EHSV Second Corinthians

Translation by Daniel Gregg

Second Corinthians 1

1 Paul, an emissary of Mĕs­si­ah Yĕshūa̒ by the will of the Al­mĭgh­ty, and Timothy our brother, to the assembly of the Al­mĭgh­ty which is at Corinth, with all the holy ones who are throughout Achaia:
2 Loving-kindness to you and shalōm from the Al­mĭgh­ty our Fă­ther and A’dŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah.
3 Blessed be the Al­mĭgh­ty and Fă­ther of our A’dŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah, the Fă­ther of mercies and the Al­mĭgh­ty of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by the Al­mĭgh­ty.
5 Because just as the sufferings of Mĕs­si­ah are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Mĕs­si­ah. But when we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. Or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. And our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
8 Because we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction, which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life. But, we held to the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in the Al­mĭgh­ty who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, he on whom we have set our hope. And he will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the loving-kindness bestowed upon us through the prayers of many.
Paul’s Integrity
12 12 Because our proud confidence is this, even the testimony of our conscience—that in holiness and godly sincerity, (not in fleshly wisdom but in the loving-kindness of the Al­mĭgh­ty), we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. 13 Because we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end, 14 just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud, as you also are ours, in the day of our A’dŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒.
15 15 And in this confidence I intended at first to come to you, that you might twice receive a blessing, 16 that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Yehūdah.
17 17 So, in deciding this, therefore was I fickle? Or that which I am deliberating, do I deliberate according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 18 But as the Al­mĭgh­ty is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. 19 Because the Al­mĭgh­ty Sŏn, Mĕs­si­ah Yĕshūa̒, who was proclaim­ed among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in him. 20 Because as many as may be the promises of the Al­mĭgh­ty, in him they are yes. Therefore also by him is our A’mēn, to the glory of the Al­mĭgh­ty through us.  21 And he who is establishing us with you in Mĕs­si­ah, and who has anointed us, is the Al­mĭgh­ty, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spĭrit in our hearts as a pledge.
23 23 But I call the Al­mĭgh­ty as witness to my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faithfulness, but are workers with you for your joy, because in faithfulness you are surely standing firm.

Second Corinthians 2

Reaffirm Your Love
1 But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again. Because if I cause you sorrow, who can make me glad except the one whom I made sorrowful? And this is the very thing I wrote you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice, after having had confidence in you all, that my joy would be the joy of you all. Because out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
5 But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—in order not to say too much—to all of you. Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be over­whelmed by excessive sorrow. There­fore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. Because to this also I wrote that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 But whomever you forgive anything, I forgive also, because indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Mĕs­si­ah, 11 in order that no advantage be taken of us by Sâtan, because we are not ignorant of his schemes.
12 12 Now when I came to Troas for the good news of Mĕs­si­ah, and when a door was opened for me in Yăh­weh, 13 I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother, so taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia.
14 14 But thanks be to the Al­mĭgh­ty, who always leads us in his tri­umph in Mĕs­si­ah, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. 15 Because we are a fragrance of Mĕs­si­ah to the Al­mĭgh­ty among those who are being saved, and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17 Because we are not like the many, peddling the word of the Al­mĭgh­ty, but as men of sin­cerity, but as men of the Al­mĭgh­ty in the presence of the Al­mĭgh­ty, in Mĕs­si­ah, we speak.

Second Corinthians 3

A Renewed Covenant
1 Furthermore, are we the first to recommend ourselves? Or do we need, as some, written reports of recommendation to you or from you? You are our report, (written in our hearts), known and read by all men, it being apparent that you are a report from Mĕs­si­ah, being ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living Al­mĭgh­ty, not on tablets of stones, but on tablets of fleshly hearts.
4 And such confidence we have through Mĕs­si­ah toward the Al­mĭgh­ty. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to regard anything as com­ing from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from the Al­mĭgh­ty, who also qualified us as ministers of a renewed covenant, not a sentence but a breath of life, because the sentence kills, but the Spĭrit gives life. 
7 But since the ministry of death in sentences engraved on stones was glorious, so that the sons of Yisra’ēl could not look steadfastly at the face of Mōshēh because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, why shouldn’t the ministry of the Spĭrit be even more glorious? Because when there is glory in the ministry of condemnation, how much more exceeds the ministry of righteousness in glory. 10 And because, it does not seem to be glorified—that which has been glorified, with respect to the greater glory. 11 Because when what is fading away is glorious, how much more is what remains glorious. 
12 12 Therefore, having such expectation, we use much boldness, and not as Mōshēh who put a veil over his face, so that the sons of Yisra’ēl would not gaze at the end of what is disappearing.
14 14 But their minds have been hardened. Because until this day, the same veil remains covering over reading comprehension of the ancient covenant, it not being unveiled, because by means of Mĕs­si­ah it is undone. 15 But to this day whenever Mōshēh should be read comprehendingly, a veil lies over their heart. 16 But whenever one may turn to Yăhwēh, the veil is undone.
17 17 Now Yăhwēh is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of Yăhwēh is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of Yăhwēh, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from Yăhwēh comes the Spirit.

Second Corinthians 4

Paul’s Ministry As An Emissary
1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of the Al­mĭgh­ty, but by demonstration of truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in the sight of the Al­mĭgh­ty. And even if our good news is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unfaithful, that they might not see the light of the good news of the glory of Mĕs­si­ah, who is the image of the Al­mĭgh­ty. Because we do not proclaim ourselves, but Mĕs­si­ah Yĕshūa̒ as ’Adŏ­nai̱, and ourselves as your servants for Yĕshūa̒’s sake. Because the Al­mĭgh­ty, who said, Light shall shine out of darkness, is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of the Al­mĭgh­ty in the face of Mĕs­si­ah.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of power may be from the Al­mĭgh­ty and not from ourselves. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing, persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed, 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Yĕshūa̒, that the life of Yĕshūa̒ also may be manifested in our body. 11 Because we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Yĕshūa̒’ sake, that the life of Yĕshūa̒ also may be demonstrated in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you.
13 13 But having the same spirit of faithfulness, according to what is written, “I affirmed faithfulness, therefore I have spoken up,” we also affirm faithfulness. Therefore we also are speaking up,  14 knowing that he who raised ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ will raise us also with Yĕshūa̒ and will present us with you, 15 because all things are for your sakes, so that loving-kindness, having abounded for the sake of many people, may cause to abound the deep gratitude of many more unto the glory of the Al­mĭgh­ty.
16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 Because our af­flic­tion is for a brief moment, com­pared to exceeding excess of the everlasting weight of glory being produced in us, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, because the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are everlasting.

Second Corinthians 5

The Temporary and Everlasting
1 Because we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from the Almĭghty, a house not made with hands, everlasting in the heavens.  Because indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. Because indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now he who prepared us for this very purpose is the Almĭghty, who gave to us the Spĭrit as a pledge.
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in this body, we are absent from Yăhwēh, because we walk by faithfulness, not by sight. We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from this body and to be at home with Yăhwēh.
9 Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to him. 10 Because we must all appear before the judgment seat of Mĕs­si­ah, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11 11 Therefore knowing the fear of Yăhwēh, we persuade men. And to the Almĭghty we have been understood, and I hope also that we have been understood in your hearts. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearance, and not in the heart. 13 Because if we appear to be nuts, it is for the Almĭghty. If we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 Because the love of the Mĕs­si­ah binds us together, having judged this, because one has died for all, therefore we all die to self. 15 And he died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16 16 Therefore from now on we regard no one according to worldly standards. And possibly we had regarded Mĕs­si­ah according to worldly standards, but now we regard him no longer. 17 Therefore if any one is in Mĕs­si­ah, he becomes a new creation. Old things will have passed away. Behold, new ones will have come. 18 Now all these things are from the Almĭghty, who reconciles us to himself through Mĕs­si­ah, and gives us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 As such the Almĭghty has been in Mĕs­si­ah reconciling the world to himself, not considering their trespasses against them. And he has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Mĕs­si­ah, as though the Almĭghty were imploring through us. We beg you on behalf of Mĕs­si­ah. Be reconciled to the Almĭghty. 21 He made him who knew no sin to be a sin offering on our behalf, so that we might ourselves become the righteousness of the Almĭghty by him.

Second Corinthians 6

Keep Ministry Pure
1 And working together with him, we also urge you not to receive the loving-kindness of the Al­mĭgh­ty in vain—because he says, “At the acceptable time, I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” Give no cause for offense in anything, in order that the ministry be not discredited, but in everything we commend ourselves as servants of the Al­mĭgh­ty, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of the Al­mĭgh­ty, by the weap­ons of justice for the right hand and the left, throughout glory and dishonor, throughout evil report and good report, regarded as deceivers and yet true, as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live, as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
11 11 Our mouth has spoken freely to you, Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. 13 Now in a like exchange—I speak as to children—open wide to us also.
14 14 Do not be bound together with the unfaithful, because what partnership has righteousness and law­less­ness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Mĕs­si­ah with Beli̱ya‘al, or what has a faithful one in common with an unfaithful one? 16 Or what agree­ment has the Temple of the Al­mĭgh­ty with idols? Because we are a temple of the living Al­mĭgh­ty, just as the Al­mĭgh­ty said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them, and I will be their Al­mĭgh­ty, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says Yăhwēh. And do not touch what is unclean, and I will wel­come you. 18 And I will be a Fă­ther to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says Yăhwēh of Hosts.”

Second Corinthians 7

Paul Pours Out His Heart
1 Therefore, having these pro­mises, beloved, let us cleanse our­selves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Al­mĭgh­ty.
2 Make room for us in your hearts! We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one. I do not speak to condemn you, because I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. Great is my confidence in you, great is my boasting on your behalf/ I am filled with comfort. I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.
5 Because even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But the Al­mĭgh­ty, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.
8 Because though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it, because I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while.I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance, because you were made sorrowful according to the will of the Al­mĭgh­ty, in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 Because the sorrow that is according to the will of the Al­mĭgh­ty produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 Because look what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you it was not for the sake of the offender, nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of the Al­mĭgh­ty. 13 For this reason we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 Because if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. 15 And his affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice that in everything I have confidence in you.

Second Corinthians 8

Great Generosity
1 Now, brothers, we wish to make known to you the loving-kindness of the Al­mĭgh­ty which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. Because I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the holy ones, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to Yăhwēh and then to us by the will of the Al­mĭgh­ty.
6 Consequently we urged Titus, that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well. But just as you abound in everything, in faithfulness and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
9 For you know the loving-kindness of our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich. 10 And I give my opinion in this matter, because this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. 11 But now finish doing it also, that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. 12 Because if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have. 13 Because this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality—14 at this present time your abun­dance being a supply for their want, that their abundance also may become a supply for your want, that there may be equality, 15 as it is written, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered lit­tle had no lack.”
16 16 But thanks be to the Al­mĭgh­ty, who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus. 17 Because he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. 18 And we have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the good news has spread through all the assemblies, 19 and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the assemblies to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of Yăhwēh himself, and to show our readiness, 20 taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift, 21 because we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of Yăhwēh, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent, because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you. As for our brothers, they are messengers of the assemblies, a glory to Mĕs­si­ah. 24 Therefore openly before the assem­blies show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.

Second Corinthians 9

Supporting The Ministry
1 For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the holy ones, because I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I have sent the brothers, that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, that, as I was saying, you may be prepared, lest if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to speak of you) should be put to shame by this confidence. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, that the same might be ready as a bountiful gift, and not affected by covetousness.
6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under com­pulsion, because the Al­mĭgh­ty loves a cheerful giver. And the Al­mĭgh­ty is able to make all loving-kindness abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed, as it is written, “He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, his justice abides unto the age.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your right­eousness. 11 You will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to the Al­mĭgh­ty. 12 Because the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the holy ones, but is also overflowing through many thanks­givings to the Al­mĭgh­ty. 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry they will glorify the Al­mĭgh­ty because of your obedience to your confession of the good news of Mĕs­si­ah, and for the liberality of your contribution to them, and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing loving-kindness of the Al­mĭgh­ty in you. 15 Thanks be to the Al­mĭgh­ty for his indescribable gift!

Second Corinthians 10

Paul Pleads With Them
1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Mĕs­si­ah, I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! I ask that when I am present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I consider to be courageous against some, who consider us as if we walked according to the flesh. Because though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, because the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of the Al­mĭgh­ty, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Mĕs­si­ah, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is com­plete.
7 You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Mĕs­si­ah’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Mĕs­si­ah’s, so also are we. Because even if I should boast somewhat further about our authority, which Yăhwēh gave for buil­d­ing you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, because I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. 10 Because they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present.
12 12 Because we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves, but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which the Al­mĭgh­ty apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 14 Because we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, because we were the first to come even as far as you in the good news of Mĕs­si­ah, 15 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faithfulness grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, 16 so as to proclaim the good news even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
17 17 But he who boasts, let him boast in Yăhwēh. 18 Because not he who commends himself is approv­ed, but whom Yăhwēh commends.

Second Corinthians 11

Paul Defends His Emissaryship
1 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you are bearing with me, because I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, because I betrothed you to one husband, that to Mĕs­si­ah I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Ḥaυυah by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Mĕs­si­ah. Because if one comes and proclaims another Yĕshūa̒ whom we have not proclaimed, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different good news which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. Because I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent emissaries. 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.
7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I proclaimed the good news of the Al­mĭgh­ty to you without charge? I robbed other assemblies, taking wages from them to serve you. And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, because when the brothers came from Macedonia, they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so. 10 As the truth of Mĕs­si­ah is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? because I do not love you? The Al­mĭgh­ty knows I do! 12 But what I am doing, I will continue to do, that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13 Because such men are false emissaries, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as emissaries of Mĕs­si­ah. 14 And no wonder, because even Sâtan disguises himself as a messenger of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of jus­tice, whose end will be according to their deeds.
16 16 Again I say, let no one think me foolish. But if you do, receive me even as foolish, that I also may boast a little. 17 That which I am speaking, I am not speaking as Yăhwēh would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also. 19 Because you, being so wise, bear with the foolish gladly. 20 Because you bear with anyone if he enslaves you, if he devours you, if he takes advantage of you, if he exalts himself, if he hits you in the face. 21 To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am just as bold myself. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Yisra’ēli̱? So am I. Are they descendants of ’Av̱raham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Mĕs­si­ah? (I speak as if insane) I more so, in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24  Five times I received from the Yehūdi̱m thirty-nine lashes. 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. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the nations, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dan­gers among false brothers. 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure upon me of concern for all the assemblies. 29 Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?
30 30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. 31 The Al­mĭgh­ty and Fă­ther of ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒, he who is blessed for the ages, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Dammeseq the ethnarch under ’Arētas the king was guarding the city of the Dammeseqi̱yyi̱m in order to seize me, 33 and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.

Second Corinthians 12

Paul’s Vision
1 Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable. But I will go on to visions and revelations of Yăhwēh. I know a man in Mĕs­si­ah who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, the Al­mĭgh­ty knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, the Al­mĭgh­ty knows—was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such a man will I boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. Because if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, because I will be speaking the truth, but I refrain from this, so that no one may account me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
A Thorn in the Flesh
7 And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, an messenger of Sâtan to buffet me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I entreated Yăhwēh three times that it might depart from me. And he has said to me, “My loving-kindness is sufficient for you, because power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Mĕs­si­ah may dwell in me. 10 There­fore I am well content with weak­nesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Mĕs­si­ah’s sake, because when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 11 I have become foolish. You yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, because in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent emissaries, even though I am a nobody. 12 The signs of a true emissary were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the assemblies, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 14 Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you, because I do not seek what is yours, but you, because children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?
16 16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself, nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. 17 Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? 18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps?
19 19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending our­selves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of the Al­mĭgh­ty that we have been speaking in Mĕs­si­ah, and all for your up-building, beloved. 20 Because I am afraid, that perhaps when I come, I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish, that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, angry tem­pers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arro­gance, and disturbances. 21 I am afraid that when I come again my Al­mĭgh­ty may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not re­pented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have prac­ticed.

Second Corinthians 13

Examine Yourselves
1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testi­mony of two or three wit­nesses. I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again, I will not spare anyone, since you are seeking for proof of the Mĕs­si­ah who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. Because indeed he was crucified because of weakness, yet he lives because of the power of the Al­mĭgh­ty. Because we also are weak in him, yet we will live with him because of the power of the Al­mĭgh­ty directed toward you.
5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the Faith. Examine your-selves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. Now we pray to the Al­mĭgh­ty that you do no wrong. Not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we should appear unapproved. Because we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. Because we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong. This we also pray for, that you be made complete. 10 For this reason I am writing these things while absent, in order that when present I may not use severity, in accordance with the authority which Yăhwēh gave me, for building up and not for tearing down.
11 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in shalōm. And the Al­mĭgh­ty of love and shalōm will be with you.
12 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 13 All the holy ones greet you. 14 The loving-kindness of ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah, and the love of the Al­mĭgh­ty, and the fellowship of the Holy Spĭrit, be with you all.

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