Produced by Martin Ward
Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, 2 Corinthians
Third Edition 1913
R. F. Weymouth
Book 47 2 Corinthians
001:001 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God -
and our brother Timothy: To the Church of God in Corinth,
with all God's people throughout Greece.
001:002 May grace and peace be granted to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
001:003 Heartfelt thanks be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ -
the Father who is full of compassion and the God who
gives all comfort.
001:004 He comforts us in our every affliction so that we may be able
to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction by means
of the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
001:005 For just as we have more than our share of suffering for
the Christ, so also through the Christ we have more than our
share of comfort.
001:006 But if, on the one hand, we are enduring affliction, it is
for your comfort and salvation; and if, on the other hand,
we are receiving comfort, it is for your comfort which is
produced within you through your patient fortitude under
the same sufferings as those which we also are enduring.
001:007 And our hope for you is stedfast; for we know that as you are
partners with us in the sufferings, so you are also partners
in the comfort.
001:008 For as for our troubles which came upon us in the province of Asia,
we would have you know, brethren, that we were exceedingly
weighed down, and felt overwhelmed, so that we renounced
all hope even of life.
001:009 Nay, we had, as we still have, the sentence of death within
our own selves, in order that our confidence may repose,
not on ourselves, but on God who raised the dead to life.
001:010 He it is who rescued us from so imminent a death, and will
do so again; and we have a firm hope in Him that He will
also rescue us in all the future,
001:011 while you on your part lend us your aid in entreaty for us,
so that from many lips thanksgivings may rise on our behalf
for the boon granted to us at the intercession of many.
001:012 For the reason for our boasting is this - the testimony of our own
conscience that it was in holiness and with pure motives before God,
and in reliance not on worldly wisdom but on the gracious
help of God, that we have conducted ourselves in the world,
and above all in our relations with you.
001:013 For we are writing to you nothing different from what we have
written before, or from what indeed you already recognize
as truth and will, I trust, recognize as such to the very end;
001:014 just as some few of you have recognized us as your reason
for boasting, even as you will be ours, on the day of
Jesus our Lord.
001:015 It was because I entertained this confidence that I intended
to visit you before going elsewhere - so that you might receive
a twofold proof of God's favour -
001:016 and to pass by way of Corinth into Macedonia. Then my plan
was to return from Macedonia to you, and be helped forward
by you to Judaea.
001:017 Did I display any vacillation or caprice in this?
Or the purposes which I form - do I form them on worldly principles,
now crying "Yes, yes," and now "No, no"?
001:018 As certainly as God is faithful, our language to you is not now "Yes"
and now "No."
001:019 For Jesus Christ the Son of God - He who was proclaimed
among you by us, that is by Silas and Timothy and myself -
did not show Himself a waverer between "Yes" and "No."
But it was and always is "Yes" with Him.
001:020 For all the promises of God, whatever their number, have their
confirmation in Him; and for this reason through Him also our "Amen"
acknowledges their truth and promotes the glory of God
through our faith.
001:021 But He who is making us as well as you stedfast through union
with the Anointed One, and has anointed us, is God,
001:022 and He has also set His seal upon us, and has put His Spirit
into our hearts as a pledge and foretaste of future blessing.
001:023 But as for me, as my soul shall answer for it, I appeal to God
as my witness, that it was to spare you pain that I gave up
my visit to Corinth.
001:024 Not that we want to lord it over you in respect of your faith -
we do, however, desire to help your joy - for in the matter
of your faith you are standing firm.
002:001 But, so far as I am concerned, I have resolved not to have
a painful visit the next time I come to see you.
002:002 For if I of all men give you pain, who then is there to gladden
my heart, but the very persons to whom I give pain?
002:003 And I write this to you in order that when I come I may
not receive pain from those who ought to give me joy,
confident as I am as to all of you that my joy is the joy
of you all.
002:004 For with many tears I write to you, and in deep suffering
and depression of spirit, not in order to grieve you,
but in the hope of showing you how brimful my heart is with
love for you.
002:005 Now if any one has caused sorrow, it has been caused not so much
to me, as in some degree - for I have no wish to exaggerate -
to all of you.
002:006 In the case of such a person the punishment which was inflicted
by the majority of you is enough.
002:007 So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him
rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven
to despair by his excess of grief.
002:008 I beg you therefore fully to reinstate him in your love.
002:009 For in writing to you I have also this object in view -
to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be
obedient in every respect.
002:010 When you forgive a man an offence I also forgive it;
for in fact what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything,
has always been for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
002:011 for fear Satan should gain an advantage over us.
For we are not ignorant of his devices.
002:012 Now when I came into the Troad to spread there the Good News
about the Christ, even though in the Lord's providence a door
stood open before me,
002:013 yet, obtaining no relief for my spirit because I did not find our
brother Titus, I bade them farewell and went on into Macedonia.
002:014 But to God be the thanks who in Christ ever heads our
triumphal procession, and by our hands waves in every place
that sweet incense, the knowledge of Him.
002:015 For we are a fragrance of Christ grateful to God in those whom
He is saving and in those who are perishing;
002:016 to the last-named an odor of death predictive of death,
and to the others an odor of life predictive of life.
And for such service as this who is competent?
002:017 We are; for, unlike most teachers, we are not fraudulent
hucksters of God's Message; but with transparent motives,
as commissioned by God, in God's presence and in communion
with Christ, so we speak.
003:001 Do you say that this is self-recommendation once more?
Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you
or from you?
003:002 Our letter of recommendation is yourselves - a letter written
on our hearts and everywhere known and read.
003:003 For all can see that you are a letter of Christ entrusted
to our care, and written not with ink, but with the Spirit
of the ever-living God - and not on tablets of stone,
but on human hearts as tablets.
003:004 Such is the confidence which we have through Christ in the
presence of God;
003:005 not that of ourselves we are competent to decide anything
by our own reasonings, but our competency comes from God.
003:006 It is He also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion
with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit;
for the written code inflicts death, but the Spirit gives Life.
003:007 If, however, the service that proclaims death - its code
being engraved in writing upon stones - came with glory,
so that the children of Israel could not look steadily
on the face of Moses because of the brightness of his face -
a vanishing brightness;
003:008 will not the service of the Spirit be far more glorious?
003:009 For if the service which pronounces doom had glory, far more
glorious still is the service which tells of righteousness.
003:010 For, in fact, that which was once resplendent in glory has no
glory at all in this respect, that it pales before the glory
which surpasses it.
003:011 For if that which was to be abolished came with glory,
much more is that which is permanent arrayed in glory.
003:012 Therefore, cherishing a hope like this, we speak without reserve,
and we do not imitate Moses,
003:013 who used to throw a veil over his face to hide from the gaze
of the children of Israel the passing away of what
was but transitory.
003:014 Nay, their minds were made dull; for to this very day during
the reading of the book of the ancient Covenant, the same
veil remains unlifted, because it is only in Christ that it
is to be abolished.
003:015 Yes, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies
upon their hearts.
003:016 But whenever the heart of the nation shall have returned
to the Lord, the veil will be withdrawn.
003:017 Now by "the Lord" is meant the Spirit; and where the Spirit
of the Lord is, freedom is enjoyed.
003:018 And all of us, with unveiled faces, reflecting like bright
mirrors the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into
the same likeness, from one degree of radiant holiness to another,
even as derived from the Lord the Spirit.
004:001 Therefore, being engaged in this service and being mindful
of the mercy which has been shown us, we are not cowards.
004:002 Nay, we have renounced the secrecy which marks a feeling of shame.
We practice no cunning tricks, nor do we adulterate God's Message.
But by a full clear statement of the truth we strive to commend
ourselves in the presence of God to every human conscience.
004:003 If, however, the meaning of our Good News has been veiled,
the veil has been on the hearts of those who are on the
way to perdition,
004:004 in whom the god of this present age has blinded their unbelieving
minds so as to shut out the sunshine of the Good News
of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God.
004:005 (For we do not proclaim ourselves, but we proclaim Christ Jesus
as Lord, and ourselves as your bondservants for the sake of Jesus.)
004:006 For God who said, "Out of darkness let light shine," is He who
has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge
of God's glory, which is radiant on the face of Christ.
004:007 But we have this treasure in a fragile vase of clay, in order
that the surpassing greatness of the power may be seen
to belong to God, and not to originate in us.
004:008 We are hard pressed, yet never in absolute distress;
perplexed, yet never utterly baffled;
004:009 pursued, yet never left unsuccoured; struck to the ground,
yet never slain;
004:010 always, wherever we go, carrying with us in our bodies
the putting to death of Jesus, so that in our bodies it may
also be clearly shown that Jesus lives.
004:011 For we, alive though we are, are continually surrendering
ourselves to death for the sake of Jesus, so that in this mortal
nature of ours it may also be clearly shown that Jesus lives.
004:012 Thus we are constantly dying, while you are in full
enjoyment of Life.
004:013 But possessing the same Spirit of faith as he who wrote,
"I believed, and therefore I have spoken," we also believe,
and therefore we speak.
004:014 For we know that He who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead
will raise us also to be with Jesus, and will cause both us
and you to stand in His own presence.
004:015 For everything is for your sakes, in order that grace,
being more richly bestowed because of the thanksgivings of the
increased number, may more and more promote the glory of God.
004:016 Therefore we are not cowards. Nay, even though our outward
man is wasting away, yet our inward man is being renewed
day by day.
004:017 For this our light and transitory burden of suffering is
achieving for us a preponderating, yes, a vastly preponderating,
and eternal weight of glory;
004:018 while we look not at things seen, but things unseen;
for things seen are temporary, but things unseen are eternal.
005:001 For we know that if this poor tent, our earthly house,
is taken down, we have in Heaven a building which God has provided,
a house not built by human hands, but eternal.
005:002 For in this one we sigh, because we long to put on over it
our dwelling which comes from Heaven -
005:003 if indeed having really put on a robe we shall not be found
to be unclothed.
005:004 Yes, we who are in this tent certainly do sigh under our burdens,
for we do not wish to lay aside that with which we are
now clothed, but to put on more, so that our mortality may
be absorbed in Life.
005:005 And He who formed us with this very end in view is God, who has
given us His Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that bliss.
005:006 We have therefore a cheerful confidence. We know that while we
are at home in the body we are banished from the Lord;
005:007 for we are living a life of faith, and not one of sight.
005:008 So we have a cheerful confidence, and we anticipate with
greater delight being banished from the body and going home
to the Lord.
005:009 And for this reason also we make it our ambition, whether at
home or in exile, to please Him perfectly.
005:010 For we must all of us appear before Christ's judgement-seat
in our true characters, in order that each may then receive
an award for his actions in this life, in accordance with what
he has done, whether it be good or whether it be worthless.
005:011 Therefore, because we realize how greatly the Lord is to be feared,
we are endeavouring to win men over, and God recognizes
what our motives are, and I hope that you, in your hearts,
recognize them too.
005:012 We are not again commending ourselves to your favour,
but are furnishing you with a ground of boasting on our behalf,
so that you may have a reply ready for those with whom
superficial appearances are everything and sincerity of heart
counts for nothing.
005:013 For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God's glory;
or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be
of service to you.
005:014 For the love of Christ overmasters us, the conclusion at which
we have arrived being this - that One having died for all,
His death was their death,
005:015 and that He died for all in order that the living may no longer
live to themselves, but to Him who died for them and rose again.
005:016 Therefore for the future we know no one simply as a man.
Even if we have known Christ as a man, yet now we do so no longer.
005:017 So that if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature:
the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things
has come into existence.
005:018 And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself
through Christ, and has appointed us to serve in the
ministry of reconciliation.
005:019 We are to tell how God was in Christ reconciling the world
to Himself, not charging men's transgressions to their account,
and that He has entrusted to us the Message of this reconciliation.
005:020 On Christ's behalf therefore we come as ambassadors, God, as it were,
making entreaty through our lips: we, on Christ's behalf,
beseech men to be reconciled to God.
005:021 He has made Him who knew nothing of sin to be sin for us,
in order that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.
006:001 And you also we, as God's fellow workers, entreat not to be
found to have received His grace to no purpose.
006:002 For He says, "At a time of welcome I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have succoured you."
Now is the time of loving welcome! Now is the day of salvation!
006:003 We endeavour to give people no cause for stumbling in anything,
lest the work we are doing should fall into discredit.
006:004 On the contrary, as God's servants, we seek their full approval -
by unwearied endurance, by afflictions, by distress, by helplessness;
006:005 by floggings, by imprisonments; by facing riots, by toil,
by sleepless watching, by hunger and thirst;
006:006 by purity of life, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness,
by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love;
006:007 by the proclamation of the truth, by the power of God;
by the weapons of righteousness, wielded in both hands;
006:008 through honour and ignominy, through calumny and praise.
We are looked upon as impostors and yet are true men;
006:009 as obscure persons, and yet are well known; as on the point of death,
and yet, strange to tell, we live; as under God's discipline,
and yet we are not deprived of life;
006:010 as sad, but we are always joyful; as poor, but we bestow
wealth on many; as having nothing, and yet we securely
possess all things.
006:011 O Corinthians, our lips are unsealed to you:
our heart is expanded.
006:012 There is no narrowness in our love to you: the narrowness
is in your own feelings.
006:013 And in just requital - I speak as to my children - let your
hearts expand also.
006:014 Do not come into close association with unbelievers,
like oxen yoked with asses. For what is there in common
between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what partnership
has light with darkness?
006:015 Where can harmony between Christ and Belial be found?
Or what participation has a believer with an unbeliever?
006:016 And what compact has the Temple of God with idols?
For *we* are the Temple of the ever-living God; as God has said,
"I will dwell among them, and walk about among them;
and will be their God, and it is they who shall be My people."
006:017 Therefore, "`Come out from among them and separate yourselves,'
says the Lord, `and touch nothing impure; and I will receive you,
and will be a Father to you,
006:018 and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord
the Ruler of all."
007:001 Having therefore these promises, beloved friends, let us
purify ourselves from all defilement of body and of spirit,
and secure perfect holiness through the fear of God.
007:002 Make room for us in your hearts. There is not one of you
whom we have wronged, not one to whom we have done harm,
not one over whom we have gained any selfish advantage.
007:003 I do not say this to imply blame, for, as I have already said,
you have such a place in our hearts that we would die with you
or live with you.
007:004 I have great confidence in you: very loudly do I boast of you.
I am filled with comfort: my heart overflows with joy amid
all our affliction.
007:005 For even after our arrival in Macedonia we could get no relief
such as human nature craves. We were greatly harassed;
there were conflicts without and fears within.
007:006 But He who comforts the depressed - even God - comforted us
by the coming of Titus, and not by his coming only,
007:007 but also by the fact that he had felt comforted on your account,
and by the report which he brought of your eager affection,
of your grief, and of your jealousy on my behalf, so that I
rejoiced more than ever.
007:008 For if I gave you pain by that letter, I do not regret it,
though I did regret it then. I see that that letter,
even though for a time it gave you pain, had a salutary effect.
007:009 Now I rejoice, not in your grief, but because the grief
led to repentance; for you sorrowed with a godly sorrow,
which prevented you from receiving injury from us in any respect.
007:010 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,
a repentance not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world
finally produces death.
007:011 For mark the effects of this very thing - your having sorrowed
with a godly sorrow - what earnestness it has called forth in you,
what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm,
what longing affection, what jealousy, what meting out of justice!
You have completely wiped away reproach from yourselves
in the matter.
007:012 Therefore, though I wrote to you, it was not to punish the offender,
nor to secure justice for him who had suffered the wrong,
but it was chiefly in order that your earnest feeling on our
behalf might become manifest to yourselves in the sight of God.
007:013 For this reason we feel comforted; and - in addition to this
our comfort - we have been filled with all the deeper joy
at Titus's joy, because his spirit has been set at rest
by you all.
007:014 For however I may have boasted to him about you, I have no
reason to feel ashamed; but as we have in all respects spoken
the truth to you, so also our boasting to Titus about you
has turned out to be the truth.
007:015 And his strong and tender affection is all the more drawn
out towards you when he recalls to mind the obedience which
all of you manifested by the timidity and nervous anxiety
with which you welcomed him.
007:016 I rejoice that I have absolute confidence in you.
008:001 But we desire to let you know, brethren, of the grace of God
which has been bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia;
008:002 how, while passing through great trouble, their boundless
joy even amid their deep poverty has overflowed to increase
their generous liberality.
008:003 For I can testify that to the utmost of their power,
and even beyond their power, they have of their own free
will given help.
008:004 With earnest entreaty they begged from us the favour of
being allowed to share in the service now being rendered
to God's people.
008:005 They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in
obedience to God's will they gave their own selves to the Lord
and to us.
008:006 This led us to urge Titus that, as he had previously been
the one who commenced the work, so he should now go and complete
among you this act of beneficence also.
008:007 Yes, just as you are already very rich in faith, readiness of speech,
knowledge, unwearied zeal, and in the love that is in you,
implanted by us, see to it that this grace of liberal giving
also flourishes in you.
008:008 I am not saying this by way of command, but to test by the standard
of other men's earnestness the genuineness of your love also.
008:009 For you know the condescending goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ -
how for your sakes He became poor, though He was rich,
in order that you through His poverty might grow rich.
008:010 But in this matter I give you an opinion; for my doing this helps
forward your own intentions, seeing that not only have you