The New Testament

Second Corinthians

1:1 Paul, 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: 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God

our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the

Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 1:4 Who 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



1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation

also aboundeth by Christ.


1:6 And 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.


1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers

of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.


1:8 For 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: 1:9 But we had the

sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves,

but in God which raiseth the dead: 1:10 Who delivered us from so great

a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver

us; 1:11 Ye 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.


1:12 For 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.


1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or

acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 1:14 As

also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even

as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus.


1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that

ye might have a second benefit; 1:16 And 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.


1:17 When 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?  1:18 But as God is true, our

word toward you was not yea and nay.


1:19 For 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.


1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto

the glory of God by us.


1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed

us, is God; 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the

Spirit in our hearts.


1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you

I came not as yet unto Corinth.


1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of

your joy: for by faith ye stand.


2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to

you in heaviness.


2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but

the same which is made sorry by me?  2:3 And 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.


2:4 For 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.


2:5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part:

that I may not overcharge you all.


2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted

of many.


2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort

him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch



2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward



2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of

you, whether ye be obedient in all things.


2:10 To 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; 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for

we are not ignorant of his devices.


2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and

a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 2:13 I 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.


2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in

Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every



2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are

saved, and in them that perish: 2:16 To 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?  2:17 For 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.


3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some

others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation

from you?  3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and

read of all men: 3:3 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.


3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 3:5 Not that we

are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but

our sufficiency is of God; 3:6 Who 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.


3:7 But 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: 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit

be rather glorious?  3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be

glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in



3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this

respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.


3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which

remaineth is glorious.


3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of

speech: 3:13 And 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: 3:14 But 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.


3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon

their heart.


3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be

taken away.


3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is liberty.


3:18 But 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.


4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy,

we faint not; 4:2 But 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.


4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4:4 In

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.


4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and

ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.


4:6 For 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.


4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency

of the power may be of God, and not of us.


4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are

perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast

down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the

dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made

manifest in our body.


4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,

that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal



4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.


4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I

believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore

speak; 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise

up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.


4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might

through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.


4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,

yet the inward man is renewed day by day.


4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for

us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While 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.


5:1 For 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.


5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with

our house which is from heaven: 5:3 If so be that being clothed we

shall not be found naked.


5:4 For 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.


5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who

also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.


5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at

home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 5:7 (For we walk by

faith, not by sight:) 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather

to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.


5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be

accepted of him.


5:10 For 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.


5:11 Knowing 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



5:12 For 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.


5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we

be sober, it is for your cause.


5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge,

that if one died for all, then were all dead: 5:15 And 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.


5:16 Wherefore 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.


5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old

things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by

Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

5:19 To 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.


5:20 Now 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.


5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we

might be made the righteousness of God in him.


6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye

receive not the grace of God in vain.


6:2 (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.)  6:3 Giving no offence in

any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 6:4 But in all things

approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in

afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 6:5 In stripes, in

imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6:6

By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy

Ghost, by love unfeigned, 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of

God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as

deceivers, and yet true; 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying,

and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 6:10 As sorrowful,

yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing,

and yet possessing all things.


6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is



6:12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own



6:13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,)

be ye also enlarged.


6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what

fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion

hath light with darkness?  6:15 And what concord hath Christ with

Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  6:16 And

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.


6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the

Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.


6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and

daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse

ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting

holiness in the fear of God.


7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we

have defrauded no man.


7:3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye

are in our hearts to die and live with you.


7:4 Great 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



7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but

we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were



7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down,

comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7:7 And 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.


7:8 For 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.


7:9 Now 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.


7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be

repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.


7:11 For 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.


7:12 Wherefore, 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.


7:13 Therefore 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.


7:14 For 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.


7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he

remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye

received him.


7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.


8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed

on the churches of Macedonia; 8:2 How that in a great trial of

affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded

unto the riches of their liberality.


8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power

they were willing of themselves; 8:4 Praying us with much intreaty

that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the

ministering to the saints.


8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own

selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.


8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would

also finish in you the same grace also.


8:7 Therefore, 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.


8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of

others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.


8:9 For 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.


8:10 And 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.


8:11 Now 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.


8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to

that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.


8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 8:14 But

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: 8:15 As it is written, He that had

gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no



8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the

heart of Titus for you.


8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward,

of his own accord he went unto you.


8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the

gospel throughout all the churches; 8:19 And 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: 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should

blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 8:21 Providing

for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the

sight of men.


8:22 And 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.


8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and

fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are

the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.


8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of

your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.


9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous

for me to write to you: 9:2 For 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.


9:3 Yet 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: 9:4 Lest

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



9:5 Therefore 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.


9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also

sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also



9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;

not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


9:8 And 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: 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given

to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.


9:10 Now 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;) 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all

bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.


9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the

want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto

God; 9:13 Whiles 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; 9:14 And by

their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of

God in you.


9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.


10:1 Now 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: 10:2 But 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.


10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty

through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 10:5 Casting 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; 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all

disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.


10:7 Do 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.


10:8 For 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: 10:9 That I may not seem as if I would

terrify you by letters.


10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his

bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.


10:11 Let 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



10:12 For 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.


10:13 But 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.


10:14 For 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: 10:15 Not 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, 10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond

you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to

our hand.


10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.


10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the

Lord commendeth.


11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and

indeed bear with me.


11:2 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.


11:3 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.


11:4 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



11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.


11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have

been throughly made manifest among you in all things.


11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be

exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.


11:9 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.


11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this

boasting in the regions of Achaia.


11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.


11:12 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.


11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming

themselves into the apostles of Christ.


11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of



11:15 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.


11:16 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.


11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it

were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.


11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.


11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.


11:20 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.


11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.

Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold



11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are

they the seed of Abraham? so am I.


11:23 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.


11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.


11:25 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; 11:26

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; 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings

often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.


11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me

daily, the care of all the churches.


11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern

mine infirmities.


11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed

for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.


11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of

the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 11:33 And

through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped

his hands.


12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to

visions and revelations of the Lord.


12:2 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.


12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body,

I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 12:4 How that he was caught up into

paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a

man to utter.


12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but

in mine infirmities.


12:6 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 of me.


12:7 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 above



12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart

from me.


12:9 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



12:10 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.


12:11 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.


12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all

patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.


12:13 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



12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not

be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you: for the children

ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.


12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the

more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.


12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty,

I caught you with guile.


12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?

12:18 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?  12:19 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.


12:20 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: 12:21 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.


13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or

three witnesses shall every word be established.


13:2 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: 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to

you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.


13:4 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.


13:5 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?  13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we

are not reprobates.


13:7 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



13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.


13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this

also we wish, even your perfection.


13:10 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.


13:11 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.


13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.


13:13 All the saints salute you.


13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the

communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.