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Purity of life, fc. II. Corinthians. Of godly sorrou. Lath said, I will dwell in them, on every side; without were and walk in them; and I will fightings, within were fears. be their God, and they shall 6 Nevertheless God, that be my people.

comforted those that are cast 17. Wherefore come out down, comforted us by the from among them,d and be ye coming of Titus; separate, saith the Lord, and 7 And not by his coming touch not the unclean thing; only, but by the consolation and I will receive you, wherewith he was comforted

18 And will be a father in you, when he told us your unto you, and ye shall be my earnest desire, your mournip sons and daughters, saith the your fervent mind toward o Lord Almighty

so that I rejoiced the more

8 For though I made you CHAP. VII.

sorry with a letter, I do not re1 lle exhorteth to purity, 3 and pent, though I did repent; for

sheweth what comfort he I perceive that the same epistook in afflictions.

tle hath made ' you sorry, HAVING, therefore, these though it were but for a seapromises, dearly beloved; let son, us cleanse ourselves from all 9 Now I rejoice, not that filthiness of the flesh and spir- ye were made sorry, but that it; perfecting holiness in the ye sorrowed to repentance ; fear of God.

for ye were made sorry

after 2 Receive us; we have a godly manner, that ye might wronged no man, we have cor receive damage by us in norupted no man, we have de- thing. frauded no man.

10 For godly sorrow work3 I speak not this to con- eth repentance to salvation demn you ; for I have said not to be repented of; but before, that ye are in our the sorrow of the world workhearts to die and live with eth death. you.

11 For, behold, this self4 Great is my boldness of same thing, that ye sorrowed speech toward you, great is after a godly sort, what caremy glorying of you; I am fill- fulness it wrought in you, yea, ed with comfort, I am exceed- what clearing of yourselves

, ing joyful in all our tribulation. yea, what indignation, yea, 5 For when we were come

what fear, yea, what vehement into Macedonia our flesh had desire, yea, what zeal, yea, no rest, but we were troubled what revenge !a In all things

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& Come out from among them, from among idolaters and infidels..

a Revenge denotes a pass on never to he indulged by christ.ans;


Of liberality Chap. viii. to the saints, Sc. ye have approved yourselves God bestowed on the church to be clear in this matter. es of Macedonia ;b

12 Wherefore, though I 2 How that, in a great trial wrote unto you, I did it not of affliction, the abundance of for his cause that had done their joy, and their deep porthe

wrong, nor for his cause erty, abounded unto the richthat suffered wrong, but that es of their liberality. our care for you in the sight 3 For to their


J of God might appear unto you. bear record, yea, and beyond

13 Therefore we were com their power, they were willing rted in your comfort; yea, of themselves ;c

exceedingly the more joy 4 Praying us with much in'We for the joy of Titus, be treaty, that we would receive cause his spirit was refreshed the gift, and take upon us the by you all.

fellowship of the ministering 14 For if I have boasted to the saints.d any thing to him of you, I am 5 And this they did, not as not ashamed'; but as we spake we hoped ;e but first gave all things to you in truth, even their own selves to the Lord, so our boasting, which I made and unto us by the will of God: before Titus, is found a truth. 6 Insomuch that we desired

15 And his inward affec- Titus, that as he had begun, tion is more abundant toward so he would also finish in you you, whilst he, remembereth the same grace

also. the obedience of you all, how 7 Therefore, as ye abound with fear and trembling ye re in every thing, in faith, and ceived him.

utterance, and knowledge, and 16 I rejoice, therefore, that in all diligence, and in your I have confidence in you in love to us; see that ye

abound all things.

in this grace also.f CHAP. VIII.

8 I speak not by command1 He stirreth them up to con- ment, but by occasion of the

tribute to the saints, 11 com- forwardness of others, and to mendeth Titus and others.

MOREOVER brethren, we 6 We do you to wit of the grace of do you to wita of the grace of God, we make known to you the grace;

or the gracious disposition, which word would have been better trans God hath given to the Macedonians. lated punishment, and the punishment < Willing of themselves to make conalluded to, is the excommunication tribution for the saints at Jerusalem. of a notorious offender, which Paul d The fellowship, &c. the agency of had ordered in his First Epistle,chap. carrying their charitable gift to the v. 13.

saints. a Wed Wou to wit, we make known Not as we hoped, not as we feared.

grace of God, &c.

f This grace, charity to the saints.

to you


Titus and others II. Corinthians.

commended. prove the sincerity of your care into the heart of Titus for love.

you. 9 For

know the


of 17 For indeed he accepted our Lord Jesus Christ, that the exhortation ; but, being though he was rich, yet for more forward, of his own acyour sakes he became poor, cord he went unto you. that ye through his poverty

18 And we have sent with might be rich.

him the brother, whose praise 10 And herein I give my is in the Gospel throughout all advice; for this is expedient the churches : for you, who have begun be 19 And not that only, but fore, not only to do,g but also who was also chosen of the to be forward a year ago.

churches to travel with us 11 Now, therefore, perform with this grace, which is adthe doing of it ; that, as there ministered by us to the glory was a readiness to will, so of the same Lord, and declathere may be a performance al- ration of your ready mind. so out of that which


20 Avoiding this, that no 12 For if there be first a man should blame us in this willing mind, it is accepted abundance which is adminisaccording to that a man hath, tered by us : and not according to that he 21 Providing for honest hath not.

things, not only in the sight of 13 For I mean not that oth the Lord, but also in the sight er men be eased, and you


of men. dened ;

22 And we have sent with 14 But by an equality, that, them our brother, whom we now at this time your abun have oftentimes proved dilidance may be a supply for their gent in many things, but not want, that their abundance ale much more diligent, upon so may be a supply for your great confidence which I have want, that there may be an equality;

23 Whether any do inquire 15 As it is written,h He that of Titus, he is my partner and had gathered much had nothing fellow-helper concerning you; over; and he that had gather- or our brethren be inquired of, ed little had no lack.

they are the messengers of the 16 But thanks be to God, churches, and the glory of which put the same earnest Christ.

24 Wherefore shew


to g. Not only to do or make your col- them, and before the churches, lection.

the proof of your love, and of h As it is written, Exod. xvi. 18. our boasting on your behalf.


in you.

Why Paul sent Titus.

Chap. ix.

Alms recommended. CHAP. IX.

let him give ; not grudgingly, 1 He sheweth why he sent Ti- or of necessity; for God loveth

tus, 6 and stirreth them up a cheerful giver. to be bountiful in alms, 10 8 And God is able to make which shall yield them a all grace

abound toward you ; great increase.

that ye, always having all-sufFOR as touching a the min- ficiency in all things, may istering to the saints, it is su- abound to every good work: perfluous for me to write to you: 9 (As it is written,d He hath

2 For I know the forward. dispersed abroad; he hath givness of your mind, for which

en to the


his righteousI boast of you to them of Ma ness remaineth forever. cedonia, that Achaia was rea 10 Now, he that ministereth dy a year ago; and your zeal seed to the sower, e both minhath provoked b very many.

ister bread for your food, and 3 Yet have I sent the breth- multiply your seed sown, and ren, lest our boasting of you increase the fruits of your should be in vain in this be- righteousness :) half;c that, as I said, ye may

11 Being enriched in

every bę ready :

thing to all bountifulness,which * Lest haply if they of Ma- causeth through us thanksgivcedonia come with me, and find ing to God. you unprepared, we (that we 12 For the administration say not ye) should be ashamed of this servicef not only supin this same confident boasting. plieth the want of the saints,

5 Therefore I thought it but is abundant also hy many necessary to exhort the breth- thanksgivings unto God; ren, that they would go before 13 Whiles by the experi. unto you, and make


before- ment of this ministration they hand

your bounty, whereof ye glorify God for your professed had notice before, that the subjection unto the Gospel of same might be ready, as a mat- Christ, and for your liberal ter of bounty, and not as of distribution unto them, and covetousness.

unto all men ; 6 But this I say, He which 14 And by their prayer

for soweth sparingly shall reap you, which long after you for also sparingly; and he which the exceeding grace of God in soweth bountifully shall reap you. also bountifully.

7 Every man according as d As it is written, Ps. cxii. 9. he purposeth in his heart, so e Now may be, who supplieth seed a As touching, concerning.

to the sower, &c. b Provoked, stimulated or excited. of The administration of this service, c In this behalf, in this particular. the performance of this gift of charity

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Of Paul's boasting, II. Corinthians. and authority, góc.

15 Thanks be unto God for exalteth itself against the his unspeakable gift.g knowledge of God,

& bringing

into captivity every thought to CHAP. X.

the obedience of Christ : 1 Paul's spiritual might and 6 And having in a readiness

authority, &c. 12 Not to to revenge all disobedience,
stretch beyond our compass.


obedience is fulfill-
NOW, I Paul myself be- ed.b
eech you, by the meekness Do ye look on things after
and gentleness of Christ, who the outward appearance ? If
en presence am base among any man trust to himself that
you, but being absent am bold he is Christ's, let him of him-

self think this again, that, as 2 But I beseech you, that he is Christ's, even so are we I may not be bold when I am Christ's. present with that confidence 8 For though I should boast wherewith I think to be bold somewhat more of our authoragainst some, which think of ity, which the Lord hath given is as if we walked according us for edification, and not for to the flesh.

your destruction, 1 should not 3 For though we walk in be ashamed; the fiesh, we do not war after 9 That I may not seem as if the flesh:

I would terrify you by letters. 4 (For the weapons of our 10 For his letters, say they, warfare are not carnal, but are weighty and powerful, but nighty through God tó the Iris bodily presence is weak, pulling down of strong holds :) and his speech contemptible.

9 Casting down imagina 11 Let such an one think ions, & every high thing, that this, that, such as we are in

word by letters when we are g His unspeakable gift, that is, Jesus absent, such will we be also in Christ.

deed when we are present.

&c. T'he false eacher probably told the Corinthi b And having in a readiness to reans, that Paul, when among theni, venge, &c. And are prepared to pun. vas base or humble in appearance, ish all disobedience, after so many

of but when absent, was bold by threat you, as may be disposed, shall have ning letters.

repented. * In the preceding chapters Paul has principally been addressing those t Corinth, who had obeyed his orders, contained in his first Epistle; but n this and the following chapters he addresses the false teacher and his adverents, speaking to them with great authority, and threatening punishment, f they did not immediately repent. Attention to this circunstance will Eccount for the different style, in which the first and last parts of this EpisJe are written.

a Base ainong you,

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