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Of ministers II. Corinthians. of the law and gospel. proof of you, whether ye be obe- festly declared to be the epistle of dient in all things. Christ ministered by us, written 10 To whom ye forgive any not with ink, but with the Spirit thing, I forgive also: for if I for- of the living God; not in tagave any thing, to whom I for-bles of stone, but in fleshly tables gave it, for your sakes forgave of the heart. it, in the person of Christ;

4 And such trust have we 11 Lest Satan should get an ad-through Christ to God-ward: vantage of us for we are not ig- 5 Not that we are sufficient of norant of his devices. ourselves to think any thing as of 12 Furthermore, when I came ourselves; but our sufficiency is to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, of God; and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament;

13 I had no rest in my spirit, not of the letter, but of the spirit: because I found not Titus my for the letter killeth, but the spibrother: but taking my leave of rit giveth life.

them, I went from thence into 7 But if the ministration of Macedonia. death, written and engraven in

14 Now thanks be unto God, stones, was glorious, so that the which always causeth us to tri- children of Israel could not stedumph in Christ, and maketh ma- fastly behold the face of Moses, nifest the savour of his knowledge for the glory of his countenance, by us in every place. which glory was to be done away;

15 For we are unto God a 8 How shall not the ministratisweet savour of Christ in them on of the Spirit be rather glorious? that are saved, and in them that 9 For if the ministration of conperish. demnation be glory, much more 16 To the one we are the savour doth the ministration of righteousof death unto death; and to the ness exceed in glory.

other the savour of life unto life: 10 For even that which was and who is sufficient for these made glorious had no glory in this things. respect, by reason of the glory 17 For we are not as many, that excelleth. which corrupt the word of God: 11 For if that which is done abut as of sincerity, but as of God, way was glorious, much more in the sight of God speak we in that which remaineth is glorious. Christ. 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness Of ministers of the law and gospel. of speech;



O we begin again to com- 13 And not as Moses, which mend ourselves? or need put a vail over his face, that the we, as some others, epistles of children of Israel could not stedcommendation to you, or letters fastly look to the end of that which of commendation from you? is abolished:

2 Ye are our epistle written in 14 But their minds were blindour hearts, known and read of ed: for until this day remaineth all men: the same vail untaken away in 3 Forasmuch as ye are mani-lthe reading of the old testament;

Chap. v.

Paul's comfort in distress. which vail is done away in Christ.jcy of the power may be of God, 15 But even unto this day, and not of us. when Moses is read, the vail is 8 We are troubled on every side, upon their heart. yet not distressed; we are per16 Nevertheless, when it shall plexed, but not in despair; 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.

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 18 But we all with open face, be made manifest in our body. beholding, as in a glass, the glory 11 For we which live are alway of the Lord, are changed into delivered unto death for Jesus' the same image, from glory to sake, that the life also of Jesus glory, even as by the Spirit of the might be made manifest in our Lord. mortal flesh.



12 So then death worketh in Paul's comfort in distress. us, but life in you. HEREFORE, seeing we 13 We having the same Spirit have this ministry, as we of faith, according as it is written, have received mercy, we faint not; I believed, and therefore have I 2 But have renounced the hid-spoken; we also believe, and den things of dishonesty, not therefore speak:

walking in craftiness, nor hand- 14 Knowing that he which railing the word of God deceitfully; sed up the Lord Jesus, shall raise but, by manifestation of the truth up us also by Jesus, and shall precommending ourselves to every sent us with you. man's conscience in the sight of 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace


3 But if our gospel be hid, it might, through the thanksgiving of is hid to them that are lost: many, redound to the glory of God. 4 In whom the god of this 16 For which cause we faint world hath blinded the minds of not; but though our outward them which believe not, lest the man perish, yet the inward man light of the glorious gospel of is renewed day by day. Christ, who is the image of God, 17 For our light affliction, should shine unto them. which is but for a moment, work5 For we preach not ourselves, eth for us a far more exceeding, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and and eternal weight of glory; eurselves your servants for Jesus' 18 While we look not at the sake. things which are seen, but at the 6 For God, who commanded things which are not seen: for the the light to shine out of darkness, things which are seen, are tempohath shined in our hearts, to give ral, but the things which are not the light of the knowledge of the seen, are eternal. glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

His hope of immortal glory.
OR we know, that if our
earthly house of this taberna-

7 But we have this treasure in Fo

earthen vessels, that the excellen

Paul's hope in glory. II. Corinthians. II. Corinthians. Of the last judgment. cle were dissolved, we have a appearance, and not in heart. building of God, an house not 13 For whether we be beside made with hands, eternal in the ourselves, it is to God; or wheheavens. ther we be sober, it is for your

2 For in this we groan, earnest-cause. ly desiring to be clothed upon 14 For the love of Christ conwith our house which is from straineth us; because we thus heaven: judge, that if one died for all, then

3 If so be that being clothed, were all dead: we shall not be found naked.

15 And that he died for all,

4 For we that are in this taber-that- they which live should not nacle, do groan, being burdened; henceforth live unto themselves, not for that we would be uncloth-but unto him which died for them, ed, but clothed upon, that mor- and rose again.

tality might be swallowed up of 16 Wherefore henceforth know life. we no man after the flesh; yea,

5 Now, he that hath wrought though we have known Christ us for the self-same thing, is God, after the flesh, yet now henceforth who also hath given unto us the know we him no more.

earnest of the Spirit.

17 Therefore, if any man be in 6 Therefore we are always con- Christ he is a new creature: old fident, knowing that whilst we things are passed away: behold, are at home in the body, we are all things are become new. absent from the Lord:

18 And all things are of God,

7 (For we walk by faith, not who hath reconciled us to himby sight :) self by Jesus Christ, and hath gi8 We are confident, Isay, and ven to us the ministry of reconciwilling rather to be absent from liation; the body, and to be present with 19 To wit, that God was in the Lord. Christ, reconciling the world un9 Wherefore we labour, that to himself, not imputing their whether present or absent, we trespasses unto them; and hath may be accepted of him. committed unto us the word of

10 For we must all appear be-reconciliation. fore the judgment-seat of Christ; 20 Now then, we are ambassathat every one may receive the dors for Christ, as though God things done in his body, according did beseech you by us: we pray to that he hath done, whether it be you in Christ's stead, Be ye recongood or bad. ciled to God.

11 Knowing, therefore, the ter- 21 For he hath made him to be ror of the Lord, we persuade sin for us, who knew no sin; that men; but we are made manifest we might be made the righteousunto God, and I trust also are made ness of God in him. manifest in your consciences.


12 For we commend not our- His faithfulness in the ministry. E then, as

selves again unto you, but give Where; morkers toge

you on our be

with him, beseech you half, that ye may have somewhat also, that ye receive not the grace to answer them which glory in of God in vain.

True ministers.

Chap. vii.

Exhortations to purity.

2 (For he saith, I have heard 15 And what concord hath thee in a time accepted, and in Christ with Belial? or what part the day of salvation have I suc-hath he that believeth with an incoured thee: behold, now is the fidel? accepted time; behold, now is the 16 And what agreement hath day of salvation.) the temple of God with idols? for any ye are the temple of the living not God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; 4 But in all things approving and I will be their God, and they ourselves as the ministers of God, shall be my people.

3 Giving no offence in thing, that the ministry be blamed:

in much patience, in afflictions, 17 Wherefore, come out from in necessities, in distresses, among them, and be ye separate, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, saith the Lord, and touch not the in tumults, in labours, in watch-unclean thing; and I will receive ings, in fastings;


6 By pureness, by knowledge, 18 And will be a Father unto by long-suffering, by kindness, you, and ye shall be my sons and by the Holy Ghost, by love un-daughters, feigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of


saith the Lord Al

CHAP. VII. Exhortations to purity. AVING, therefore, these

righteousness on the right hand H promises, dearly beloved,

and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by let us cleanse ourselves from all evil report and good report; as filthiness of the flesh and spirit, deceivers, and yet true; perfecting holiness in the fear of

9 As unknown, and yet well God. known; as dying, and, behold, we 2 Receive us; we have wronged live; as chastened, and not killed; no man, we have corrupted no

10 As sorrowful, yet alway man; we have defrauded no man. rejoicing; as poor, yet making 3 I speak not this to condemn many rich; as having nothing, you: for I have said before, that and yet possessing all things, ye are in our hearts to die and live 11 O ye Corinthians! our with you. mouth is open unto you, our 4 Great is my boldness of heart is enlarged. speech toward you, great is my 12 Ye are not straitened in us, glorying of you: I am filled with but ye are straitened in your own comfort, I am exceeding joyful bowels. in all our tribulation.

13 Now, for a recompence in 5 For when we were come into the same, (I speak as unto my Macedonia our flesh had no rest, children,) be ye also enlarged. but we were troubled on every 14 Be ye not unequally yoked side: without were fightings, withtogether with unbelievers; for in were fears.

what fellowship hath righteous- 6 Nevertheless God, that comness with unrighteousness? and forteth those that are cast down, what communion hath light with comforted us by the coming of darkness?


Godly sorrow.

II. Corinthians. Liberality recommended.

7 And not by his coming only, fore Titus, is found a truth. but by the consolation where- 15 And his inward affection is with he was comforted in you, more abundant toward you, when he told us your earnest de- whilst he remembereth the obedisire, your mourning, your fer-ence of you all, how with fear and vent mind toward me; so that I trembling ye received him.

rejoiced the more.

16 I rejoice, therefore, that I 8 For though I made you sorry have confidence in you in all with a letter, I do not re-things.

pent, though I did repent:


for I perceive that the same epis- He exhorteth to liberality. tle hath made you sorry, though M do you to wit of the grace OREOVER, brethren, we

it were but for a season.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye of God bestowed on the churches were made sorry, but that ye sor- of Macedonia; rowed to repentance: for ye 2 How that, in a great trial of were made sorry after a godly affliction, the abundance of their manner, that ye might receive joy, and their deep poverty, adamage by us in nothing. bounded unto the riches of their

10 For godly sorrow worketh liberality. repentance to salvation not to be 3 For to their power, I bear repented of: but the sorrow of record, yea, and beyond their the world worketh death power, they were willing of

11 For, behold, this self-same themselves; thing that ye sorrowed after a 4 Praying us with much engodly sort, what carefulness it treaty that we would receive the wrought in you, yea, what clear-gift, and take upon us the fellowing of yourselves, yea, what in-ship of the ministering to the dignation, yea, what fear, yea, saints.

what vehement desire, yea, what 5 And this they did, not as we zeal, yea, what revenge! In all hoped; but first gave their own things ye have approved your-selves to the Lord, and unto us selves to be clear in this matter. by the will of God:

12 Wherefore, though I wrote 6 Insomuch, that we desired unto you, I did it not for his cause Titus, that as he had begun, so that had done the wrong, nor for he would also finish in you the his cause that suffered wrong, but same grace also.

that our care for you in the sight 7 Therefore, as ye abound in of God might appear unto you. every thing, in faith, and utter

13 Therefore, we were comance, and knowledge, and in all forted in your comfort; yea, and diligence, and in your love to us; exceedingly the more joyed we see that ye abound in this grace for the joy of Titus, because his also.

spirit was refreshed by you all, 8 I speak not by command14 For if I have boasted any ment, but by occasion of the forthing to him of you, I am not wardness of others, and to prove ashamed: but, as we spake all the sincerity of your love. things to you in truth, even so 9 For ye know the grace of our our boasting, which I made be-Lord Jesus Christ, that though he

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