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    The 2nd Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians

    Chapter 1

    2nd Cor. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Assembly of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:

    2nd Cor. 1:2 grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    2nd Cor. 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

    2nd Cor. 1:4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God.

    2nd Cor. 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ.

    2nd Cor. 1:6 Whether we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

    2nd Cor. 1:7 So our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so will you be also of the consolation.

    2nd Cor. 1:8 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life:

    2nd Cor. 1:9 but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raises the dead:

    2nd Cor. 1:10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us;

    2nd Cor. 1:11 you also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift granted to us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

    2nd Cor. 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conduct in the world, and more abundantly toward you.

    2nd Cor. 1:13 For we write none other things to you, than what you read or acknowledge; and I trust you will acknowledge even to the end;

    2nd Cor. 1:14 as also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    2nd Cor. 1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit;

    2nd Cor. 1:16 and to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia to you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judea.

    2nd Cor. 1:17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things that I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes yes, and no no?

    2nd Cor. 1:18 But as God is reliable, our word to you was not yes and no.

    2nd Cor. 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yes and no, but in Him was yes.

    2nd Cor. 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and because of Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

    2nd Cor. 1:21 Now He which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God;

    2nd Cor. 1:22 who has also sealed us, and given the guarantee of the Spirit in our hearts.

    2nd Cor. 1:23 Moreover I call God for a witness on my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet to Corinth.

    2nd Cor. 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

    Chapter 2

    2nd Cor. 2:1 But I determined this myself that I would not come to you again in sorrow.

    2nd Cor. 2:2 For if I make you sad, who is he then that makes me glad, but the same which is made sad by me?

    2nd Cor. 2:3 And I wrote this same to you, unless, when I came, I should have sadness from them of whom I should rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is of you all.

    2nd Cor. 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be sad, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly to you.

    2nd Cor. 2:5 But if any have caused sadness, he has not saddened me, but all of you to some extent: that I may not be too harsh.

    2nd Cor. 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted by the majority.

    2nd Cor. 2:7 So that on the contrary you should rather forgive him, and comfort him, unless perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with too much sadness.

    2nd Cor. 2:8 Therefore I implore you that you would confirm your love toward him.

    2nd Cor. 2:9 For to this end also I did write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

    2nd Cor. 2:10 To whom you forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes I forgave it in the person of Christ;

    2nd Cor. 2:11 unless Satan should get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    2nd Cor. 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me of the Lord,

    2nd Cor. 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from there into Macedonia.

    2nd Cor. 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of His knowledge in us in every place.

    2nd Cor. 2:15 For we are to God a sweet fragrance of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

    2nd Cor. 2:16 to the one we are the aroma of death to death; and to the other the aroma of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

    2nd Cor. 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

    Chapter 3

    2nd Cor. 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

    2nd Cor. 3:2 You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

    2nd Cor. 3:3 since as you are manifestly declared to be the letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

    2nd Cor. 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ toward God:

    2nd Cor. 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

    2nd Cor. 3:6 who also has made us capable ministers of the New Covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

    2nd Cor. 3:7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory is passing away:

    2nd Cor. 3:8 how the ministry of the Spirit will be in glory?

    2nd Cor. 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, how much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory?

    2nd Cor. 3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that surpasses.

    2nd Cor. 3:11 For if what is being done away was with glory, then what remains is in glory.

    2nd Cor. 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech:

    2nd Cor. 3:13 and not as Moses, who put a veil over his face, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what is being done away:

    2nd Cor. 3:14 but their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

    2nd Cor. 3:15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart.

    2nd Cor. 3:16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    2nd Cor. 3:17 Moreover, the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    2nd Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord Spirit.

    Chapter 4

    2nd Cor. 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart;

    2nd Cor. 4:2 but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

    2nd Cor. 4:3 But if our gospel be veiled, it is veiled to them that are lost:

    2nd Cor. 4:4 in whom the God of this age has blinded the minds of those who believe not, unless the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should make them see clearly.

    2nd Cor. 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

    2nd Cor. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    2nd Cor. 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

    2nd Cor. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

    2nd Cor. 4:9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

    2nd Cor. 4:10 always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

    2nd Cor. 4:11 For we which live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

    2nd Cor. 4:12 So then death works in us, but life in you.

    2nd Cor. 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

    2nd Cor. 4:14 knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus will raise up us also by Jesus, and will present us with you.

    2nd Cor. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many abound to the glory of God.

    2nd Cor. 4:16 For which reason we do not lose heart; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed daily.

    2nd Cor. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceedingly and eternal weight of glory;

    2nd Cor. 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are perpetual.

    Chapter 5

    2nd Cor. 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, perpetual in the heavens.

    2nd Cor. 5:2 For in this we are groaning, desiring to put on our dwelling place which is out of the heavens:

    2nd Cor. 5:3 whether in fact after we have put it on we will not be found naked.

    2nd Cor. 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not that we want to be unclothed, but to put on so that the mortality may be consumed by life.

    2nd Cor. 5:5 Now He that has prepared us for the very same thing is God, who also has given to us the guarantee of the Spirit.

    2nd Cor. 5:6 Therefore being courageous always, seeing that, while we are among our own people in the body, earthly house, we are away from the New Covenant people of the Lord:

    2nd Cor. 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:

    2nd Cor. 5:8 We are confident, I say, and wanting more to be away from my own people among the body, earthly house, and to be among the people of the Lord.

    2nd Cor. 5:9 Therefore we are ambitious, that, whether being among my own people or away, we may be well-pleasing to Him.

    2nd Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or evil.

    2nd Cor. 5:11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest to God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

    2nd Cor. 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who glory in appearance, and not in heart.

    2nd Cor. 5:13 For whether we are beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we are alert, it is for your cause.

    2nd Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we are all dead:

    2nd Cor. 5:15 and that He died for all, that they which live should not after this live to themselves, but to Him which died for them, and rose again.

    2nd Cor. 5:16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no man according to the flesh: yes, even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no more.

    2nd Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old has come to an end; behold, all things are new.

    2nd Cor. 5:18 And all is out from God, who has conciliated us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of conciliation;

    2nd Cor. 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ, conciliating the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses to them; and has placed in us the Word of conciliation.

    2nd Cor. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did implore you through us: we plead with you in Christ’s place, be conciliated to God!

    2nd Cor. 5:21 For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

    Chapter 6

    2nd Cor. 6:1 We then, as workers together with Him, implore you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

    2nd Cor. 6:2 For He says, I have heard you in an acceptable time, and in the day of salvation have I heard you: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

    2nd Cor. 6:3 Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed:

    2nd Cor. 6:4 but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

    2nd Cor. 6:5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fasts;

    2nd Cor. 6:6 by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned,

    2nd Cor. 6:7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

    2nd Cor. 6:8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

    2nd Cor. 6:9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as disciplined, and not put to death;

    2nd Cor. 6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

    2nd Cor. 6:11 O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged.

    2nd Cor. 6:12 You are not restricted in us, but you are restricted in your own affections.

    2nd Cor. 6:13 Now for the same reward, (I speak as to my children), you be open too.

    2nd Cor. 6:14 Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?

    2nd Cor. 6:15 And what fellowship has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he that believes with an unbeliever?

    2nd Cor. 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.

    2nd Cor. 6:17 Therefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

    2nd Cor. 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

    Chapter 7

    2nd Cor. 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, maturing holiness in the fear of God.

    2nd Cor. 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

    2nd Cor. 7:3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die and live with you.

    2nd Cor. 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.

    2nd Cor. 7:5 For, when we had come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; outside were conflicts, within were fears.

    2nd Cor. 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforts those that are cast down, comforted us in the presence of Titus;

    2nd Cor. 7:7 and not by his presence only, but by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us your sincere desire, your mourning, your zeal toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

    2nd Cor. 7:8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same letter has made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

    2nd Cor. 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing.

    2nd Cor. 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.

    2nd Cor. 7:11 For behold this very same thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what diligence it brought in you, yes, what introspection, yes, what indignation, yes, what fear, yes, what vehement desire, yes, what zeal, yes, what vindication! In all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

    2nd Cor. 7:12 Therefore, though I wrote to you, I did it not for his reason that had done the wrong, nor for his reason that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.

    2nd Cor. 7:13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yes, and exceedingly the more we rejoiced for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.

    2nd Cor. 7:14 For if I have boasted anything to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.

    2nd Cor. 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, while he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.

    2nd Cor. 7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

    Chapter 8

    2nd Cor. 8:1 Moreover, brothers, we do you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the Assemblies of Macedonia;

    2nd Cor. 8:2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their generosity.

    2nd Cor. 8:3 For to their ability, I bear record, yes, and beyond their ability they were willing of themselves;

    2nd Cor. 8:4 praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take on us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

    2nd Cor. 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.

    2nd Cor. 8:6 So that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

    2nd Cor. 8:7 Therefore, as you abound in everything, in faith, and speech, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also.

    2nd Cor. 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

    2nd Cor. 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.

    2nd Cor. 8:10 And in this I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

    2nd Cor. 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which you have.

    2nd Cor. 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

    2nd Cor. 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened:

    2nd Cor. 8:14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

    2nd Cor. 8:15 as it is written, he that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

    2nd Cor. 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same sincere care into the heart of Titus for you.

    2nd Cor. 8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went to you.

    2nd Cor. 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the Assemblies;

    2nd Cor. 8:19 and not that only, but who was also chosen of the Assemblies to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

    2nd Cor. 8:20 avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

    2nd Cor. 8:21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

    2nd Cor. 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, who we have often times proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, on the great confidence which I have in you.

    2nd Cor. 8:23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brothers be inquired of, they are the apostles of the Assemblies, and the glory of Christ.

    2nd Cor. 8:24 Therefore show to them, and to the Assemblies, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

    Chapter 9

    2nd Cor. 9:1 For as concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:

    2nd Cor. 9:2 For I know your willingness, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has provoked very many.

    2nd Cor. 9:3 Yet have I sent the brothers, unless our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, you may be ready:

    2nd Cor. 9:4 unless if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.

    2nd Cor. 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers that they would go before to you, and prepare your generous gift, of which you had prior notice, that the same might be ready, as a matter of generosity, and not as a grudging obligation.

    2nd Cor. 9:6 But this I say, he which sows sparingly will reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully will reap also bountifully.

    2nd Cor. 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not as a grudging obligation: for God loves a cheerful giver.

    2nd Cor. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

    2nd Cor. 9:9 as it is written, he has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: his righteousness remains forever.

    2nd Cor. 9:10 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;

    2nd Cor. 9:11 being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God.

    2nd Cor. 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the need of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God;

    2nd Cor. 9:13 while by the experiment of this ministry they glorify God for your professed obedience to the gospel of Christ, and for your free distribution to them, and to all men;

    2nd Cor. 9:14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceedingly grace of God in you.

    2nd Cor. 9:15 Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.

    Chapter 10

    2nd Cor. 10:1 Now I Paul myself implore you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am humble among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

    2nd Cor. 10:2 but I implore you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, with which I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

    2nd Cor. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

    2nd Cor. 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

    2nd Cor. 10:5 casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    2nd Cor. 10:6 and being ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

    2nd Cor. 10:7 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man is persuaded himself that he is Christ’s, let him be reminded of this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

    2nd Cor. 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord has given us for building up, and not for demolition, I will not be ashamed:

    2nd Cor. 10:9 that I may not seem like I would terrify you by my letters.

    2nd Cor. 10:10 For his letters, they say, are severe and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech despicable.

    2nd Cor. 10:11 Let such a one think this that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, likewise we will also be in deed when we are present.

    2nd Cor. 10:12 For we dare not classify ourselves, or compare ourselves with some that approve themselves: but they measure themselves between themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not understanding.

    2nd Cor. 10:13 But we will not take pride in things immeasurable, but according to the measure of the standard which God has assigned to us, a standard to reach even to you.

    2nd Cor. 10:14 For we did not over extend ourselves beyond our measure, as though we did not reach you: for we have come as far as you, also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

    2nd Cor. 10:15 not taking pride in things beyond measure, that is, of other men’s labors; but having hope, when your faith is increasing abundantly, then we will be enlarged in you according to our assignment,

    2nd Cor. 10:16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to take pride in another man’s assignment.

    2nd Cor. 10:17 But he that takes pride, let him take pride in the Lord.

    2nd Cor. 10:18 For not he that approves himself is approved, but who the Lord approves.

    Chapter 11

    2nd Cor. 11:1 Would to God you could put up with me a little folly: and indeed put up with me.

    2nd Cor. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have betrothed you to one husband that I may present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

    2nd Cor. 11:3 But I fear, unless by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his trickery, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

    2nd Cor. 11:4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well put up with him.

    2nd Cor. 11:5 For I suppose I was not inferior to the very chief apostles.

    2nd Cor. 11:6 But though I am unskilled in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.

    2nd Cor. 11:7 Have I committed an offense in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

    2nd Cor. 11:8 I robbed other Assemblies, taking wages of them, to serve you.

    2nd Cor. 11:9 And when I was present with you, and lacked, I was not burdensome to anyone: for that which I was lacking the brothers which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being a burden to you, and so I will be vigilant with myself.

    2nd Cor. 11:10 As the reality of Christ is in me, no one will stop me from boasting in the regions of Achaia.

    2nd Cor. 11:11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows.

    2nd Cor. 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off an opportunity from those who desire an opportunity; that in which they take pride in, they may be found just as we.

    2nd Cor. 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading themselves into the apostles of Christ.

    2nd Cor. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is masquerading into an angel of light.

    2nd Cor. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also are masquerading as the ministers of righteousness; whose end will be according to their works.

    2nd Cor. 11:16 I say again, let no one think that I a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me that I may brag myself a little.

    2nd Cor. 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of bragging.

    2nd Cor. 11:18 Seeing that many take pride according to the flesh, I will brag also.

    2nd Cor. 11:19 For you tolerate fools gladly, seeing you yourselves are wise.

    2nd Cor. 11:20 For you tolerate, if someone brings you into bondage, if someone devours you, if someone takes from you, if someone exalts himself, if someone strikes you on the face.

    2nd Cor. 11:21 To our shame I say that we were too weak for that. But in whatever anyone is bold, I speak foolishly, I am bold also.

    2nd Cor. 11:22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.

    2nd Cor. 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool – I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths often.

    2nd Cor. 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty less one.

    2nd Cor. 11:25 Three times was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, three times I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep sea;

    2nd Cor. 11:26 in journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the nations, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brothers;

    2nd Cor. 11:27 in weariness and painfulness, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

    2nd Cor. 11:28 Beside those things that are external, that daily pressure, the anxiety for all the Assemblies.

    2nd Cor. 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I not burn with distress?

    2nd Cor. 11:30 If I have a need to brag, I will brag concerning my weaknesses.

    2nd Cor. 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed into the New Covenant Age, knows that I lie not.

    2nd Cor. 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

    2nd Cor. 11:33 and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

    Chapter 12

    2nd Cor. 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

    2nd Cor. 12:2 I know such a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell; God knows) such a one was seized to the third heaven.

    2nd Cor. 12:3 And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell; God knows)

    2nd Cor. 12:4 that he was seized into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not allowed for anyone to speak.

    2nd Cor. 12:5 Of such a one will I boast: yet of myself I will not brag, but in my weaknesses.

    2nd Cor. 12:6 For though I would desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I hold back, unless anyone should think of me above that which he sees me to be, or that he hears of me.

    2nd Cor. 12:7 And unless I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to abuse me, unless I should be exalted above measure.

    2nd Cor. 12:8 For this thing I asked the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.

    2nd Cor. 12:9 Yet He said to me, My grace is adequate for you: for My strength is made complete in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather brag of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may tabernacle over me.

    2nd Cor. 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I am strong.

    2nd Cor. 12:11 I have become a fool in bragging; you forced me: for I should to have been approved by you: because in nothing am I inferior to the preeminent apostles, though I am nobody.

    2nd Cor. 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were performed thoroughly in you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

    2nd Cor. 12:13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other Assemblies, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong.

    2nd Cor. 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I am not seeking from you, but you yourselves; for the children should not lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

    2nd Cor. 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be entirely spent for you; even though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

    2nd Cor. 12:16 On the other hand let it be so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being cunning, I caught you with deceit.

    2nd Cor. 12:17 Did I covet from you by any of them whom I sent to you?

    2nd Cor. 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus covet from you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?

    2nd Cor. 12:19 Again, do you think that we are defending ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your building up.

    2nd Cor. 12:20 For I fear, unless, when I come, I will not find you such as I desire, and that I will be found to you such as you not desire: unless there be strife, envying, outbursts of anger, cliques, slanderers, gossipers, puffed up with pride, anarchy:

    2nd Cor. 12:21 and unless, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I will mourn for many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lasciviousness which they have committed.

    Chapter 13

    2nd Cor. 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word will be confirmed.

    2nd Cor. 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to those who have sinned before, and to all others, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

    2nd Cor. 13:3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you.

    2nd Cor. 13:4 For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we will live with Him by the power of God toward you.

    2nd Cor. 13:5 Investigate yourselves, whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not fully know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are unapproved?

    2nd Cor. 13:6 But I trust that you will know that we are not unapproved.

    2nd Cor. 13:7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we should shine as sterling, but that you should do that which is honest, though we may seem unapproved.

    2nd Cor. 13:8 For we can do nothing against the reality, but for the reality.

    2nd Cor. 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also we pray, even your completion.

    2nd Cor. 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, unless being present I should act with harshness, according to the power which the Lord has given me for building up, and not to demolition.

    2nd Cor. 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be restored, be of good comfort, think the same thing, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

    2nd Cor. 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

    2nd Cor. 13:13 All the saints greet you.

    2nd Cor. 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the imparting participation of the Holy Spirit, be in the midst of you all. Amen.