And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and [in] the spirit of meekness?
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
you might come together
And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
you were being brought
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I will recognize
I am recognized
Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts,] seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
you might abound
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
you might come together
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.
Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
I might pass through
And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also [do. ]
Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
As touching [our] brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
For 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 youward.
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
And 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.
But [as] God [is] true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
To 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?
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others,] epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you?
of [the] commendatory
of [those] commendatory
And such trust have we through Christ to Godward:
And 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:
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
But 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.
For 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.
We are confident, [I say,] and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
For 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.
to be made conspicuous
For 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.
O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
of [one] unsteadfast
I speak not [this] to condemn [you:] for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you. ]
to die together
Great [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.
For 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.
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 indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
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
(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them,] to do you service.
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. ]
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]
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
[And] 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.
of previously erroneous
This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
it will be substantiated
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.
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
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?
But [it is] good to be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing,] and not only when I am present with you.
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men,] especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
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 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.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
a taking on face value
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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. ]
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
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
I was of the opinion
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
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
Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.
Husbands, love [your] wives, and be not bitter against them.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
those buying out
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
he might near-call
Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
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.
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:
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.
For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you:
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men. ]
you endure patiently
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
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"
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:
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
we were relaying
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.