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					           T H E S E C O N D E P I S T L E O F PA U L T H E A P O S T L E T O T H E

             CHAPTER 1                            deadly a peril, and who will deliver
 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ               us: we trust in him, that he will d e-
by the will of God, and Timothy our               liver us again,
brother, to the church of God which                11 As you help by praying for us.
is at Corinth, with all the saints who            Then thanks will be given by many
are in all Achaia:                                on our behalf for the favour bes-
 2 Grace to you and peace from God                towed upon us by the prayers of
our Father, and from the Lord Jesus               many.
Christ.                                            12 For our boast is in this: the te s-
 3 Blessed be the God and Father of               timony of our conscience, that in
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of              simplicity and godly sincerity, not
mercies, and the God of all comfort;              with fleshly wisdom, but by the
 4 Who comforts us in all our                     grace of God, we have conducted
troubles, that we may be able to                  ourselves in the world, and st ill
comfort those who are in a ny                     more toward you.
trouble with the comfort with which                13 For we write nothing to you, ex-
we ourselves are comforted by God.                cept what you can read and unde r-
 5 For as we abundantly share in the              stand; and I trust you shall unde r-
sufferings of Christ, so through Ch r-            stand fully;
ist we also abundantly share in co m-              14 Just as also you have understood
fort.                                             us in part and recognized that you
 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for             can be proud of us, even as we can
your comfort and salvation; and if                be proud of you in the day of the
we are comforted, it is for your                  Lord Jesus.
comfort, which works in you when                   15 And in this confidence I i n-
you patiently endure the same su f-               tended to come to you first, that you
ferings which we suffer.                          might benefit twice;
 7 And our hope for you is steadfast,              16 I planned to visit you on my
knowing, that as you are partakers                way to Macedonia, and again visit
of our sufferings, so you also pa r-              you when I returned from Maced o-
take of our comfort.                              nia, and to be helped by you on my
 8 For we would not have you ign o-               way to Judaea.
rant of our trouble, brethren, which               17 When I planned this, did I do it
came to us in Asia, that we were                  lightly? or the things that I plan, do
pressed down beyond measure,                      I plan according to the flesh, that I
beyond our strength, so that we d es-             should say yes, yes when I may
paired even of life.                              mean no, no?
 9 Indeed, we had the sentence of                  18 But as God is true, our word to
death in ourselves, that we should                you was not yes and no.
not trust in ourselves, but in God                 19 For the Son of God, Jesus C hr-
who raises the dead:                              ist, who was preached among you by
 10 Who has delivered us from so                  us, by myself and Silvanus and Ti-

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mothy, was not yes and no, but in            him, and comfort him, lest perhaps
him is always yes.                           he may be overwhelmed with exce s-
 20 For as many as are the promises          sive sorrow.
of God, in him they are yes. And so           8 Therefore I urge you, that you
our Amen is through him, to the              would reaffirm your love for him.
glory of God.                                 9 For to this end I wrote, that I
 21 Now he who establishes us with           might test you and know whether
you in Christ, and has anointed us,          you are obedient in all things.
is God;                                       10 But whom you forgive anything,
 22 Who has also sealed us, and              I forgive also: for what I have fo r-
given us the Spirit in our hearts as a       given, if I have forgiven anything,
pledge.                                      was for your sakes in the presence
 23 I call God as a witness upon my          of Christ;
soul, that it was to spare you that I         11 Lest Satan should take advan-
did not come to Corinth.                     tage of us: for we are not ignorant
 24 Not that we lord it over your            of his schemes.
faith, but we work with you for your          12 Now, when I came to Troas to
joy: for in your faith you stand firm.       preach Christ's gospel, a door was
                                             opened for me by the Lord,
              CHAPTER 2                       13 Yet I had no rest in my spirit,
  1 But I determined that I would            because I did not find Titus my
not make another painful visit to            brother: so I took leave of them, and
you.                                         I went from there into Macedonia.
 2 For if I make you sorrowful, who           14 Now thanks be to God, who a l-
will there be to make me glad, but           ways leads us in triumph in Christ,
the same one I made sorrowful?               and makes manifest through us the
 3 And I wrote this same thing to            fragrance of the knowledge of him
you, lest, when I came, I should             in every place.
have sorrow from those who ought              15 For we are an aroma of Christ to
to make me rejoice; for I had conf i-        God, among those who are being
dence in all of you, that my joy             saved, and among those who are p e-
would be the joy of all of you.              rishing:
 4 For I wrote to you out of much             16 To the one we are the aroma of
affliction and anguish of heart, with        death to death; and to the other the
many tears; not that you should be           aroma of life to life. And who is
grieved, but that you might know             equal to such a calling?
the abundant love which I have for            17 For we are not as so many, who
you.                                         peddle the word of God: but as men
 5 But if anyone has caused grief, he        of sincerity, as from God, we speak
has not grieved me, but to some d e-         in Christ in the sight of God.
gree, not to put it too severely, to
all of you.                                               CHAPTER 3
 6 Sufficient for such a man is this           1 Are we beginning to commend
punishment, which was inflicted by           ourselves again? or do we need, as
the majority.                                some others, letters of recommend a-
 7 So you ought rather to forgive            tion to you, or letters of recomme n-

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dation from you?                                for to this day the same veil remains
 2 You are our letter, written on our           unlifted at the reading of the old
hearts, known and read by all men:              covenant; because it is only r e-
 3 And you show that you are letters            moved through Christ.
of Christ delivered by us, written               15 But even to this day, when Mos-
not with ink, but with the Spirit of            es is read, the veil is upon their
the living God; not on tablets of               hearts.
stone, but on tablets of human                   16 But whenever a man shall turn
hearts.                                         to the Lord, the veil shall be taken
 4 And such is the trust we have                away.
through Christ before God.                       17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and
 5 Not that we are sufficient in ou r-          where the Spirit of the Lord is,
selves to claim anything as coming              there is liberty.
from ourselves; but our sufficiency              18 But we all, with unveiled faces
is from God;                                    beholding as in a mirror the glory of
 6 Who has also made us able mini s-            the Lord, are changed into that same
ters of a new covenant; not of the              image, from glory to glory, and this
letter, but of the spirit: for the letter       is from the Lord, the Spirit.
kills, but the spirit gives life.
 7 For if the ministry of death, wri t-                       CHAPTER 4
ten and engraved in stone, was gl o-              1 Therefore, since we have this
rious, so that the children of Israel           ministry by God's mercy, we do not
could not steadfastly behold the                loose heart;
face of Moses because of the glory               2 But we have renounced the hi d-
of his countenance; and t hat glory             den, shameful things, and do not
fading:                                         walk in craftiness, nor handle the
 8 Shall not the ministry of the sp i-          word of God deceitfully; but by the
rit be even more glorious?                      manifestation of the truth we co m-
 9 For if the ministry of condemn a-            mend ourselves to every man's co n-
tion had glory, far more does the               science in the sight of God.
ministry of righteousness exceed it              3 But if our gospel is veiled, it is
in glory.                                       veiled to those who are p erishing.
 10 For even that which was gl o-                4 For the god of this world has
rious no longer has glory, becaus e             blinded the minds of those who do
of the glory that surpasses it.                 not believe, lest they should see the
 11 For if that which has faded away            light of the glorious gospel of Ch r-
came with glory, how much more                  ist, who is the image of God.
glorious is that which remains.                  5 For we do not preach ourselves,
 12 Seeing then that we have such a             but Christ Jesus as Lord; and ou r-
hope, we use great boldness of                  selves as your servants for Jesus'
speech:                                         sake.
 13 Not as Moses, who put a veil                 6 For God, who commanded the
over his face, so the sons of Israel            light to shine out of darkness, has
could not gaze upon that which was              shone in our hearts, to give the light
fading.                                         of the knowledge of the glory of
 14 But their minds were hardened:              God in the face of Christ.

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 7 But we have this treasure in ear-         nal.
then vessels, that the tran scendent
power may be shown to be from                             CHAPTER 5
God, and not from us.                          1 For we know that if the earthly
 8 We are troubled on every side,            tent in which we live is destroyed,
yet not crushed; we are perplexed,           we have a building from God, a
but not in despair;                          house not made with hands, eternal
 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken;             in the heavens.
struck down, but not destroyed;               2 For in this house we groan, ear-
 10 Always carrying about in our             nestly desiring to be clothed with
body the dying of Jesus, that the life       our dwelling which is from heaven:
of Jesus might also be made mani f-           3 So that being clothed we shall not
est in our body.                             be found naked.
 11 For we who live are always b e-           4 For we who are in this tent groan,
ing delivered over to death for J e-         being burdened: not that we would
sus' sake, that the life of Jesus            be unclothed, but rather fu rther
might also be made manifest in our           clothed, that mortality might be
mortal flesh.                                swallowed up by life.
 12 So then death works in us, but            5 Now he who has made us for this
life in you.                                 very thing is God, who has also gi v-
 13 As it is written, I believed, and        en to us the Spirit as a pledge.
therefore I have spoken; so we, with          6 Therefore, we are always confi-
the same spirit of faith, also b e-          dent, knowing that while we are at
lieve, and therefore speak;                  home in the body, we are absent
 14 Knowing that he who raised up            from the Lord:
the Lord Jesus shall also raise us up         7 (For we walk by faith, not by
with Jesus, and shall present us with        sight:)
you in his presence.                          8 We are confident, and would r a-
 15 For all things are for your sakes,       ther be absent from the body, and
that as grace extends to more and            present with the Lord.
more people, it might cause                   9 Therefore we labour, that whether
thanksgiving to abound, to the glory         at home or absent, we may please
of God.                                      him.
 16 For this reason we do not loose           10 For we must all appear before
heart; but though our outer man p e-         the judgment seat of Christ; that
rish, yet the inner man is renewed           every one may receive what is due
day by day.                                  him for the things done in the body,
 17 For our light affliction, which is       according to what he has done,
but for a moment, prepares for us an         whether good or bad.
incomparable and eternal weight of            11 Therefore, knowing the fear of
glory;                                       the Lord, we persuade men. But
 18 So we do not look at the things          what we are is plain to God; and I
which are seen, but at the things            also trust it is plain to your con-
which are not seen: for the things           sciences.
which are seen are temporal; but the          12 For we do not commend ou r-
things which are not seen are ete r-         selves to you again, but give you

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occasion to be proud of us, that you         the grace of God in vain.
may have something to answer those            2 (For he says, I have heard you at
who take pride in appearance, and            the acceptable time, and on the day
not in the heart.                            of salvation I have helped you: b e-
 13 For if we are out of our minds,          hold, now is the acceptable time;
it is for God: or if we are in our           behold, now is the day of salvation.)
right minds, it is for you.                   3 We give no offence in anything,
 14 For the love of Christ controls          that the ministry may not be discr e-
us; because we are convinced that            dited:
one died for all, therefore all died:         4 But as the ministers of God we
 15 And he died for all, that those          commend ourselves in all things; in
who live should not henceforth live          much endurance, in afflictions, in
for themselves, but for him who              hardships, in distress,
died for them, and rose again.                5 In beatings, in imprisonments, in
 16 Therefore, we no longer regard           tumults, in labours, in sleeplessness,
man according to the flesh: though           in hunger;
once we regarded Christ according             6 By purity, by knowledge, by p a-
to the flesh, yet now we regard him          tience, by kindness, in the Holy Sp i-
thus no longer.                              rit, in unfeigned love,
 17 Therefore if any man is in Ch r-          7 By the word of truth, by the po w-
ist, he is a new creature: o ld things       er of God, by the weapons of rig h-
have passed away; behold, new                teousness in the right hand and in
things have come.                            the left,
 18 And all these things are from             8 In honour and dishonour, in evil
God, who has reconciled us to hi m-          report and good report: regarded as
self through Jesus Christ, and has           deceivers, and yet true;
given to us the ministry of reconci l-        9 As unknown, and yet well known;
iation;                                      as dying, yet, behold, we live; as
 19 That is, that God was in Christ,         chastened, and yet not killed;
reconciling the world to himself, not         10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoi c-
counting men's sins against them;            ing; as poor, yet making many rich;
and he has committed to us the word          as having nothing, and yet posses s-
of reconciliation.                           ing all things.
 20 Now then, we are ambassadors              11 O Corinthians, we have spoken
for Christ, as if God were making            freely to you, our hearts are open
his appeal through us: we beg you            wide.
on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to          12 There is no restraint in our a f-
God.                                         fection for you, but you are r e-
 21 For our sakes he has made him            strained in your affection for us.
to be sin, who knew no sin; that in           13 As a fair exchange, (I speak as
him we might become the righ-                to children,) widen your hearts also.
teousness of God.                             14 Do not be unequally yoked with
                                             unbelievers: for what partnership
           CHAPTER 6                         does righteousness have with un-
 1 We then, as workers together              righteousness? and what fellowship
with him, urge you not to receive            has light with darkness?

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 15 And what harmony has Christ              us of your earnest desire, your
with Belial? or what does he who             mourning, your zeal for me ; so that
believes have in common with an              I rejoiced still more.
unbeliever?                                   8 For though I made you sorry with
 16 And what agreement has the               a letter, I do not regret it, though I
temple of God with idols? for we             did regret: for I perceive that the
are the temple of the living God; as         letter caused you sorrow, though o n-
God has said, I will live in them,           ly for a while.
and walk among them; and I will be            9 Now I rejoice, not that you were
their God, and they shall be my              made sorrowful, but that yo ur sor-
people.                                      row brought you to repentance: for
 17 Therefore, come out from among           you were made sorrowful in a godly
them, and be separate, says the              manner, so that you suffered no
Lord, and do not touch the u nclean          harm from us.
thing; and I will welcome you,                10 For godly sorrow produces r e-
 18 And will be a Father to you, and         pentance leading to salvation and
you shall be my sons and daughters,          leaves no regret: but the sorrow of
says the Lord Almighty.                      the world produces death.
                                              11 For behold what earnestness this
              CHAPTER 7                      godly sorrow has produced in you,
  1 Therefore, having these promi s-         what eagerness to clear yourselves,
es, dearly beloved, let us cleanse           what indignation, what fear, what
ourselves from all filthiness of the         longing, what zeal, what readiness
flesh and spirit, perfecting h oliness       to punish wrongdoing! In all things
in the fear of God.                          you have shown yourselves to be
 2 Open your hearts to us; we have           innocent in this matter.
wronged no man, we have corrupted             12 Therefore, though I wrote to
no man, we have defrauded no man.            you, I did not do it because of the
 3 I do not speak this to condemn            one who committed the wrong, nor
you: for I have said before, that you        because of the one who suffered the
are in our hearts to die with you and        wrong, but that your zeal for us
to live with you.                            might be revealed to you in the
 4 Great is my confidence in you,            sight of God.
great is my pride in you: I am filled         13 Therefore we are comforted.
with comfort, I am exceedingly jo y-         And besides our comfort, we esp e-
ful in all our tribulation.                  cially rejoiced at the joy of Titus,
 5 For, when we had come into M a-           because his spirit was refreshed by
cedonia, our flesh had no rest, but          you all.
we were troubled on every side;               14 For if I have boasted at all to
fighting without, fears within.              him about you, I was not put to
 6 But God, who comforts those who           shame; but as we spoke all things to
are cast down, comforted us by the           you in truth, even so our boasting to
coming of Titus;                             Titus has proved true.
 7 And not by his coming only, but            15 And his inward affection ab-
also by the comfort with which he            ounds even more toward you, as he
was comforted in you, when he told           remembers the obedience of you all,

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how with fear and trembling you r e-          were the first not only to give, but
ceived him.                                   to desire to do so.
 16 I rejoice that in all things I have        11 Therefore, complete the doing of
confidence in you.                            it; that as there was a readiness in
                                              desiring it, so there may also be a
              CHAPTER 8                       completion of it, according to your
  1 And now, brethren, we want you            means.
to know of the grace of God b es-              12 For if there is first a willing
towed on the churches of Mac edo-             mind, it is acceptable, according to
nia;                                          what a man has, and not according
 2 For during a great test of affli c-        to that he does not have.
tion, the abundance of their joy and           13 I do not intend that other men be
their deep poverty overflowed in a            eased, and you burdened,
wealth of liberality.                          14 But for there to be equality; at
 3 For I bear witness that they gave          this time your abundance may be a
according to their ability, yea, and          supply for their want, that their a b-
beyond their ability, and of their            undance may also be a supply for
own accord;                                   your want: that there may be equa li-
 4 Begging us most insistently that           ty.
we would allow them the privilege              15 As it is written, He who ga-
of taking part in this service to the         thered much did not have too much;
saints.                                       and he who gathered little had no
 5 And this they did, not as we ex-           lack.
pected, but they first gave the m-             16 But thanks be to God, who put
selves to the Lord, and to us by the          the same earnest care for you into
will of God.                                  the heart of Titus.
 6 So we urged Titus, since he had             17 For he not only accepted our ap-
already begun, that he would also             peal; but being very earnest, he is
finish this gracious work among               going to you of his own accord.
you.                                           18 And we have sent with him the
 7 Therefore, as you excel in ever y-         brother whose fame in the gospel
thing, in faith, and utterance, and           ministry has spread throughout all
knowledge, and in all earnestness ,           the churches;
and in your love for us, see that you          19 And not only that, but who was
excel in this gracious work as well.          also chosen by the churches to tr a-
 8 I do not speak this as a com-              vel with us in this gracious work,
mandment, but to use the zeal of              which is administered b y us for the
others to test the sincerity of your          glory of the Lord himself, and to
own love.                                     show our good will.
 9 For you know the grace of our               20 We intend that that no man
Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he            should blame us about this abundant
was rich, yet for your sakes he b e-          gift which we are administering:
came poor, that through his poverty            21 For we take care to do what is
you might become rich.                        honest, not only in the sight of the
 10 And here I give my advice about           Lord, but also in t he sight of men.
what is best for you: a year ago you           22 And we have sent with them our

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brother, whom we have often tested            a cheerful giver.
and found to be diligent in many               8 And God is able to make all grace
things, but now much more diligent,           abound to you; that you, al ways
because of the great confidence               having enough in all things, may
which he has in you.                          abound in every good work.
 23 As for Titus, he is my partner             9 As it is written, He has scattered
and fellow worker among you; and              abroad; he has given to the poor: his
as for our brethren, they are mes-            righteousness endures forever.
sengers of the churches, a glory to            10 Now he who provides seed to
Christ.                                       the sower and bread for food, will
 24 Therefore show to them, before            supply and multiply your seed for
the churches, the proof of your love,         sowing, and increase the fruits of
and the reason for our boasting               your righteousness;
about you.                                     11 You will be enriched in ever y-
                                              thing, so you can be generous, and
              CHAPTER 9                       through us your generosity will r e-
  1 Now regarding this ministry t o           sult in thanksgiving to God.
the saints, it is superfluous for me           12 For the performance of this se r-
to write to you:                              vice not only supplies the wants of
 2 For I know your eagerness, of              the saints, but also overflows in
which I boast to the Macedonians,             many thanksgivings to God.
saying that you in Achaia were                 13 Because of the proof given by
ready a year ago; and your zeal has           this service, they will glorify God
stirred up most of them.                      because of your obedience to the
 3 But I have sent the brethren, lest         gospel of Christ, which you profess,
our boasting about you in this mat-           and for your liberal contribution to
ter should be in vain; that, as I said,       them, and to all;
you may be ready:                              14 And in their prayers, their hearts
 4 Lest if any from Macedonia come            will go out to you because of the
with me, and find you unprepared,             surpassing grace of God in you.
we (to say nothing of you) should be           15 Thanks be to God for his inex-
put to shame by this confidence.              pressible gift.
 5 Therefore, I thought it neces sary
to urge these brethren, that they                         CHAPTER 10
would go on ahead to you, and a r-              1 Now I, Paul, urge you by the
range beforehand your generous                meekness and gentleness of Christ, I
gift, which you promised, that it             who am meek in your presence, but
might be ready, as a willing gift,            bold when I am absent from you.
and not as one grudgingly given.               2 I urge you, that when I am
 6 Now this I say, He who sows sp a-          present I may not be bold with the
ringly shall also reap sparingly; and         confidence with which I expect to
he who sows bountifully shall also            be bold against some, who think that
reap bountifully.                             we walk according to the flesh.
 7 Every man must do as he has d e-            3 For though we walk in the flesh,
cided in his heart; not grudgingly,           we do not wage war according to the
or under compulsion: for God loves            flesh:

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 4 For the weapons of our warfare            reached to you: for we were the first
are not of the flesh, but are mighty         to come as far as to you with the
before God for the pulling down of           gospel of Christ:
strongholds.                                  15 We do not boast of things wit h-
 5 We cast down arguments, and               out limit, that is, of other men's l a-
every lofty thing that exalts itself         bours; but we have hope, when your
against the knowledge of God, and            faith has increased, that our field
bring every thought into captivity to        among you shall be greatly e n-
the obedience of Christ;                     larged,
 6 And we have a readiness to p u-            16 So we may preach the gospel in
nish all disobedience, when your             the regions beyond yo u, and not to
obedience is complete.                       boast of work already done in
 7 Do you look on things according           another man's field.
to their outward appearance? If any           17 But he who boasts, let him boast
man trusts that he is Christ's, let          in the Lord.
him remind himself, that, as he is            18 For it is not he who commends
Christ's, so are we.                         himself who is approved, but he
 8 For though I should boast som e-          whom the Lord commends.
what freely of our authority, which
the Lord has given us for building                        CHAPTER 11
you up, and not for your d estruc-             1 I wish you would bear with me a
tion, I shall not be put to shame.           little in my folly: and indeed you
 9 I do not wish to s eem to be frigh-       are bearing with me.
tening you by my letters.                     2 For I am jealous of you with a
 10 For his letters, they say, are           godly jealousy: for I have betrothed
weighty and powerful; but his bod i-         you to one husband, that I might
ly presence is weak, and his speech          present you to Christ as a pure vi r-
contemptible.                                gin.
 11 Let such people realize this,             3 But I fear, lest, as the serpent d e-
that, the way we are in word by le t-        ceived Eve through his cunning, so
ters when we are absent, so w e will         your minds will be led astray from
also be in deeds when we are                 the simplicity that is in Christ.
present.                                      4 For if one comes and preaches
 12 We do not dare to classify or            another Jesus, whom we have not
compare ourselves with some who              preached, or if you receive another
commend themselves: but in me a-             spirit, which you have not received,
suring themselves by themselves,             or another gospel, which you have
and comparing themselves among               not accepted, you bear with him
themselves, they are not wise.               well enough.
 13 But we will not boast of things           5 I consider that I am not in the
without limit, but will keep within          least inferior to these superlative
the field which God has assigned to          apostles.
us, a field which reaches even to             6 But though I am unskilled in
you.                                         speech, yet I am not in knowledge;
 14 For we do not stretch beyond             we have made this plain to you in
our limit, as though we had not              all things.

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 7 Have I committed an offence by              you, if a man takes advantage of
abasing myself that you might be               you, if a man exalts himself, if a
exalted, because I have preached the           man strikes you on the face.
gospel of God to you without cost?              21 To my shame, I must say, we
 8 I robbed other churches, taking             were too weak to do that. Yet in
wages from them, to serve you.                 whatever else anyone dares to boast,
 9 And when I was present with you,            (I speak foolishly,) I also dare to
and in want, I burdened no man: for            boast.
that which I lacked the brethren who            22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are
came from Macedonia supplied: and              they Israelites? so am I. Ar e they
in all things I have kept myself from          descendants of Abraham? so am I.
being burdensome to you, and so I               23 Are they servants of Christ? (I
will continue to do.                           speak as a fool) I am more so; in l a-
 10 As the truth of Christ is in me,           bours more abundant, in beatings
no man in the regions of Achaia                beyond number, in prison more fr e-
shall stop me from this boasti ng.             quently, in danger of death often.
 11 Why? because I do not love                  24 From the Jews I five times re-
you? God knows I do.                           ceived forty lashes less one.
 12 But what I do, that I will co n-            25 Thrice I was beaten with rods,
tinue to do, that I may undermine              once I was stoned, thrice I suffered
the claim of those who desire oppo r-          shipwreck, a night and a day I have
tunity to be regarded as our equals            spent in the deep;
in that of which they boast.                    26 On frequent journeys, in perils
 13 For such men are false apo stles,          from rivers, in perils from robbers,
deceitful workers, disguising the m-           in perils from my own countrymen,
selves as apostles of Christ.                  in perils from the Gentiles, in perils
 14 And no wonder; for even Satan              in the city, in perils in the wilde r-
disguises himself as an angel of               ness, in perils on the sea, in perils
light.                                         among false brethren;
 15 Therefore it is no surprise if his          27 In toil and hardship, in many
servants are also disguised as se r-           sleepless nights, in hunger and
vants of righteousness; their end              thirst, often without food, in cold
shall be according to their works.             and nakedness.
 16 I say again, Let no man think me            28 Beside those things that are ex-
a fool; but if you do, receive me as           ternal, there is upon me the daily
a fool, that I too may boast a li ttle.        pressure of concern for all the
 17 That which I am speaking, I do             churches.
not speak with the Lord's authority,            29 Who is weak, and I am not
but, as it were, foolishly, in boastful        weak? who is made to fall, and I do
confidence.                                    not burn inwardly?
 18 Seeing that many boast accor d-             30 If I must boast, I will boast of
ing to the flesh, I will boast also.           things which show my weakness.
 19 For you endure fools gladly,                31 The God and Father of our Lord
seeing you yourselves are so wise.             Jesus, who is blessed forevermore,
 20 For you bear it if a man brings            knows that I do not lie.
you into bondage, if a man devours              32 In Damascus the governor, u n-

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der Aretas the king, guarded the city           10 Therefore, for Christ's sake, I
of Damascus with a garrison in o r-            take pleasure in weaknesses, in i n-
der to apprehend me:                           sults, in hardships, in persecutions,
 33 but through a window in the                in distresses: for when I am weak,
wall I was let down in a basket, and           then I am strong.
escaped his hands.                              11 I have made a fool of myself;
                                               you have compelled me: for I ought
             CHAPTER 12                        to have been commended by you:
  1 Though it is not profitable for            for in nothing am I behind these s u-
me to boast, I will go on to visions           perlative apostles, though I am
and revelations of the Lord.                   nothing.
 2 I knew a man in Christ who fou r-            12 The signs of a true apostle were
teen years ago, (whether in the                performed among you with all p a-
body, I cannot tell; or whether o ut           tience, by signs, and wonders, and
of the body, I cannot tell: God                miracles.
knows;) was caught up to the third              13 For in what way were you less
heaven.                                        favoured than other churches, ex-
 3 And I know that this man,                   cept that I myself was not burden-
(whether in the body, or out of the            some to you? forgive me this wrong.
body, I cannot tell: God knows;)                14 Behold, for the third time I am
 4 Was caught up into paradise, and            ready to come to you; and I will not
heard inexpressible words, which it            be burdensome to you: for I do not
is not lawful for a man to utter.              seek what is yours, but you: for the
 5 Of such a man I will boast: yet of          children ought not to save up for the
myself I will not boast, except of             parents, but the parents for the
my weaknesses.                                 children.
 6 If I should desire to boast, I shall         15 And I will very gladly spend and
not be a fool; for I will speak the            be spent for your souls. If I love
truth: but I refrain, lest any man             you more abundantly, am I to be
should think of me beyond that                 loved the less?
which he sees in me, or hears from              16 But be that as it may, I did not
me.                                            burden you: nevertheless, being
 7 And lest I should exalt myself              crafty, I caught you with guile.
beyond measure through the abu n-               17 Did I take advantage of you by
dance of revelations, there was gi v-          any of those whom I sent to you?
en to me a thorn in the flesh, a me s-          18 I urged Titus to go, and with
senger from Satan to buffet me, lest           him I sent the brother. Did Titus
I should be exalted beyond measure.            take advantage of you? did we not
 8 I begged the Lord thrice, that this         act in the same spirit and walk in
might depart from me.                          the same steps?
 9 And he said to me, My grace is               19 All this time have you been
sufficient for you: for my strength is         thinking that we are defending our-
made perfect in weakness. Ther e-              selves to you? we speak before God
fore, most gladly will I boast in my           in Christ: but we do all things, dea r-
weaknesses, that the power of Christ           ly beloved, for your strengthening.
may rest upon me.                               20 For I fear that when I come, I

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shall not find you as I wish, and you         8 For we can do nothing against the
shall not find me to be as you wish;         truth, but only for the truth.
lest perhaps there may be quarre-             9 For we are glad when we are
ling, jealousy, outbursts of wrath,          weak, and you are strong: and this is
rivalries, slander, gossip, conceit,         our prayer, for your perfection.
disorder:                                     10 Therefore I write these things
 21 And I fear that, when I come             while absent, that when present I
again, my God may humble me b e-             need not be severe in using the
fore you, and I shall mourn over             power which the Lord has given me
many who have sinned and have not            for building up, and not for tearing
repented of the impurity and sexual          down.
sin and licentiousness which they             11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Aim
have committed.                              to be perfect, be of good comfort,
                                             be of one mind, live in peace; and
             CHAPTER 13                      the God of love and peace shall be
  1 This is the third time I am co m-        with you.
ing to you. By the mouths of two or           12 Greet one another with a holy
three witnesses must every matter            kiss.
be established.                               13 All the saints greet you.
 2 The second time I was with you I           14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Ch r-
warned those who have sinned in the          ist, and the love of God, and the fe l-
past; and now, being absent, I warn          lowship of the Holy Spirit, be with
them again, and all the others, that,        you all.
if I come again, I will not spare
 3 Since you seek a proof that Christ
is speaking through me. He is not
weak in dealing with you, but is
mighty among you.
 4 For though he was crucified in
weakness, yet he lives by the power
of God. For we also are weak in
him, but we shall live with him by
the power of God to serve you.
 5 Examine yourselves to see
whether you are in the faith; test
your own selves. Do you not realize
that Jesus Christ is in you, unless
indeed you fail the test?
 6 But I trust that you shall know
that we have not failed the test.
 7 Now I pray to God that you do no
wrong; not that we should appear
approved, but that you should do
that which is right, even if we a p-
pear to be failures.


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