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2 Corinthians Chapter 1

2 Corinthians 1:1 (NASB)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:

2 Corinthians 1:2 (NASB)

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

2 Corinthians 1:4 (CJB)

4 who encourages us in all our trials, so that we can encourage others in whatever trials they may be undergoing with the encouragement we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:5 (CJB)

5 For just as the Messiah’s sufferings overflow into us, so through the Messiah our encouragement also overflows.

2 Corinthians 1:6 (CJB)

6 So if we undergo trials, it is for your encouragement and deliverance; and if we are encouraged, that should encourage you when you have to endure sufferings like those we are experiencing.

2 Corinthians 1:7 (CJB)

7 Moreover, our hope for you remains staunch, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, you will also share in the encouragement.

2 Corinthians 1:8 (AMP)

8 For we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about the affliction and oppressing distress which befell us in [the province of] Asia, how we were so utterly and unbearably weighed down and crushed that we despaired even of life [itself].

2 Corinthians 1:9 (CJB)

9 In our hearts we felt we were under sentence of death. However, this was to get us to rely not on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead!

2 Corinthians 1:10 (AMP)

10 [For it is He] Who rescued and saved us from such a perilous death, and He will still rescue and save us; in and on Him we have set our hope (our joyful and confident expectation) that He will again deliver us [from danger and destruction and draw us to Himself],

2 Corinthians 1:11 (CJB)

11 And you must add your help by praying for us; for the more people there are praying, the more people there will be to give thanks when their prayer for us is answered.

2 Corinthians 1:12 (CJB)

12 For we take pride in this: that our conscience assures us that in our dealings with the world, and especially with you, we have conducted ourselves with frankness and godly pureness of motive — not by worldly wisdom but by God-given grace.

2 Corinthians 1:13 (CJB)

13 There are no hidden meanings in our letters other than what you can read and understand; and my hope is that you will understand fully,

2 Corinthians 1:14 (CJB)

14 as indeed you have already understood us in part; so that on the Day of our Lord Yeshua you can be as proud of us as we are of you.

2 Corinthians 1:15 (CJB)

15 So sure was I of this that I had planned to come and see you, so that you might have the benefit of a second visit.

2 Corinthians 1:16 (AMP)

16 [I wanted] to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and [then] to come again to you [on my return trip] from Macedonia and have you send me forward on my way to Judea.

2 Corinthians 1:17 (CJB)

17 Did I make these plans lightly? Or do I make plans the way a worldly man does, ready to say, “Yes, yes,” and “No, no,” in the same breath?

2 Corinthians 1:18 (CJB)

18 As surely as God is trustworthy, we don’t say “Yes” when we mean “No.”

2 Corinthians 1:19 (CJB)-M

19 For the Son of God, the Messiah Jesus, who was proclaimed among you through us — that is, through me and Silas and Timothy — was not a yes-and-no man; on the contrary, with him it is always “Yes!”

2 Corinthians 1:20 (CJB)

20 For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with him; that is why it is through him that we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God.

2 Corinthians 1:21 (NKJV)

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NIV)

22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 1:23 (CJB)

23 I call God to witness — he knows what my life is like — that the reason I held back from coming to Corinth was out of consideration for you!

2 Corinthians 1:24 (CJB)

24 We are not trying to dictate how you must live out your trust in the Messiah, for in your trust you are standing firm. Rather, we are working with you for your own happiness.

2 Corinthians Chapter 2

2 Corinthians 2:1 (AMP)

1 But I definitely made up my mind not to grieve you with another painful and distressing visit.

2 Corinthians 2:2 (AMP)

2 For if I cause you pain [with merited rebuke], who is there to provide me enjoyment but the [very] one whom I have grieved and made sad?

2 Corinthians 2:3 (CJB)

3 Indeed, this is why I wrote as I did — so that when I came, I would not have to be pained by those who ought to be making me happy; for I had enough confidence in all of you to believe that unless I could be happy, none of you could be happy either.

2 Corinthians 2:4 (NIV)

4 For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.

2 Corinthians 2:5 (AMP)

5 But if someone [the one among you who committed incest] has caused [all this] grief and pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure, not to put it too severely, [he has distressed] all of you.

2 Corinthians 2:6 (AMP)

6 For such a one this censure by the majority [which he has received is] sufficient [punishment].

2 Corinthians 2:7 (AMP)

7 So [instead of further rebuke, now] you should rather turn and [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage [him], to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow and despair.

2 Corinthians 2:8 (AMP)

8 I therefore beg you to reinstate him in your affections and assure him of your love for him;

2 Corinthians 2:9 (CJB)

9 The reason I wrote you was to see if you would pass the test, to see if you would fully obey me.

2 Corinthians 2:10 (CJB)

10 Anyone you forgive, I forgive too. For indeed, whatever I have forgiven, if there has been anything to forgive, has been for your sake in the presence of the Messiah

2 Corinthians 2:11 (CJB)-M

11 so that we will not be taken advantage of by the Adversary — for we are [not ignorant of his devices] and are quite aware of his schemes!

2 Corinthians 2:12 (HCSB)-M

12 The Lord opened a door [of ministry] for me when I came to Troas ⌊to preach⌋ the gospel of Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:13 (NKJV)

13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT)
15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

2 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)
16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

2 Corinthians 2:17 (NIV)

17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

2 Corinthians Chapter 3

2 Corinthians 3:1 (CJB)

1 Are we starting to recommend ourselves again? Or do we, like some, need letters of recommendation either to you or from you?

2 Corinthians 3:2 (CJB)

2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

2 Corinthians 3:3 (CJB)

3 You make it clear that you are a letter from the Messiah placed in our care, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on human hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:4 (CJB)

4 Such is the confidence we have through the Messiah toward God.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (CJB)

5 It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.

2 Corinthians 3:6 (CJB)

6 He has even made us competent to be workers serving a New Covenant, the essence of which is not a written text but the Spirit. For the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3:7 (NIV)

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was,

2 Corinthians 3:8 (NIV)

8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

2 Corinthians 3:9 (CJB)

9 For if there was glory in what worked to declare people guilty, how much more must the glory abound in what works to declare people innocent!

2 Corinthians 3:10 (NIV)

10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.

2 Corinthians 3:11 (CJB)

11 For if there was glory in what faded away, how much more glory must there be in what lasts.

2 Corinthians 3:12 (NASB)

12 Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,

2 Corinthians 3:13 (NIV)

13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.

2 Corinthians 3:14 (CJB)

14 What is more, their minds were made stone like; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away.

2 Corinthians 3:15 (AMP)

15 Yes, down to this [very] day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies upon their minds and hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:16 (AMP)

16 But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB)

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

2 Corinthians Chapter 4

2 Corinthians 4:1 (CJB)

1 God has shown us such mercy that we do not lose courage as we do the work he has given us.

2 Corinthians 4:2 (7KB)

2 Indeed, we refuse to make use of shameful underhanded methods, employing deception or distorting God’s message in deceitful manner. On the contrary, by making very clear what the truth is, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3 (NKJV)

3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

2 Corinthians 4:4 (7KB)

4 in whose case the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 4:5 (AMP)

5 For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (CJB)

6 For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NASB)

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

2 Corinthians 4:8 (CJB)

8 We have all kinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair;

2 Corinthians 4:9 (CJB)

9 persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:10 (NIV)

10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:11 (NIV)

11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

2 Corinthians 4:12 (AMP)

12 Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that our] life [may be actively at work] in you.

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,

2 Corinthians 4:14 (NKJV)

14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

2 Corinthians 4:15 (AMP)

15 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16 (CJB)

16 This is why we do not lose courage. Though our outer self is heading for decay, our inner self is being renewed daily.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NASB)

17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians Chapter 5

2 Corinthians 5:1 (AMP)

1 For we know that if the tent which is our earthly home is destroyed (dissolved), we have from God a building, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:2 (CJB)

2 For in this tent, our earthly body, we groan with desire to have around us the home from heaven that will be ours.

2 Corinthians 5:3 (AMP)

3 So that by putting it on we may not be found naked (without a body).

2 Corinthians 5:4 (CJB)

4 Yes, while we are in this body, we groan with the sense of being oppressed: it is not so much that we want to take something off, but rather to put something on over it; so that what must die may be swallowed up by the Life.

2 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV)

5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 5:6 (NIV)

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

7 We live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (CJB)

8 We are confident, then, and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and come to our home with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)

9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:11 (CJB)

11 So it is with the fear of the Lord before us that we try to persuade people. Moreover, God knows us as we really are; and I hope that in your consciences you too know us as we really are.

2 Corinthians 5:12 (NIV)

12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

2 Corinthians 5:13 (AMP)

13 For if we are beside ourselves [mad, as some say], it is for God and concerns Him; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit,

2 Corinthians 5:14 (CJB)

14 For the Messiah’s love has hold of us, because we are convinced that one man died on behalf of all mankind (which implies that all mankind was already dead),

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NASB)

15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2 Corinthians 5:16 (AMP)

16 Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18 (NASB)

18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,

2 Corinthians 5:19 (NIV)

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 (CJB)

20 Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making his appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, “Be reconciled to God!

2 Corinthians 5:21 (CJB)

21 God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.”

2 Corinthians Chapter 6

2 Corinthians 6:1 (CJB)

1 As God’s fellow-workers we also urge you not to receive his grace and then do nothing with it.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)

2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:3 (NASB)

3 giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,

2 Corinthians 6:4 (CJB)

4 On the contrary, we try to commend ourselves in every way as workers for God by continually enduring troubles, hardships, calamities,

2 Corinthians 6:5 (NIV)

5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;

2 Corinthians 6:6 (NIV)

6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

2 Corinthians 6:7 (CJB)

7 and truthfulness of speech; and by God’s power. We commend ourselves through our use of righteous weapons, whether for pressing our cause or defending it;

2 Corinthians 6:8 (CJB)

8 through being honored and dishonored, praised and blamed, considered deceptive and sincere,

2 Corinthians 6:9 (CJB)

9 unknown and famous. And we commend ourselves as God’s workers headed for death, yet look! we’re alive! as punished, yet not killed;

2 Corinthians 6:10 (CJB)

10 as having reason to be sad, yet always filled with joy; as poor, yet making many people rich; as having nothing, yet having everything!

2 Corinthians 6:11 (CJB)

11 Dear friends in Corinth! We have spoken frankly to you, we have opened our hearts wide.

2 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)

12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.

2 Corinthians 6:13 (AMP)

13 By way of return then, do this for me—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also [to us].

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:15 (NIV)

15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

2 Corinthians 6:16 (NIV)

16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

2 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV)

17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)

18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians Chapter 7

2 Corinthians 7:1 (AMP)

1 Therefore since, these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:2 (AMP)

2 Do open your hearts to us again [enlarge them to take us in]. We have wronged no one, we have betrayed or corrupted no one, we have cheated or taken advantage of no one.

2 Corinthians 7:3 (NIV)

3 I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you.

2 Corinthians 7:4 (CJB)

4 that I am very confident in you; that I am very proud of you; that you have filled me with encouragement; and that in spite of all our troubles, I am overflowing with joy.

2 Corinthians 7:5 (NKJV)

5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.

2 Corinthians 7:6 (NKJV)

6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,

2 Corinthians 7:7 (CJB)

7 However, it was not only his arrival which encouraged us, but also how encouraged he was about you, as he told us how you long to see me, how distressed you are over my situation, how zealous you are in my defense—this news made me even happier!

2 Corinthians 7:8 (CJB)

8 If I caused you pain by my letter, I do not regret it. Even if I did regret it before — for I do see that that letter did distress you, though only for a short time —

2 Corinthians 7:9 (CJB)

9 now I rejoice not because you were pained, but because the pain led you to turn back to God. For you handled the pain in God’s way, so that you were not harmed by us at all.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:11 (CJB)

11 For just look at what handling the pain God’s way produced in you! What earnest diligence, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what readiness to put things right! In everything you have proved yourselves blameless in the matter.

2 Corinthians 7:12 (CJB)

12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of either the one who did the wrong or the one wronged, but so that before God you could see for yourselves how deep is your devotion to us.

2 Corinthians 7:13 (CJB)

13 This is the reason we have been encouraged. Besides our own encouragement, we had the even greater joy of seeing how happy Titus was, because all of you set his mind at rest.

2 Corinthians 7:14 (CJB)

14 For I had boasted somewhat about you to him, and now I have not been made to look foolish. On the contrary, just as everything we have said to you is true, so too our boasting in front of Titus has proved true.

2 Corinthians 7:15 (CJB)

15 And his affection for you is all the greater as he remembers how ready you were to obey and how you received him with reverence and respect.

2 Corinthians 7:16 (CJB)

16 I am glad that I can have such complete confidence in you.

2 Corinthians Chapter 8

2 Corinthians 8:1 (CJB)

1 Now, brothers, we must tell you about the grace God has given the congregations in Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 8:2 (CJB)

2 Despite severe trials, and even though they are desperately poor, their joy has overflowed in a wealth of generosity.

2 Corinthians 8:3 (CJB)

3 I tell you they have not merely given according to their means, but of their own free will they have given beyond their means.

2 Corinthians 8:4 (NASB)

4 begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,

2 Corinthians 8:5 (NIV)

5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

2 Corinthians 8:6 (CJB)

6 All this has led us to urge Titus to bring this same gracious gift to completion among you, since he has already made a beginning of it.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

7 But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

2 Corinthians 8:8 (CJB)

8 I am not issuing an order; rather, I am testing the genuineness of your love against the diligence of others.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (CJB)

9 For you know how generous our Lord Yeshua the Messiah was — for your sakes he impoverished himself, even though he was rich, so that he might make you rich by means of his poverty.

2 Corinthians 8:10 (NIV)

10 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

2 Corinthians 8:11 (CJB)

11 to finish what you started, so that your eagerness in wanting to commence the project may be matched by your eagerness to complete it, as you contribute from what you have.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV)

12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:13 (NIV)

13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.

2 Corinthians 8:14 (NIV)

14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,

2 Corinthians 8:15 (CJB)

15 It is as the Tanakh says, “He who gathered much had nothing extra, and he who gathered little had nothing lacking.”

2 Corinthians 8:16 (NIV)

16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.

2 Corinthians 8:17 (NIV)

17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.

2 Corinthians 8:18 (NIV)

18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

2 Corinthians 8:19 (NIV)

19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 8:20 (CJB)

20 Our aim in this is to show that our conduct in dealing with these substantial sums is above reproach;

2 Corinthians 8:21 (NIV)

21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

2 Corinthians 8:22 (CJB)

22 With these two we are sending another brother of ours, one whose diligence we have tested many times in many ways, but who is now all the more diligent because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 8:23 (NIV)

23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:24 (CJB)

24 So the love you show these men will justify our pride in you to them, and through them to the congregations that sent them.

2 Corinthians Chapter 9

2 Corinthians 9:1 (CJB)

1 There is really no need for me to write you about this offering for God’s people —

2 Corinthians 9:2 (NIV)

2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.

2 Corinthians 9:3 (NIV)

3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.

2 Corinthians 9:4 (NIV)

4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we–not to say anything about you–would be ashamed of having been so confident.

2 Corinthians 9:5 (NIV)

5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (CJB)

8 Moreover, God has the power to provide you with every gracious gift in abundance, so that always in every way you will have all you need yourselves and be able to provide abundantly for every good cause —

2 Corinthians 9:9 (NIV)

9 As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

2 Corinthians 9:11 (CJB)

11 You will be enriched in every way, so that you can be generous in everything. And through us your generosity will cause people to thank God,

2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

2 Corinthians 9:13 (CJB)

13 In offering this service you prove to these people that you glorify God by actually doing what your acknowledgement of the Good News of the Messiah requires, namely, sharing generously with them and with everyone.

2 Corinthians 9:14 (CJB)

14 And in their prayers for you they will feel a strong affection for you because of how gracious God has been to you.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)

15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians Chapter 10

2 Corinthians 10:1 (CJB)-M

1 Now it is I myself, Paul, making an appeal to you with the meekness and forbearance that come from the Messiah, I who am considered timid when face-to face with you but intimidating from a distance.

2 Corinthians 10:2 (AMP)

2 I entreat you when I do come [to you] that I may not [be driven to such] boldness as I intend to show toward those few who suspect us of acting according to the flesh [on the low level of worldly motives and as if invested with only human powers].

2 Corinthians 10:3 (HCSB)

3 For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way,

2 Corinthians 10:4 (HCSB)

4 since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments

2 Corinthians 10:5 (7KB)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high [minded] thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:6 (NIV)

6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

2 Corinthians 10:7 (CJB)

7 You are looking at the surface of things. If anyone is convinced that he belongs to the Messiah, he should remind himself that we belong to the Messiah as much as he does.

2 Corinthians 10:8 (NIV)

8 For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.

2 Corinthians 10:9 (CJB)

9 My object is not to seem as if I were trying to frighten you with these letters.

2 Corinthians 10:10 (NASB)

10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”

2 Corinthians 10:11 (NIV)

11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.

2 Corinthians 10:12 (CJB)

12 We don’t dare class or compare ourselves with some of the people who advertise themselves. In measuring themselves against each other and comparing themselves with each other, they are simply stupid.

2 Corinthians 10:13 (CJB)

13 We will not boast about what lies outside the area of work which God has given us; rather, we will boast within our assigned area, and that area does reach as far as you.

2 Corinthians 10:14 (CJB)

14 We are not overextending our boasting as if we had not reached as far as you; for we did come all the way to you with the Good News of the Messiah.

2 Corinthians 10:15 (NIV)

15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand,

2 Corinthians 10:16 (CJB)

16 namely, to proclaim the Good News in regions beyond you. Our hope is not to boast about the work already done by someone else.

2 Corinthians 10:17 (NIV)

17 But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 10:18 (NIV)

18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

2 Corinthians Chapter 11

2 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

1 I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that.

2 Corinthians 11:2 (CJB)

2 For I am jealous for you with God’s kind of jealousy; since I promised to present you as a pure virgin in marriage to your one husband, the Messiah;

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)

3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (NIV)

4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

2 Corinthians 11:5 (AMP)

5 Yet I consider myself as in no way inferior to these [precious] extra-super [false] apostles.

2 Corinthians 11:6 (NASB)

6 But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.

2 Corinthians 11:7 (NASB)

7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?

2 Corinthians 11:8 (NKJV)

8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.

2 Corinthians 11:9 (NIV)

9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.

2 Corinthians 11:10 (NASB)

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.

2 Corinthians 11:11 (NIV)

11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

2 Corinthians 11:12 (NIV)

12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.

2 Corinthians 11:13 (AMP)

13 For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah).

2 Corinthians 11:14 (AMP)

14 And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;

2 Corinthians 11:15 (NASB)

15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

2 Corinthians 11:16 (NIV)

16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.

2 Corinthians 11:17 (CJB)

17 What I am saying is not in accordance with the Lord; rather, this conceited boasting is spoken as a fool would speak.

2 Corinthians 11:18 (CJB)

18 Since many people boast in a worldly way, I too will boast this way.

2 Corinthians 11:19 (CJB)

19 For since you yourselves are so wise, you gladly put up with fools!

2 Corinthians 11:20 (NIV)

20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.

2 Corinthians 11:21 (CJB)

21 To my shame, I must admit that we have been too “weak” to do such things! But if anyone dares to boast about something — I’m talking like a fool! — I am just as daring.

2 Corinthians 11:22 (NIV)

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I.

2 Corinthians 11:23 (NIV)

23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.

2 Corinthians 11:24 (NASB)

24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

2 Corinthians 11:25 (NASB)

25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

2 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)

26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.

2 Corinthians 11:27 (NIV)

27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.

2 Corinthians 11:28 (CJB)

28 And besides these external matters, there is the daily pressure of my anxious concern for all the congregations.

2 Corinthians 11:29 (NIV)

29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

2 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV)

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

2 Corinthians 11:31 (NASB)

31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

2 Corinthians 11:32 (AMP)

32 In Damascus, the city governor acting under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus [on purpose] to arrest me,

2 Corinthians 11:33 (CJB)

33 but I was lowered in a basket through an opening in the wall and escaped his clutches.

2 Corinthians Chapter 12

2 Corinthians 12:1 (CJB)

1 I have to boast. There is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:2 (NIV)

2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows.

2 Corinthians 12:3 (NIV)

3 And I know that this man–whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows–

2 Corinthians 12:4 (NIV)

4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.

2 Corinthians 12:5 (NIV)

5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

2 Corinthians 12:6 (CJB)

6 If I did want to boast, I would not be foolish; because I would be speaking the truth. But, because of the extraordinary greatness of the revelations, I refrain, so that no one will think more of me than what my words or deeds may warrant.

2 Corinthians 12:7 (NKJV)

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

2 Corinthians 12:8 (CJB)

8 Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me;

2 Corinthians 12:9 (CJB)

9 but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:10 (CJB)

10 Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV)

11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

2 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)

12 The things that mark an apostle–signs, wonders and miracles–were done among you with great perseverance.

2 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV)

13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!

2 Corinthians 12:14 (NIV)

14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

2 Corinthians 12:15 (CJB)

15 And as for me, I will most gladly spend everything I have and be spent myself too for your sakes. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?

2 Corinthians 12:16 (NIV)

16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!

2 Corinthians 12:17 (NIV)

17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?

2 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV)

18 I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?

2 Corinthians 12:19 (CJB)

19 Perhaps you think that all this time we have been defending ourselves before you. No, we have been speaking in the sight of God, as those united with the Messiah should; and, my dear friends, it is all for your upbuilding.

2 Corinthians 12:20 (NIV)

20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

2 Corinthians 12:21 (NIV)

21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.

2 Corinthians Chapter 13

2 Corinthians 13:1 (CJB)

1 This will be the third time that I have come to visit you. Any charge must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

2 Corinthians 13:2 (CJB)

2 To those who sinned in the past and to the rest I say beforehand while absent the same thing I said when I was with you the second time: if I come again I will not spare you —

2 Corinthians 13:3 (CJB)

3 since you are looking for proof of the Messiah speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but he is powerful among you.

2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

2 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)

6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

2 Corinthians 13:7 (AMP)

7 But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong, not in order that we [our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing right, [though] we may seem to have failed and be unapproved.

2 Corinthians 13:8 (CJB)

8 For we cannot act against the truth, only for it.

2 Corinthians 13:9 (NASB)

9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

2 Corinthians 13:10 (CJB)

10 I write these things while away from you, so that when I am with you I will not have to use my authority to deal sharply with you, for the Lord gave it to me for building up and not for tearing down.

2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

11 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

13 All the saints send their greetings.

2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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