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He ercuseth his boasting. he is Christ's, let him of himself hope, when your faith is inthink this again, that, as he is creased, that we shall be enlarged Christ's, even so are we Christ's. by you according to our rule
8 For though I should boast abundantly, somewhat more of our autho- 16 To preach the gospel in the rity, which the Lord hath given regions beyond you, and not to us for edification, and not for boast in another man's line of your destruction, I should not things made ready to our hand. be ashamed:
17 But he that glorieth, let 9 That I may not seem as if him glory in the Lord. I would terrify you by letters. 18 For not he that commend
10 For his letters, say they, eth himself is approved, but are weighty and powerful; but whom the Lord commendeth. his bodily presence is weak, and
CHAP. XI. his speech contemptible.
Paul's forced self-commendation.
to God such
bear with me a little in letters when we are absent, such my folly: and indeed bear with will we be also in deed when we me. are present.
2 For I am jealous over you 12 For we dare not make with godly jealousy: for I have ourselves of the number, or com- espoused you to one husband, pare ourselves with some that that I may present you as a commend themselves: but they chaste virgin to Christ. measuring themselves by them- 3 But I fear, lest by any selves, and comparing them- means, as the serpent beguiled selves among themselves, are Eve through his subtilty, so not wise,
your minds should be corrupted 13 But we will not boast of from the simplicity that is in things without our measure, but Christ. according to the measure of the 4. For if he that cometh rule which God hath distributed preacheth another Jesus, whom to us, a measure to reach even we have not preached, or if ye
receive another spirit, which ye 14 For we stretch not our- have not received, or another selves beyond our measure, as gospel, which ye have not acthough we reached not unto cepted, ye might well bear with you: for we are come as far as him. to you also in preaching the 5 For I suppose I was not a gospel of Christ:
whit behind the very chiefest 15 Not boasting of things Apostles. without our measure, that is, of 6 But though I be rude in other men's labours; but having speech, yet not in knowledge;
Paul's sufferings and
labours for Christ. but we have been throughly 16 I say again, Let no man made manifest among you in think me a fool; if otherwise, all things.
yet as a fool receive me, that 7 Have I committed an I may boast myself a little. offence in abasing myself that 17 That which I speak, I ye might be exalted, because speak it not after the Lord, i have preached to you the but as it were foolishly, in this gospel of God freely ?
confidence of boasting. 8 I robbed other churches, 18 Seeing that many glory taking wages of them, to do after the flesh, I will glory also.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, 9 And when I was present seeing ye yourselves are wise. with you, and wanted, I was 20 For ye suffer, if a man chargeable to no man: for that bring you into bondage, if a which was lacking to me, the man devour you, if a man take brethren which caine from Ma- of you, if a man exalt himself
, if cedonia, supplied: and in all a man smite you on the face. things I have kept myself from 21 I speak as concerning rebeing burdensome to you, and proach, as though we had been so will I keep myself
weak. Howbeit whereinsoever 10 As the truth of Christ is any is bold, (1 speak foolishly,) in me; no man shall stop me of I am bold also. this boasting in the regions of 22 Are they Hebrews? so am Achaia.
I. Are they Israelites ? so am I. 11 Wherefore? because I love Are they the seed of Abraham? you not? God knoweth.
12 But what I do, that I will 23 Are they ministers of do, that I may cut off occasion Christ? (I speak as a fool) from them which desire occa- I am more ; in labours more sion ; that wherein they glory, abundant, in stripes above meathey may be found even as we. sure, in prisons more frequent,
13 For such are false apostles, in deaths oft. deceitful workers, transforming 24 Of the Jews five times rethemselves into the apostles of ceived I forty stripes save one. Christ.
25 Thrice was I beaten with 14 And no marvel; for Satan rods, once was I stoned, thrice himself is transformed into an I suffered shipwreck, a night and angel of light.
a day I have been in the deep; 15 Therefore it is no great 26 In journeying often, in thing if his ministers also be perils of waters, in perils of transformed as the ministers of robbers, in perils by mine own righteousness; whose end shall countrymen, in perils by the be according to their works. heathen, in perils in the city,
so am I..
His visions and revelations.
He glorieth in his infirmities. in perils in the wilderness, in (whether in the body, or out of perils in the sea, in perils among the body, I cannot tell: God false brethren;
knoweth ;) 27 In weariness and painful
4 How that he was caught ness, in watchings often, in up into paradise, and heard unhunger and thirst
, in fastings speakable words, which it is not often, in cold and nakedness. lawful for a man to utter.
28 Besides those things that 5 Of such a one will I glory: are without, that which cometh yet of myself I will not glory, upon me daily, the care of all but in mine infirmities. the churches.
6 For though I would desire 29 Who is weak, and I am to glory, I shall not be a fool; not weak? who is offended, and for I will say the truth: but nou I burn not?
I forbear, lest any man should 30 If I must needs glory, think of me above that which I will glory of the things which he seeth me to be, or that he concern mine infirmities.
heareth of me. 31 The God and Father of 7 T. And lest I should be our Lord Jesus Christ, which is exalted above measure through blessed for evermore, knoweth the abundance of the revelations, that I lie not.
there was given to me a thorn 32 In Damascus the governor in the flesh, the messenger of under Aretas the king kept the Satan, to buffet me, lest I should city of the Damascenes with a be exalted above measure. garrison, desirous to apprehend 8 For this thing I besought
the Lord thrice, that it might 33 And through a window in depart from me. a basket was I let down by the 9 And he said unto me, My wall, and escaped his hands. grace is sufficient for thee: for CHAP. XII.
my strength is made perfect in Paul's wonderful revelations. weakness. Most gladly therefore T is I
my doubtless to glory. I will mities, that the power of Christ come to visions and revelations may rest upon me. of the Lord.
io Therefore I take pleasure 2 I knew a man in Christ in infirmities, in reproaches, in above fourteen years ago, (whe- necessities, in persecutions, in ther in the body I cannot tell; distresses for Christ's sake: for or whether out of the body, when I am weak, then am I I cannot tell: God knoweth;) strong. such a one caught up to the 11 I am become a fool in third heaven.
glorying; ye have compelled 3 And I knew such a man, me: for I ought to have been
The apostle threateneth 2 CORINTHIANS, unreclaimed offenders, commended of you: for in no- found unto you such as ye would thing am I behind the very not: lest there be debates, envychiefest apostles, though I be ings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, nothing.
whisperings, swellings, tumults: 12 ở Truly the signs of an 21 And lest, when I come apostle were wrought among again, my God will humble me you in all patience, in signs, among you, and that I shall and wonders, and mighty deeds. bewail many which have sinned
13 For what is it wherein ye already, and have not repented of were inferior to other churches, the uncleanness, and fornication, except it be that I myself was and lasciviousness which they not burdensome to you? forgive have committed. this wrong
CHAP. XIII, 14 Behold, the third tiine Obstinate sinners threatened. I am ready to come to you; and
TH I will not be burdensome to you:
"HIS is the third time I am
coming to you. In the for I seek not yours, but you: mouth of two or three witnesses for the children ought not to shall every word be established. lay up for the parents, but the 2 I told you before, and foretel parents for the children.
you, as if I were present, the 15 And I will very gladly second time; and being absent spend and be spent for you; now I write to them which though the more abundantly heretofore have sinned, and to I love you, the less I be loved. all other, that, if I come again,
16 But be it so, I did not I will not spare: burden you; nevertheless, being 3 Since ye seek a proof of crafty, I caught you with guile. Christ speaking in me, which
17 Did I make a gain of you to you-ward is not weak, but is by any of them whom I sent mighty in you. unto you?
4 For though he was crucified 18 'I desired Titus, and with through weakness, yet he liveth him I sent a brother: Did Titus by the power of God. For we make a gain of you? walked we also are weak in him, but we not in the same spirit? walked shall live with him by the power we not in the same steps?
of God toward you. 19 Again, think
5 Examine yourselves, wheexcuse ourselves unto you? we ther' ye be in the faith; prove speak before God in Christ: but your own selves. Know ye not we do all things, dearly beloved, your own selves, how that Jesus for your edifying.
Christ is in you, except ye
be 20 For I fear, lest, when I reprobates? come, I shall not find
such 6 But I trust that ye shall as I would, and that I shall be know that we are not reprobates.
and concludeth with
exhortation and prayer. 7 Now I pray to God that ye 11 Finally, brethren, faredo no evil; not that we should well. Be perfect, be of good appear approved, but that ye comfort, be of one mind, live in should do that which is honest, peace; and the God of love and though we be as reprobates. peace shall be with you. .
8 For we can do nothing 12 Greet one another with an against the truth, but for the holy kiss. truth.
13 All the saints salute you. 9 For we are glad, when we are 14 The grace of the Lord weak, and ye are strong: and this Jesus Christ, and the love of also we wish, even your perfection. God, and the communion of
10 Therefore I write these the Holy Ghost, be with you things being absent, lest being all.
all. Amen. present I should use sharpness,
I The second epistle to tire Corinaccording to the power which thians was written from Philippi, the Lord hath given me to edifi- a city of Macedonia, by Titus and cation, and not to destruction. Lucas.
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the GALATIANS. CHAP. I.
called you into the grace of Of their leaving the gospel. Christ unto another gospel:
an apostle, (not of 7 Which is not another; but men, neither by man, but there be some that trouble you, by Jesus Christ, and God the and would pervert the gospel of Father, who raised him from the Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel 2 And all the brethren which from heaven, preach any other are with me, unto the churches gospel unto you than that which of Galatia:
we have preached unto you, let 3 Grace be to you, and peace, him be accursed. from God the Father, and from 9 As we said before, so say I our Lord Jesus Christ,
now again, If any man preach 4 Who gave himself for our any other gospel unto you than sins, that he might deliver us that ye have received, let him from this present evil world, be accursed. according to the will of God 10 For do I now persuade and our Father:
men, or God? or do I seek to 5 To whom be glory for ever please men? for if I yet pleased and ever. Amen.
men, I should not be the servant 6 | I marvel that ye 'are of Christ. so soon remoyed from him that 11. But I certify you,