The Book of 2 Corinthians
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 Achaia:
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 as ye are
partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the
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
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
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you
before, that ye might have a second benefit;
16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again
out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward
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
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached
among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and
nay, but in him was yea.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him
Amen, 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.
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, and
comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch
8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love
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 Troas to preach Christ's
gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus
my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into
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 the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these
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
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as
some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation
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
4 And such trust have we through Christ to
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
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
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.
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 live should
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and
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
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to
himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
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 reconciled to
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.
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
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers
of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in
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, 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
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 Belial? 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
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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
5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no
rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within
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
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 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
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.
15 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.
16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God
bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of
their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their
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
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
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
13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your
abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be
a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
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 many 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.
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 Macedonia, that Achaia 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 Macedonia come with me, and find
you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same
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
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
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
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.
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
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down 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 the 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
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
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
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.
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 behind the very chiefest
6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge;
but we have been throughly made manifest among 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
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you
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 Macedonia 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 Achaia.
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
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are
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
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
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned,
thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the
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
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 Aretas the king kept the
city of the Damascenes 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.
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 now I forbear, lest any man should
think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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
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
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
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the
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. Amen.