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evidence of your charity, and of 11 That being enriched in all our boasting on your behalf. things you may abound unto all'i CHAP. IX.

simplicity, which worketh through A further exhortation to almsgiving. us thanksgiving to' God. VOR concerning the ministry,

12 Because the administration of F

that is done towards the saints, this office doth not only supply the it is superfluous for me to write want of the saints, but aboundeth unto you.

also by many thanksgivings in the 2 For I know your forward | Lord. mind : for which I boast of


13 By the proof of this ministry, the Macedonians. That Achaia al- glorifying God for the obedience so is ready from the year past, and of your confession unto the gospel your emulation hath provoked very of Christ, and for the simplicity of many:

communicating unto them, 3 Now I have sent the brethren, and unto all. that the thing, which we boast of '14 And in their praying for you, concerning you, be

not made void being desirous of you because of in this behalf, thát (as I have said) the excellent grace of God in you. you may be ready:

15 Thanks be to God for his un 4 Lest, when the Macedonians speakable gift. shall come with me, and find you

CHAP. X. unprepared, we (not to say ye) He sets forth the power of his aposshould be ashamed in this matter. sary to desire the brethren Chat Now 1 Paul myself beseech

you, by the mildness and mos they would go to you before, and desty of Christ, who in presence prepare t

this blessing before promi- indeed am lowly among you, but sed, to be ready, so as a blessing, being absent "am bold towards you.

2 But l beseech-you, that I may 6 Now, this I say: He who šow-not be bold wheh I am present, eth sparingly, shall also reap spa- with that confidence wherewith i ringly; and he who soweth in bles- am thought to be bold, against sings, shall also

reap of blessings. some, who reckon us as if we walkEvery one as he hath deter- ed according to the flesh. mined in his heart, not with sadness 3 For though we walk in the or of necessity. For God loveth a flesh, we do not wat according to cheerful giver:

the flesh., 8. And God is able to make all 4 For the weapons of our warfare grace abound in you: that ye" al- are not carnal

, but mighty to God ways having all sufficiency in all unto the pulling down of fortificathings may abound to every good tions, destroying counsels, work,

5. And every height that'exalteth 9 As it is written: He hath dis- itself against the knowledge 1 of persed abroad, he hath given to the God, and bringing into *captivity poor : his justice remaineth for ever, every understanding unto the obe

10 And he that ministereth seed dience of Christ, to the sower, will both give you 6 And having in readiness to rebread to eat, and will multiply your venge all disobedience, when your seed, and increase the growth of obedience shall be fulfilled, the fruits of your justice:

7 See the things that are accord

not as covetousness.

Ver. 11, 13. Simplicity, sincere bounty and charity.


ing to outward. appearance. If any

CHAP, X1. man trust to himself, that he is He is forced to commend himself. mürist's: leo hin think this again Wear with some little of my with himself that as he is Christ's so are we also.

folly; but do, bear with' me. 8 For if also I should boast some 2 For I am jealous of you with what more of our power, which the the jealousy of God. For I have Lord hath given us upto edifica- espoused you to one husband, that tion, and not for your destruction; I may present you as a chaste virI should not be ashamed.

gin to Christ. 9 But that I may not be thought 3 But I fear lest, as the serpent as it were to terrify you by epistles, seduced Eve by his subtilty, so

10 (For his epistles indeed, say your minds snouid be corrupted, they, are weighty and strong, but and fall from the simplicity that is his bodily presence is weak, and in Christ. his speech contemptible.)

4 For if he that cometh, preach11 Let such a one think this, eth another Christ, whom we have that such as we are in word by not preached; or if you receive epistles, when absent; such also another Spirit, whom you have not we will be indeed, when present. received; or another gospel, which

12 For we dare not match, or you have not received ; you might compare ourselves with some, that well bear with him. commend themselves : but 5 For I suppose that I have done measure ourselves by ourselves, nothing less than the great apostles. and compare ourselves with our 6. For although I be rude in selves.

speech, yet not in knowledge : but .13 But we will not glory beyond in all things we have been made our measure: but according to the manifest to you. measure of the rule, which God 7 Or did I commit a fault humhath measured to us, a measure to bling myself

, that you might be exreach even unto you.

alted ? Because I preached unto 14 For we stretch not out our- you the gospel of God freely? selves beyond our measure, as if 8 I have taken from other churches, we reached not unto you. For we receiving wages of them for your are come as far as to you in the ministry. gospel of Christ.

9 And when I was present with 15 Not glorying beyond measure you, and wanted, I was chargeable in other men's labours : but having to no man: for that, which was hope of your increasing faith, to be wanting to me, the brethren supmagnified in you according to our plied who came from Macedonia : kule abundantly,

and in all things I have kept myself 1.16 Yea unto those places that from being; burdensome to you, are beyond you, to preach the gos- and so I will keep myself. pel, not to glory in another man's 10 The truth of Christ is in me, rule in those things that are made that this glorying shall not be broready to our hand.

ken off in me in the regions of 1 17 But he that glorieth let him Achaia. glory in the Lord.

11 Wherefore ? Because I love 18 For not he, who commendeth you not ? God knoweth it." himself, is approved, but he whom 12 But what I do, that I will do, God commendeth,

that I may cut off the occasion from

man be lifted up, if a man strikal indeed :) but I will come to the

them that desire occasion, that perils from my own nation, in perils wherein they glory, they may be from the gentiles, in perils in the found even as we.

city, in perils in the wilderness, in 13 For such false apostles are perils in the sea, in perils from deceitful workmen, transforming false brethren. themselves into the apostles of 27 In labour and painfulness, in Christ.

much watchings, in hunger and 14 And no wonder : for satan thirst, in fastings often, in cold and himself transformeth himself into nakedness. an angel of light.

28 Besides those things which are 15 Therefore it is no great thing without : my daily instance, the if his ministers be transformed as solicitude for all the churches. the ministers of justice: whose end 29 Who is weak, and I am not shall be according to their works. weak ? Who is scandalized, and 1

16 Again I say (let no man think am pot on fire ? me to be foolish, otherwise take me 30 If I must needs glory : I will as foolish, that I also may glory a glory of the things that concern my little,)

infirmity. 17 That which I speak, I speak 31 The God and Father of our not according to God, but as it were Lord JESUS CHRIST, who is blessed in foolishness, in this matter of for ever, knoweth that I lie not. glorying.

32 At Damascus the governor of 18 Seeing that many glory ac- the nation under Aretas the king, cording to the flesh, I will glory guarded the city of the Damasalso.

cenes to apprehend me: 19 For you gladly suffer the fool- 33 And through a window in a ish : whereas yourselves are wise. basket was: 1 let down by the wall, : 120 For you suffer if a man bring and so escaped his hands. you into bondage, if a man devour

CHAP. XII. you if a man take from you, if a His raptures and revelațions.

FImust glory (it is not expedient you on the face.

21 I speak according to disho- visions and revelations of the Lord. nour, as if we had been weak in 2 I know a man in Christ above

this part. Wherein if any man dare fourteen years ago (whether in the : (I speak foolishly) I dare also. body I know not, or out of the body,

22 They are Hebrews: so am 1. I know not, God knoweth) such an They are Israelites: so'am 1. They one rapt even to the third heaven. are the seed of Abraham: so am I. 3 And I know such a man (whe

23 They are the ministers of ther in the body, or out of the body, Christ': (I speak as one'less wise) I cannot tell: God knoweth) I am more : in many more labours, 4 That he was caught up into parain prisons more frequently, in stripes dise; and heard secret words, which above measure, in deaths often. it is not granted to man to utter.

24 Of the Jews five times did I 5 For such an one I will glory : receive forty stripes, save one. but for myself I will glory pothing,

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, but in my infirmities. once I was stoned, thrice I suffered 6 For though I should have a shipwreck : a night and a day I was mind to glory, I shall not be foolish: in the depth of the sea.

for I will say the truth. But I for26 In journeying often, in perils bear, iest any man should think of of waters, in perils of robbers, in me above that which he seeth in me,

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or any thing he heareth from me. you? Did we pot walk with the

7 And lest the greatness of the same spirit ? did: we not in the revelations should exalt me, there same steps ? was given me a sting of my flesh, 19 of old, think you that we exan angel of satan, to buffet me. cuse ourselves to you? We speak

8 For which thing thrice I be- before God in Christ: but all things sought the Lord, that it might de- (my dearly beloved) for your edihpart from me.

9 And he said to me: my grace 20 For 1 fear lest perhaps, when is sufficient for thee: for power is 1 come, I shall not find you such 'made perfect in infirmity. Gladly as I would: and that I shall be therefore will I glory in my infirmi- found by you such as you would ties, that the power of Christ may not. Lest perhaps contentions, endwell in me.

vyings, animosities, dissensions, de10 For which cause I please my-tractions, whisperings, swellings, self in my infirmities, in reproaches, seditions, be among you. in necessities, in persecutions, in 21 Lest again, when I come, God distresses for Christ. For when I humble me among you : and I am weak, then am 1 powerful. mourn many of them that sinned · 11 Iam become foolish: you have before, and have not done penance compelled me. For I ought to have for the uncleanliness and 'fornicabeen commended by you: for I have tion and lasciviousness, that they no way come short of them that are have committed. above measure apostles : although

CHAP. XIII. I be nothing

He threatens the impenitent. ship have been wrought

you, in BEHOLD, this is the third

time I am coming to you: lo all patience, in signs and wonders, the mouth of two or three witnesand mighty deeds.

ses shall every word stand. .. 13 For' what is there that you 2 I have told before, and foretel, have had less than the other church- as present, and now absent, to them es: but that I'myself was not bur- that sinned before and to all the thensome to you? Pardon me this rest, that if I come again, I will injury

not spare. 14 Behold, now the third time lam 3.Do you seek a proof of Christ ready to come to you; and I will thatspeaketh in me,who towards you not be burthensome unto you. For is not weak, but is mighty in you? I seek not the things that are yours, 4 For although he was crucified but you. For neither ought the through weakness; yet he liveth by children to lay up for the parents, the power of God. For we also are but the parents for the children. : weak in him: but we shall live with

15 But I most gladly will spend him by the power of God towards and be spent myself for your souls: you. although, loving you more, I be 5. Try your own selves if you be loved less.

in the faith : prove. ye yourselves. 16 But be it so: I did not burden Know you not your own selves, that you; but being crafty, I caught you CARIST JESUS is in you, unless by guile.

perhaps you be reprobates. 17 Did I overreach you by any 6 But I trust that you shall know of them whom I sent to you? that we are not reprobates.

18-1 desired Titus, and I sent with 7 Now we pray God, that you him a brother. Did Titus overreach may do no evil, not that we inay

appear approved, but that you may hath given me unto edification, and do that which is good, and that we not unto destruction. may be as reprobates.

11 Forthe rest, brethren, rejoice, be 8 For we can do nothing against perfect, take exhortation, be of orie the truth; but for the truth. mind, have peace; and the God of

9 For we rejoice, that we are peace and of love shall be with you. weak, and you are strong. This 12 Salute one another in a holy also we pray for your perfection. kiss. All the saints salute you.

10 Therefore I write these things 13 The grace of our Lord JESUS being absent, that, being present, I Christ,and the charity of God,and may not deal more severely, accord- the communication of the Holy ing to the power which the Lord Ghost be with jou all.' Amen,

Ver. 7. Reprobates. That is, without proof.


or God? Or do I seek to please The apostle's calling, men? Iflyet pleased men, I should PAUL

an apostle, not of men, not be the servant of Christ. neither by man, but by JESUS 11 For I give you to understand, Christ, and God the Father, who brethren, that the gospel which was raised him from the dead, preached by me is not according to

2 And all the brethren who are man. with me, to the churches of Galatia. 12 For neither did I receive it of

3 Grace be to you and peace from man, nor did I learn it; but by the God the Father, and from our Lord revelation of Jesus Christ. JESUS CHRIST,

13 For you have heard of miy 4 Who gave himself for our sins, conversation in time past in the that he might deliver us from this Jews' religion : how that beyond present wicked world, according to measure I persecuted the churoh the will of God and our Father: of God and wasted it. 5 To whom is glory for ever and 14 And I made progress in the Amen.

Jews' religion above many of my 6 I wonder that you are so soon equals in my own nation, being removed from him that called you more abundantly zealous for the into the grace of Christ, unto ano- traditions of my fathers. ther gospel.

15 But when it pleased him, who 7 Which is not another, only separated me from my mother's there are some that trouble you, womb, and called me by his grace, and would pervert the gospel of 16 To reveal his. Son in me, that Christ.

I might preach him among the gen8 But though we, or an angel tiles, immediately I condescended from heaven, preach a gospel to you not to flesh and blood. besides that which we have preach 17 Neither went I to Jerusalem ed to you, let him be anathema. to the apostles who were before

9 As we said before, so now I me: but I went into Arabia, and say again: If any one preach to again I returned to Damascus. you a gospel, besides that which '18 Then, after three years, 1 you have received, let him be ana- went to Jerusalem to see Peter,and ihema.

I tarried with him fifteen days: 10 For do I now persuade men. 19 But other of the apostles I


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