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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    WOULD that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: but 1 indeed ye do bear with me.
[2]  For I am jealous over you with a 2 godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
[3]  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds 3 should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.
[4]  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, 4 which ye did not accept, ye do well to bear with him.
[5]  For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the 5 very chiefest apostles.
[6]  But though I be rude in speech, yet am I not in knowledge; nay, 6 in every way have we made this manifest unto you in all things.
[7]  Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached 7 to you the gospel of God for nought?
[8]  I robbed other churches, taking wages of them that I might minister unto you;
[9]  and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I 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 glorying 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 8 from them that desire an occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
[13]  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.
[14]  And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light.
[15]  It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
[16]    I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if ye do, yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little.
[17]  That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.
[18]  Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
[19]  For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.
[20]  For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you captive, if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face.
[21]  I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also.
[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 one beside himself) I more; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, 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 have I been in the deep;
[26]  in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from my countrymen, 9 in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
[27]  in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
[28]  Besides 10 those things that are without, there is that which presseth upon me daily, anxiety for all the churches.
[29]  Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is caused to stumble, and I burn not?
[30]  If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.
[31]  The 11 God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for 12 evermore knoweth that I lie not.
[32]  In Damascus the governor 13 under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:
[33]  and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.
Note 1. Or, May indeed bear with me. [back]
Note 2. Gr. a jealousy of God. [back]
Note 3. Gr. thoughts. See ch. 3. 14. [back]
Note 4. Gr. good tidings. Comp. ch. 2. 12. [back]
Note 5. Or, those pre-eminent apostles. [back]
Note 6. Or, nay, in everything we have made it manifest among all men to you-ward. [back]
Note 7. See marginal note on ch. 10. 16. [back]
Note 8. Gr, the occasion of them. [back]
Note 9. Gr. race. Comp. Acts 7. 19. [back]
Note 10. Or, Besides the things which I omit. Or, Besides the things that come out of course. [back]
Note 11. Or, God and the Father. See Rom. 15. 6. [back]
Note 12. Gr. unto the ages. [back]
Note 13. Gr. ethnarch. [back]


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