1 Would to God
ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear
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 apostles.
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 service.
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
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 also.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
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
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 one.
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 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;
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 burn
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern
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
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
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart
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 me.
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 this wrong.
14 Behold, 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.
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 unto
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 edifying.
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 not spare:
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 reprobates.
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 as reprobates.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
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.