Paule an Apostle of Iesu Christ by the wyll of God, and brother Timotheus. Vnto
the congregation of God, whithe is at Corinthum, with all the sainctes, which
are in all Achaia.
2 Grace be wyth you, and peace from God oure father, and from the Lorde Iesus
3 Blessed be God the father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, the father of mercy, and
şe God of all comforte,
4 whiche comforteth vs in all oure tribulacion, in so muche that we are able to
comforte them, which are troubled in whatsoeuer tribulation it be, with the same
comforte wherwith we our selues are comforted of God.
5 For as the affliccions of Christ are plenteous in vs: euen so is our
consolacion plenteous by Christe.
6 Whether we be troubled for youre consolacion & saluacion, whiche saluacion,
sheweth her power in that ye suffer the same afflictions which we also suffer:
or whether we be comforted for your consolacion, and saluation,
7 yet oure hope is stedfast for you, in as muche as we knowe howe that as ye
haue youre parte in affliccions, so shall ye be partakers of consolacion.
8 Brethren I woulde not haue you ignoraunt of oure trouble, whiche happened vnto
vs in Asia. For we were greued out of measure passinge strength, so greatlye
that we despeared euen of lyfe.
9 Also we receiued and aunswere of death in our selues, and that because we
woulde not put oure truste in oure selues: but in God, whiche rayseth şe dead
to lyfe again,
10 & which delyuered vs from so greate a death, and doth delyuer. On whom we
truste that yet here after he will delyuer,
11 by the helpe of your prayer for vs: that by the meanes of manye occasions,
thankes maye be geuen of manye on our behalfe, for şe grace geuen vnto vs.
12 Oure reioysinge is this, the testimony of oure conscience, that in synglenes
and Godly purenes, and not in fleshely wysdome, but by the grace of God, we haue
had oure conuersation in the worlde, and moste of all to youwardes.
13 We write no nother thinges vnto you, then that ye read and also knowe, yea
& I truste ye shall fynde vs vnto the ende euen as ye haue founde vs
14 for we are your reioysinge, euen as ye are oures in the day of the Lorde
15 And in this confidence was I minded the other tyme to haue come vnto you,
that ye myghte haue had yet one pleasure more,
16 and to haue passed by you into Macedonia, and to haue come againe out of
Macedonia vnto you, & to haue bene led forth to Iewryward of you.
17 When I thus wyse was mynded: dyd I vse lyghtnes? Or thynke I carnallye those
thinges, which I thinke? that with me should be yea yea, and nay nay?
18 God is faithfull. For oure preaching vnto you, was not yea & nay.
19 For Gods sonne Iesus Christe, whiche was preached amonge you by vs (that is
to saye, by me and Siluanus and Timotheus) was not yea and naye, but in him it
20 For all the promyses of God, in him are yea, and are in him Amen, vnto the
lande of God thorow vs.
21 For it is God, whiche stablisheth you and vs in Christ, and hath annointed vs,
22 which hath also sealed vs, and hath geuen the earnest of the spyryte into
23 (2:1) I call God for a recorde vnto my soule that for to fauer you withall I
came not anye more to Corinthum.
24 (2:2) Not that we be lordes ouer youre fayth but helpers of youce ioye. For
by fayth ye stand.
(2:3) But I determyned thys in my selfe, şt I wold not come agayne to you in
2 (2:4) For yf I make you sorye, who is it that shoulde make me glad, but the
same which is made sorye by me?
3 (2:5) And I wrote thys same Epistle vnto you, leste yf I came, I shoulde take
heauines of them, of whome I ought to reioyce. Certaynely thys confidence haue I
in you al, that my ioye is the ioye of you al.
4 (2:6) For in great affliction and anguyshe of herte I wrote vnto you with many
teares: not to make you sory, but that ye myght perceyue the loue which I haue
most specially vnto you.
5 (2:7) Yf anye man haue caused sorowe the same hath not made me sory, but
partelye: leaste I shoulde greue you all.
6 (2:8) It is suffycyente vnto the same man, that he was rebuked of many.
7 (2:9) So that nowe contrarywyse ye ought to forgeue hym, and comforte hym:
leaste that same persone shoulde be swalowed vp, with ouer muche heauynes.
8 (2:10) Wherfore I exhorte you, şt loue maye haue strengthe ouer hym.
9 (2:11) For this cause verely dyd I wryte, that I might know the profe of you,
whether ye shoulde be obedyent in all thynges.
10 (2:12) To whom ye forgeue any thynge, I forgeue also. And verelye yf I
forgeue anye thynge, to whome I forgaue it, for your sakes forgaue I it in the
roume of Christe,
11 (2:13) leaste Sathan shoulde preuente vs. For thys thoughtes are not vnknowen
12 (2:14) When I was come to Troada for Christes gospels sake (and a greate dore
was opened vnto me of the Lorde)
13 (2:15) I had no rest in my spyryte, because I founde not Titus my brother:
but toke my leaue of them, and wente awaye vnto Macedonia.
14 (2:16) Thankes be vnto God whiche alwayes geueth vs the victorye in Christ,
and openeth the sauour of hys knowledge by vs in euerye place.
15 (2:17) For we are vnto God the swete sauoure of Christe, bothe amonge them
that are saued, and also among them whiche peryshe.
16 (2:18) To the one part are we the sauoure of death vnto death. And vnto the
other parte are we the lauoure of lyfe vnto lyfe. And who is mete vnto these
17 (2:19) For we are not as many are which choppe & chaunge with the worde
of god: but euen out of purenes, and by the power of God, and in the syghte of
God, so speake we in Christe.
We begynne to prayse oure selues agayne. Nede we as some other, of Epistles, of
recommendacion vnto you? or letters of recommendacyon from you?
2 Ye are oure Epistle wrytten in oure hertes, which is vnderstande and read of,
3 in that ye are knowen, howe that ye are the Epistle of Christe, ministred by
vs and writen, not wyth ynke, but wyth the spirite of the lyuyng God, not in
tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the herte.
4 Suche truste haue we throughe Christe to Godwarde
5 not that we are suffyciente of our selues to thynke any thynge as it were of
our selues, but our ablenes cometh of God,
6 which hath made vs able to minister the new testament, not of the letter, but
of the spirite. For the letter killeth, but the spirite geueth lyfe.
7 Yf the mynystracyon of death throughe şe letters fygured in stones was
gloryous, so that the chyldren of Israell coulde not behold the face of Moyses
for the glory of hys countenaunce (whiche glory neuerthelesse is done awaye)
8 why shall not the ministracion of the spiryte be muche more gloryous?
9 For yf the ministrynge of condempnacyon be glorious, muche more doeth the
ministracyon of ryghtuousnes excede in glorye.
10 For no doubte that which was there glorifyed is not once gloryfyed in
respecte of thys excedynge glorye.
11 Then yf that whih is destroyed was gloryous muche more shall that whiche
remayneth, be gloryous.
12 Seynge then that we haue suche trust, we vse great boldnes,
13 and do not as Moyses, whiche put a vayle ouer hys face that şe children of
Israell shoulde not se, for what purpose that serued whiche is put awaye.
14 But theyr myndes were blynded. For vntil thys daye remayneth the same
couerynge vntaken awaye in the olde testament when they reade it, whiche in
Christe is put awaye.
15 But euen vnto thys daye when Moyses is reade, the vayle hangeth before theyr
16 Neuerthelesse when they turne to the Lorde, the vayle shalbe taken awaye.
17 The Lorde no doubte is a spiryte. And where the spiryte of the Lorde is,
there is libertye.
18 But we all beholde the glorye of the Lorde with hys face open, and chaunged
vnto the same similitude, from glorye to glory, euen of the spirite of the Lorde.
Therfore seynge that we haue suche an offyce, euen as mercye is come on vs, we
2 but haue caste from vs the clokes of vnhonestye, and walke not in craftynes,
neyther corrupte we şe word of God: but walke in open trueth, & reporte our
selues to euerye mans conscience in the syght of God.
3 Yf oure Gospell be yet hyd, it is hyd among them that are loste,
4 in whome the God of thys worlde hath blynded the myndes of them which beleue
not, leste the lyght of the gloryous gospell of Christe which is the ymage of
God shoulde shyne vnto them.
5 For we preache not oure selues, but Christ Iesus to be the Lorde, and oure
selues youre seuauntes for Iesus sake.
6 For it is God that commaunded the lighte to shyne out of darknes, whiche hath
shyned in oure hertes, for to geue the lyghte of the knoweledge of the glorye of
God, in the face of Iesus Christe.
7 But we haue thys treasure in earthen vessels that the excellent power of it
myght appeare to be of God, and not of vs.
8 We are troubled on euerye syde, yet are we not withoute shyfte. We are in
pouerte, but not vtterlye withoute some what.
9 We are persecuted, but are not forsaken. We are caste doune, neuerthelesse we
10 And we alwayes beare in oure bodyes the dyinge of the Lorde Iesus, that the
lyfe of Iesus myght appeare in oure bodyes.
11 For we whiche lyue are alwayes delyuered vnto deathe for Iesus sake, that the
lyfe also of Iesu myghte appeare in oure mortall fleshe.
12 So then death worketh in vs, and lyfe in you.
13 Seynge then we haue the same spirite of fayth, accordynge as it is writen: I
beleued, & therfor haue I spoken. We also beleue, & therfore speake.
14 For we knowe şt he which raysed vp şe Lord Iesus, shal rayse vp vs also by
the meanes of Iesus, & shall set vs wt you.
15 For all thynges do I for youre sakes, that the plentuous grace by thankes
geuen of manye, maye redounde to the prayse of God.
16 Wherfor we are not weryed, but though oure outwarde man perysh: yet the
inwarde man is renewed daye by daye.
17 For oure excedynge trybulation whiche is momentanye and lyghte, prepareth an
excedynge and eternall wayghte of glory vnto vs,
18 whyle we loke not on the thinges whiche are sene, but on the thinges which
are not sene. For thynges whiche are sene, are temporall, but thynges whiche are
not sene, are eternall.
We knowe surelye yf oure earthy mansyon wherin we nowe dwell were destroyed,
that we haue a buyldynge ordeyned of God an habitacyon not made with handes, but
eternall in heauen.
2 And therfore syghe we, desyrynge to be clothed wyth oure mansyon which is from
3 so yet yf that we be founde clothed, and not naked.
4 For as longe as we are in thys tabernacle, we syghe and are greued, for we
woulde not be vnclothed, but woulde be clothed vpon, şt mortalitye myghte be
swalowed vp of lyfe.
5 He that ordeyned vs for thys thynge, is God whiche very same hath geuen vnto
vs şe earnest of the spiryte.
6 Therfore we are alwaye of good chere, & knowe well that as longe as we are
at home in the bodye, we are absente from God.
7 For we walke in fayth, and se not.
8 Neuerthelesse we are of good comforte, and had leuer be absente from the bodye,
and to be presente with the Lorde.
9 Wherfore whether we be at home or from home, we endeuoure oure selues to
10 For we muste all appeare before the iudgement seate of Christ, that euery man
maye receyue the workes of hys bodye accordyng to that he hath done, whether it
be good or badde?
11 Seynge then that we know, how the Lorde is to be feared, we fare fayre with
men. For we are knowen well ynoughe vnto God. I truste also that we are knowen
in your consciences.
12 We prayse not oure selues agayne vnto you, but geue you an occasyon to
reioyce of vs that ye maye haue somewhat agaynst them whiche reioyce in the
face, and not in the hert,
13 For yf we be to feruente, to God we are to feruente. Yf we kepe measure, for
youre cause kepe we measure.
14 For the loue of Christ constrayneth vs, because we thus iudge, yf one be
dead, for all that then are all dead,
15 and that he dyed for all, that they which lyue, shoulde not hence forth lyue
vnto them selues, but vnto hym, whiche dyed for them, and rose agayne.
16 Wherfore hence forthe knowe we no man after the fleshe. In so muche though we
haue knowen Christe after the fleshe, nowe hence forth knowe we hym so no more.
17 Therfore yf anye man be in Christe, he is a newe creature. Olde thynges are
passed awaye, beholde all thynges are become newe.
18 Neuerthelesse all thynges are of God, whiche hath reconcyled vs vnto hym
selfe by Iesus Christe, and hath geuen vnto vs the offyce to preache the
19 For God was in Christe, and made agrement betwene the worlde and hym selfe,
and imputed not theyr synnes vnto them, & hathe committed to vs the
preachynge of the atonnement.
20 Nowe then are we messengers in the roume of Christ: euen as thoughe God dyd
beseche you thorowe vs: So praye we you in Christes stede, that ye be atone with
21 for he hath made hym to be synne for vs, whiche knewe no synne, şt we by hys
meanes should be that ryghtuousnes whiche before God is allowed.
We as healpers therfore exhorte you, that ye receyue not the grace of God in
2 For he sayeth: I haue hearde the in a tyme accepted: and in the day of
saluacyon. haue I succoured the. Beholde nowe is that well accepted tyme: behold
now is that daye of saluacyon.
3 Let vs geue no man occasyon of euyll, that in our offyce be founde no faulte,
4 but in al thynges let vs behaue our selues as the ministers of God. In muche
pacience, in afflictions, in necessitie, in anguishe,
5 in strypes, in prysonnement in stryfe, in laboure, in watchynge, in fasting
6 in purenes, in knoweledge, in longe suffering in kyndnes, in the holye ghoste,
in loue vnfayned,
7 in the wordes of trueth, in the power of God, in the armour of ryghtuousnes on
the ryght hande, and on the lyfte,
8 in honoure and dishonour, in euyll reporte, & good reporte: as disceyuers
& yet true:
9 as vnknowen, & yet knowen: as dying, & beholde we yet liue: as
chastened and not kylled:
10 as sorowyng, & yet alway mery: as poore, and yet make many ryche: as
hauynge nothynge, and yet possessynge all thynges.
11 O ye Corinthyans, oure mouth is open vnto you. Oure hertes made large:
12 ye are in no strayte in vs, but are in a strayte in youre owne bowelles:
13 I promyse you lyke rewarde with me, as to my chyldren.
14 Sette your selues therfore at large, and beare not a straungers yoke with the
vnbeleuers. For what feloweshyppe hath ryghtuousnes with vnryghtuousnes? What
companye hath lyght with darkenes?
15 What concorde hath Christe with Belyall? Eyther what parte hath he that
beleueth with an infydele?
16 Howe agreeth the temple of God with Images. And ye are the temple of that
lyuynge God, as sayed God. I wyll dwell amonge them, and walke among them, and
wyll be theyr God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherfore come out from among them, and separate youre selues (sayeth the
Lorde) and touche none vncleane thynge: so wyll I receyue you,
18 and wyll be a father vnto you, and ye shall be vnto me sonnes and doughters,
sayth the Lorde almyghtye.
Seynge that we haue such promyses dearely beloued, let vs cleanse oure selues
from al fylthynesse of the fleshe & spyrite, and grow vp to full holynesse
in the feare of God.
2 Vnderstande vs. We haue hurte no man: we haue corrupt no man: we haue
defrauded no man.
3 I speake not thys to condempne you: for I haue shewed you before, şt ye are
in oure hertes to dye, and lyue wyth you.
4 I am very bolde ouer you, and reioyce gentelye in you. I am fylled with
comforte, and am excedynge ioyouse in all oure trybulatyons.
5 For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were
troubled on euerye syde. Outwarde was fyghtynge, inwarde was feare.
6 Neuerthelesse GOD that comforteth the abiect, comforteth vs at the comming of
7 And not with hys commynge onelye: but also wyth the consolacyon wherewith he
was comforted of you. For he tolde vs youre desyre, youre mournyng, youre
feruent mynde to me warde, so that I now reioyce the more.
8 Wherfore thoughe I made you sory with a letter, I repent not, though I dyd
repent. For I perceyue that, that same Epistle made you sory, thoughe it were
but for a season.
9 But I nowe reioyce, not that ye were sory, but that ye so sorowed, that ye
repented. For ye sorowed Godlye, so that in nothyng ye were hurt by vs.
10 For Godly sorowe causeth repentaunce vnto saluacyon, not to be repented of:
when worldlye sorowe causeth death.
11 Beholde, what diligence thys Godlye sorowe that ye toke, hath wroughte in
you: yea it caused you to cleare your selues. It caused indignacyon, it caused
feare, it caused desyre, it caused a feruent mynde, it caused punyshement. For
in all thynges ye haue shewed your selues that ye are cleare in that matter.
12 Wherfore thoughe I wrote vnto you: I dyd it not for hys cause that dyd hurte,
neyther for hys cause that was hurt: but that our good mynd whiche we haue
towarde you in the syght of God, myght appeare vnto you.
13 Therfore we are comforted, because ye are comforted: yea and excedynglye the
more ioyed we, for the ioye that Titus had, because his spyryte was refreshed of
14 I am therfore, not nowe ashamed, though I bosted my selfe to hym of you. For
as all thynges which I preached vnto you are true, euen so is oure bostyng, that
I bosted my selfe to Titus with all, founde true.
15 And nowe is his inwarde affection more aboundante towarde you, when he
remembreth the obedience of euerye one of you, howe with feare and tremblynge ye
16 I reioyce that. I maye be bolde ouer you in all thynges.
I do you to wyt brethren, of the grace of God, which is geuen in the
congregacyons of Macedonia,
2 howe that the aboundaunce of theyr reioysynge is, that they are tryed with
muche trybulacyon. And therto thoughe they were excedynge poore, yet haue they
geuen excedynge richelye, and that in synglenesse.
3 For to theyr powers (I beare recorde) ye and beyonde theyr power, they were
wyllynge of theyr owne accorde,
4 & prayed vs with great instaunce that we would receyue theyr benefyte, and
suffer them to be partakers with other in mynystrynge to the saynctes.
5 And thys they dyd, not as we loked for: but gaue theyr owne selues fyrste to
the Lorde, and after vnto vs by the wyl of God:
6 so that we coulde not but desyre Titus to accomplyshe the same beneuolence
amonge you also, euen as he had begonne.
7 Nowe therfore, as ye are ryche in al partties in fayth, in worde, in
knoweledge, in all feruentnes, and in loue, which ye haue to vs: euen so se that
ye be plenteous in thys beneuolence.
8 Thys saye I not as commaundyng: but because other are so feruente, therfore
proue I youre loue, whether it be perfecte or no.
9 Ye knowe the lyberalytie of oure Lorde Iesus Christe, whiche though he were
ryche, yet for youre sakes became pore that ye thorowe hys pouertye myght be
10 And I geue counsell hereto. For thys is expediente for you, whiche beganne,
not to do onelye, but also to wyll, a yeare a go.
11 Nowe therfore performe the dede: that as there was in you a redynes to wyll,
euen so ye may performe the dede of that whiche ye haue.
12 For yf there be fyrste a wyllynge mynde, it is accepted accordyng to that a
man hath, and not accordynge to that he hath not.
13 It is not my mynde that other be set at ease, and ye broughte into combraunce:
14 but şt there be equalnes nowe at thys tyme, şt youre aboundaunce succoure
theyr lacke: that theyr aboundaunce maye supplye youre lacke:
15 that there may be equalitie, agreyng to that which is wryten. He that
gathered muche, had neuer the more aboundaunce, and he that gathered lyttell had
16 Thankes be vnto God, which put in the hert of Titus the same good mynde
17 For he accepted şe requeste, yea rather he was so well willyng şt of hys
owne accorde he came vnto you.
18 We haue sente with him that brother whose lande is the Gospell thorowe out
all the congregacyons,
19 and not so onely, but is also chosen of the congregacyons to be a felowe with
vs in oure iorneye concernynge thys beneuolence that is ministred by vs vnto the
prayse of the Lorde, and to stere vp youre prompte mynde.
20 For this we eschue, that anye man shoulde rebuke vs in thys plentuous
distribucyon, şt is ministred by vs,
21 and therfore make prouision for honest thynges, not in the syghte of God
onelye, but also in the syght of men.
22 We haue sent with them a brother of ours whome we haue oftentimes proued
diligente in many thinges, but now much more diligent.
23 The greate confydence whiche I haue in you hath caused me thus to do, partely
for Tytus sake, whiche is my felowe and helper as concernynge you, partely
because of other which are oure brethren, and the messengers of the
congregacyons, and the glorye of Christe.
24 Wherfore shewe vnto them the profe of your loue, and of the reioysynge that
we haue of you, that the congregacyons maye se it.
Of the ministrynge to the saynctes, it is but superfluous for me to wryte vnto
2 for I knowe your redynes of mynde whereof I boste my selfe vnto them of
Macedonia, and saye that Achaia was prepared a yeare a go, and youre feruentnes
hath prouoked manye.
3 Neuerthelesse yet haue I sent these brethren, lest oure reioysynge ouer you
shoulde be in vayne in thys behalfe, and that ye (as I haue sayed) prepare your
4 lest parauenture yf they of Macedonia come with me, and fynde you vnprepared,
the bost şt I made in thys matter, shoulde be a shame to vs. I saye not vnto
5 Wherfore I thought it necessarye to exhorte the brethren, to come before hande
vnto you, for to prepare your good blessyng promysed afore, that it myght be
redye, so that it be a blessynge, and not a defraudynge.
6 Thys yet remember, howe that he whiche soweth lyttell, shal reape lyttell,
& he that soweth plentuously, shall reape plentuously.
7 And let euery man do accordyng as he hath purposed in hys hert, not
groundgingly, or of necessitie. For God loueth a chearefull geuer.
8 God is able to make you ryche in al grace that ye in al thynges hauyng
suffycyent vnto the vttermoste, maye be ryche vnto all maner good workes,
9 as it is wrytten. He that sparsed abroade, and hath geuen to the pore, hys
ryghtuousnes, remayneth for euer.
10 He that fyndeth the sower seed, shall minister breade for fode, and shall
multyplye your seede and increace the frutes of youre ryghtuousnes that on all
11 ye maye be made riche in all synglenes, whiche causeth thorowe vs, thankes
geuynge vnto God.
12 For the offyce of thys ministracyon, not onelye supplyeth the neede of the
saynctes: but also is aboundaunte herein, that for thys laudable mynystrynge,
thankes myghte be geuen to God of many,
13 whiche prayse God for the obedience of youre professyng the Gospell of
Christe, and for youre synglenes in distrybutynge to them and to all men,
14 and in theyr prayers to God for you, long after you, for the aboundaunce
grace of God geuen vnto you.
15 Thankes be vnto God for hys vnspakeable gyfte.
I Paule my selfe beseche you by the mekenesse and softenes of Christe, whiche
when I am present amonge you, am of no reputacion, but am bolde toward you
2 I beseche you, that I nede not to be bolde, when I am present (with that same
confydence, wherewith I am supposed to be bolde) agaynste some whiche repute vs
as though we walked carnally.
3 Neuerthelesse thoughe we walke compassed wt the fleshe, yet we ware not
4 For the weapens of oure warre are not carnal thynges, but thynges myghtye in
God to caste doune stronge holdes,
5 wherewith we ouerthrowe Imaginations and euerye hye thynge that exalteth it
selfe agaynste the knoweledge of God, and brynge into captiuite all
vnderstandynge to the obedience of Christe,
6 and are redye to take vengeaunce on all disobedience, when youre obedience is
7 Loke ye on thynges after the vtter apparence? Yf any man truste in hym selfe
that he is Christes, let the same also consydre of him self that as he is
Christes, euen so are we Christes
8 and thoughe I shoulde boste my selfe some what more of oure authoritie which
the Lord hath geuen vs to edifye, and not to destroye you, it shoulde not be to
9 This say I, leste I shoulde seme, as thoughe I went about to make you afrayde
10 For şe Epystles (sayeth he) are sore and stronge, but hys bodely presence is
weake, and hys speach rude.
11 Let hym that is suche, thynke on thys wyse, şt as we are in wordes by
letters when we are absent, such are we in dedes when we are present.
12 For we can not fynde in oure hertes to make oure selues of the numbre of
them, or to compare oure selues to them, whiche laud them selues, neuerthelesse
while they measure them selues wyth them selues, and compare them selues with
them selues, they vnderstande nought.
13 But we wyll not reioyce aboue measure: but accordynge to the quantitye of the
measure, whiche God hath distrybuted vnto vs, a measure that reacheth euen vnto
14 For we stretche not oure selues beyonde measure, as thoughe we had not
reacheth vnto you. For euen vnto you haue we come with the Gospell of Christe,
15 and we boste not oure selues out of measure in other mens labours. Yea, and
we hope, when your fayth is increased amonge you, to be magnifyed accordynge to
oure measure more largelye,
16 and to preache the Gospell in those regyons, whiche are beyonde you: and not
to reioyce of that whiche is by another mans measure prepared already.
17 Let hym that reioyceth, reioyce in şe Lord.
18 For he that prayseth hym self, is not allowed: but he whom the Lorde prayseth.
Wolde to God ye coulde suffre me a lytell in my folyshenes: yea, and I praye
you, forbeare me.
2 For I am gelous ouer you with godly gelousye. For I coupled you to one man, to
make you a chaste virgyn to Christe.
3 But I feare leste as şe serpente begyled Eue thorowe hys suttelty, euen so
youre wyttes shoulde be corrupte from the synglenes that is in Christe.
4 For yf he that commeth, preache another Iesus then hym whom we preached: or yf
ye receyue another spiryte then that whiche ye haue receyued: other another
Gospell then that ye haue receyued, ye myght ryghte well haue bene content.
5 I impose that I was not behynde şe chief Apostles.
6 Though I be rude in speakynge, yet I am not so in knoweledge. Howe be it
amonge you: we are knowen to the vttermoste what we are in all thynges.
7 Dyd I therein synne, because I submytted my selfe, that ye myght be exalted,
and because I preached to you the Gospell of God fre?
8 I robbed other congregacyons, and toke wages of them, to do you seruyce with
9 And when I was present with you, and had nede, I was greuous to no man, for
that whiche was lackynge vnto me, the brethren whiche came from Macedonia,
supplyed: and in all thynge I kept my selfe that I shoulde not be greuous to
you, & so wyl I kepe my selfe.
10 Yf the trueth of Christe be in me, thys reioysynge shall not be taken from me
in the regyons of Achaia.
11 Wherfore? Because I loue you not? God knoweth.
12 Neuerthelesse what I do, that wyll I do, to cut awaye occasyon from them
which desyre occasyon, that they myght be founde lyke vnto vs in that wherein
13 For these false Apostles are disceytfull workers, and fashyon them selues
lyke vnto the Apostles of Christe.
14 And no maruail for Satan hym selfe is chaunged into the fashyon of an angell
15 Therfore it is no greate thynge, thoughe hys mynysters fashyon them selues as
thoughe they were the mynisters of rightuousnes, whose end shalbe accordynge to
16 I saye agayne, lest anye man thynke that I am folyshe, or els euen nowe take
me as a fole, that I maye boaste my selfe a lyttell.
17 That I speake, I speake it not after the wayes of the Lorde, but as it were
folishly, while we are nowe come to bostynge.
18 Seyng that manye reioyce after the fleshe, I will reioyse also.
19 For ye suffer foles gladly, because that ye youre selues are wyse.
20 For ye suffre euen yf a man brynge you into bondage: yf a man deuoure, yf a
man take yf a man exalte hym selfe, yf a man smite you on the face.
21 I speake as concernynge rebuke, as thoughe we had bene weake. Howe be it,
wherein soeuer any man dare be bolde (I speake folyshly) I dare be bolde also.
22 They are Hebrues, so am I: They are Israelytes, euen so am I. They are the
seede of Abraham, euen so am I.
23 They are the ministers of CHRISTE (I speake as a fole) I am more: In labours
more aboundaunte: In strypes aboue measure: In pryson more plentuouslye: In
24 Of the Iewes .v. tymes receyued I euerye tyme .xl. strypes saue one.
25 Thryse was I beaten with roddes. I was once stoned. I suffered thryse
shipwracke. Nyght and daye haue I bene in the depe of the sea.
26 In iorneyeyng often: in parils of waters: in parylles of robbers: in
ieoperdyes amonge the heathen. I haue bene in peryls in cytyes, in peryls in
wyldernes, in peryls in the sea, in peryls among false brethren,
27 in laboure and trauayle, in watchyng often, in hunger, in thyrste, in
fastynges often, in colde, and in nakednes.
28 And besyde the thynges whiche outwardelye happen vnto me, I am combered
dayelye, and do care for all congregations.
29 Who is weake, and I am not weake? Who is hurte in the faythe, and my herte
30 Yf I muste nedes reioyce, I wyll reioyce of myne infirmities.
31 (12:1) The God and father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, whiche is blessed for
euermore, knoweth that I lye not
32 (12:2) In the citie of Damascon the gouerner of the people vnder king Aretas,
layd watche in the citie of the Damascens, and woulde haue caught me,
33 (12:3) and at a wyndowe was I let doune in a basket thorow the wall, and so
scaped hys handes.
(12:4) It is not expedyent for me (no doubte) to reioyce. Neuerthelesse I wyll
come to visions and reuelations of the Lorde.
2 (12:5) I knowe a man in Christe aboue .xiiij. yeares agone (whether he were in
the bodye I cannot tell, or whether he were oute of the bodye I cannot tell, God
knoweth) whiche was taken vp into the third heauen.
3 (12:6) And I knowe the same man (whether in the bodye, or oute of the bodye, I
cannot tell, God knoweth)
4 (12:7) howe that he was taken vp into paradyse, and hearde wordes not to be
spoken, whiche no man can vtter.
5 (12:8) Of thys man wyll I reioyce, of my selfe wyll I not reioyce, excepte it
be of myne infyrmytyes.
6 (12:9) And yet thoughe I woulde reioyce, I shoulde not be a fole: for I
shoulde saye the trueth: Neuerthelesse I spare, lest anye man shoulde thynke of
me aboue that he seeth me to be, or heareth of me.
7 (12:10) And lest I shoulde be exalted out of measure thorowe the aboundaunce
of reuelacions there was geuen vnto me vnquyetnes of şe fleshe, the messenger
of Satan to buffete me: because I shoulde no be exalted oute of measure.
8 (12:11) For thys thynge besought I the Lorde thryse, that it myght departe
9 (12:12) And he sayde vnto me: my grace is suffycyent for the. For my strengthe
is made perfecte thorowe weakenes. Very gladly therfor wil I reioyce of my
weakenes, that the strength of Christe maye dwell in me
10 (12:13) Therfore haue I delectacyon in infyrmities, in rebukes, in nede, in
persecutions, in anguyshe, for Christes sake. For when I am weake, then am I
11 (12:14) I am made a fole in bostynge my selfe. Ye haue compelled me: I ought
to haue bene commended of you. For in nothynge was I inferyor vnto the chiefe
Apostles. Thoughe I be nothynge
12 (12:15) yet the tokens of an Apostle were wroughte amonge you with al
pacience: with signes, and wonders and myghty dedes.
13 (12:16) For what is it wherein ye were inferyours vnto other congregacyons
except it be therein that I was not greuous vnto you. Forgeue me thys wrong done
14 (12:17) Behold the now thyrde time I am redy to come vnto you, and yet wyll I
not be greuouse vnto you. For I seke not yours, but you. Also the chyldren ought
not to lay vp for the fathers & mothers but the fathers a mothers for the
15 (12:18) I wyll very gladly bestowe, and wyll be bestowed for youre soules:
thoughe the more I loue you, the lesse I am loued agayne.
16 (12:19) But be it that I greued you not: neuerthelesse I was crafty and toke
you with gyle.
17 (12:20) Dyd I pyl you by any of them which I sent vnto you?
18 (12:21) I desyred Titus, and with hym I sent a brother. Did Tytus defraude
you of any thing? walked we not in one spyryte? walked we not in lyke steppes?
19 (12:22) Agayne, thynke ye that we excuse oure selues. We speake in Christe in
the syght of God. But we do all thynges dearelye beloued for youre edifiynge.
20 (12:23) For I feare least it come to passe, that when I come, I shall not
fynde you suche as I woulde, and I shalbe founde amonge you debate, enuiynge,
wrath, stryfe, backbytynges, whisperynges, swellynges & discorde.
21 (12:24) I feare leste when I come agayne, God brynge me lowe amonge you, and
I be constrayned to bewayle many of them which haue synned already, and haue not
repented of the vncleanes, fornicacyon, and wantonnes, whiche they haue
Nowe come I the thyrde time vnto you. In the mouthe of two or three wytnesses
shall euery thing stande.
2 I tolde you before, & tell you before, and as I sayd when I was presente
with you the seconde tyme, so wayte I now beynge absent to them which in tyme
paste haue synned, and to all other, that yf I come agayne, I wyll not spare,
3 seyng şt ye seke experience of Christe, whiche speaketh in me, which amonge
you is not weake, but is myghty in you.
4 And verely thoughe it came of weakenes that he was crucyfyed, yet liueth he
thorowe the power of GOD. And we no doubte are weake in hym: but we shall lyue
with hym by the myght of God among you.
5 Proue youre selues whether you be in şe fayth or not. Examen your owne selues:
know ye not your owne selues, howe that Iesha Christe is in you, except ye be
6 I truste that ye shall knowe that we be not cast awayes.
7 I desyre before God that ye do none euyll, not that we shoulde seme commendale,
but that ye shoulde do that which is honest: and let vs be counted as leude
8 We can do nothynge agaynste the truth. But for the trueth,
9 we are glad when we are weake, & ye strong. Thys also we wyshe for, euen
that ye were perfecte.
10 Therfore wryte I these thinges beynge absente, leste when I am presente I
shoulde vse sharpenesse accordynge to the power whiche the Lorde hath geuen me,
to edifye, and not to destroye.
11 Finally brethren fare ye well, be perfeccte, be of good comforte, be of one
mynde, lyue in peace, and the God of loue, and peace, shal be with you.
12 Grete one another in an holy kysse.
13 All the saynctes salute you.
14 The grace of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, and the loue of God, and the
feloweshyppe of the holye ghoste be with you all. Amen.