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14 men, be strong. Let all things among you be done with love.
15 Now I entreat you, brethren, whereas ye know that the household of Stephanas is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the service of
16 the saints, that ye also submit yourselves to such, and to
17 every one that helpeth with me and laboureth. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus; for what remained to be done on your part, they
18 have supplied ; 'for they have refreshed my spirit and yours: wherefore acknowledge those that are such.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord; and the church* also that
20 assembleth in their house. All the brethren salute you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.
21 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. If any man
22 love not the Lord [Jesus Christ,] let him be separated
23 from you\. Our Lord cometh. The favour of our Lord
24 Jesus Christ be with you. My love \ be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
• Or, congregation, N. m. t So Wakefield. Let him be aceursed. N.
% My love, etc . This i s an unusual mode of salutation with the apostle, and Bishop Pearce thinks it would have been very strange, it he had prayed or wished that his love might be with the Corinthians, in the same form of expression in which he prays or wishes that the grace of Christ might be with them. The Alex. MS. omits *Ur, and Jje Clerc thinks that MOT is a mistake for 0OT, God, so that the true reading is "the lore of God be with yon all in Christ Jesus." Compare 2 Cor. xui. 14.
SECOND EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL.
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, and to all the saints that are in all Achaia:
2 favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those that are in any affliction, by the comfort
5 with which we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our comfort also
6 aboundeth by Christ. But whether we be afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or whether we be comforted, it.is for your comfort, which worketh in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suf
7 fer*. And our hope concerning you is stedfast; since we know, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so arc
* R. T. reads, '' But whether we be afflicted it is for your comfort and salvation, which ,s effleted by the paticnt enduring of the same suflVrimss. which we also sofler. or whether we be comforted it is for your comfort and salvation."
8 ye of the comfort also. For, brethren, we would not have you ignorant of our affliction which befel us in Asia; that we were exceedingly pressed above our strength, so
9 that we despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in our
10 selves, but in that God who raiseth the dead: who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver us; in whom
11 we hope that still also he will deliver us; you likewise helping together with others by prayer for us; that, because of the benefit bestowed on us by means of many persons, thanks may be given by many for us.
12 For our glorying is this; the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and sincerity toward God, (not with carnal* wisdom, but by the favour of God,) we have behaved ourselves in the world, and more abun
13 dantly toward you. For we do not write different things to you, but only what ye read or even acknowledge; and I hope that ye will acknowledge even to the end:
14 as ye have acknowledged us also as to a part of you; for we are your glorying, as ye also will be ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was desirous of coming to you
16 formerly, (that ye might receive a second benefit;) and to pass by you into Macedonia, and to return to you from Macedonia, and to be conducted by you on my
17 way toward Judea. When therefore I thus purposed, did I use any lightness? or the things which I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there
18 should be yes, yes, and no, not? But as God is faith
19 ful, our preaching to you was not yes and no. For Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was preached among you by us, (even by me, and Silvanus, and Timothy,) was not
20 yes, and no, but through him was yes: for all the pro- * Or, worldly. N. m.
t Michaeli* conjeetures tlmt the truc reading n To »**/, u, text To 9ct1, tkat my ycf should be no, and rny no, yes. Massh'i Michaelit, vol. ii. p. 408.
mises of God are yes, through him, and truth through
21 him, to the glory of God by us. But he that establisheth us together with you in Christ*, and hath anoint
22 ed us, is God: who hath also sealed us, and given the
23 earnest of the spirit in our hearts. Moreover I call upon God as a witness to myself,t that to spare you, I came
24 not as yet to Corinth: (not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow-helpers of your joy; for
Cn.by faith ye stand:) but I determined this with myself, XI- that I would not come to you again in grief. For if I
2 grieve you, who maketh me glad, but he that is grieved
3 by me ? And I wrote this matter [to you], lest, when I came, I should have grief from those on whose account I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my
4 joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction, and distress of heart, I wrote to you with many tears; not merely that ye might be grieved, but that ye might know
5 the love which I have most abundantly for you. But if any one have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but
6 in part; that I may not charge you all. Sufficient to such a man is that rebuke, which was given by many.
7 So that, on the contrary, ye ought rather to forgive him, and to comfort him; lest such a man should be swallow
8 ed up by excessive grief. Wherefore I beseech you to
9 confirm your love toward him. For to this end also I wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye
10 be obedient in all things. But to whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven any thing, for your sakes I have done it, in the
11 person of Christ; lest the adversaryf should gain advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Now when I came to Troas to fireach the gospel of
13 Christ, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, I had
* Or, us and you a, coneerning Christ, N. m.
+ So Wakefield. « A, a witness against ray lfa,ifI speakfuMy." N. X Satan, N.
no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but I bade them farewel, and went thence into Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who* always causeth us to triumpht in Christ, and maketh manifest the odour of
15 the knowledge of himself by us in every place. (For we are a sweet odourf of Christ unto God, among those that
16 are saved, and among those that are lost: to the one we are the odour of death unto death ; and to the other, the odour of life unto life: and who is sufficient for these
17 things ?) For we are not as many, who corrupt|| the word of God: but we speak in Christ as of sincerity, as of God, as in the presence of God.
Ch. Hi. Do we begin to commend ourselves again ? or need we, as some, epistles of commendation to you, or of
2 commendation from you? Ye are our epistle, written in
3 the hearts of us all, known and read by all men: since ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ, ministered by us; not written with ink, but by the spirit of the living God; not on tables of stone, but on the fleshly tables of the heart.
4 Now we have such confidence through Christ toward
5 God. Not because we are sufficient of ourselves to place any thing to account as from ourselves; but our suffi
6 ciency is from God: who hath even made us sufficient ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministry of death, engraven in letters on stones, was glorious, so that the sons of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance,
8 which glory was to be done away; how shall not the
9 ministry of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, much more doth
• tint, N. t Who lea*lcth Ns in triumph, Waki Hi-Id. t smell, N.
|! that adulterate, N. an alhuion to vintners, wtio adulterate pnre wine with Ubwholtwome mixtures.