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
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
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 if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not.
joyfully accepted with foresight
For [I mean] not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
to the Macedonians
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give;] not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
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.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond [our measure,] as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in [preaching] the gospel of Christ:
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.
to stand allied
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him. ]
you were enduring
For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all [things] I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep [myself. ]
For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye [yourselves] are wise.
For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour [you,] if a man take [of you,] if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
he purposefully makes into working class
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be,] or [that] he heareth of me.
he might accredit
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
it sufficiently supports
it is fully completed
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
to be commended
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except [it be] that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
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]
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
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
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, [even] your perfection.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it,] but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed [to be somewhat] in conference added nothing to me:
of [those] seeming
they made obviously clear
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
he worked internally
For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
he was jointly eating
he was concealing
he was divaricating
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
it has been written
to having been written
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
it has been written
For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise.
he has ameliorated
[Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
you were immersed
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if [it had been] possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
it has been written
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
being expressed allegorically
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
it has been written
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
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
we anticipate from
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 all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
it is accomplished
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
For every man shall bear his own burden.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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.
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
having been saved
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
we might walk around
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us; ]
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
you walk around
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
those things be(com)ing
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
it is made conspicuous
being made conspicuous
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
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
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
it will turn out
of over-abundant provision
For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.
to work internally
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
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.
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:
they walk around
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
we anticipate from
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
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.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them [that are] in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
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.
it has gone out
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
they message from
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: