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The sincerity of Chap. i.
Paul's preaching. 8 For we would not, breth- ledged us in part,c that we are ren, have you ignorant of our your rejoicing, even as ye also trouble,a which came to us in are ours, in the day of the Asia, that we were pressed Lord Jesus. out of measure, above strength, 15 And in this confidenced įnsomuch that we despaired I was minded to come unto you even of life :
before, that ye might have a 9 But we had the sentence second benefit; of death in ourselves, that we 16 And to pass by you into should not trust in ourselves, Macedonia, and to come again but in God which raiseth the out of Macedonia unto you, & dead;
of you to be brought on my 10 Who delivered us from way toward Judea. so great a death,b and doth i7 When I, therefore, was deliver; in whom we trust thụs minded,e did I use lightthat he will yet deliver us; ness ? or the things that I pur
11 Ye also helping togeth- pose, do I purpose according er by prayer for us, that, for to the flesh, that with me there the gift bestowed upon us by should be yea, yea, and nay, the means of many persons, nay
? thanks may be given by many 18 But as God is true, our on our behalf.
word toward you was not yea, 12 For our rejoicing is this, and nay.f the testimony of our conscience, 19 For the Son of God, Jethat in simplicity and godly sus Christ, who was preached sincerity, not with fleshly wis- among you by us, even by me, dom, but by the grace of God, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, we have had our conversation
. Ye bave acknowledged us in part, in the world, and more abun- that is, a part of you have acknowdantly to you-ward.
ledged and rejoiced in me as an 13 For we write none other apostle. things unto you, than what
d In this confidence ; in this persua
ye read and acknowledge, and" i sion, that ye believe me a faithful trust ye shall acknowledge
e When I was thus minded, or was even to the end :
determined, to visit you, did I lightly 14 As also ye have acknow- or without reason, alter my determiby faith
nation i or the purposes I form, do I a Trouble. This was probably form them according to the flesh, Paul's being constrained to fight that with me, yea should be changed with wild beasts at Ephesus. See : indo nay, as might best suit my perCor. XV. 32
sonal interest ? 6 Se great a death; this terrible of Our word toward you, &c. My death, from which Paul was deliver- purpose to come unto you, was not, ed, was being torr in pieces by wild as some insinuate, yea and nay, as beasts.
suited my worldly purpose.
Paul excuseth himself: II.Corinthians. his reasons wherefore. was not yea and nay, but in having confidence in you all, him was yea.
that my joy is the joy of you 20. For all the promises of all. God in him are yea, and in 4 For out of much affliction him amen, unto the glory of and anguish of heart I wrote God by us.
unto you with many tears; not 21 Now he which stablish- that ye should be grieved, but eth us with you in Christ, and that ye might know the love, hath anointed us, is God : which I have more abundantly
22 Who hath also sealed unto you. us, & given the earnest of the 5 But if any have caused Spirit g in our hearts.
grief, he hath not grieved me, 23 Moreover, I call God for but in part; that I may not & record upon my soul, that to overcharge you all.a spare you I came not as yet 6 Sufficient to such a man into Corinth.
is this punishment, which was 24 Not for that we have inflicted of many.b dominion over your faith, but hy So that contrariwise ye are helpers of your joy; for ought rather to forgive him, & ye standa
comfort him, lest perhaps such
a one should be swallowed up CHAP. II.
with overmuch sorrow. 1 The reasons of his not com- 8 Wherefore I beseech you,
ing unto them. 6 Of the ex- that ye would confirm your communicated person.
14 love toward him. The success of his preaching 9 For to this end also did I in every place.
write, that I might know the BUT Idetermined this with proof of you, whether ye be myself, that I would not come obedient in all things.
in heaviness. 10 To whom ye forgive any 2 For if I make you sorry, thing, I forgive also; for if I who is he then that maketh forgave any thing, to whom I me glad, but the same which forgave it, for your sakes foris made sorry by me?
gave I it in the person of 3 And I wrote this same Christ; unto you, lest, when I came, I 11 Lest Satan should get an should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice;
. If any have caused me grief, it is
only a part of you : I would not over& Who hath also sealed or marked charge or censure you all. me, as an apostle, and as evidence of 6 And sufficient for the person is it, hath given the earnest or pledge the punishment of excommunication, of the spirit in my heart; that is, which was inflicted on him by the spiritual gifts abiding in me. See majority of you. (What this punishalso Ephes. i. 13. 14.
ment was, see I Cor. v, 5.)
The success of
Paul's preaching advantage of us; for we are savour of death unto death; not ignorant of his devices. and to the other the savour of
12 Furthermore, when I life unto life; and who is sufcame to
Troas to preach ficient for these things ? Christ's Gospel, and a door 17 For we are not as many was opened unto me of the which corrupt the word of Lord,
God: but as of sincerity, but 13 I had no rest in my spi- as of God, in the sight of God rit, because I found not Titus speak we in Christ. my brother; but, taking my
CHAP. III. leave of them, I went from 1'A commendation of Paul's thence into Macedonia.
ministry. 6 A comparison 14 Now thanks be unto God, between the ministers of the which always causeth us to
law and the Gospel. triumph in Christ, and maketh DO we begin again to commanifest the savour of his mend ourselves ? or need we knowledgec by us in every as some others, epistles of complace.
mendation to you, or letters of 15 For we are unto Godd commendation from a sweet savour of Christ in 2 Ye are our epistle writthem that are saved, and in ten in our hearts, known and them that perish.
read of all men ; 16 To the one we are the . 3 Forasmuch as ye are man
ifestly declared to be the epis6 Savour of bis knowledge, or the tle of Christ, ministered by us, knowledge of him. Savour signifies written not with ink, but with smell or odour ; but to understand the word in this and the following
the spirit of the living God;
not in tables of stone, but in verses, we should recollect, that St. Paul here uses it in allusion to the fleshly tables of the heart. ancient triumphs, which were cele
4 And such trust we have brated in honour of distinguished. through Christ to God-ward. generals, when they returned home 5 Not that we are sufficient victorious from the field of battle.
of ourselves, to think anything On these occasions the streets, through which the victor and his train passed,
as of ourselves; but our suffiwere strewed with flowers, which
ciency is of God; filled the air with a grateful odour.
6 Who hath also made us Behind the triumphal car followed
able ministers of the new testhe most noted captives in chains; of tament;a. not of the letter,b these, some had cheir lives spared ; others were put to death immediate- a New testament, the merciful disly after the procession ended ; so that pensation of the Gospel. to the one, the sweet fragrance of 6 Not of the letter, not of the written the flowers was a savour of death, to law, given from Sinai, which passed the other, a savour of life.
sentence of death on every sinner, # For we are THROUGH God, &c, whether penitent of pots
and Gospel. but of the spirit;c for the let. 15 But even unto this day, ter killeth, but the spirit giv- when Moses is read, the vail eth life.
their heart. they But if the ministration of 16 Nevertheless, when ite death,d written and engraven shall turn to the Lord, the in stones, was glorious, so that vail shall be taken away. the children of Israel could 17 Now, the Lord is that not steadfastly behold the face Spirit; and where the Spirit of Moses for the glory of his of the Lord is, there is liberty. countenance, which glory was 18 But we all, with open to be done away;
face beholding as in a glass 8 How shall not the minis- the glory of the Lord, are tration of the Spirit be rather changed into the same image, glorious ?
from glory to glory, even as by 9 For if the ministration of the Spirit of the Lord. condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of
CHAP. IV. righteousness exceed in glory. 1 Paul's sincerity and dili,
10 For even that which was gence in preaching, 7 and made glorious had no glory in his troubles for the same. this respect, by reason of the THEREFORE, seeing we glory that excelleth.
have this ministry, as we have 11 For if that which is done received mercy we faint not; away was glorious, much more 2 But have renounced the that which remaineth is glori. hidden things of dishonesty,
not walking in craftiness, nor 12 Seeing then that we have handling the word of God de such hope, we use great plain- ceitfully; but, by manifestaness of speech;
tion of the truth, commending 13 And not as Moses, which ourselves to every man's conput a vail over his face, that science in the sight of God. the children of Israel could 3 But if our Gospel be hid, not steadfastly look to the end it is hid to them that are lost; of that which is abolished: 4 In whom the god of this
14 But their minds were world hath blinded the minds blinded; for until this day re- of them which believe not, lest maineth the same vail untaken the light of the glorious Gosaway in the reading of the old pel of Christ, who is the imtestament; which vail is done age of God, should shine unto away in Christ.
them, ç But of the spirit, the new or gaso selves, but Christ Jesus the
5 For we preach not ourpel covenant.
d The ministration of death, the law given to Moses.
6 When it, when their Heart..
Paut's comfort Chap. v.
in afflictions, fc. Lord, and ourselves your ser- ing of many, redound to the vants for Jesus' sake.
glory of God. 6 For God who command- 16 For which cause we ed light to shine out of dark- faint not; but though our outness,
hath shined in our hearts, ward man perish, yet the to give the light of the know- inward man is renewed day ledge of the glory of God in by day. the face of Jesus Christ. 17 For our light aMiction,
But we have this trea. which is but for a moment, sure in earthen vessels, that worketh for us a far more exthe excellency of the power ceeding and eternal weight of may be of God, and not of us. glory;
8 We are troubled on every 18 While we look not at side, yet not distressed; we the things which are seen, but are perplexed, but not in de- at the things which are not spair;
seen; for the things which 9 Persecuted, but not for. are seen are temporal; but saken; cast down, but not the things which are not seen destroyed :
are eternal. 10 Always bearing about
CHAP. V. in the body the dying of the 1 In hope of immortal glory, Lord Jesus, that the life also 9 and in expectance of it, of Jesus might be made mani- and of the general judgment, fest in our body.
he laboureth to keep a good 11 For we which live are conscience. alway delivered unto death FOR we know, that, if our for Jesus' sake, that the life earthly house of this tabernaalso of Jesus might be made cle were dissolved, we have a manifest in our mortal flesh. building of God, an house not
12 So then death worketh made with hands, eternal in in AS,
the heavens. 13 We having the same
2 For in this we groan, earspirit of faith, according as it nestly desiring to be clothed is written, I believed, & there- upon with our house which is fore have I spoken; we also from heaven: believe, and therefore speak; 3 If so be that being cloth
14 Knowing that he which ed, we shall not be found nak, raised up the Lord Jesus, ed. shall raise up us also by Je- 4 For we that are in this sus, and shall present us with tabernacle do groan, being you.
burdened; not for that we 15 For all things are for your would be unclothed, but clothsakes, that the abundant grace ed upon, that mortality might might, through the thauksgiv- be swallowed up of life.
but life in you.