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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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CHAPTER 11 References

1 a2 Cor. 11:4,
16, 19
2 aGal. 4:17
bHos. 2:19
cCol. 1:28
dLev. 21:13
3 aGen. 3:4, 13
bEph. 6:24
1NU adds and
4 aGal. 1:6–8

Concern for Their Faithfulness


1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little afolly—and indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am ajealous for you with godly jealousy. For bI have betrothed you to one husband, cthat I may present you das a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as athe serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds bmay be corrupted from the 1simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a adifferent gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

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Paul and False Apostles

5 For I consider that aI am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles.
6 Even though aI am untrained in speech, yet I am not bin knowledge. But cwe have 1been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
7 Did I commit sin in 1humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you afree of charge?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.
9 And when I was present with you, and in need, aI was a burden to no one, for what I lacked bthe brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
10 aAs the truth of Christ is in me, bno one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Why? aBecause I do not love you? God knows!
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, athat I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.
13 For such aare false apostles, bdeceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into aan angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, awhose end will be according to their works.

Reluctant Boasting

16 I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little.
17 What I speak, aI speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
18 Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.
19 For you put up with fools gladly, asince you yourselves are wise!
20 For you put up with it aif one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.
21 To our shame aI say that we were too weak for that! But bin whatever anyone is bold—I speak foolishly—I am bold also.

Suffering for Christ

22 Are they aHebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: ain

5 a2 Cor. 12:11
6 a[1 Cor. 1:17] b[Eph. 3:4] c[2 Cor. 12:12] 1NU omits
7 a1 Cor. 9:18
myself down
9 aActs 20:33
bPhil. 4:10
10 aRom. 1:9;
9:1 b1 Cor.
11 a2 Cor. 6:11;
12 a1 Cor. 9:12
13 aPhil. 1:15
bPhil. 3:2
14 aGal. 1:8
15 a[Phil. 3:19] 17 a1 Cor. 7:6
19 a1 Cor. 4:10
20 a[Gal. 2:4;
4:3, 9; 5:1] 21 a2 Cor.
10:10 bPhil.
22 aPhil. 3:4–6
23 a1 Cor.
15:10 bActs
9:16 c1 Cor.
24 aDeut. 25:3
b2 Cor. 6:5
25 aActs 16:22,
23; 21:32
bActs 14:5, 19
cActs 27:1–44
26 aActs 9:23,
24; 13:45, 50;
17:5, 13 bActs
14:5, 19;
19:23; 27:42
27 aActs 20:31
b1 Cor. 4:11
cActs 9:9;
13:2, 3; 14:23
28 aActs 20:18
29 a[1 Cor. 8:9,
13; 9:22] 30 a[2 Cor.
12:5, 9, 10] 1weakness
31 a1 Thess.
2:5 bRom. 9:5
32 aActs

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aActs 16:9;
18:9; 22:17,
18; 23:11;
27:23 b[Gal.
1:12; 2:2] 1NU
though not
profitable, to
2 aRom. 16:7
bActs 22:17
4 aLuke 23:43
5 a2 Cor. 11:30
7 aEzek. 28:24
bJob 2:7


labors more abundant, bin stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, cin deaths often.
24 From the Jews five times I received aforty bstripes minus one.
25 Three times I was abeaten with rods; bonce I was stoned; three times I cwas shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, ain perils of my own countrymen, bin perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 in weariness and toil, ain sleeplessness often, bin hunger and thirst, in cfastings often, in cold and nakedness—
28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: amy deep concern for all the churches.
29 aWho is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, aI will boast in the things which concern my 1infirmity.
31 aThe God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, bwho is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
32 aIn Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;
33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

The Vision of Paradise


1 It is 1doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to avisions and brevelations of the Lord:
2 I know a man ain Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one bwas caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I know such a man— whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—
4 how he was caught up into aParadise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not aboast, except in my infirmities.
6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

The Thorn in the Flesh

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a athorn in the flesh was given to me, ba messenger of

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Satan to 1buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 aConcerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly aI will rather boast in my infirmities, bthat the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore aI take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. bFor when I am weak, then I am strong.

Signs of an Apostle

11 I have become aa fool 1in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for bin nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though cI am nothing.
12 aTruly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and bwonders and mighty cdeeds.
13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!

Love for the Church

14 aNow for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for bI do not seek yours, but you. cFor the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent afor your souls; though bthe more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
16 But be that as it may, aI did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning!
17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you?
18 I urged Titus, and sent our abrother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 aAgain,1 do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? bWe speak before God in Christ. cBut we do all things, beloved, for your edification.
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that aI shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;
21 lest, when I come again, my God

7 1beat
8 aMatt. 26:44
9 a2 Cor. 11:30
b[1 Pet. 4:14] 10 a[Rom. 5:3;
8:35] b2 Cor.
11 a2 Cor. 5:13;
11:1, 16; 12:6
b2 Cor. 11:5
c1 Cor. 3:7;
13:2; 15:9 1NU
omits in
12 aRom. 15:18
bActs 15:12
cActs 14:8–10;
19:11, 12;
14 a2 Cor. 1:15;
13:1, 2
b[1 Cor.
10:24–33] c1 Cor. 4:14
15 a[2 Tim.
2:10] b2 Cor.
6:12, 13
16 a2 Cor. 11:9
18 a2 Cor. 8:18
19 a2 Cor. 5:12
b[Rom. 9:1, 2] c1 Cor. 10:33
1NU You have
been thinking
for a long
time that we
20 a1 Cor. 4:21
21 a2 Cor. 2:1,
4 b2 Cor. 13:2
c1 Cor. 5:1

CHAPTER 13 References

1 a2 Cor. 12:14
bDeut. 17:6;
2 a2 Cor. 10:2
b2 Cor. 12:21
c2 Cor. 1:23;
10:11 1NU
omits I write
3 aMatt. 10:20
b[1 Cor. 9:2] 4 a[1 Pet. 3:18] b[Rom. 1:4;
6:4] c[2 Cor.
10:3, 4] 5 a[Gal. 4:19] b1 Cor. 9:27
1do not stand
the test
7 a2 Cor. 6:9
1NU we
9 a1 Cor. 4:10
b[1 Thess. 3:10] 10 a1 Cor. 4:21
b2 Cor. 10:8
11 aRom.
12:16, 18
bRom. 15:33
12 aRom. 16:16
14 aRom. 16:24
bPhil. 2:1 1fellowship

awill humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many bwho have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, cfornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.

Coming with Authority


1 This will be athe third time I am coming to you. b“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
2 aI have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent 1I write to those bwho have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again cI will not spare—
3 since you seek a proof of Christ aspeaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty bin you.
4 aFor though He was crucified in weakness, yet bHe lives by the power of God. For cwe also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, athat Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you 1are bdisqualified.
6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.

Paul Prefers Gentleness

7 Now 1I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though awe may seem disqualified.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 For we are glad awhen we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, bthat you may be made complete.
10 aTherefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the bauthority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.

Greetings and Benediction

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. aBe of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love band peace will be with you.
12 aGreet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints greet you.
14 aThe grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and bthe 1communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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The Safety of the Faithful

To the 1Chief Musician.With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; 1Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that athe LORD has 1set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

PSALM 4 References

title 1Choir
1 1Be gracious
to me
3 a[2 Tim.
2:19] 1Many
Heb. mss.,
LXX, Tg.,Vg.
made wonderful
4 a[Ps. 119:11;
Eph. 4:26] bPs. 77:6 1Lit.
Tremble or Be
5 aDeut. 33:19;
Ps. 51:19 bPs.
37:3, 5; 62:8
6 aNum. 6:26;
Ps. 80:3, 7, 19
7 aPs. 97:11,
12; Is. 9:3;
Acts 14:17
8 aJob 11:19;
Ps. 3:5 b[Lev.
25:18]; Deut.

4 aBe1 angry, and do not sin. bMeditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer athe sacrifices of righteousness, And bput your trust in the LORD.

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” aLORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7 You have put agladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8 aI will both lie down in peace, and sleep; bFor You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.




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