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2 Corinthians

Paul Greets the Corinthians

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« 2 Corinthians 1 »
King James Bible
Paul Greets the Corinthians
(1 Corinthians 1:1-3)
1Paul, 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:
2Grace [be] to you and peace from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
The God of All Comfort
3Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of
all comfort; 4Who 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. 5For as the
sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6And 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. 7And our hope of you [is] stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings,
so [shall ye be] also of the consolation.
8For 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: 9But we
had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which
raiseth the dead: 10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust
that he will yet deliver [us]; 11Ye 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.
Paul's Change of Plans
12For 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. 13For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or
acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14As also ye have acknowledged
us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also [are] ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second
benefit; 16And 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 Judaea. 17When 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? 18But [as] God [is] true, our word toward you was not yea and
nay. 19For 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. 20For all the promises of God in
him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 21Now he which stablisheth us with
you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of
the Spirit in our hearts.
23Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
« 2 Corinthians 2 »
King James Bible
Reaffirm Your Love
1But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2For if I make
you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 3And 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. 4For 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.
5But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you
all. 6Sufficient to such a man [is] this punishment, which [was inflicted] of many. 7So that
contrariwise ye [ought] rather to forgive [him], and comfort [him], lest perhaps such a one should
be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm [your]
love toward him. 9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye
be obedient in all things. 10To 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; 11Lest Satan
should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Triumph in Christ
12Furthermore, when I came to Troas to [preach] Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me
of the Lord, 13I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave
of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
14Now 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. 15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,
in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16To 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? 17For
we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight
of God speak we in Christ.
« 2 Corinthians 3 »
King James Bible
Ministers of a New Covenant
1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of
commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you? 2Ye are our epistle written in our
hearts, known and read of all men: 3[Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of
Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of
stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to
think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God; 6Who 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.
The Glory of the New Covenant
(Exodus 34:29-35)
7But 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: 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9For if the ministration of condemnation [be] glory, much more doth the ministration of
righteousness exceed in glory. 10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this
respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11For if that which is done away [was] glorious,
much more that which remaineth [is] glorious.
12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13And not as Moses,
[which] put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of
that which is abolished: 14But 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. 15But even
unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16Nevertheless when it shall turn to
the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the
Lord [is], there [is] liberty. 18But 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.
« 2 Corinthians 4 »
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The Light of the Gospel
1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But 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. 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In 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. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ
Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For 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.
Treasures in Jars of Clay
(Romans 6:1-14)
7But 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; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10Always bearing about in
the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
body. 11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I
spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present [us] with you. 15For all things [are] for your
sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is
renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far
more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory; 18While 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.
« 2 Corinthians 5 »
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Our Eternal Dwelling
(Romans 8:18-27)
1For 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. 2For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked. 4For 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. 5Now
he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing [is] God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of
the Spirit.
6Therefore [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:) 8We are confident, [I say], and willing
rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10For 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.
We are Christ's Ambassadors
11Knowing 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. 12For 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. 13For whether we be beside ourselves, [it is] to
God: or whether we be sober, [it is] for your cause. 14For the love of Christ constraineth us;
because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And [that] he died for all,
that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them,
and rose again.
16Wherefore 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. 17Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he
is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things
[are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry
of reconciliation; 19To 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.
20Now 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 God. 21For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
« 2 Corinthians 6 »
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Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
1We 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.)
3Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4But in all [things] approving
ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In
stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6By pureness, by
knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7By the word of
truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8By
honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and [yet] true; 9As unknown,
and [yet] well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10As sorrowful,
yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all
11O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12Ye are not straitened in
us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as
unto [my] children,) be ye also enlarged.
Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
(Exodus 29:45-46)
14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ
with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be
my people.
17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
« 2 Corinthians 7 »
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Paul's Joy in the Corinthians
1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. 3I
speak not [this] to condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live
with [you]. 4Great [is] my boldness of speech toward you, great [is] my glorying of you: I am filled
with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every
side; without [were] fightings, within [were] fears. 6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that
are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7And not by his coming only, but by the
consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your
mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8For 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. 9Now 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. 10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be
repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11For 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.
12Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, [I did it] not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for
his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
13Therefore 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. 14For 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. 15And his inward affection is more abundant toward you,
whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. 16I
rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all [things].
« 2 Corinthians 8 »
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Generosity Commended
1Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded
unto the riches of their liberality. 3For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their]
power [they were] willing of themselves; 4Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the
gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5And [this they did], not as
we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6Insomuch
that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
7Therefore, 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. 8I speak not by
commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your
Christ's Example
9For 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. 10And herein I give [my] advice: for this is
expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.
11Now 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. 12For if there be first a willing mind, [it is]
accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not. 13For [I mean] not
that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14But 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: 15As it is written, He that [had gathered] much had nothing
over; and he that [had gathered] little had no lack.
Titus Commended
(Titus 1:1-4)
16But thanks [be] to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17For
indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise [is] in the gospel throughout all the
churches; 19And 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: 20Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered
by us: 21Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22And 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. 23Whether
[any do inquire] of Titus, [he is] my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren [be
inquired of, they are] the messengers of the churches, [and] the glory of Christ. 24Wherefore shew
ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

« 2 Corinthians 9 »
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God Loves a Cheerful Giver
(Leviticus 22:17-33)
1For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2For 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. 3Yet 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: 4Lest haply if
they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be
ashamed in this same confident boasting. 5Therefore 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.
6But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth
bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let
him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8And God [is] able to
make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may
abound to every good work:
9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth
for ever.
10Now 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;) 11Being enriched in every thing to all
bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12For the administration of this
service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto
God; 13Whiles 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]; 14And
by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15Thanks [be]
unto God for his unspeakable gift.
« 2 Corinthians 10 »
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Paul Defends his Ministry
1Now 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: 2But 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. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war
after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting 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;
6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7Do 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. 8For 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: 9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by
letters. 10For [his] letters, say they, [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is]
weak, and [his] speech contemptible. 11Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by
letters when we are absent, such [will we be] also in deed when we are present.
12For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend
themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among
themselves, are not wise. 13But 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. 14For
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: 15Not 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, 16To preach the gospel in the
[regions] beyond you, [and] not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18For not he that commendeth himself is
approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
« 2 Corinthians 11 »
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Paul and the False Apostles
1Would to God ye could bear with me a little in [my] folly: and indeed bear with me. 2For 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. 3But 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. 4For 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]. 5For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 6But though [I
be] rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you
in all things.
7Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached
to you the gospel of God freely? 8I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them], to do you
service. 9And 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]. 10As the truth of
Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11Wherefore?
because I love you not? God knoweth.
12But 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. 13For such [are] false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Paul's Sufferings and Service
(Colossians 1:24-29)
16I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast
myself a little. 17That which I speak, I speak [it] not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this
confidence of boasting. 18Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 19For ye suffer
fools gladly, seeing ye [yourselves] are wise. 20For 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.
21I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is
bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. 22Are they Hebrews? so [am] I. Are they Israelites? so
[am] I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so [am] I. 23Are 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. 24Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one. 25Thrice was I beaten with
rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26[In] journeyings often, [in] perils of waters, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils by [mine own]
countrymen, [in] perils by the heathen, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils
in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren; 27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in
hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28Beside those things that are without,
that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29Who is weak, and I am not weak?
who is offended, and I burn not?
30If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31The God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32In
Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison,
desirous to apprehend me: 33And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and
escaped his hands.
« 2 Corinthians 12 »
King James Bible
Paul's Revelation
1It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I
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. 3And I knew
such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4How that he
was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to
utter. 5Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6For
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 me.
Paul's Thorn and God's Grace
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted
above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10Therefore 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.
Concern for the Corinthian Church
11I 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. 12Truly the signs
of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except [it be] that I myself was not
burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
14Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek
not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the
children. 15And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love
you, the less I be loved. 16But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught
you with guile. 17Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18I 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?
19Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do]
all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20For 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.
« 2 Corinthians 13 »
King James Bible
Examine Yourselves
1This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every
word be established. 2I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time;
and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I
come again, I will not spare: 3Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is
not weak, but is mighty in you. 4For 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.
5Examine 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? 6But I trust that ye shall know
that we are not reprobates. 7Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear
approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8For we can do
nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are
strong: and this also we wish, [even] your perfection. 10Therefore 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.
Final Greetings and Blessing
11Finally, 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. 12Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13All the saints
salute you.
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost,
[be] with you all. Amen.