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2 Corinthians - The 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians

By Vexen Crabtree 2012

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Chapters in 2 Corinthians:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13
Total verses: 257

13 of the books of the Christian New Testament are the epistles (letters) of St. Paul, and Paul is the earliest and first Christian author for which we have historical writings1. Seven were probably written by Paul himself and six others have been written in his name by (anonymous) followers, some up to 80 years after his death. By the time the official Bible canon was produced, no-one knew that only some were genuine. The historical Paul probably did write 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon and Romans. Letters forged in the name of Paul are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Thessalonians.2. Paul was born in Tarsus as "Saul" and adopted the name of Paul after converting to what is now Christianity. He was an early leader of the growing Christian churches around the Roman Empire, and the writings of St. Paul are the earliest existing Christian writings known to historians. Despite this, Paul never met Jesus and appears to rely mostly on Greek myths and legends, many of which he copied, placing Jesus at the center of them instead of their original heroes.

"St Paul - History, Biblical Epistles, Gnosticism and Mithraism" by Vexen Crabtree (1999)


1. The 13 chapters of 2 Corinthians (257 verses)

2 Corinthians chapter 1 (24 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Paul, 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:Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Timotheus the brother, to the assembly of God that is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;Blessed `is' God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the mercies, and God of all comfort,
4Who 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 God.who is comforting us in all our tribulation, for our being able to comfort those in any tribulation through the comfort with which we are comforted ourselves by God;
5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.because, as the sufferings of the Christ do abound to us, so through the Christ doth abound also our comfort;
6And 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.and whether we be in tribulation, `it is' for your comfort and salvation, that is wrought in the enduring of the same sufferings that we also suffer; whether we are comforted, `it is' for your comfort and salvation;
7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.and our hope `is' stedfast for you, knowing that even as ye are partakers of the sufferings -- so also of the comfort.
8For 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:For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, of our tribulation that happened to us in Asia, that we were exceedingly burdened above `our' power, so that we despaired even of life;
9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:but we ourselves in ourselves the sentence of the death have had, that we may not be trusting on ourselves, but on God, who is raising the dead,
10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;who out of so great a death did deliver us, and doth deliver, in whom we have hoped that even yet He will deliver;
11Ye 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.ye working together also for us by your supplication, that the gift through many persons to us, through many may be thankfully acknowledged for us.
12For 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.For our glorying is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we did conduct ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you;
13For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;for no other things do we write to you, but what ye either do read or also acknowledge, and I hope that also unto the end ye shall acknowledge,
14As 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.according as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that your glory we are, even as also ye `are' ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus;
15And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;and in this confidence I was purposing to come unto you before, that a second favour ye might have,
16And 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.and through you to pass to Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and by you to be sent forward to Judea.
17When 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?This, therefore, counselling, did I then use the lightness; or the things that I counsel, according to the flesh do I counsel, that it may be with me Yes, yes, and No, no?
18But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.and God `is' faithful, that our word unto you became not Yes and No,
19For 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.for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, among you through us having been preached -- through me and Silvanus and Timotheus -- did not become Yes and No, but in him it hath become Yes;
20For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.for as many as `are' promises of God, in him `are' the Yes, and in him the Amen, for glory to God through us;
21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;and He who is confirming you with us into Christ, and did anoint us, `is' God,
22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.who also sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.And I for a witness on God do call upon my soul, that sparing you, I came not yet to Corinth;
24Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.not that we are lords over your faith, but we are workers together with your joy, for by the faith ye stand.

2 Corinthians chapter 2 (17 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.And I decided this to myself, not again to come in sorrow unto you,
2For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?for if I make you sorry, then who is he who is making me glad, except he who is made sorry by me?
3And 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.and I wrote to you this same thing, that having come, I may not have sorrow from them of whom it behoved me to have joy, having confidence in you all, that my joy is of you all,
4For 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.for out of much tribulation and pressure of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not that ye might be made sorry, but that ye might know the love that I have more abundantly toward you.
5But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.And if any one hath caused sorrow, he hath not caused sorrow to me, but in part, that I may not burden you all;
6Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.sufficient to such a one is this punishment, that `is' by the more part,
7So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.so that, on the contrary, `it is' rather for you to forgive and to comfort, lest by over abundant sorrow such a one may be swallowed up;
8Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.wherefore, I call upon you to confirm love to him,
9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.for, for this also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether in regard to all things ye are obedient.
10To 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;And to whom ye forgive anything -- I also; for I also, if I have forgiven anything, to whom I have forgiven `it', because of you -- in the person of Christ -- `I forgive it,'
11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.that we may not be over-reached by the Adversary, for of his devices we are not ignorant.
12Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,And having come to Troas for the good news of the Christ, and a door to me having been opened in the Lord,
13I 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.I have not had rest to my spirit, on my not finding Titus my brother, but having taken leave of them, I went forth to Macedonia;
14Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.and to God `are' thanks, who at all times is leading us in triumph in the Christ, and the fragrance of His knowledge He is manifesting through us in every place,
15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:because of Christ a sweet fragrance we are to God, in those being saved, and in those being lost;
16To 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?to the one, indeed, a fragrance of death to death, and to the other, a fragrance of life to life; and for these things who is sufficient?
17For 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.for we are not as the many, adulterating the word of God, but as of sincerity -- but as of God; in the presence of God, in Christ we do speak.

2 Corinthians chapter 3 (18 verses)

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1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?Do we begin again to recommend ourselves, except we need, as some, letters of recommendation unto you, or from you?

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2Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:our letter ye are, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men,
3Forasmuch 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.manifested that ye are a letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in the tablets of stone, but in fleshy tablets of the heart,
4And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:and such trust we have through the Christ toward God,
5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency `is' of God,
6Who 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.who also made us sufficient `to be' ministrants of a new covenant, not of letter, but of spirit; for the letter doth kill, and the spirit doth make alive.
7But 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:and if the ministration of the death, in letters, engraved in stones, came in glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look stedfastly to the face of Moses, because of the glory of his face -- which was being made useless,
8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?how shall the ministration of the Spirit not be more in glory?
9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.for if the ministration of the condemnation `is' glory, much more doth the ministration of the righteousness abound in glory;
10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.for also even that which hath been glorious, hath not been glorious -- in this respect, because of the superior glory;
11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.for if that which is being made useless `is' through glory, much more that which is remaining `is' in glory.
12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:Having, then, such hope, we use much freedom of speech,
13And 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:and `are' not as Moses, who was putting a vail upon his own face, for the sons of Israel not stedfastly to look to the end of that which is being made useless,
14But 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.but their minds were hardened, for unto this day the same vail at the reading of the Old Covenant doth remain unwithdrawn -- which in Christ is being made useless --
15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.but till to-day, when Moses is read, a vail upon their heart doth lie,
16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.and whenever they may turn unto the Lord, the vail is taken away.
17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord `is', there `is' liberty;
18But 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.and we all, with unvailed face, the glory of the Lord beholding in a mirror, to the same image are being transformed, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians chapter 4 (18 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;Because of this, having this ministration, according as we did receive kindness, we do not faint,
2But 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.but did renounce for ourselves the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor deceitfully using the word of God, but by the manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves unto every conscience of men, before God;
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:and if also our good news is vailed, in those perishing it is vailed,
4In 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.in whom the god of this age did blind the minds of the unbelieving, that there doth not shine forth to them the enlightening of the good news of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God;
5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus -- Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus;
6For 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.because `it is' God who said, Out of darkness light `is' to shine, who did shine in our hearts, for the enlightening of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;on every side being in tribulation, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.at all times the dying of the Lord Jesus bearing about in the body, that the life also of Jesus in our body may be manifested,
11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.for always are we who are living delivered up to death because of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our dying flesh,
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.so that, the death indeed in us doth work, and the life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;And having the same spirit of the faith, according to that which hath been written, `I believed, therefore I did speak;' we also do believe, therefore also do we speak;
14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.knowing that He who did raise up the Lord Jesus, us also through Jesus shall raise up, and shall present with you,
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.for the all things `are' because of you, that the grace having been multiplied, because of the thanksgiving of the more, may abound to the glory of God;
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.wherefore, we faint not, but if also our outward man doth decay, yet the inward is renewed day by day;
17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;for the momentary light matter of our tribulation, more and more exceedingly an age-during weight of glory doth work out for us --
18While 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.we not looking to the things seen, but to the things not seen; for the things seen `are' temporary, but the things not seen `are' age-during.

2 Corinthians chapter 5 (21 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1For 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.For we have known that if our earthly house of the tabernacle may be thrown down, a building from God we have, an house not made with hands -- age-during -- in the heavens,
2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:for also in this we groan, with our dwelling that is from heaven earnestly desiring to clothe ourselves,
3If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.if so be that, having clothed ourselves, we shall not be found naked,
4For 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.for we also who are in the tabernacle do groan, being burdened, seeing we wish not to unclothe ourselves, but to clothe ourselves, that the mortal may be swallowed up of the life.
5Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.And He who did work us to this self-same thing `is' God, who also did give to us the earnest of the Spirit;
6Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:having courage, then, at all times, and knowing that being at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord, --
7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)for through faith we walk, not through sight --
8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.we have courage, and are well pleased rather to be away from the home of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him,
10For 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.for all of us it behoveth to be manifested before the tribunal of the Christ, that each one may receive the things `done' through the body, in reference to the things that he did, whether good or evil;
11Knowing 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 consciences.having known, therefore, the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, and to God we are manifested, and I hope also in your consciences to have been manifested;
12For 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.for not again ourselves do we recommend to you, but we are giving occasion to you of glorifying in our behalf, that ye may have `something' in reference to those glorifying in face and not in heart;
13For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.for whether we were beside ourselves, `it was' to God; whether we be of sound mind -- `it is' to you,
14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:for the love of the Christ doth constrain us, having judged thus: that if one for all died, then the whole died,
15And 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.and for all he died, that those living, no more to themselves may live, but to him who died for them, and was raised again.
16Wherefore 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.So that we henceforth have known no one according to the flesh, and even if we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him no more;
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.so that if any one `is' in Christ -- `he is' a new creature; the old things did pass away, lo, become new have the all things.
18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;And the all things `are' of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and did give to us the ministration of the reconciliation,
19To 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.how that God was in Christ -- a world reconciling to Himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses; and having put in us the word of the reconciliation,
20Now 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.in behalf of Christ, then, we are ambassadors, as if God were calling through us, we beseech, in behalf of Christ, `Be ye reconciled to God;'
21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians chapter 6 (18 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.And working together also we call upon `you' that ye receive not in vain the grace of God --

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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.)for He saith, `In an acceptable time I did hear thee, and in a day of salvation I did help thee, lo, now `is' a well-accepted time; lo, now, a day of salvation,' --
3Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:in nothing giving any cause of offence, that the ministration may be not blamed,
4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,but in everything recommending ourselves as God's ministrants; in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;in stripes, in imprisonments, in insurrections, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
6By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,
7By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,in the word of truth, in the power of God, through the armour of the righteousness, on the right and on the left,
8By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;through glory and dishonour, through evil report and good report, as leading astray, and true;
9As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;as unknown, and recognized; as dying, and lo, we live; as chastened, and not put to death;
10As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.as sorrowful, and always rejoicing; as poor, and making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
11O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged!
12Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your `own' bowels,
13Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.and `as' a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say `it',) be ye enlarged -- also ye!
14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?Become not yoked with others -- unbelievers, for what partaking `is there' to righteousness and lawlessness?
15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?and what fellowship to light with darkness? and what concord to Christ with Belial? or what part to a believer with an unbeliever?
16And 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.and what agreement to the sanctuary of God with idols? for ye are a sanctuary of the living God, according as God said -- `I will dwell in them, and will walk among `them', and I will be their God, and they shall be My people,
17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.wherefore, come ye forth out of the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and an unclean thing do not touch, and I -- I will receive you,
18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.and I will be to you for a Father, and ye -- ye shall be to Me for sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.'

2 Corinthians chapter 7 (16 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.Having, then, these promises, beloved, may we cleanse ourselves from every pollution of flesh and spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God;
2Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.receive us; no one did we wrong; no one did we waste; no one did we defraud;
3I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.not to condemn you do I say `it', for I have said before that in our hearts ye are to die with and to live with;
4Great 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 tribulation.great `is' my freedom of speech unto you, great my glory on your behalf; I have been filled with the comfort, I overabound with the joy on all our tribulation,
5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.for also we, having come to Macedonia, no relaxation hath our flesh had, but on every side we are in tribulation, without `are' fightings, within -- fears;
6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;but He who is comforting the cast-down -- God -- He did comfort us in the presence of Titus;
7And 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.and not only in his presence, but also in the comfort with which he was comforted over you, declaring to us your longing desire, your lamentation, your zeal for me, so that the more I did rejoice,
8For 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.because even if I made you sorry in the letter, I do not repent -- if even I did repent -- for I perceive that the letter, even if for an hour, did make you sorry.
9Now 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.I now do rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye were made sorry to reformation, for ye were made sorry toward God, that in nothing ye might receive damage from us;
10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.for the sorrow toward God reformation to salvation not to be repented of doth work, and the sorrow of the world doth work death,
11For 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.for, lo, this same thing -- your being made sorry toward God -- how much diligence it doth work in you! but defence, but displeasure, but fear, but longing desire, but zeal, but revenge; in every thing ye did approve yourselves to be pure in the matter.
12Wherefore, 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.If, then, I also wrote to you -- not for his cause who did wrong, nor for his cause who did suffer wrong, but for our diligence in your behalf being manifested unto you before God --
13Therefore 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.because of this we have been comforted in your comfort, and more abundantly the more did we rejoice in the joy of Titus, that his spirit hath been refreshed from you all;
14For 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.because if anything to him in your behalf I have boasted, I was not put to shame; but as all things in truth we did speak to you, so also our boasting before Titus became truth,
15And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.and his tender affection is more abundantly toward you, remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye did receive him;
16I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.I rejoice, therefore, that in everything I have courage in you.

2 Corinthians chapter 8 (24 verses)

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1Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;And we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God, that hath been given in the assemblies of Macedonia,
2How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.because in much trial of tribulation the abundance of their joy, and their deep poverty, did abound to the riches of their liberality;
3For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;because, according to `their' power, I testify, and above `their' power, they were willing of themselves,
4Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.with much entreaty calling on us to receive the favour and the fellowship of the ministration to the saints,
5And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.and not according as we expected, but themselves they did give first to the Lord, and to us, through the will of God,
6Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.so that we exhorted Titus, that, according as he did begin before, so also he may finish to you also this favour,
7Therefore, 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.but even as in every thing ye do abound, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in your love to us, that also in this grace ye may abound;
8I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.not according to command do I speak, but because of the diligence of others, and of your love proving the genuineness,
9For 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.for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor -- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become rich.
10And 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.and an opinion in this do I give: for this to you `is' expedient, who not only to do, but also to will, did begin before -- a year ago,
11Now 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.and now also finish doing `it', that even as `there is' the readiness of the will, so also the finishing, out of that which ye have,
12For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.for if the willing mind is present, according to that which any one may have it is well-accepted, not according to that which he hath not;
13For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:for not that for others release, and ye pressured, `do I speak,'
14But 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:but by equality, at the present time your abundance -- for their want, that also their abundance may be for your want, that there may be equality,
15As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.according as it hath been written, `He who `did gather' much, had nothing over; and he who `did gather' little, had no lack.'
16But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.And thanks to God, who is putting the same diligence for you in the heart of Titus,
17For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.because indeed the exhortation he accepted, and being more diligent, of his own accord he went forth unto you,
18And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;and we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the good news `is' through all the assemblies,
19And 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:and not only so, but who was also appointed by vote by the assemblies, our fellow-traveller, with this favour that is ministered by us, unto the glory of the same Lord, and your willing mind;
20Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:avoiding this, lest any one may blame us in this abundance that is ministered by us,
21Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.providing right things, not only before the Lord, but also before men;
22And 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.and we sent with them our brother, whom we proved in many things many times being diligent, and now much more diligent, by the great confidence that is toward you,
23Whether 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.whether -- about Titus -- my partner and towards you fellow-worker, whether -- our brethren, apostles of assemblies -- glory of Christ;
24Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.the shewing therefore of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf, to them shew ye, even in the face of the assemblies.

2 Corinthians chapter 9 (15 verses)

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1For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:For, indeed, concerning the ministration that `is' for the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you,
2For 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.for I have known your readiness of mind, which in your behalf I boast of to Macedonians, that Achaia hath been prepared a year ago, and the zeal of you did stir up the more part,
3Yet 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:and I sent the brethren, that our boasting on your behalf may not be made vain in this respect; that, according as I said, ye may be ready,
4Lest 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 boasting.lest if Macedonians may come with me, and find you unprepared, we -- we may be put to shame (that we say not -- ye) in this same confidence of boasting.
5Therefore 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.Necessary, therefore, I thought `it' to exhort the brethren, that they may go before to you, and may make up before your formerly announced blessing, that this be ready, as a blessing, and not as covetousness.
6But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.And this: He who is sowing sparingly, sparingly also shall reap; and he who is sowing in blessings, in blessings also shall reap;
7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.each one, according as he doth purpose in heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for a cheerful giver doth God love,
8And 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:and God `is' able all grace to cause to abound to you, that in every thing always all sufficiency having, ye may abound to every good work,
9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.(according as it hath been written, `He dispersed abroad, he gave to the poor, his righteousness doth remain to the age,')
10Now 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;)and may He who is supplying seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
11Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.in every thing being enriched to all liberality, which doth work through us thanksgiving to God,
12For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;because the ministration of this service not only is supplying the wants of the saints, but is also abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
13Whiles 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;through the proof of this ministration glorifying God for the subjection of your confession to the good news of the Christ, and `for' the liberality of the fellowship to them and to all,
14And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.and by their supplication in your behalf, longing after you because of the exceeding grace of God upon you;
15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.thanks also to God for His unspeakable gift!

2 Corinthians chapter 10 (18 verses)

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1Now 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:And I, Paul, myself, do call upon you -- through the meekness and gentleness of the Christ -- who in presence, indeed `am' humble among you, and being absent, have courage toward you,
2But 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.and I beseech `you', that, being present, I may not have courage, with the confidence with which I reckon to be bold against certain reckoning us as walking according to the flesh;
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:for walking in the flesh, not according to the flesh do we war,
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)for the weapons of our warfare `are' not fleshly, but powerful to God for bringing down of strongholds,
5Casting 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;reasonings bringing down, and every high thing lifted up against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Christ,
6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.and being in readiness to avenge every disobedience, whenever your obedience may be fulfilled.
7Do 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.The things in presence do ye see? if any one hath trusted in himself to be Christ's, this let him reckon again from himself, that according as he is Christ's, so also we `are' Christ's;
8For 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:for even if also anything more abundantly I shall boast concerning our authority, that the Lord gave us for building up, and not for casting you down, I shall not be ashamed;
9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.that I may not seem as if I would terrify you through the letters,
10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.`because the letters indeed -- saith one -- `are' weighty and strong, and the bodily presence weak, and the speech despicable.'
11Let 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 present.This one -- let him reckon thus: that such as we are in word, through letters, being absent, such also, being present, `we are' in deed.
12For 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.For we do not make bold to rank or to compare ourselves with certain of those commending themselves, but they, among themselves measuring themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not wise,
13But 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.and we in regard to the unmeasured things will not boast ourselves, but after the measure of the line that the God of measure did appoint to us -- to reach even unto you;
14For 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:for not as not reaching to you do we stretch ourselves overmuch, for even unto you did we come in the good news of the Christ,
15Not 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,not boasting of the things not measured, in other men's labours, and having hope -- your faith increasing -- in you to be enlarged, according to our line -- into abundance,
16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.in the `places' beyond you to proclaim good news, not in another's line in regard to the things made ready, to boast;
17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.and he who is boasting -- in the Lord let him boast;
18For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.for not he who is commending himself is approved, but he whom the Lord doth commend.

2 Corinthians chapter 11 (33 verses)

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1Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.O that ye were bearing with me a little of the folly, but ye also do bear with me:

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2For 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.for I am zealous for you with zeal of God, for I did betroth you to one husband, a pure virgin, to present to Christ,
3But 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.and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that `is' in the Christ;
4For 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.for if, indeed, he who is coming doth preach another Jesus whom we did not preach, or another Spirit ye receive which ye did not receive, or other good news which ye did not accept -- well were ye bearing `it',
5For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.for I reckon that I have been nothing behind the very chiefest apostles,
6But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.and even if unlearned in word -- yet not in knowledge, but in every thing we were made manifest in all things to you.
7Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?The sin did I do -- myself humbling that ye might be exalted, because freely the good news of God I did proclaim to you?
8I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.other assemblies I did rob, having taken wages, for your ministration;
9And 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.and being present with you, and having been in want, I was chargeable to no one, for my lack did the brethren supply -- having come from Macedonia -- and in everything burdenless to you I did keep myself, and will keep.
10As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.The truth of Christ is in me, because this boasting shall not be stopped in regard to me in the regions of Achaia;
11Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.wherefore? because I do not love you? God hath known!
12But 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.and what I do, I also will do, that I may cut off the occasion of those wishing an occasion, that in that which they boast they may be found according as we also;
13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.for those such `are' false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ,
14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.and no wonder -- for even the Adversary doth transform himself into a messenger of light;
15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.no great thing, then, if also his ministrants do transform themselves as ministrants of righteousness -- whose end shall be according to their works.
16I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.Again I say, may no one think me to be a fool; and if otherwise, even as a fool receive me, that I also a little may boast.
17That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.That which I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this the confidence of boasting;
18Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.since many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast:
19For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.for gladly do ye bear with the fools -- being wise,
20For 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.for ye bear, if any one is bringing you under bondage, if any one doth devour, if any one doth take away, if any one doth exalt himself, if any one on the face doth smite you;
21I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.in reference to dishonour I speak, how that we were weak, and in whatever any one is bold -- in foolishness I say `it' -- I also am bold.
22Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.Hebrews are they? I also! Israelites are they? I also! seed of Abraham are they? I also!
23Are 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.ministrants of Christ are they? -- as beside myself I speak -- I more; in labours more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths many times;
24Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.from Jews five times forty `stripes' save one I did receive;
25Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice was I shipwrecked, a night and a day in the deep I have passed;
26In 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;journeyings many times, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from kindred, perils from nations, perils in city, perils in wilderness, perils in sea, perils among false brethren;
27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.in laboriousness and painfulness, in watchings many times, in hunger and thirst, in fastings many times, in cold and nakedness;
28Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.apart from the things without -- the crowding upon me that is daily -- the care of all the assemblies.
29Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?Who is infirm, and I am not infirm? who is stumbled, and I am not fired;
30If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.if to boast it behoveth `me', of the things of my infirmity I will boast;
31The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ -- who is blessed to the ages -- hath known that I do not lie! --
32In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king was watching the city of the Damascenes, wishing to seize me,
33And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.and through a window in a rope basket I was let down, through the wall, and fled out of his hands.

2 Corinthians chapter 12 (21 verses)

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1It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.To boast, really, is not profitable for me, for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2I 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.I have known a man in Christ, fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I have not known, whether out of the body I have not known, God hath known -- such an one being caught away unto the third heaven;
3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)and I have known such a man -- whether in the body, whether out of the body, I have not known, God hath known, --
4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is not possible for man to speak.
5Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.Of such an one I will boast, and of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities,
6For 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.for if I may wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for truth I will say; but I forebear, lest any one in regard to me may think anything above what he doth see me, or doth hear anything of me;
7And 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 measure.and that by the exceeding greatness of the revelations I might not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of the Adversary, that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted overmuch.
8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.Concerning this thing thrice the Lord did I call upon, that it might depart from me,
9And 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.and He said to me, `Sufficient for thee is My grace, for My power in infirmity is perfected;' most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of the Christ may rest on me:
10Therefore 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.wherefore I am well pleased in infirmities, in damages, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses -- for Christ; for whenever I am infirm, then I am powerful;
11I 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.I have become a fool -- boasting; ye -- ye did compel me; for I ought by you to have been commended, for in nothing was I behind the very chiefest apostles -- even if I am nothing.
12Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.The signs, indeed, of the apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds,
13For 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.for what is there in which ye were inferior to the rest of the assemblies, except that I myself was not a burden to you? forgive me this injustice!
14Behold, 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.Lo, a third time I am ready to come unto you, and I will not be a burden to you, for I seek not yours, but you, for the children ought not for the parents to lay up, but the parents for the children,
15And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.and I most gladly will spend and be entirely spent for your souls, even if, more abundantly loving you, less I am loved.
16But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.And be it `so', I -- I did not burden you, but being crafty, with guile I did take you;
17Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?any one of those whom I have sent unto you -- by him did I take advantage of you?
18I 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?I entreated Titus, and did send with `him' the brother; did Titus take advantage of you? in the same spirit did we not walk? -- did we not in the same steps?
19Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.Again, think ye that to you we are making defence? before God in Christ do we speak; and the all things, beloved, `are' for your up-building,
20For 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:for I fear lest, having come, not such as I wish I may find you, and I -- I may be found by you such as ye do not wish, lest there be strifes, envyings, wraths, revelries, evil-speakings, whisperings, puffings up, insurrections,
21And 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.lest again having come, my God may humble me in regard to you, and I may bewail many of those having sinned before, and not having reformed concerning the uncleanness, and whoredom, and lasciviousness, that they did practise.

2 Corinthians chapter 13 (14 verses)

KJVYLTNotes
1This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.This third time do I come unto you; on the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every saying be established;
2I 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:I have said before, and I say `it' before, as being present, the second time, and being absent, now, do I write to those having sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare,
3Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.since a proof ye seek of the Christ speaking in me, who to you is not infirm, but is powerful in you,
4For 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.for even if he was crucified from infirmity, yet he doth live from the power of God; for we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him from the power of God toward you.
5Examine 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?Your ownselves try ye, if ye are in the faith; your ownselves prove ye; do ye not know your ownselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, if ye be not in some respect disapproved of?
6But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.and I hope that ye shall know that we -- we are not disapproved of;
7Now 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.and I pray before God that ye do no evil, not that we may appear approved, but that ye may do that which is right, and we may be as disapproved;
8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.for we are not able to do anything against the truth, but for the truth;
9For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.for we rejoice when we may be infirm, and ye may be powerful; and this also we pray for -- your perfection!
10Therefore 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.because of this, these things -- being absent -- I write, that being present, I may not treat `any' sharply, according to the authority that the Lord did give me for building up, and not for casting down.
11Finally, 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.Henceforth, brethren, rejoice; be made perfect, be comforted, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of the love and peace shall be with you;
12Greet one another with an holy kiss.salute one another in an holy kiss;
13All the saints salute you.salute you do all the saints;
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, `is' with you all! Amen.

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The Bible (NIV). The NIV is the best translation for accuracy whilst maintaining readability. Multiple authors, a compendium of multiple previously published books. I prefer to take quotes from the NIV but where I quote the Bible en masse I must quote from the KJV because it is not copyrighted, whilst the NIV is. Book Review.

Ehrman, Bart
(2003) Lost Christianities. Hardback book. Published by Oxford University Press, New York, USA.
(2011) Forged. Hardback book. Subtitled: "Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are". Published by HarperCollins, New York, USA.

Footnotes

  1. Ehrman (2011) p180.^
  2. From www.ReligiousTolerance.org on 2002 August 19:
    "In his opinion, of the thirteen epistles which say that they were written by Paul, critical scholars have reached a near consensus that seven are Paul's: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon and Romans.
    Agreement that he did not write:
    • 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is about 90%
    • Ephesians is about 80%
    • Colossians is about 60%
    • 2 Thessalonians is a slight majority.
    "

    As an example, the historian Bart Ehrman notes in "Lost Christianities" that "the pastoral letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus [...] claim to be written by Paul, but appear to have been written long after his death"

    Yet other books are pseudonymous - forgeries by people who explicitly claim to be someone else. Included in this group is [...] probably the pastoral Epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, quite likely the deutero-Pauline Epistles of 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians, and possibly 1 Peter and Jude.

    "Lost Christianities" by Bart Ehrman (2003)3

    And,

    Virtually all scholars agree that seven of the Pauline letters are authentic: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon. [...] The other six differ in significant ways from this core group of seven. Three of them - 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus - are so much alike that most scholars are convinced that they were written by the same person. The other three are usually assigned to three different authors.

    "Forged" by Bart Ehrman (2011)4

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  3. Ehrman (2003) chapter 11 "The Invention of Scripture: The Formation of the Proto-orthodox New Testament" p235-236.^
  4. Ehrman (2011) p92. Added to this page on 2014 Jul 14.^

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