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Galatians 4:4-5But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

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2 Corinthians chapter 7

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Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
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Make room for us [in your hearts]; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.
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I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together.
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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.
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For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.
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But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
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and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.
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For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it-- [for] I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while--
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I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to [the point of] repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to [the will of] God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.
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For the sorrow that is according to [the will] [of] God produces a repentance without regret, [leading] to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
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For behold 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.
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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 God.
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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.
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For 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.
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His affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.
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I rejoice that in everything I have confidence in you.

2 Corinthians chapter 8

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Now, brethren, we [wish to] make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
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that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
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For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, [they gave] of their own accord,
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begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,
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and [this], not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
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So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.
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But just as you abound in everything, in faith 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.
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I am not speaking [this] as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
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I give [my] opinion in this matter, for 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].
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But now finish doing it also, so that just as [there was] the readiness to desire it, so [there] [may be] also the completion of it by your ability.
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For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what [a person] has, not according to what he does not have.
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For [this] is not for the ease of others [and] for your affliction, but by way of equality--
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at this present time your abundance [being a] [supply] for their need, so that their abundance also may become [a supply] for your need, that there may be equality;
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as it is written, "HE WHO [gathered] MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO [gathered] LITTLE HAD NO LACK."
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But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus.
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For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord.
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We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in [the things of] the gospel [has spread] through all the churches;
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and not only [this], but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and [to show] our readiness,
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taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;
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for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
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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.
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As for Titus, [he is] my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, [they are] messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.
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Therefore openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.

2 Corinthians chapter 9

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For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;
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for 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.
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But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared;
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otherwise if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we-- not to speak of you-- will be put to shame by this confidence.
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So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.
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Now this [I say], he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
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Each one [must do] just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
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as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."
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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;
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you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.
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For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
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Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for [your] obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,
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while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
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Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians chapter 10

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Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ-- I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!
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I ask that when I am present I [need] not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.
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For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
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for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
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[We are] destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and [we are] taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
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and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
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You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ's, so also are we.
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For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
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for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.
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For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible."
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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.
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For 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.
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But we will not boast beyond [our] measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.
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For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;
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not boasting beyond [our] measure, [that] [is], in other men's labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,
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so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, [and] not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
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But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.
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For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.