To whom ye forgive any letters of commendation from thing, I forgive also: for if I for-you? gave any thing, to whom I for-1 2 Ye are our epistle written gave it, for your sakes forgave I in our hearts, known and read it in the person of Christ; of all men:

11 Lest Satan should get an 3 Forasmuch as ye are maniadvantage of us : for we are not festly declared to be the epistle ignorant of his devices.

of Christ ministered by us, writ12 Furthermore, when I came ten not with ink, but with the to Troas to preach Christ's gos- Spirit of the living God; not in pel, and a door was opened tables of stone, but in fleshly unto me of the Lord,

tables of the heart. 13 I had no rest in my spirit, 4 And such trust have we because I found not Titus my through Christ to God-ward : brother: but taking my leave of 5 Not that we are sufficient of them, I went from thence into ourselves to think any thing as Macedonia.

of ourselves; but our sufficiency 14 Now thanks be unto is of God; God, which always causeth us 6 Who also hath made us to triumph in Christ, and able ministers of the new testamaketh manifest the savour of ment; not of the letter, but of his knowledge by us in every the spirit: for the letter killeth, place.

but the spirit giveth life. 15 For we are unto God a 7 But if the ministration of sweet savour of Christ, in them death, written and engraven in that are saved, and in them that stones, was glorious, so that the perish:

children of Israel could not stead16 To the one we are the fastly behold the face of Moses savour of death unto death ; and for the glory of his countenance; to the other the savour of life which glory was to be done unto life. And who is sufficient away: for these things ?

8 How shall not the ministra17 For we are not as many, tion of the Spirit be rather glowhich corrupt the word of God: rious ? but as of sincerity, but as of 9 For if the ministration of God, in the sight of God speak condemnation be glory, much we in Christ.

more doth the ministration of CHAP. III.

righteousness exceed in glory. Of ministers of the law and gospel. 10 For even that which was

O we begin again to made glorious had no glory in

commend ourselves ? or this respect, by reason of the need we, as some others, epistles glory that excelleth. of commendation to you, orii For if that which is done Of the gospel ministration. II. CORINTHIANS, The Apostle's integrity: away was glorious, much more man's conscience in the sight of that which remaineth is glorious.God.

12 Seeing then that we have 3 But if our gospel be hid, it such hope, we use great plain- is hid to them that are lost: ness of speech :

4 In whom the god of this 13 And not as Moses, which world hath blinded the minds of put a vail over his face, that them which believe not, lest the the children of Israel could not light of the glorious gospel of steadfastly look to the end of Christ, who is the image of God, that which is abolished: should shine unto them.

14 But their minds were 5 Forwe preach not ourselves, blinded : for until this day re-but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and maineth the same vail untaken ourselves your servants for Jesus away in the reading of the old sake. testament; which vail is done 6 For God, who commanded away in Christ.

. the light to shine out of dark15 But even unto this day, ness, hath shined in our hearts, when Moses is read, the vail is to give the light of the knowupon their heart.

ledge of the glory of God in the 16 Nevertheless, when it shall face of Jesus Christ. turn to the Lord, the vail shall 7 But we have this treasure be taken away.

lin earthen vessels, that the ex· 17 Now the Lord is that cellency of the power may be Spirit: and where the Spirit of of God, and not of us. the Lord is, there is liberty. 8 We are troubled on every

18 But we all, with open face side, yet not distressed; we are beholding as in a glass the glory perplexed, but not in despair; of the Lord, are changed into 9 Persecuted, but not forthe same image from glory to saken; cast down, but not deglory, even as by the Spirit of the stroyed; Lord.

10 Always bearing about in CHAP. IV.

the body the dying of the Lord Paul's comfort in distress. Jesus, that the life also of Jesus MTHEREFORE, seeing we might be made manifest in our

I have this ministry, as we body. have received mercy, we faint ii For we which live are not;

always delivered unto death for 2 But have renounced the Jesus' sake, that the life also of hidden things of dishonesty; not Jesus might be made manifest in walking in craftiness, nor hand- our mortal flesh. ling the word of God deceitfully; 12 So then death worketh in but, by manifestation of the truth, us, but life in you. commending ourselves to every! 13 We having the same spirit

have therefore speak; he which ed up of like that hath

sed and comfortable assurance CHAP. V. of a blessed immortality. 2 of faith, according as it is writ-tabernacle do groan, being bur

ten, I believed, and therefore dened : not for that we would hey have I spoken ; we also believe, be unclothed, but clothed upon, el and therefore speak;

that mortality might be swallow14 Knowing, that he which ed up of life. I raised up the Lord Jesus, shall 5 Now, he that hath wrought

raise up us also by Jesus, and us for the self-same thing is God,

shall present us with you who also hath given unto us the * 15 For all things are for your earnest of the Spirit.

sakes, that the abundant grace 6 Therefore we are always It might through the thanksgiving confident, knowing that, whilst

of many redound to the glory of we are at home in the body, we God.

are absent from the Lord : 16 For which cause we faint 9 (For we walk by faith, not not; but though our outward by sight :) man perish, yet the inward man 8 We are confident, I say, is renewed day by day. and willing rather to be absent

17 For our light affliction, from the body, and to be present which is but for a moment, with the Lord. . worketh for us a far more ex- 9 Wherefore we labour, that, ceeding and eternal weight of whether present or absent, we glory;

may be accepted of him. 18 While we look not at the 10 For we must all appear things which are seen, but at the before the judgment-seat of things which are not seen : for Christ; that every one may rethe things which are seen are ceive the things done in his body, temporal; but the things which according to that he hath done, are not seen are eternal. whether it be good or bad. CHAP. V.

| 11 Knowing therefore the Paul's hope of immortal glory. terror of the Lord, we persuade TOR we know that if our men; but we are made manifest

T earthly house of this taber- unto God; and I trust also are nacle were dissolved, we have made manifest in your cona building of God, a house not sciences. made with hands, eternal in the 12 For we commend not ourheavens.

selves again unto you, but give 2 For in this we groan, ear- you occasion to glory on our nestly desiring to be clothed behalf, that ye may have someupon with our house which is what to answer them which from heaven:

glory in appearance, and not in 3 If so be that being clothed heart. we shall not be found naked. ) 13 For whether we be beside 4 For we that are in thislourselves, it is to God: or

olved, wise not

12 Focain unto

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