Paul’s 2nd Epistle to the

Chapter One
  1. PAUL, an apos­tle of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ by the will of ⟨God⟩, and Tim­o­thy our broth­er, un­to the church of ⟨God⟩ which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all A-‍cha′-‍ia:
  2. Grace be to you, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father, and from the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  3. Blessed be ⟨God⟩, even the Fath­er of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, the Fath­er of mer­cies, and the ⟨God⟩ of all comfort;
  4. Who com­fort­eth us in all our trib­u­la­tion, that we may be able to com­fort them which are in any trou­ble, by the com­fort where­with we our­selves are com­fort­ed of ⟨God⟩.
  5. For as the suf­fer­ings of ⟨Christ⟩ abound in us, so our con­so­la­tion al­so abound­eth by ⟨Christ⟩.
  6. And wheth­er we be af­flict­ed, it is for your con­so­la­tion and sal­va­tion, which is ef­fec­tu­al in the en­dur­ing of the same suf­fer­ings which we al­so suf­fer: or wheth­er we be com­fort­ed, it is for your con­so­la­tion and salvation.
  7. And our hope of you is sted­fast, know­ing, that ye are par­tak­ers of the suf­fer­ings, so shall ye be al­so of the consolation.
  8. For we would not, breth­ren, have you ig­nor­ant of our trou­ble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of mea­sure, above strength, in­so­much that we de­spaired even of life:
  9. But we had the sen­tence of death in our­selves, that we should not trust in our­selves, but in ⟨God⟩ which rais­eth the dead:
  10. Who de­liv­ered us from so great a death, and doth de­liv­er: in whom we trust that he will yet de­liv­er us;
  11. Ye al­so help­ing to­geth­er by pray­er for us, that for the gift be­stowed up­on us by the means of ma­ny per­sons thanks may be giv­en by ma­ny on our behalf.
  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 con­ver­sa­tion in the world, and more abun­dant­ly to you-‍ward.
  13. For we write none oth­er things un­to you, than what ye read or ac­knowl­edge; and I trust ye shall ac­knowl­edge even to the end;
  14. As al­so ye have ac­knowl­edged us in part, that we are your re­joic­ing, even as ye al­so are our’s in the day of the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  15. And in this con­fi­dence I was re­mind­ed to come un­to you be­fore, that ye might have a sec­ond benefit;
  16. And to pass by you in­to Mac-‍e-do′-‍ni-‍a, and to come again out of Mac-‍e-do′-‍ni-‍a un­to you, and of you to be brought on my way to­ward Ju-‍dæ′-‍a.
  17. When I there­fore was thus minded, did I use light­ness? or the things that I pur­pose, do I pur­pose ac­cord­ing to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
  18. But as ⟨God⟩ is true, our word to­ward you was not yea and nay.
  19. For the Son of ⟨God⟩, ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Sil-‍va′-‍nus and Ti-‍mo′-‍the-‍us, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
  20. For all the prom­is­es of ⟨God⟩ in him are yea, and in him A-‍men, un­to the glo­ry of ⟨God⟩ by us.
  21. Now he which stab­lish­eth us with you in ⟨Christ⟩, and hath anointed us, is ⟨God⟩;
  22. Who hath al­so sealed us, and giv­en the ear­nest of the Spirit in our hearts.
  23. Moreover I call ⟨God⟩ for a rec­ord up­on my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet un­to Corinth.
  24. Not for that we have do­min­ion over your faith, but are help­ers of your joy for by faith ye stand.
Chapter Two
  1. BUT I de­ter­mined this with my­self, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
  2. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that mak­eth me glad, but the same which is made sor­ry by me?
  3. And I wrote this same un­to you, lest, when I came, I should have sor­row from them of whom I ought to re­joice; hav­ing con­fi­dence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
  4. For out of much af­flic­tion and an­guish of heart I wrote un­to you with ma­ny tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abun­dant­ly un­to you.
  5. But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not over­charge you all.
  6. Sufficient to such a man is this pun­ish­ment, which was in­flict­ed of many.
  7. So that con­tra­ri­wise ye ought rath­er to for­give him, lest per­haps such a one should be swal­lowed up with over­much sorrow.
  8. Wherefore I be­seech you that ye would con­firm your love to­ward him.
  9. For to this end al­so did I write, that I might know the proof of you, wheth­er ye be obe­di­ent in all things.
  10. To whom ye for­give any thing, I for­give al­so: for if I for­gave any thing, to whom I for­gave it, for your sakes for­gave I it in the per­son of ⟨Christ⟩;
  11. Lest Satan should get an ad­vant­age of us: for we are not ig­nor­ant of his devices.
  12. Furthermore, when I came to Tro′-‍as to preach ⟨Christ’s⟩ gos­pel, and a door was opened un­to me of the ⟨Lord⟩,
  13. I had no rest in spir­it, be­cause I found not Ti­tus my broth­er: but tak­ing my leave of them, I went from thence in­to Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a.
  14. Now thanks be un­to ⟨God⟩, which al­ways caus­eth us to tri­umph in ⟨Christ⟩, and mak­eth man­i­fest the sa­vour of his knowl­edge by us in every place.
  15. For we are un­to ⟨God⟩ a sweet sa­vour of ⟨Christ⟩, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
  16. To the one we are the sa­vour of death un­to death; and to the oth­er (we are) the sa­vour of life un­to life. And who is suf­fi­cent for these things?
  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⟩ speak we in ⟨Christ⟩.
Chapter Three
  1. DO we be­gin again to com­mend our­selves? or need we, as some oth­ers, epis­tles of com­men­da­tion to you, or letters of com­men­da­tion from you?
  2. Ye are our epis­tle writ­ten in our hearts, known and read of all men:
  3. Forasmuch as ye are man­i­fest­ly de­clared to be the epis­tle 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.
  4. And such trust have we through ⟨Christ⟩ to ⟨God⟩-‍ward:
  5. Not that we are suf­fi­cient of our­selves to think any thing as of our­selves; but our suf­fi­cien­cy is of ⟨God⟩;
  6. Who also hath made us ab­le min­is­ters of the new tes­ta­ment; not of the let­ter, but of the spirit: for the let­ter kill­eth, but the spir­it giv­eth life.
  7. But if the min­is­tra­tion of death, writ­ten and en­grav­en in stones, was glo­ri­ous, so that the chil­dren of Is­ra­el could not sted­fast­ly be­hold the face of Moses for the glo­ry of his coun­ten­ance; which glo­ry was to be done away:
  8. How shall not the min­is­tra­tion of the spirit be rath­er (far more) glorious?
  9. For if the min­is­tra­tion of con­dem­na­tion be glo­ry, much more doth the min­is­tra­tion of righ­teous­ness ex­ceed in glory.
  10. For even that which was made glo­ri­ous had no glo­ry in this re­spect, by rea­son of the glo­ry that excelleth.
  11. For if that which is done away was glo­ri­ous, much more that which re­main­eth is glorious.
  12. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plain­ness of speech:
  13. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the chil­dren of Is­ra­el could not sted­fast­ly look to the end of that which is abolished:
  14. But their minds were blind­ed: for un­til this day re­main­eth the same vail un­tak­en away in the read­ing of the old tes­ta­ment; which vail is done away in ⟨Christ⟩.
  15. But even un­to this day, when Mo­ses is read, the vail is up­on their heart.
  16. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the ⟨Lord⟩, the vail shall be tak­en away.
  17. Now the ⟨Lord⟩ is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the ⟨Lord⟩ is, there is liberty.
  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, even as by the Spirit of the ⟨Lord⟩.
Chapter Four
  1. THEREFORE see­ing we have this min­is­try, (and) as we have re­ceived mer­cy, we faint not;
  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 (we) com­mend­ing our­selves to every man’s con­science in the sight of ⟨God⟩.
  3. But if our gos­pel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
  4. In whom the god of this world hath blind­ed the minds of them which be­lieve not, lest the light of the glo­ri­ous gos­pel of ⟨Christ⟩, who is the image of ⟨God⟩, should shine un­to them.
  5. For we preach not our­selves, but ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ the ⟨Lord⟩; and our­selves your serv­ants for ⟨Jesus’⟩ sake.
  6. For ⟨God⟩, who com­mand­ed the light to shine out of dark­ness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowl­edge of the glo­ry of ⟨God⟩ in the face of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  7. But we have this trea­sure in earth­en ves­sels, that the ex­cel­len­cy of the pow­er may be of ⟨God⟩, and not of us.
  8. We are trou­bled on ev­ery side, yet not dis­tressed; we are per­plexed, but not in despair;
  9. Persecuted, but not for­sak­en; cast down, but not destroyed;
  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.
  11. For we which live are al­way de­liv­ered un­to death for ⟨Jesus’⟩ sake, that the life al­so of ⟨Jesus⟩ might be made man­i­fest in our mor­tal flesh.
  12. So then death work­eth in us, but life in you.
  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;
  14. Knowing that he which raised up the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ shall raise up us al­so by ⟨Jesus⟩, and shall pre­sent us with you.
  15. For all things are for your sakes, that the abun­dant grace might through the thanks­giv­ing of ma­ny re­dound to the glo­ry of ⟨God⟩.
  16. For which cause we faint not; but though our out­ward man per­ish, yet the in­ward man is re­newed day by day.
  17. For our light af­flic­tion, which is but for a mo­ment, work­eth for us a far more ex­ceed­ing and eter­nal weight of glory;
  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 tem­po­ral; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Chapter Five
  1. FOR we know that if our earth­ly house of this tab­er­na­cle were dis­solved, we have a build­ing of ⟨God⟩, an house not made with hands, eter­nal in the heavens.
  2. For in this we groan, ear­nest­ly de­sir­ing to be clothed up­on with our house which is from heaven:
  3. If so be that be­ing clothed we shall not be found naked.
  4. For we that are in this tab­er­nac­le do groan, be­ing bur­dened: not for that we would be un­clothed, but clothed up­on, that mor­tal­i­ty might be swal­lowed up of life.
  5. Now he that hath wrought us for the self­same thing is ⟨God⟩, who al­so hath giv­en un­to us the ear­nest of the Spirit.
  6. Therefore we are al­ways con­fi­dent, know­ing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are ab­sent from the ⟨Lord⟩.
  7. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
  8. We are con­fi­dent, I say, and will­ing rath­er to be ab­sent from the body, and to be pres­ent with the ⟨Lord⟩.
  9. Wherefore we la­bour, that, wheth­er pres­ent or ab­sent, we may be ac­cept­ed of him.
  10. For we must all ap­pear be­fore the judg­ment seat of ⟨Christ⟩; that ev­ery one may re­ceive the things done in his body, ac­cord­ing to that he hath done, wheth­er it be good or bad.
  11. Knowing there­fore the ter­ror of the ⟨Lord⟩, we per­suade men; but we are made man­i­fest un­to ⟨God⟩; and I trust al­so are made man­i­fest in your consciences.
  12. For we com­mend not our­selves again un­to you, but give you oc­ca­sion to glo­ry on our be­half, that ye may have some­what to an­swer them which glo­ry in ap­pear­ance, and not in heart.
  13. For wheth­er we be be­side our­selves, it is to ⟨God⟩: or wheth­er we be so­ber, it is for your cause.
  14. For the love of ⟨Christ⟩ con­strain­eth us; be­cause we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
  15. And that he died for all, that they which (now) live should not hence­forth live un­to them­selves, but un­to him which died for them, and rose again.
  16. Wherefore hence­forth know we no man af­ter the flesh: yea, though we have known ⟨Christ⟩ af­ter the flesh, yet now hence­forth know we him no more.
  17. Therefore if any man be in ⟨Christ⟩, he is a new crea­ture: old things are passed away; be­hold, all things are be­come new.
  18. And all things are of ⟨God⟩, who hath rec­on­ciled us to him­self by ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and hath giv­en to us the min­is­try of reconciliation;
  19. To wit, that ⟨God⟩ was in ⟨Christ⟩, rec­on­cil­ing the world un­to him­self, not im­put­ing their tres­pass­es un­to them; and hath com­mit­ted un­to us the word of reconciliation.
  20. Now then we are am­bass­a­dors for ⟨Christ⟩, as though ⟨God⟩ did be­seech you by us: we pray you in ⟨Christ’s⟩ stead, be ye rec­con­ciled to ⟨God⟩.
  21. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righ­teous­ness of ⟨God⟩ in him.
Chapter Six
  1. WE then, as work­ers to­geth­er with him, beseech you al­so that ye re­ceive not the grace of ⟨God⟩ in vain.
  2. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time ac­cept­ed, and in the day of sal­va­tion have I suc­coured thee: be­hold, now is the ac­cept­ed time: be­hold now is the day of salvation.)
  3. Giving no of­fence in any thing, that the min­is­try be not blamed:
  4. But in all things ap­prov­ing our­selves as the min­is­ters of ⟨God⟩, in much pa­tience, in af­flic­tions, in ne­ces­si­ties, in distresses,
  5. In stripes, in im­prison­ments, in tu­mults, in la­bours, in watch­ings, in fastings;
  6. By pure­ness, by knowl­edge, by long­suf­fer­ing, by kind­ness, by the Holy ⟨Ghost⟩, (and) by love unfeigned.
  7. By the word of truth, by the pow­er of ⟨God⟩. by the ar­mour of righ­teous­ness on the right hand and on the left,
  8. By hon­our and dis­hon­our, by evil re­port and good re­port: as de­ceiv­ers, and yet true;
  9. As unknown, and yet well known; as dy­ing, and, be­hold, we live; as chas­tened, and not killed;
  10. As sor­row­ful, yet al­way re­joic­ing; as poor, yet mak­ing ma­ny rich; as hav­ing noth­ing; and yet pos­sess­ing all things.
  11. O ye Co­rin­thi­ans, our mouth is open un­to you, our heart is en­larged.
  12. Ye are not strait­ened in us, but ye are strait­ened in your own bowels.
  13. Now for a rec­om­pence in the same, (I speak as un­to my chil­dren,) be ye al­so enlarged.
  14. Be ye not un­e­qual­ly yoked to­geth­er with un­be­liev­ers: for what fel­low­ship hath righ­teous­ness with un­righ­teous­ness? and what com­mun­ion hath light with darkness?
  15. And what con­cord hath ⟨Christ⟩ with Be′-‍li-‍al? or what part hath he that be­liev­eth with an infidel?
  16. And what agree­ment hath the tem­ple of ⟨God⟩ with idols? for ye are the tem­ple of the liv­ing ⟨God⟩; as ⟨God⟩ hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their ⟨God⟩, and they shall be my people.
  17. Wherefore Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the ⟨Lord⟩, and touch not the un­clean thing; and I will re­ceive you,
  18. And will be a Fath­er un­to you, and ye shall be my sons and daugh­ters, saith the ⟨Lord⟩ Almighty.
Chapter Seven
  1. HAVING there­fore these prom­is­es, dear­ly be­lov­ed, let us cleanse our­selves from all fil­thi­ness of the flesh and spir­it, per­fect­ing ho­li­ness in the fear of ⟨God⟩.
  2. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have cor­rupt­ed no man, we have de­fraud­ed no man.
  3. I speak not this to con­demn you: for I have said be­fore, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
  4. Great is my bold­ness of speech to­ward you, great is my glo­ry­ing of you: I am filled with com­fort, I am ex­ceed­ing joy­ful in all our tribulation.
  5. For, when we were come in­to Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a, our flesh had no rest, but we were trou­bled on ev­ery side; with­out were fight­ings, with­in were fears.
  6. Nevertheless ⟨God⟩, that com­fort­eth those that are cast down, com­fort­ed us by the com­ing of Titus;
  7. And not by his com­ing on­ly, but by the con­so­la­tion where­with he was com­fort­ed in you, when he told us your ear­nest de­sire, your mourn­ing, your fer­vent mind to­ward me; so that I re­joiced the more.
  8. For though I made you sor­ry with a let­ter, I do not re­pent, though I did re­pent: for I per­ceive that the same epis­tle hath made you sor­ry, though it were but for a season.
  9. Now I re­joice, not that ye were made sor­ry, but that ye sor­rowed to re­pent­ance: for ye were made sor­ry af­ter a god­ly man­ner, that ye might re­ceive dam­age by us in nothing.
  10. For god­ly sor­row work­eth re­pent­ance (un)to sal­va­tion not to be re­pent­ed of: but the sor­row of the world work­eth death.
  11. For be­hold this self­same thing, that ye sor­rowed af­ter a god­ly sort, what care­ful­ness it wrought in you, yea, what clear­ing of your­selves, yea, what in­dig­na­tion, yea, what fear, yea, what ve­he­ment de­sire, yea, what zeal, yea, what re­venge! In all things ye have ap­proved your­selves to be clear in this matter.
  12. Wherefore, though I wrote un­to you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suf­fered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of ⟨God⟩ might ap­pear un­to you.
  13. Therefore we were com­fort­ed in your com­fort: yea, and ex­ceed­ing­ly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, be­cause his spir­it was re­freshed by you all.
  14. For if I have boast­ed any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boast­ing, which I made be­fore Titus, is found a truth. []
  1. And his in­ward af­fec­tion is more abun­dant to­ward you, whilst he re­mem­ber­eth the obe­di­ence of you all, how with fear and trem­bling ye re­ceived him.
  2. I re­joice there­fore that I have con­fi­dence in you in all things.
Chapter Eight
  1. MOREOVER, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of ⟨God⟩ be­stowed on the church­es of Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a;
  2. How that in a geat trial of af­flic­tion the abun­dance of their joy and their deep pov­er­ty abound­ed un­to the rich­es of their liberality.
  3. For to their pow­er, I bear rec­ord, yea, and be­yond their pow­er they were will­ing of themselves;
  4. Praying us with much in­treaty that we would re­ceive the gift, and take up­on us the fel­low­ship of the min­is­ter­ing to the saints.
  5. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the ⟨Lord⟩, and un­to us by the will of ⟨God⟩.
  6. Insomuch that we de­sired Titus, that as he had be­gun, so he would al­so fin­ish in you the same grace also.
  7. Therefore, as ye abound in ev­ery thing, in faith, and ut­ter­ance, and knowl­edge, and in all dil­i­gence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
  8. I speak not by com­mand­ment, but by oc­ca­sion of the for­ward­ness of oth­ers, and to prove the sin­cer­i­ty of your love.
  9. For ye know the grace of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he be­came poor, that ye through his pov­er­ty might be rich.
  10. And here­in 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.
  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 ye have.
  12. For if there be first a will­ing mind, it is ac­cept­ed ac­cord­ing to that a man hath, and not ac­cord­ing to that he hath not.
  13. For I mean not that oth­er men be eased, and ye burdened:
  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 be a sup­ply for your want: that there may be equality:
  15. As it is writ­ten, He that had gath­ered much had noth­ing over; and he that had gath­ered lit­tle had no lack.
  16. But thanks be to ⟨God⟩, which put the same ear­nest care in­to the heart of Titus for you.
  17. For in­deed he ac­cept­ed the ex­hor­ta­tion; but be­ing more for­ward, of his own ac­cord he went un­to you.
  18. And we have sent with him the broth­er, whose praise is in the gos­pel through­out all the churches;
  19. And not that on­ly, but who was al­so cho­sen of the church­es 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:
  20. Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abun­dance which is ad­min­is­tered by us:
  21. Providing for hon­est things, not on­ly in the sight of the ⟨Lord⟩, but al­so in the sight of men.
  22. And we have sent with them our broth­er, whom we have of­ten­times proved dil­i­gent in m;a­ny things, but now much more dil­i­gent, up­on the great con­fi­dence which I have in you.
  23. Whether any do en­quire of Titus, he is my part­ner and fel­low­help­er con­cern­ing you: or our breth­ren be en­quired of, they are the mes­sen­gers of the church­es, and the glo­ry of ⟨Christ⟩.
  24. Wherefore shew ye to them, and be­fore the church­es, the proof of your love, and of our boast­ing on your behalf.
Chapter Nine
  1. FOR as touch­ing the min­is­ter­ing to the saints, it is su­per­flu­ous for me to write to you:
  2. For I know the for­ward­ness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a, that A-‍cha′-‍ia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath pro­voked very many.
  3. Yet have I sent the breth­ren, lest our boast­ing of you should be in vain in this be­half; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
  4. Lest hap­ly if they of Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a come with me, and find you un­pre­pared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same con­fi­dent boasting.
  5. Therefore I thought it ne­ces­sary to ex­hort the breth­ren, that they would go be­fore un­to you, and make up be­fore­hand your boun­ty, where­of ye had no­tice be­fore, that the same might be ready, as a mat­ter of boun­ty, and not as of covetousness.
  6. But this I say, He which sow­eth spar­ing­ly shall reap al­so spar­ing­ly; and he which sow­eth boun­ti­ful­ly shall reap al­so bountifully.
  7. Every man ac­cord­ing as he pur­pos­eth in his heart, so let him give; not grudg­ing­ly, or of ne­ces­si­ty: for ⟨God⟩ lov­eth a cheer­ful giver.
  8. And ⟨God⟩ is able to make all grace abound to­ward you; that ye, al­ways hav­ing all suf­fi­cien­cy in all things, may abound to ev­ery good work:
  9. (As it is writ­ten, He hath dis­persed abroad; he hath giv­en to the poor: his righ­teous­ness re­main­eth for ever.
  10. Now he that min­is­ter­eth seed to the sow­er both min­is­ter bread for your food, and mul­ti­ply your seed sown, and in­crease the fruits of your righteousness;)
  11. Being en­riched in ev­ery thing to all boun­ti­ful­ness, which caus­eth through us thanks­giv­ing to ⟨God⟩.
  12. For the ad­min­is­tra­tion of this serv­ice not on­ly sup­pli­eth the want of the saints but is abun­dant al­so by ma­ny thanks­giv­ings un­to ⟨God⟩;
  13. Whiles by the ex­per­i­ment of this min­is­tra­tion they glo­ri­fy ⟨God⟩ for your pro­fessed sub­jec­tion un­to the gos­pel of ⟨Christ⟩, and for your lib­er­al dis­tri­bu­tion un­to them, and un­to all men;
  14. And by their pray­er for you, which long af­ter you for the ex­ceed­ing grace of ⟨God⟩ in you.
  15. Thanks be un­to ⟨God⟩ for his un­speak­able gift.
Chapter Ten
  1. NOW I Paul my­self be­seech you by the meek­ness and gen­tle­ness of ⟨Christ⟩, who in pres­ence am base among you, but be­ing ab­sent am bold to­ward you:
  2. But I be­seech you, that I may not be bold when I am pres­ent with that con­fi­dence, where­with I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked ac­cord­ing to the flesh.
  3. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war af­ter the flesh:
  4. (For the weap­ons of our war­fare are not car­nal, but migh­ty through ⟨God⟩ to the pull­ing down of strong holds;)
  5. Casting down (vain) im­ag­i­na­tions, and ev­ery high thing that ex­alt­eth it­self against the knowl­edge of ⟨God⟩, and bring­ing in­to cap­tiv­ity ev­ery thought to the obe­di­ence of ⟨Christ⟩;
  6. And hav­ing in a read­i­ness to re­venge all dis­o­be­di­ence, when your obe­di­ence is fulfilled.
  7. Do ye look on things af­ter out­ward ap­pear­ance? If any man trust to him­self that he is ⟨Christ’s⟩, let him of him­self think this again, that, as he is ⟨Christ’s⟩, even so are we ⟨Christ’s⟩.
  8. For though I should boast some­what more of our au­thor­i­ty, which the ⟨Lord⟩ hath giv­en us for ed­i­fi­ca­tion, and not for your de­struc­tion, I should not be ashamed:
  9. That I may not seem as if I would ter­ri­fy you by letters.
  10. For his let­ters, say they, are weigh­ty and pow­er­ful; but his bod­i­ly pres­ence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
  11. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by let­ters when we are ab­sent, such will we be al­so in deed when we are present.
  12. For we dare not make our­selves of the num­ber, or com­pare our­selves with some that com­mend them­selves: but they mea­sur­ing them­selves by them­selves, and com­par­ing them­selves among them­selves, are not wise.
  13. But we will not boast of things with­out our mea­sure, but ac­cord­ing to the mea­sure of the rule which ⟨God⟩ hath dis­trib­ut­ed to us, a mea­sure to reach even un­to you.
  14. For we stretch not our­selves be­yond our mea­sure, as though we reached not un­to you: for we are come as far as to you al­so in preach­ing the gos­pel of ⟨Christ⟩:
  15. Not boast­ing of things with­out our mea­sure, that is, of oth­er men’s la­bours; but hav­ing hope, when your faith is in­creased, that we shall be en­larged by you ac­cord­ing to our rule abundantly,
  16. To preach the gos­pel in the re­gions be­yond you, and not to boast in an­oth­er man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
  17. But he that glo­ri­eth, let him glo­ry in the ⟨Lord⟩.
  18. For not he that com­mend­eth him­self is ap­proved, but whom the ⟨Lord⟩ commendeth.
Chapter Eleven
  1. WOULD to ⟨God⟩ ye could bear with me a lit­tle in my fol­ly: and in­deed bear with me.
  2. For I am jeal­ous over you with god­ly jeal­ousy: for I have es­poused you to one hus­band, that I may pre­sent you as a chaste vir­gin to ⟨Christ⟩.
  3. But I fear, lest by any means, as the ser­pent be­guiled Eve through his sub­til­ty, so your minds should be cor­rupt­ed from the sim­pli­ci­ty that is in ⟨Christ⟩.
  4. For if he that com­eth preach­eth an­oth­er ⟨Jesus⟩, whom we have not preached, or if ye re­ceive an­oth­er spir­it, which ye have not re­ceived, or an­oth­er gos­pel, which ye have not ac­cept­ed, ye might well bear with him.
  5. For I sup­pose I was not a whit be­hiind the very chief­est apostles.
  6. But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowl­edge; but we have been through­ly made man­i­fest wmong you in all things.
  7. Have I com­mit­ted an of­fence in abas­ing my­self that ye might be ex­alt­ed, be­cause I have preached to you the gos­pel of ⟨God⟩ freely?
  8. I robbed oth­er church­es, tak­ing wag­es of them, to do you service.
  9. And when I was pres­ent with you, and want­ed, I was charge­able to no man: for that which was lack­ing to me the breth­ren which came from Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a sup­plied: and in all things I have kept my­self from be­ing bur­den­some un­to you, and so will I keep myself.
  10. As the truth of ⟨Christ⟩ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boast­ing in the re­gions of A-‍cha′-‍ia.
  11. Wherefore? be­cause I love you not? ⟨God⟩ knoweth.
  12. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off oc­ca­sion from them which de­sire oc­ca­sion; that where­in they glo­ry, they may be found even as we.
  13. For such are false apos­tles, de­ceit­ful work­ers, trans­form­ing them­selves in­to the apos­tles of ⟨Christ⟩.
  14. And no mar­vel; for Satan him­self is trans­formed in­to an an­gel of light.
  15. Therefore it is no great thing if his min­is­ters al­so be trans­formed as the min­is­ters of righ­teous­ness; whose end shall be ac­cord­ing to their works.
  16. I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if oth­er­wise, yet as a fool re­ceive me, that I may boast my­self a little.
  17. That which I speak, I speak it not af­ter the ⟨Lord⟩, but as it were fool­ish­ly, in this con­fi­dence of boasting.
  18. Seeing that ma­ny glo­ry af­ter the flesh, I will glo­ry also.
  19. For ye suf­fer fools glad­ly, see­ing ye your­selves are wise.
  20. For ye suf­fer, if a man bring you in­to bond­age, if a man de­vour you, if a man take of you, if a man ex­alt him­self, if a man smite you on the face.
  21. I speak as con­cern­ing re­proach, as though we had been weak. How­be­it where­in­so­ev­er any is bold, (I speak fool­ish­ly,) I am bold also.
  22. Are they He­brews? so am I. Are they Is­ra­el­ites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abra­ham? so am I.
  23. Are they min­is­ters of ⟨Christ⟩? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in la­bours more abun­dant, in stripes above mea­sure, in pris­ons more fre­quent, in deaths oft.
  24. Of the Jews five times re­ceived I for­ty stripes save one.
  25. Thrice I was beat­en with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suf­fered ship­wreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
  26. In jour­ney­ings of­ten, in per­ils of waters, in per­ils of rob­bers, in per­ils by mine own coun­try­men, in per­ils by the heath­en, in per­ils in the city, in per­ils in the wil­der­ness, in per­ils in the sea, in per­ils among false brethren;
  27. In wear­i­ness and pain­ful­ness, in watch­ings of­ten, in hun­ger and thirst, in fast­ings of­ten, in cold and nakedness.
  28. Beside those things that are with­out, that which com­eth up­on me daily, the care of all the churches.
  29. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is of­fend­ed, and I burn not?
  30. If I must needs glo­ry, I will glo­ry of the things which con­cern mine infirmities.
  31. The ⟨God⟩ and Fath­er of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, which is bless­ed for ev­er­more, know­eth that I lie not.
  32. In Damascus the gov­er­nor un­der Ar′-‍e-‍tas the king kept the city of Dam-‍a-‍scenes′ with a gar­ri­son, de­sir­ous to ap­pre­hend me:
  33. And through a win­dow in a bas­ket was I let down by the wall, and es­caped his hands.
Chapter Twelve
  1. IT is not ex­pe­di­ent for me doubt­less to glo­ry. I will come to vi­sions and rev­e­la­tions of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  2. I knew 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⟩ know­eth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
  3. And I knew such a man, (wheth­er in the body, or out of the body, I can­not tell: ⟨God⟩ know­eth;)
  4. How that he was caught up in­to par­a­dise, and heard un­speak­able words, which it is not law­ful for a man to utter.
  5. Of such an one will I glo­ry: yet of my­self I will not glo­ry, but in mine infirmities.
  6. For though I would de­sire to glo­ry, I shall not be a fool: for I will say the truth: but nowforbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he hear­eth of me.
  7. And lest 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 buf­fet me, lest I should be ex­alt­ed above measure.
  8. For this thing I be­sought the ⟨Lord⟩ thrice, that it might de­part from me.
  9. And he said un­to me, My grace is suf­fi­cient for thee: for my strength is made per­fect in weak­ness. Most glad­ly there­fore will I rath­er glo­ry in my in­firm­i­ties, that the pow­er of ⟨Christ⟩ may rest up­on me.
  10. Therefore I take plea­sure in in­firm­i­ties, in re­proach­es, in ne­ces­si­ties, in per­se­cu­tions, in dis­tress­es for ⟨Christ’s⟩ sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
  11. I am be­come a fool in glo­ry­ing; ye have com­pelled me: for I ought to have been com­mend­ed of you: for in noth­ing am I be­hind the very chief­est apos­tles, though I be nothing.
  12. Truly the signs of an apos­tle were wrought among you in all pa­tience, in signs, and won­ders, and migh­ty deeds.
  13. For what is it where­in ye were in­fe­ri­or to oth­er church­es, ex­cept it be that I my­self was not bur­den­some to you? for­give me this wrong.
  14. Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be bur­den­some to you: for I seek not your’s, but you: for the chil­dren ought not to lay up for the par­ents, but the par­ents for the children.
  15. And I will very glad­ly spend and be spent for you; though the more abun­dant­ly I love you, the less I be loved.
  16. But be it so, I did not bur­den you: nev­er­the­less, be­ing craf­ty, I caught you with guile.
  17. Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent un­to you?
  18. I de­sired Titus, and with him I sent a broth­er. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spir­it? walked we not in the same steps?
  19. Again, think ye that we ex­cuse our­selves un­to you? we speak be­fore ⟨God⟩ in ⟨Christ⟩: but we do all things, dear­ly be­lov­ed, for your edification.
  20. For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and as ye would not: lest there be de­bates, en­vy­ings, wraths, strifes, back­bit­ings, whis­per­ings, swell­ings, tumults:
  21. And lest, when I come again, my ⟨God⟩ will hum­ble me among you, and that I shall be­wail ma­ny which have sinned al­rea­dy, and have not re­pented of the un­clean­ness and for­ni­ca­tion and las­civ­i­ous­ness which they have committed.
Chapter Thirteen
  1. THIS is the third time I am com­ing to you. In the mouth of two or three wit­ness­es shall ev­ery word be established.
  2. I told you be­fore, and fore­tell you, as if I were pres­ent, the sec­ond time; and be­ing ab­sent now I write to them which here­to­fore have sinned, and to all oth­er, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
  3. Since ye seek a proof of ⟨Christ⟩ speak­ing in me, which to you-‍ward is not weak, but is migh­ty in you.
  4. For though he was cru­ci­fied through weak­ness, yet he liv­eth by the pow­er of ⟨God⟩. For we al­so are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the pow­er of ⟨God⟩ to­ward you.
  5. Examine your­selves, wheth­er ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ is in you, ex­cept ye be reprobates?
  6. But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
  7. Now I pray to ⟨God⟩ that ye do no evil; not that we should ap­pear ap­proved, but that ye should do that which is hon­est, though we be as reprobates.
  8. For we can do noth­ing against the truth, but (on­ly) for the truth.
  9. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this al­so we wish, even your perfection.
  10. Therefore I write these things be­ing ab­sent, lest be­ing pres­ent I should use sharp­ness, ac­cord­ing to the pow­er which the ⟨Lord⟩ hath giv­en me to ed­i­fi­ca­tion, and not to destruction.
  11. Finally, breth­ren, fare­well. Be per­fect, be of good com­fort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the ⟨God⟩ of love and peace shall be with you.
  12. Greet one an­oth­er with an holy kiss.
  13. All the saints sa­lute you.
  14. The grace of the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and the love of ⟨God⟩, and the com­mun­ion of the Holy ⟨Ghost⟩, be with you all. A-‍men‍‍.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).