2 Corinthians (Geneva – 1560)

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The 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians ~ 1560 Geneva [Modern]
1:01 Paul an Apostle of JESUS CHRIST by the will of God, & our brother Timotheus, to the Church of God, which is at Corinthus with all the Saints, which are in all Achaia:
1:02 Grace be with you, and peace from God our Father, & from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 Blessed be God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort,
1:04 Which comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any affliction by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
1:05 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation aboundeth through Christ.
1:06 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is wrought in the enduring of the same sufferings, which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
1:07 And our hope is stedfast concerning you, inasmuch as we know that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
1:08 For brethren, we would not have you ignorant of our affliction, which came unto us in Asia, how we were pressed out of measure passing strength, so that we all together doubted, even of life.
1:09 Yea, we received the sentence of death in ourselves, because we should not trust in ourselves, but in God, which raiseth the dead.
1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver us: in whom we trust, that yet here after he will deliver us,
1:11 So that ye labour together in prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us for many, thanks may be given by many persons for us.
1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly pureness, & not in fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God we have had our conversation in the world, and most of all to you-wards.
1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than that ye read or else that ye acknowledge, & I trust ye shall acknowledge unto the end.
1:14 Even as ye have acknowledged us partly, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.
1:15 And in this confidence was I minded first to come unto you, that ye might have had a double grace,
1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, & to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and to be led forth toward Judea of you.
1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or mind I those things which I mind, according to the flesh, that with me should be, Yea, yea, and Nay, nay?
1:18 Yea, God is faithful, that our word toward you was not Yea, and Nay.
1:19 For the Son of God Jesus Christ who was preached among you by us, that is by me, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, was not Yea, and Nay: but in him it was Yea.
1:20 For all the promises of God in him are Yea, and are in him Amen, unto the glory of God through us.
1:21 And it is God which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us.
1:22 Who hath also sealed us, & hath given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1:23 Now, I call God for a record unto my soul, that to spare you, I came not as yet unto Corinthus.
1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but we are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2:01 But I determined thus in myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2:02 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that should make me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
2:03 And I wrote this same thing unto you, lest when I came, I should take heaviness of them, of whom I ought to rejoice: this confidence have I in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
2:04 For in great affliction, and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears: not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might perceive the love which I have, specially unto you.
2:05 And if any hath caused sorrow, the same hath not made me sorry, but partly (lest I should more charge him) you all.
2:06 It is sufficient unto the same man, that he was rebuked of many.
2:07 So that now contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him and comfort him lest the same should be swallowed up with overmuch heaviness.
2:08 Wherefore, I pray you, that you would confirm your love towards him.
2:09 For this cause also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye would be obedient in all things.
2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for verily if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the sight of Christ,
2:11 Lest Satan should circumvent us: for we are not ignorant of his enterprises.
2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s Gospel, & a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother, but took my leave of them, and went away into Macedonia.
2:14 Now thanks be unto God which always maketh us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2:15 For we are unto God the sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them which perish.
2:16 To the one we are the savour of death, unto death, and to the other the savour of life, unto life, and who is sufficient for these things?
2:17 For we are not as many, which make merchandise of the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
3:01 Do we begin to praise ourselves again? or need we as some other, epistles of recommendation unto you, or letters of recommendation from you?
3:02 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is understood and read of all men,
3:03 In that ye are manifest, to be the epistle of Christ, ministered by us, and written, not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
3:04 And such trust have we through Christ to God:
3:05 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to think any thing, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God.
3:06 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.
3:07 If then the ministration of death written with letters & engraven in stones, was glorious so that the children of Israel could not behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance (which glory is done away)
3:08 How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be more glorious?
3:09 For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
3:10 For even that which was glorified, was not glorified in this point, that is, as touching the exceeding glory.
3:11 For if that which should be abolished, was glorious, much more shall that which remaineth, be glorious.
3:12 Seeing then that we have such trust, we use great boldness of speech.
3:13 And we are not as Moses, which put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look unto the end of that which should be abolished.
3:14 Therefore their minds are hardened: for until this day remaineth the same covering untaken away in the reading of the Old testament, which vail in Christ is put away.
3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is laid over their hearts.
3:16 Nevertheless when their heart shall be turned to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
3:18 But we all behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord with open face, and are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.
4:01 Therefore, seeing that we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not:
4:02 But have cast from us the clokes of shame & walk not in craftiness, neither handle we the word of God deceitfully: but in declaration of the truth we approve ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
4:03 If our Gospel be then hid, it is hid to them, that are lost.
4:04 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds, that is, of the infidels, that the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, which is the image of God, should not shine unto them.
4:05 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
4:06 For God that commanded the light to shine out of darkness, is he which hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
4:07 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of that power might be of God and not of us.
4:08 We are afflicted on every side, yet are we not in distress: in poverty, but not overcome of poverty.
4:09 We are persecuted, but not forsaken: cast down, but we perish not.
4:10 Every where we bear about in our body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus might also be made manifest in our bodies.
4:11 For we which live, are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
4:12 So then death worketh in us, and life in you.
4:13 And because we have the same Spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, & therefore have I spoken, we also believe, and therefore speak,
4:14 Knowing that he which hath raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise us up also by Jesus, and shall set us with you.
4:15 For all things are for your sakes that most plenteous grace by the thanksgiving of many may redound to the praise of God.
4:16 Therefore we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed daily.
4:17 For our light affliction which is but for a moment, causeth unto us a far most excellent & an eternal weight of glory:
4:18 While we look not on the things which are seen, but on the things, which are not seen: for the things which are seen, are temporal: but the things which are not seen, are eternal.
5:01 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle be destroyed, we have a building given of God, that is, an house not made with hands, but eternal in the heavens.
5:02 For therefore we sigh, desiring to be clothed with our house, which is from heaven.
5:03 Because that if we be clothed, we shall not be found naked.
5:04 For indeed we that are in this tabernacle, sigh and are burdened, because we would not be unclothed, but would be clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5:05 And he that hath created us for this thing, is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
5:06 Therefore we are alway bold, though we know that whiles we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.
5:07 (For we walk by faith, & not by sight)
5:08 Nevertheless, we are bold, & love rather to remove out of the body, and to dwell with the Lord.
5:09 Wherefore also we covet, that both dwelling at home, and removing from home, we may be acceptable to him.
5:10 For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that every man may receive the things which are done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or evil.
5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men, & we are made manifest unto God, & I trust also that we are made manifest in your consciences.
5:12 For we praise not ourselves again unto you, but give you an occasion to rejoice of us, that ye may have to answer against them, which rejoice in the face, and not in the heart.
5:13 For whether we be out of our wit, we are it to God: or whether we be in our right mind, we are it unto you.
5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us: because we thus judge, that if one be dead for all, then were all dead,
5:15 And he died for all, that they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
5:16 Wherefore, henceforth know we no man after the flesh, yea though we had known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, let him be a new creature. Old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new.
5:18 And all things are of God, which hath reconciled us unto himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.
5:19 For God was in Christ, and reconciled the world to himself, not imputing their sins unto them, and hath committed to us the word of reconciliation.
5:20 Now then are we ambassadors for Christ: as though God did beseech you through us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, that ye be reconciled to God.
5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, which knew no sin, that we should be made the righteousness of God in him.
6:01 So we therefore as workers together beseech you, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
6:02 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold now the accepted time, behold now the day of salvation.
6:03 We give no occasion of offence in any thing, that our ministry should not be reprehended.
6:04 But in all things we approve ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
6:05 In stripes, in prisons, in tumults, in labours, By watchings, by fastings,
6:06 by purity, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
6:07 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
6:08 By honour, and dishonour, by evil report & good report, as deceivers, and yet true:
6:09 As unknown, and yet known: as dying, and behold, we live: as chastened, and yet not killed:
6:10 As sorrowing, & yet alway rejoicing: as poor, and yet make many rich: as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
6:11 O Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you: our heart is made large.
6:12 Ye are not kept strait in us, but ye are kept strait in your own bowels.
6:13 Now for the same recompense, I speak as to my children, Be you also enlarged.
6:14 Be not unequally yoked with the infidels: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath the believer with the infidel?
6:16 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 among them, and walk there: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and separate yourselves, saith the Lord: and touch none unclean thing, & I will receive you.
6:18 And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord almighty.
7:01 Seeing then we have these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh & spirit, and grow up unto full holiness in the fear of God.
7:02 Receive us: we have done wrong to no man: we have consumed no man: we have defrauded no man.
7:03 I speak it not to your condemnation: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts, to die and live together.
7:04 I use great boldness of speech toward you: I rejoice greatly in you: I am filled with comfort, and am exceeding joyous in all our tribulation.
7:05 For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side, fightings without, & terrors within.
7:06 But God, that comforteth the abject, comforted us at the coming of Titus:
7:07 And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation wherewith he was comforted of you, when he told us your great desire, your mourning, your fervent mind to me-ward, so that I rejoiced much more.
7:08 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I repent not, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
7:09 I now rejoice, not that ye were sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye sorrowed godly, so that in nothing ye were hurt by us.
7:10 For godly sorrow causeth repentance unto salvation, not to be repented of: but the worldly sorrow causeth death.
7:11 For behold, this thing that ye have been godly sorry, what great care it hath wrought in you: yea, what clearing of yourselves: yea what indignation: yea, what fear: yea, how great desire: yea, what a zeal: yea, what punishment: in all things ye have shewed yourselves, that ye are pure in this matter.
7:12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did not it for his cause that had done the wrong, neither for his cause that had the injury, but that our care toward you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
7:13 Therefore we were comforted, because ye were comforted: but rather we rejoiced much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
7:14 For if that I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been ashamed: but as I have spoken unto you all things in truth, even so our boasting unto Titus was true.
7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, when he remembereth the obedience of you all, and how with fear & trembling ye received him.
7:16 I rejoice therefore that I may put my confidence in you in all things.
8:01 We do you also to wit, brethren, of the grace of God bestowed upon the Churches of Macedonia,
8:02 Because in great trial of affliction their joy abounded, and their most extreme poverty abounded unto their rich liberality.
8:03 For to their power (I bear record) yea, & beyond their power, they were willing,
8:04 And prayed us with great instance that we would receive the grace, & fellowship of the ministering which is toward the Saints.
8:05 And this they did, not as we looked for: but gave their own selves, first to the Lord, and after unto us by the will of God,
8:06 That we should exhort Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also accomplish the same grace among you also.
8:07 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith and word, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love towards us, even so see that ye abound in this grace also.
8:08 This say I not by commandment, but because of the diligence of others: therefore prove I the naturalness of your love.
8:09 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he being rich, for your sakes became poor, that ye through his poverty might be made rich.
8:10 And I shew my mind herein: for this is expedient for you, which have begun not to do only, but also to will, a year ago.
8:11 Now therefore perform to do it also, that as there was a readiness to will, even so ye may perform it of that which ye have.
8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, & not according to that he hath not.
8:13 Neither is it that other men should be eased and you grieved.
8:14 But upon like condition, at this time your abundance supplieth their lack, that also their abundance may be for your lack, that there may be equality:
8:15 As it is written, He that gathered much, had nothing over, and he that gathered little, had not the less.
8:16 And thanks be unto God, which hath put in the heart of Titus the same care for you.
8:17 Because he accepted the exhortation, yea, he was so careful that of his own accord he went unto you.
8:18 And we have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the Gospel throughout all the Churches,
8:19 (And not so only, but is also chosen of the Churches to be a fellow in our journey concerning this grace that is ministered by us unto the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your prompt mind)
8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us,
8:21 Providing for honest things, not only before the Lord, but also before men.
8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have ofttimes proved to be diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, for the great confidence, which I have in you.
8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my fellow and helper to you-ward: or of our brethren, they are messengers of the Churches, & the glory of Christ.
8:24 Wherefore shew toward them, & before the Churches the proof of your love, and of the rejoicing that we have of you.
9:01 For as touching the ministering to the Saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you.
9:02 For I know your readiness of mind, whereof I boast myself of you unto them of Macedonia, & say, that Achaia was prepared a year ago, and your zeal hath provoked many.
9:03 Now have I sent the brethren, lest our rejoicing over you should be in vain in this behalf, that ye (as I have said) be ready:
9:04 Lest if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (I need not to say, you) should be ashamed in this my constant boasting.
9:05 Wherefore, I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to come before unto you, and to finish your benevolence appointed afore, that it might be ready, and come as of benevolence, and not as of sparing.
9:06 This yet remember, that he which soweth sparingly, shall reap also sparingly, and he that soweth liberally, shall reap also liberally.
9:07 As every man wisheth in his heart, so let him give not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
9:08 And God is able to make all grace to abound toward you, that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work,
9:09 As it is written, He hath sparsed abroad and hath given to the poor: his benevolence remaineth for ever.
9:10 Also he that findeth seed to the sower, will minister likewise bread for food, and multiply your seed, and increase the fruits of your benevolence,
9:11 That on all parts ye may be made rich unto all liberality, which causeth through us thanksgiving unto God.
9:12 For the ministration of this service not only supplieth the necessities of the Saints, but also is abundant by the thanksgiving of many unto God,
9:13 (Which by the experiment of this ministration praise God for your voluntary submission to the Gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution to them, and to all men)
9:14 And by their prayer for you, desiring after you greatly, for the abundant grace of God in you.
9:15 Thanks therefore be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
10:01 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness, & gentleness of Christ, which when I am present among you, am base, but am bold toward you being absent:
10:02 And this I require you, that I need not to be bold when I am present, with that same confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which esteem us as though we walked according to the flesh.
10:03 Nevertheless, though we walk in the flesh, yet we do not war after the flesh,
10:04 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to cast down holds)
10:05 Casting down the imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,
10:06 And having ready the vengeance against all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
10:07 Look ye on things after the appearance? If any man trust in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again of himself, that as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
10:08 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 have no shame.
10:09 This I say that I may not seem as it were to fear you with letters.
10:10 For the letters, saith he, are sore and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is of no value.
10:11 Let such 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.
10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or to compare ourselves to them, which praise themselves: but they understand not that they measure themselves with themselves, & compare themselves with themselves.
10:13 But we will not rejoice of things, which are not within our measure, but according to the measure of the line, whereof God hath distributed unto us a measure to attain even unto you.
10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we had not attained unto you: for even to you also have we come in preaching the Gospel of Christ,
10:15 Not boasting of things which are without our measure: that is, of other men’s labours: and we hope, when your faith shall increase, to be magnified by you according to our line abundantly,
10:16 And to preach the Gospel in those regions which are beyond you: not to rejoice in another man’s line, that is in the things that are prepared already.
10:17 But let him that rejoiceth, rejoice in the Lord.
10:18 For he that praiseth himself, is not allowed, but he whom the Lord praiseth.
11:01 Would to God, ye could suffer a little my foolishness, and indeed, ye suffer me.
11:02 For I am jealous over you, with godly jealousy: for I have prepared you for one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ:
11:03 But I fear lest as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupt from the simplicity that is in Christ.
11:04 For if he that cometh, preacheth another Jesus than him whom we have preached: or if ye receive another spirit than that which ye have received: either another Gospel, than that ye have received, ye might well have suffered him.
11:05 Verily I suppose that I was not inferior to the very chief Apostles.
11:06 And though I be rude in speaking, yet I am not so in knowledge, but among you we have been made manifest to the utmost, in all things.
11:07 Have I committed an offence, because I abased myself, that ye might be exalted, & because I preached to you the Gospel of God freely?
11:08 I robbed other Churches, and took wages of them to do you service.
11:09 And when I was present with you, and had need, I was not slothful to the hindrance of any man: for that which was lacking unto me, the brethren which came from Macedonia, supplied, and in all things I kept and will keep myself that I should not be grievous to you.
11:10 The truth of Christ is in me, that this rejoicing shall not be shut up against me in the regions of Achaia.
11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
11:12 But what I do, that will I do: that I may cut away occasion from them which desire occasion, that they might be found like unto us in that wherein they rejoice.
11:13 For such false apostles are deceitful workers, and transform themselves into the Apostles of Christ.
11:14 And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an Angel of light.
11:15 Therefore it is no great thing, though his ministers transform themselves, as though they were the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
11:16 I say again, let no man think, that I am foolish: or else take me even as a fool, that I also may boast myself a little.
11:17 That I speak, I speak it not after the Lord: but as it were foolishly, in this my great boasting.
11:18 Seeing that many rejoice after the flesh, I will rejoice also.
11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, because that ye are wise.
11:20 For ye suffer even if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take your goods, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
11:21 I speak as concerning the reproach: as though that we had been weak: but wherein any man is bold (I speak foolishly) I am bold also.
11:22 They are Hebrews, so am I: they are Israelites, so am I: they are the seed of Abraham, so am I:
11:23 They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as a fool) I am more: in labours more abundant: in stripes above measure: in prison more plenteously: in death oft.
11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
11:25 I was thrice beaten with rods: I was once stoned: I suffered thrice shipwreck: night & day have I been in the deep sea.
11:26 In journeying I was often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of mine own nation, in perils among the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils amongst false brethren,
11:27 In weariness & painfulness, in watching often, in hunger & thirst, in fastings often, in cold and in nakedness.
11:28 Beside the things which are outward, I am cumbered daily, and have the care of all the Churches.
11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
11:30 If I must needs rejoice, I will rejoice of mine infirmities.
11:31 The God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
11:32 In Damascus the governor of the people under King Aretas, laid watch in the city of the Damascenes, and would have caught me.
11:33 But at a window was I let down in a basket through the wall, & escaped his hands.
12:01 It is not expedient for me no doubt to rejoice: for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
12:02 I know a man in Christ above fourteen years agone, (whether he were in the body, I cannot tell, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) which was taken up into the third heaven.
12:03 And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.)
12:04 How that he was taken up into Paradise, & heard words which cannot be spoken, which are not possible for man to utter.
12:05 Of such a man will I rejoice: of myself will I not rejoice, except it be of mine infirmities.
12:06 For though I would rejoice, I should not be a fool: for I will say the truth, but I refrain, lest any man should think of me above that he seeth in me, or that he heareth of me.
12:07 And lest I should be exalted out of measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given unto me a prick in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, because I should not be exalted out of measure.
12:08 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
12:09 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice rather in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in anguish for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
12:11 I was a fool to boast myself: ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I inferior unto the very chief Apostles, though I be nothing.
12:12 The signs of an Apostle were wrought among you with all patience, with signs, and wonders, and great works.
12:13 For what is it, wherein ye were inferiors unto other Churches, except that I have not been slothful to your hindrance? forgive me this wrong.
12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come unto you, and yet will I not be slothful to your hindrance: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the fathers, but the fathers for the children.
12:15 And I will most gladly bestow, and will be bestowed for your souls: though the more I love you, the less I am loved.
12:16 But be it that I charged you not: yet forasmuch as I was crafty, I took you with guile.
12:17 Did I pill you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
12:18 I have desired Titus, & with him I have sent a brother: did Titus pill you of any thing? walked we not in the selfsame spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
12:20 For I fear lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would: and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not, and lest there be strife, envying, wrath, contentions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings & discord.
12:21 I fear lest when I come again, my God abase me among you, and I shall bewail many of them which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and wantonness, which they have committed.
13:01 This is the third time that I come unto you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand.
13:02 I told you before, and tell you before: as though I had been present the second time, so write I now being absent to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all others, that if I come again, I will not spare,
13:03 Seeing that ye seek experience of Christ, that speaketh in me, which toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you.
13:04 For though he was crucified concerning his infirmity, yet liveth he through the power of God. And we no doubt are weak in him: but we shall live with him, through the power of God toward you.
13:05 Prove yourselves whether ye are in the faith: examine yourselves: know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
13:06 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
13:07 Now I pray unto God that ye do none evil, not that we should seem approved, but that ye should do that which is honest: though we be as reprobates.
13:08 For we can not do any thing against the truth, but for the truth.
13:09 For we are glad when we are weak, and that ye are strong: this also we wish for even your perfection.
13:10 Therefore write I these things being absent, lest when I am present, I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me, to edification, and not to destruction.
13:11 Finally brethren, fare ye well: be perfect: be of good comfort: be of one mind: live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
13:13 All the Saints salute you.
13:14 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the holy Ghost be with you all, Amen.
END The second epistle to the Corinthians, written from Philippi, a city in Macedonia, and sent by Titus and Lucas.