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Reconciliation by Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS, Of Paul's faithful ministry. whether we be sober, it is for
CHAP. VI. your cause.
Paul's faithfulness in the ministry. 14 For the love of Christ
E then, as workers toconstraineth us ; because we
gether thus judge, that if one died for you also that ye receive not the all, then were all dead : grace of God in vain.
15 And that he died for all, 2 (For he saith, I have heard that they which live should not thee in a time accepted, and in henceforth live unto themselves, the day of salvation have I sucbut unto him which died for coured thee: behold, now is them, and rose again.
the accepted time; behold, now 16 Wherefore henceforth is the day of salvation.) know we
man after the 3 Giving no offence in any flesh: yea, though we have thing, that the ministry be not known Christ after the flesh, blamed: yet now henceforth know we 4 But in all things approving him no more.
ourselves as the ministers of 17 Therefore if any man be God, in much patience, in in Christ, he is a new creature: afflictions, in necessities, in diold things are past away ; stresses, behold, all things are become 5 In stripes, in imprison
ments, in tumults, in labours, 18 And all things are of in watchings, in fastings ; God, who hath reconciled us to 6 By pureness, by knowhimself by Jesus Christ, and ledge, by long-suffering, by hath given to us the ministry kindness, by the Holy Ghost, of reconciliation ;
by Jove unfeigned, 19. To wit, that God was in 7 By the word of truth, by Christ, reconciling the world the power of God, by the unto himself, not imputing armour of righteousness on the their trespasses unto them; right hand and on the left, and hath committed unto us 8 By honour and dishonour, the word of reconciliation, by evil report and good report :
20 Now then we are am- as deceivers, and yet true; bassadors for Christ, as though 9 As unknown, and yet well God did beseech you by us: known ; as dying, and, behold, we pray you in Christ's stead, we live; as chastened, and not Be ye reconciled to God. killed;
21 For he hath made him 10 As sorrowful, yet alway to be sin for us, who knew no rejoicing; as poor, yet making
that we might be made many rich ;. as having nothing, the righteousness of God in and yet possessing all things. himn.
11 40 ye Corinthians, our
Purity of life recommended.
CHAP. VII. Good effect of godly sorrow. mouth is open unto you, our no man, we have defrauded no heart is enlarged.
man. 12 Ye are not straitened in
3 I speak not this to condemn us, but ye are straitened in your you; for 1 have said before, that own bowels.
ye are in our hearts to die and 13 Now for a recompence in live with you. the same, (I speak as unto my 4 Great is my boldness of children,) be ye also enlarged. speech toward you, great is my
14 Be ye not unequally yoked glorying of you: I am filled with together with unbelievers: for comfort, I am exceeding joyful what fellowship, hath righteous in all our tribulation. ness with unrighteousness? and 5 For, when we were come what communion hath light with into Macedonia, our flesh had darkness?
no rest, but we were troubled 15 And what concord hath on every side; without were
rist with Belial? or what part fightings, within were fears. hath he that believeth with an 6 Nevertheless God that cominfidel?
forteth those that are cast down, 16 And what agreement hath comforted us by the coming of the temple of God with idols? Titus ; for ye are the temple of the 7 And not by his coming only, living God; as God hath said, but by the consolation wherewith I will dwell in them, and walk he was comforted in you, when in them; and I will be their God, he told us your earnest desire, and they shall be my people. your mourning, your fervent
17 Wherefore come out from mind toward me; so that I reamong them, and be ye separate, joiced the more. saith the Lord, and touch not 8 For though I made you the unclean thing; and I will sorry with a letter, I do not
repent, though I did repent: for 18 And will be a Father unto 1 perceive that the same epistle you, and ye shall be my sons hath made you sorry, through it and daughters, saith the Lord were but for a seasori. Almighty.
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye CHAP. VII
were made sorry, but that ye Erhortations to purity. sorrowed to repentance: for ye SAVING therefore these pro- were made sorry, after a godly
ye cleanse ourselves from all filthi- damage by us in nothing. ness of the flesh and spirit, perfect- 10 Før godly sorrow worketh ing holiness in the fear of God. repentance to salvation not to be
2 Receive us; we have wrong- repented of: but the sorrow ed no man, we have corrupted of the world worketh death.
The apostlé praiseth the 2 CORINTHIANS, liberality of the Macedonians :
11 For behold this self-same of affliction, the abundance of thing, that ye sorrowed after their joy and their deep poverty a godly sort, what carefulness it abounded unto the riches of wrought in you, yea, what clear their liberality. ing of yourselves, yea, what in- 3 For to their power (I bear dignation, yea, what fear, yea, record) yea, and beyond their what vehement desire, yea, what power, they were willing of zeal, yea, what revenge! In all themselves; things ye have approved your- 4 Praying us with much selves to be clear in this matter. intreaty that we would receive
12 Wherefore, though I wrote the gift, and take upon us the unto you, I did it not for his fellowship of the ministering to cause that had done the wrong, the saints. nor for his cause that suffered 5 And this they did, not as wrong, but that our care for we hoped, but first gave their you in the sight of God might ownselves to the Lord, and unto appear unto you.
us by the will of God. 13 Therefore we were com
6 Insomuch that we desired forted in your comfort: yea, and Titus, that as he had begun, so exceedingly the more joyed we he would also finish in you the for the joy of Titus, because his same grace also. spirit was refreshed by you all. 7 Therefore, as ye abound in
14 For if I have boasted any every thing, in faith, and utterthing to him of you, I am not ance, and knowledge, and in all ashamed; but as we spake all diligence, and in your love to things to you in truth, even us, see that ye abound in this so our boasting, which I made grace also. before Titus, is found a truth. 8 I speak not by command
15 And his inward affection ment, but by occasion of the is more abundant toward you, forwardness of others, and to whilst he remembereth the obe prove the sincerity of your
love. dience of you all, how with fear 9 For ye know the grace of and trembling ye received him. our Lord Jesus Christ, that,
16 I rejoice, therefore, that though he was rich, yet for your I have confidence in you ,
in all sakes he became poor, that ye things.
through his poverty might be CHAP. VIII.
rich. Paul exhorteth to liberality.
10 And herein I give my OREOVER, brethren, advice: for this is expedient for grace of God bestowed on the not only to do, but also to be churches of Macedonia;
forward a year ago. 2 How that, in a great trial 11 Now therefore perform the
He commendeth Titus ;
and exhorteth to charity. doing of it ; that as there was 21 Providing for honest things, a readiness to will, so there may not only in the sight of the Lord, be a performance also out of but also in the sight of men. that which ye have.
22 And we have sent with 12 For if there be first them our brother, whom we a willing mind, it is accepted have oftentimes proved diligent . according to that a man hath, in many things, but now much and not according to that he more diligent, upon the great hath not.
confidence which I have in
you. 13 For I mean not that other 23 Whether any do inquire men be eased, and you burdened: of Titus, he is my partner and
14 But by an equality, that fellow-helper concerning you: now at this time your abundance or our brethren be inquired of, may be a supply for their want, they are the messengers of the that their abundance also may churches, and the glory of be a supply for your want, that Christ. there may be equality :
24 Wherefore shew ye to 15 As it is written, He that them, and before the churches, had gathered much had nothing the proof of your love, and of over; and he that had gathered our boasting on your behalf. little had no lack.
CHAP. IX. 16 But thanks be to God, Bountifulness recommended. which put the same earnest
care FO Rias touching the minisyou.
tering , 17 For indeed he accepted superfluous for me to write to the exhortation; but being more you. forward, of his own accord he 2 For I know the forwardness went unto you.
of your mind, for which I boast 18 And we have sent with of you to them of Macedonia, him the brother, whose praise that Achaia was ready a year is in the gospel throughout all ago; and your zeal hath prothe churches ;
voked very many. 19 And not that only, but 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, who was also chosen of the lest our boasting of you should churches to travel with us with be in vain in this behalf; that, this grace,
which is administered as I said, ye may be ready : by us to the glory of the same 4 Lest haply if they of MaceLord, and declaration of your donia come with me, and find ready mind :
you unprepared, we (that we 20 Avoiding this, that no say not, ye) should be ashamed man should blame us in this in this same confident boasting. abundance which is administered 5 Therefore I thought it by us:
necessary to exhort the bre
toward you :
Of bounty to the saints.
Paul's spiritual power, thren, that they would go tion unto the gospel of Christ, before unto you, and make up and for your liberal distribution beforehand your bounty, where unto them, and unto all men ; of ye had notice before, that the 14 And by their prayer for same might be ready, as a mat- you, which long after you for ter of bounty, and not as of the exceeding grace of God in covetousness.
you. 6 But this I say, He which 15 Thanks be unto God for soweth sparingly shall reap also his unspeakable gift. sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also boun- Of Paul's spiritual might. tifully.
7 Every man according as you by the meekness and he purposeth in his heart, so let gentleness of Christ, who in him give; not grudgingly, or presence am base among you, of necessity: for God loveth but being absent am bold a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all 2 But I beseech you, that grace abound towards you; that I may not be bold when I am ye, always having all sufficiency present with that confidence, in all things, may abound to wherewith I think to be bold every good work:
against some, whịch think of us 9 (As it is written, He hath as if we walked according to dispersed abroad; he hath given the flesh. to the poor: his righteousness 3 For though we walk in the remaineth for ever.
flesh, we do not war after the 10 Now he that ministereth flesh: seed to the sower both minister 4 (For the weapons of our bread for your food, and multi- warfare are not carnal, but ply your seed sown, and increase mighty through God to the the fruits of your righteousness ;) pulling down of strong holds ;)
11 Being enriched in every 5 Casting down imaginations, thing to all bountifulness, which and every high thing that excauseth through us thanksgiving alteth itself against the knowto God.
ledge of God, and bringing 12 For the administration of into captivity every thought to this service not only supplieth the obedience of Christ; the want of the saints, but is 6 And having in a readiness to abundant also by many thanks- revenge all disobedience, when givings unto God;
your obedience is fulfilled. 13 Whilez by the experiment 7.9 Do ye look on things of this ministration they glorify after the outward appearance? God for your professed subjec- | If any man trust to himself that