2 Corinthias

UNTO THE CORINTHIANS II

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    1 Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will, and Timothy the brother, to the church of :God which is in Corinth, with all the saints that are in the whole of Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
     
    3 Blessed the God and Father of our :Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of :mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all our :affliction, that we be able to comfort those in any :affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of :God. 5 Because as the sufferings of the Christ abound unto us, even so our :comfort also aboundeth through the Christ. 6 But whether we are afflicted, it is for your :comfort and salvation; whether we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which worketh in endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer: 7 and our :hope for you is steadfast; knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the comfort. 8 For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our :affliction which befell us in :Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 but ourselves have had the †sentence of :death within ourselves, that we should not be trusting in ourselves, but in :God who raiseth the dead: 10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and will deliver: on whom we have hoped that he will also still deliver us; 11 YE also helping together on our behalf by the supplication; that, for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many, thanks be given by many †persons on our behalf.
     
    12 For our :glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of :God, and not in fleshly wisdom but in God’s grace, we behaved in the world, and more abundantly toward you. 13 For we write you no other things, than what ye read or even acknowledge, and I hope ye will acknowledge unto the end: 14 even as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that we are your glorying, just as ye also are ours, in the day of our :Lord Jesus.
     
    15 And in this :confidence I intended to come first unto you, that ye might have a second joy; 16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and of you to be set forward unto :Judæa. 17 When I therefore intended thus, did I show :fickleness? or the things I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me the yea should be yea and the nay nay? 18 But :God is faithful that our :word :unto you is not yea and nay. 19 For the Son of :God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you through us, through me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him is yea. 20 For however many the promises of God, in him is the yea: wherefore also through him is the Amen, unto glory to :God through us. 21 Now who establisheth us with you unto Christ, and anointed us, is God; 22 who also sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our :hearts. 23 But I call God for a witness upon my :soul, that to spare you I came not yet unto Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your :faith, but are fellowlaborers of your :joy: for by :faith ye stand fast.

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    1 For I determined this for myself: not to come again to you with sorrow. 2 For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad but he that is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this very thing, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; trusting you all, that my :joy is that of you all. 4 For out of much tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote you with many tears; not that ye be made sorry, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. 5 But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all. 6 Sufficient to the such is the punishment which was by the many; 7 so that contrariwise ye should rather forgive and comfort, lest the such be swallowed up with overmuch :sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you to confirm love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye are obedient in all things. 10 But to whom ye forgive anything, I also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for your sakes in Christ’s person; 11 that no advantage be gained over us by :Satan: for we are not ignorant of his :devices. 12 Now when I came to :Troas for the gospel of the Christ, and a door was opened to me in the Lord, 13 I had no relief for my :spirit in not finding Titus my :brother: but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
     
    14 But thanks to :God, who always leadeth us in triumph in the Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his :knowledge in every place. 15 For we are a sweet savor of Christ to God, in those being saved, and in those perishing; 16 to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these? 17 For we are not as the many, bartering the word of :God: but as of sincerity, but as of God in God’s sight speak we in Christ.

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    1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation unto you or from you? 2 YE are our :epistle, written in our :hearts, known and read of all men; 3 being made manifest that ye are Christ’s Epistle, ministered by us, and written not with ink, but with the living God’s Spirit; not in tables of stone, but on tables of hearts of flesh.
     
    4 And such confidence have we through the Christ toward God: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our :sufficiency is from :God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of :death in letters engraven on stones came to be in glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his :face; which was being done away: 8 how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory? 9 For if the ministration of :condemnation is glory, much rather doth the ministration of :righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For verily what hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this :part, by reason of the surpassing glory. 11 For if what was being done away was through glory, much more what remaineth is in glory. 12 Having therefore such hope, we use great boldness, 13 and not just as Moses put a veil upon his :face, that the children of Israel should not look steadfastly on the end of what was being done away: 14 but their thoughts were hardened: for until this very :day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed to them that it is done away in Christ. 15 But unto this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their :heart. 16 But whenever one shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.

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    1 Having therefore this :ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: 2 but we have renounced the hidden things of the shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of :God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men in God’s sight. 3 And if our :gospel is veiled, it is veiled in the perishing: 4 in whom the god of this :age, hath blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, that the enlightenment of the gospel of the glory of the Christ, who is God’s image, should not dawn upon them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bondmen for Jesus’ sake. 6 Because it is :God that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our :hearts, unto enlightenment of the knowledge of the glory of :God in Christ’s face.
     
    7 But we have this :treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power be of :God, and not from us; 8 we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not overperplexed; 9 pursued, yet not left behind; smitten down, yet not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the †dying of :Jesus, that the life also of :Jesus be manifested in our :body. 11 For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus, that the life also of :Jesus be manifested in our mortal :flesh. 12 So that :death worketh in us, but :life in you. 13 But having the same spirit of :faith, according to what is written, I believed, wherefore I spake; we also believe, wherefore also we speak; 14 knowing that who raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all the things are for you, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound unto the glory of :God. 16 Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward :man is decaying, yet our :inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For the light momentary :affliction worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; 18 while WE look not at what are seen, but at what are not seen: for what are seen are temporal; but what are not seen are eternal.

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    1 For we know that if the earthly house of our :tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. 2 For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our :habitation which is from heaven: 3 if so be that clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For verily we that are in the tabernacle groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that the mortal be swallowed up of the life. 5 Now who wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Always therefore of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord 7 (for we walk through faith, not through †sight)—8 we are of good courage, and are pleased rather to be away from home from the body, and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him. 10 For we must all be manifested before the judgment-seat of the Christ; that each receive the things done through the body, according to what he hath done, whether good or bad.

    11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are manifested to God; and I hope that we are manifested also in your :consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you, but as giving you occasion of glorying on our behalf, that ye may have toward those glorying in face, and not in heart. 13 For whether we were beside ourselves, it is to God; whether we are of sober mind, it is to you. 14 For the love of the Christ constraineth us; having thus judged, that one died for all, therefore :all died; 15 and he died for all, that they that live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again. 16 So that we from :now on know no one after the flesh: even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. 17 So that if any is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old are passed away; lo, they are become new. 18 But all the things are of :God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave to us the ministry of :reconciliation; 19 to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their :trespasses, and having †committed to us the word of :reconciliation. 20 We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though :God were entreating by us: we beseech on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to :God. 21 Him who knew no sin he made sin on our behalf; that WE might become righteousness of God in him.

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    1 And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of :God in vain, 2 for he saith, At an acceptable season I hearkened to thee, And in a day of salvation I succored thee: lo, now is an acceptable season; lo, now is a day of salvation:
     
    3 giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that the ministration be not blamed; 4 but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in toils, in watchings, in fastings; 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned, 7 in the word of truth, in God’s power; through the armor of :righteousness on the right and left, 8 through glory and dishonor, through evil report and good report; as deceivers, and true: 9 as unknown, and well known; as dying, and lo, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having naught and possessing all.
     
    11 Our mouth is open unto you, Corinthians, our :heart †enlarged. 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your †:affections. 13 Now for a recompense in :kind I speak as to children, be YE also enlarged. 14 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Beliar? or what portion hath believer with unbeliever? 16 And what agreement hath God’s sanctuary with idols? for we are the living God’s sanctuary; even as :God said [that]
     
    I will dwell in them, and walk;
    And be their :God, and they shall be my people.
    17 Wherefore come out from their midst,And be separate, saith the Lord,
    And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,
    18 And will be Father to you,
    And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, Saith the Lord Almighty.

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    1 Having therefore these :promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God. 2 Make room for us: we wronged none, corrupted none, took advantage of none. 3 I say it not to condemn: for I have said before, that ye are in our :hearts :to die together and live together. 4 Great my boldness toward you, great my glorying on your behalf. Am filled with :comfort, overflowed with :joy in all our :tribulation. 5 For even when we were come into Macedonia our :flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side; fightings without, fears within. 6 But the God who comforteth the lowly comforted us with the presence of Titus; 7 and not with his :presence only, but also with the comfort wherewith he was comforted in you, telling us your :longing, your :mourning, your :zeal for me; so that I rejoiced yet more. 8 Because though I made you sorry with the letter, I do not regret: though I did regret (I see that that :letter made you sorry, though but for an hour), 9 I now rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye were made sorry unto repentance; for ye were made sorry according to God, that ye might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For the sorrow, according to God, worketh a regretless repentance unto salvation: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For lo, this selfsame thing, that ye were made sorry according to God, what diligence it wrought in you, yea †clearing, yea indignation, yea fear, yea longing, yea zeal, yea avenging! In everything ye approved yourselves to be pure in the matter. 12 So although I wrote you, not for his sake that has wronged, yet not for his sake that was wronged, but for the sake of your diligence for us being manifested unto you in God’s sight. 13 Therefore we have been comforted. Now in our :comfort we joyed the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his :spirit hath been refreshed by you all. 14 For if in anything I have gloried to him on your behalf, I was not shamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, so our glorying also before Titus came to be truth. 15 And his †:affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. 16 I rejoice that in everything I am of good cheer concerning you.

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    1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of :God :given in the churches of :Macedonia; 2 how that in much proof of tribulation the abundance of their :joy and their deep :poverty abounded unto the riches even of their †:liberality. 3 For according to their power, I bear witness, yea and beyond power, they gave of their own accord, 4 beseeching us with much entreaty in regard of the grace and the fellowship in the ministry to the saints: 5 and, not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through God’s will. 6 Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he had begun afore, so he would also complete unto you this grace also. 7 But just as ye abound in everything, in faith, and word and knowledge, and all diligence and our :love in you, see that ye abound in this :grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your :love. 9 For ye know the grace of our :Lord Jesus Christ, that, being rich, for you he became poor, that ye by his :poverty might become rich. 10 And herein I give my judgment: for this is expedient for you, who began afore a year ago, not only :to do, but also :to will. 11 But now complete the doing also; so that as the readiness :to will, so be the completion also out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according as one hath, not according as he hath not. 13 For I speak not that others have ease and ye tribulation; 14 but by equality: your :abundance being at this present :season for their :want, that their :abundance also be unto your :want; that there be equality: 15 as it is written, He with much had nothing over; and he with the little had no lack. 16 But thanks be to :God, who putteth the same diligence for you into the heart of Titus. 17 For he accepted indeed the exhortation; but being himself more diligent, he went forth unto you of his own accord. 18 And we have sent along with him the brother whose :praise in the gospel is through all the churches; 19 and not only so, but who was also appointed by the churches as our fellow-traveler in this :grace, which is ministered by us unto the glory of the Lord, and showing our readiness: 20 avoiding this, that any man should blame us in this :bounty :ministered by us: 21 for we take thought for things honorable, not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in men’s sight. 22 And we have sent with them our :brother, whom we have often proved to be diligent in many things, but now more diligent by the great confidence unto you. 23 Whether any inquire about Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker toward you; or our :brethren, they are messengers of the churches, Christ’s glory. 24 †Show therefore unto them in face of the churches the proof of your :love, and of our glorying on your behalf.

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    1 For as touching the ministry :unto the saints it is superfluous for me :to write you: 2 for I know your :readiness, of which I glory on your behalf to the Macedonians, that Achaia hath been prepared for a year; and your :zeal hath stirred up their more part. 3 But I have sent the brethren, that our :glorying :on your behalf be not made void in this :respect; that, even as I said, ye may be prepared: 4 lest somehow, if Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) be put to shame in this :confidence. 5 I thought it necessary therefore to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your aforepromised †:bounty, that the same might thus be ready as a matter of bounty, and not of extortion. 6 But this I say, Who soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and who soweth †bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Let each do according as he hath purposed in his :heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for :God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And :God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:
    9 as it is written,
    He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor; His :righteousness abideth unto the age.
    10 And he that supplieth seed to the sower and bread for food, shall supply and multiply your :seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your :righteousness: 11 ye being enriched in everything unto all †liberality, which worketh through us thanksgiving to :God.—12 Because the ministration of this :service is not only fully †supplying the wants of the saints, but is abounding also through many thanksgivings to :God—13 through the proving of you by this :ministration, they glorifying :God for the obedience of your :confession unto the gospel of the Christ, and for the †liberality of the contribution unto them and unto all; 14 while they themselves also, with supplication for you, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of :God upon you. 15 Thanks to :God for his unspeakable :gift.

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    1 Now I Paul myself entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of the Christ, who in †person am lowly among you, but absent show courage toward you: 2 yea, I beseech you, that I may not when present show courage with the confidence wherewith I count to be bold against some, who count of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh 4 (for the weapons of our :warfare are not of flesh, but mighty before :God unto casting down of strongholds); 5 casting down reasonings, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of :God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of the Christ; 6 and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your :obedience shall be made full. 7 Do ye look at the things pertaining to †appearance? If any trusteth in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Christ’s, so also we. 8 For though I should glory somewhat more abundantly concerning our :authority (which the Lord gave for building up, and not for casting you down), I shall not be shamed: 9 that I seem not as if I would terrify you by the letters. 10 Because the letters, they say, are weighty and strong; but the bodily :presence is weak, and his speech of no account. 11 Let such a one reckon this, that, what we are in word by letters when absent, such are we also in deed when present. 12 For we are not bold to judge among, or to judge ourselves with certain of them that commend themselves: but themselves measuring themselves by themselves, and judging themselves with themselves, are without understanding. 13 But WE will not glory beyond :measure, but according to the measure of the measuring-rod which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even unto you.—14 For we stretch not ourselves overmuch, as though we reached not unto you: for we came even as far as unto you in the gospel of the Christ: 15 not glorying beyond :measure, that is, in other’s labors; but having hope that, as your :faith groweth, we shall be magnified in you according to our :measuring-rod unto abundance, 16 so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you, and not to glory in another’s measuring-rod in regard of the things ready. 17 But who glorieth in the Lord let him glory. 18 For not that man is approved who commendeth himself but he whom the Lord commendeth.

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    1 Would that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: but ye indeed bear with me. 2 For I am zealous over you with a zeal of God; for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you a pure virgin to the Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his :craftiness, your :thoughts should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward the Christ. 4 For if he who cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, which ye did not accept, ye bear well with him. 5 For I reckon that I am behind the chief apostles in nothing. 6 But though rude in :speech, yet am I not in :knowledge; nay, in every way have we made this manifest unto you in †all things. 7 Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of :God for nought? 8 I robbed other churches, taking wage of them for ministering to you; 9 and when present with you and in want, I was a burden to none; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, fully supplied my :want; and in everything I kept myself without burden to you, and will keep. 10 Christ’s truth is in me, that this :glorying in the regions of :Achaia shall not be closed against me. 11 Wherefore? because I love you not? :God knoweth. 12 But what I do, I also will do, that I may cut off the occasion of them that desire occasion that wherein they glory, they be found even as we. 13 For :such are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for the very Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. 15 No great thing therefore if his :ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose :end shall be according to their :works.

    16 I say again, Let no one think me foolish; but if ye do, yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little. 17 What I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this :confidence of the glorying. 18 Since many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 19 For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise. 20 For ye bear with one, if he enslave you, if he devoureth, if he taketh you, if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face. 21 I speak by disparagement, as though WE had been weak. Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also. 22 Are they Hebrews? I also. Are they Israelites? I also. Are they Abraham’s seed? I also. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I more; in toils more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. 24 Of the Jews I received forty stripes save one five times; 25 was beaten thrice, was stoned once, suffered shipwreck thrice, a night and a day have I †been in the deep; 26 in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my race, perils from the nations, perils in city, perils in wilderness, perils at sea, perils among false brethren; 27 in toil and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Besides the things without, there is :what presseth upon me :daily, the anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is stumbled, and I burn not? 30 If I must glory, I will glory of the things of my :weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed unto the ages, knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes to take me: 33 and through a window was I let down in a basket through the wall, and escaped his :hands.

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    1 †I must glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ, †I must glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not; whether out of the body, I know not; :God knoweth), :such a one caught up even to the third heaven. 3 And I know :such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I know not; :God knoweth), 4 how that he was caught up into :Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for man to speak. 5 On behalf of the such I will glory: but on mine own behalf I will not glory, save in :weaknesses. 6 For if I should desire to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I shall speak truth: but I forbear, lest anyone should account of me above what he seeth me to be, or heareth from me, 7 and by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations. Wherefore that I be not exalted overmuch, a thorn in the flesh was given me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I be not exalted overmuch. 8 Concerning this I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said to me, My :grace is sufficient for thee: for the power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in :weaknesses, that the power of the Christ may spread a tabernacle over me. 10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
     
    11 I am become foolish: ye compelled me; for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I behind the chiefest apostles, though I am nothing. 12 Indeed the signs of the apostle were wrought among you in all patience, both by signs and wonders and powers. 13 For what is there wherein ye were made inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself was not a burden to you? forgive me this :wrong. 14 Lo, this is the third time I am ready to come unto you; and I will not be a burden: for I seek not :yours, but you: for the children ought not to †lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your :souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less? 16 But be it so, I did not myself burden you; but, being crafty, I took you with guile. 17 Did I take advantage of you by any one of them whom I have sent unto you? 18 I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother along. Did Titus take advantage of you? walked we not in the same spirit? not in the same steps? 19 Ye think all the while that we are excusing ourselves to you. Before God speak we in Christ. But all the things, beloved, are for your :edifying. 20 For I fear, lest when I come, I somehow find you not such as I would, and should myself be found of you such as ye would not; lest somehow there be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, puffings up, tumults; 21 lest again when I come my :God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they wrought.

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    1This is the third time I am coming unto you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word be established. 2 I have said before, and am telling before, as when present the second time, so now, absent, to them that have sinned afore, and to all the rest, that, if I come :again, I will not spare: 3 since ye seek proof of the Christ that speaketh in me; who unto you is not weak, but is powerful in you: 4 for though he was crucified from weakness, yet he liveth from the power of God. For we also are weak in him, yet shall we live with him from God’s power toward you. 5 †Test yourselves, whether ye are in the faith; prove yourselves. Or know ye not as to yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be disapproved. 6 But I hope that ye shall know that WE are not disapproved. 7 Now we pray unto :God that ye do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that ye may do what is honorable, though we be as disapproved. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we rejoice, when we be weak, and ye be strong: this we also pray for, even your :perfecting. 10 For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for casting down.

    11 For the rest, brethren, †farewell. Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; be at peace: and the God of :love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of :God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

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