But by an equality, [that] now at this time your abundance [may be a supply] for their want, that their abundance also may be [a supply] for your want: that there may be equality:
Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as [a matter of] bounty, and not as [of] covetousness.
I was of the opinion
they might go before
being expounded beforehand
And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things,] may abound to every good work:
you might abound
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
you might be elevated
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
they might be found
I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
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.
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.
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
they came and entered
they might purposefully make working class
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
we may recount
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
he is made just
we were made just
he will be made just
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
we were made just
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
he might buy out
we might extract
They zealously affect you, [but] not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
you may be zealous
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.
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
to coming upon
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
it may have been made known
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
to be firmly held
May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
those being carried around
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
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.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
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
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
you might be able
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
he will make known
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts.
he might near-call
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
you be civilized
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
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.
I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
you might be made joyful
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
of public service
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,
For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it,] do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
we might stand allied
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
they might be near-called
of achieved fullness
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
he/she may befuddle
Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger,] lest they be discouraged.
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
I might make conspicuous
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
he might near-call
Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the [epistle] from Laodicea.
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.
you might abound
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
it might take down
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the work of faith with power:
he considers befitting
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
they may be judged
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:
he might be "glorified"
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all [men] have not faith.
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
to continue to stay
you might relay
to teach something else
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
we might maintain
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.