The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[ 1] W OULD that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: but 1 indeed ye do bear with me.
[ 2] For I am jealous over you with a 2 godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
[ 3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds 3 should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.
[ 4] For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, 4 which ye did not accept, ye do well to bear with him.
[ 5] For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the 5 very chiefest apostles.
[ 6] But though I be rude in speech, yet am I not in knowledge; nay, 6 in every way have we made this manifest unto you in all things.
[ 7] Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached 7 to you the gospel of God for nought?
[ 8] I robbed other churches, taking wages of them that I might minister unto you;
[ 9] and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
[ 10] As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this glorying in the regions of Achaia.
[ 11] Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
[ 12] But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion 8 from them that desire an occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
[ 13] For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.
[ 14] And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light.
[ 15] It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
[ 16] I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if ye do, yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little.
[ 17] That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.
[ 18] Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
[ 19] For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.
[ 20] For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you captive, if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face.
[ 21] I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also.
[ 22] Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
[ 23] Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I more; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths oft.
[ 24] Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
[ 25] Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been in the deep;
[ 26] in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from my countrymen, 9 in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
[ 27] in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
[ 28] Besides 10 those things that are without, there is that which presseth upon me daily, anxiety for all the churches.
[ 29] Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is caused to stumble, and I burn not?
[ 30] If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.
[ 31] The 11 God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for 12 evermore knoweth that I lie not.
[ 32] In Damascus the governor 13 under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:
[ 33] and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.