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The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to

the CORINTHIANS.

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CHAP. I.

8 For we would not, breEncouragement against trouble. thren, have you ignorant of our

an apostle of Jesus trouble which came to us in Christ by the will of God, Asià, that we were pressed out and Timothy our brother, unto of measure,

above strength, the church of God which is at insomuch that we despaired Corinth, with all the saints even 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 dead: the Father of our Lord Jesus 10 Who delivered us from so Christ, the Father of mercies, great a death, and doth deliver: and the 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 You 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 trust 7 And our hope of you is ye shall acknowledge even to stedfast, knowing, that as ye the end;

; are partakers of the sufferings, 14 As also ye have acknow

ye be also of the con- ledged us in part, that we are solation,

your rejoicing, even as ye also

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2 CORINTHIANS,

not coming to them: are ours in the day of the Lord | are helpers of your joy: for by Jesus.

faith ye stand. 15 And in this confidence I

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

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. nay?

4 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

that you 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 unto you. Silvanus and Timotheus, was 5 But if any have caused

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

inflicted of many. 21 Now he which stablisheth 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 over much sorrow. Spirit in our hearts.

8 Wherefore I beseech you 23 Moreover I call God that

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would confirm your for a record upon my soul, that, love towards him. to spare you, I came not as yet 9 For to this end also did unto Corinth.

I write, that I might know 24 Not for that we have the proof of you,

whether

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be dominion over your faith, but obedient in all things.

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CHAP. III.

The success of his labours

in the gospel ministry. 10 To whom ye forgive any | letters of commendation from thing, I forgive also: for if you? I forgave any thing, to whom I 2 Ye are our epistle written forgave it, for your sakes

forgave in our hearts, known and read I 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 T Furthermore, when I ten not with ink, but with the came to Troas to preach Christ's Spirit of the living God: not in gospel, and a door was opened tables of stone, but in fleshlý. 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 able to triumph in Christ, and ministers of the new testament; maketh manifest the savour of not of the letter, but of the his knowledge by us in every spirit: for the letter killeth, but place.

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 sted16 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 mini17 For we are not as many, stration of the Spirit be rather which corrupt the word of God: glorious ? 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

reason need we, as some others, epistles glory that excelleth. of commendation to you,

11 For if that which is done

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Of the gospel ministration. 2 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 stedfastly 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 For we 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

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 treabe taken away.

sure in earthen vessels, that the 17. Now the Lord is that excellency 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 side, yet not distressed ;- we are face beholding as in a glass the perplexed, but not in despair; glory of the Lord, are changed -9 Persecuted, but not forinto the same image from glory saken; cast down, but not deto glory, even as by the Spirit stroyed; of the 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 HEREFORE, seeing we might be made manifest in our

have this ministry, as we body. have received mercy, we faint 11 For we which live are not;

alway 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 walking in craftiness, nor hand in 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

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CHAP. V.

and comfortable assurance

of a blessed immortality. of faith, according as it is writ- | tabernacle do groan, being burten, I believed, and therefore dened: not for that we would have I spoken; we also believe, be unclothed, but clothed upon, and therefore speak;

that mortality might be swal14 Knowing that he which lowed up of life. 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 shall present us with you. God, who also hath given unto

15 For all things are for your us the earnest of the Spirit. sakes, that the abundant grace 6 Therefore we are always might, through the thanksgiving confident, knowing that, whilst of many, redound to the

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

are absent from the Lord: 16 For which cause we faint 7 (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 prewhich is but for a moment, sent with the Lord. worketh for us a far more ex- 9 Wherefore we labour, ceeding and eternal weight of that, whether present or absent, glory;

we 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 judgement-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 OR we know that if our men; but we are made manifest

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, an 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, you occasion to glory on our earnestly 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 besides 4 For we that are in this l ourselves, it is to God: or

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