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.
But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without [were] fightings, within [were] fears.
Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
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.
he was near-called
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.
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.
dispensing of justice
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.
of the wrong-doer
of the wronged
to be made conspicuous
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.
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.
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.
you might abound
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
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.
For [I mean] not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
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:
having been elected
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
of public service
(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
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.
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.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in [my] folly: and indeed bear with me.
you have endured
But though [I be] rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
being made conspicuous
That which I speak, I speak [it] not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
to save [money]
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
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.
he was put on public display
of limitless potential
of limitless potential
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
displayed for public ridicule
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it,] but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as [the gospel] of the circumcision [was] unto Peter;
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus.
They zealously affect you, [but] not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
you may be zealous
But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise.
he has been born
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even so [it is] now.
Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.
he might sharehold
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
of being named
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is. ]
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
he might stand close
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places. ]
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
he is expounded
I will be made joyful
According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death.
he will be magnified
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
it was to amelioration
[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
to public service
I jointly rejoice
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
it be made known
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.
Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
to achieved fullness
For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
we have been positively assessed
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
we were finding good
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
he works internally
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man;] but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men. ]
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
they may be judged
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
going around in circles
Yet count [him] not as an enemy, but admonish [him] as a brother.