4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry [B: such a ministry; T: such an office], as we have received mercy [T: even as mercy is come on us], we faint not;

4:2 But have renounced the hidden things [GBT: cast from us the clokes] of dishonesty [G: shame; BT: unhonesty], not walking [GBT: and walk not] in craftiness, nor handling [GB: neither handle we; T: neither corrupt we] the word of God deceitfully [T omits]; but by manifestation of the [G: in declaration of the; B: in opening of the; T: walk in open] truth commending [G: we approve; BT: and report] ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

4:3 But [GBT omit] if our gospel be [G: +then; BT: +yet] hid, it is hid to [B: in; T: among] them that are lost:

4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest [G: that is, of the infidels, that] the light of the glorious gospel [G: gospel of the glory] of Christ, who [GBT: which] is the image of God, should [G: +not] shine unto them.


(2 Cor 4) JN2: 250

(2 Cor 4:1-8) JN3: 16

(2 Cor 4:1-4) MFS 29

(2 Cor 4:1f) IP2: 110

(2 Cor 4:2-4) GF4: 38f

(2 Cor 4:2) GF3: 172; GF4: 25; GF5: 142; DGA 131; MFU 62; JN1: 82; JN2: 59, 542; JN3: 433; IP2: 19

(2 Cor 4:3-8) JN2: 195

(2 Cor 4:3) MFU 340, 358

(2 Cor 4:3f) GF3: 253; GF8: 298 [409]; MFU 31; JN2: 173, 246, 343 (RF); JN3: 54, 247, 429f, 433; IP4: 52, 65, 297; WPT 102, 103

(2 Cor 4:4) GF2: 287; GF3: 119, 124, 241, 305, 372, 438; GF4: 28, 80, 158f; GF5: 413; GF6: 11; GF7: 41 [33], 86 [77], 147 [155], 250 [232], 202 [371]; GF8: 43 [292], 65 [312], 136 [343], 141 [344], 182 [361], 202 [371], 207 [372], 259 [397], 276 [399]; GFT 199 [= EQ 506]; DGA 138; MFS 16, 89, 90; MFU 46, 65, 160, 203f; JN1: 55, 148, 166, 234, 285; JN2: 56, 179, 218, 301, 315, 317, 320; JN3: 51, 80, 117, 399, 434, 438, 442, 473; IP1: 115, 220, 130f, 156, 224f; IP2: 2, 133; IP4:181, 350; HPS 48, 51; EQ 105, 107, 109, 114 (JN), 506 [= GFT 199]; RBA 142; WPR 127, [145, 157,] 164, 309, 312; WPT 98, 217; WTG 150 (EH); JWJM 86

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(2 Cor 4:2-4)

GF4:38f (1654) [continued from Isa 2:19]: ...God Almighty open your understandings, all people every where, that you may see yourselves. And if you take heed to that light which will exercise your consciences [2 Cor 4:2], it will let you see yourselves, which eye is the light, and this light will let you see God; but if your minds go forth, the God of this world cometh in and takes the dominion, and so your minds are blinded [2 Cor 4:4], and your understandings darkened [Eph 4:18]: therefore everyone, what you possess, profess, for the saints were what they spoke; and every one as Christ hath given you a measure [Eph 4:7], according to your ability, mind your measure, and improve your measure, and let the saints' conditions alone, but as you find them fulfilled in you....

(2 Cor 4:2)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:2: GF4:25 (1 Pet 2:8)]

[MFU 62: Cantena of references to "conscience"]

JN2:59f (1655): ...thou knows not that within to speak to, knows not his ministry that preached to the spirits in prison [1 Pet 3:19] nor that quickened in thee that death has passed over, but art still dead in sins and trespasses [Eph 2:1] ...; and whereas thou deniest it to be God's language, and calls it Satan's language, I answer: What language spake the apostles when they spake in demonstration of Spirit [1 Cor 2:4], and commended themselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God [2 Cor 4:2]? And what is that dead that must hear the voice of the son of God and live [John 5:25]? (continued under Mat 16:18)

(2 Cor 4:3f)

MFU 31 (1653): The light of Jesus is the eye, by which all sees, whose eyes is opened, which eye the God of the world hath blinded [2 Cor 4:4] of all whose eyes are turned from it, who have eyes but see not [Psa 135:16], and this light is the condemnation of the world [John 3:19], though they know it not, nor will not turn to it, nor mind it. Yet it shall pursue, them, and find them out one day, and be their condemnation forever. And the light shines in thy face..., and would let thee see, if thou would mind it, and know what is expedient in things of that nature which is hid from all the world [2 Cor 4:3] whose minds are turned from the light.

JN3:54 (1656): So all that go out of the light go into the darkness, and there the life and image of God is lost, and there is the fall; and all who there abide are reserved in chains of darkness [Jude 1:6], not knowing the life which breaks the bonds and chains of iniquity and opens the grave [Ezek 37:12f] and prison door [Isa 42:7, 61:1]. And here the soul being in death, breathing after the light, but darkness got above; in the darkness is the creature led into sects, opinions and errors, after the imaginations, to seek life; but further, it runs here to the sensual wisdom [James 3:15], further into death and darkness, till the creature be so blinded in the understanding that he thinks and imagine he doth God service [John 16:2] when he is acting against the life of God, both in himself and others; so comes the creature of God and his life, wherewith God did furnish him to do his will [2 Tim 3:17], wholly to be lost, and the gospel hid that should recover him again, the god of this world having so blinded the mind, [2 Cor 4:3f] and thereby so alienated him from the life of God [Eph 4:18], that he neither hath power and life do do the will of God, nor light to know where to have it, in this condition of death; and without the life of God shall the creature never be without profession, or some conceit or other, to keep in a vain hope of salvation [Jer 3:23].

IP4:65 (1671): Query 11. Is not the message of the gospel, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all [1 Jn 1:5]? Doth not the Spirit of Christ preach this, more or less, to all people under heaven? Yea, is not the gospel preached in every creature [Col 1:23], and hid in those that are lost, whom the god of this world hath blinded [2 Cor 4:3f]?

(2 Cor 4:4)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:4: GF8:65 (Isa 9:5), MFU 160 (Rom 2:12), MFS 90f (Rev 13:18), JN1:55 (John 8:12), JN1:234 (1 Jn 1:5), JN2:301 (John 1:4), IP1:130f (Luk 11:35f), IP4:350 (Rev 12:3), EQ 114 (Rev 21:5), WPR 157 (Mat 5:12)]

GF3:124 (1659): P. He saith, "The scriptures are the image of Christ; and he that seeks for God out of the humanity of Christ, he shall lose both God and himself," etc. A. The scriptures are writings, and the writings will not endure for ever; and the image of Christ is the image of God [2 Cor 4:4]. And all who are in the life that gave forth scriptures, are in the image of Christ, which was before scripture was; and all who have the scriptures out of the life that gave them forth, they have not the image.

IP2:132f (1660): Even as in these our days, there was, some years ago, an honest zeal and true simplicity stirring in the Puritans (especially among the Nonconformists of them), which was of the Lord, and was very dear to him; and had the generations of this age abode there, they would have been able to have followed the Lord in every further step, and leading of his Spirit: but departing from that into some form or other, the true simplicity withered, and another thing began to live in them: and so they settled upon their lees [Jer 48:11, Zeph 1:12], magnifying the form they had chose to themselves, till at length their hearts became hardened from the pure fear, even to the contracting of a spirit of profaneness; insomuch as they could mock at the next remove and discovery of the Spirit, as some new light; and so by degrees have grown persecutors of that Spirit in its outgoings in the people of the Lord, which they themselves had once some taste of, while they were reproached for Puritans. And the god of this world, who at first tempted them aside into the form, hath at length prevailed so far to blind them therewith [2 Cor 4:4], that they can neither see what spirit they themselves are of [Luk 9:55], but what Spirit it is they persecute.

HPS 48 (Sarah Blackborrow, 1658): Unto all you, who own yourselves to be ministers and teachers of the people, who preach for hire [Mic 3:11], and persecute, and throw into prison if you have it not.... A witness hath the Lord God in you, which is faithful and true [Rev 3:14], if ever you know the day of the unstopping of your deaf ear [Isa 35:5], and the eye which the god of this elementary world hath made blind [2 Cor 4:4], again to see; then shall you confess it had been much better for you that you had laboured with your hands, doing the things which is honest, then to have coveted the wages of unrighteousness [2 Pet 2:15], or been fed with the bread of deceit [Prov 20:17]....

WTG 150 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1748): Next day had a meeting in which it was given to me to see the danger of the God of this world blinding our eyes [2 Cor 4:4] so also also the necessity of the administration of eye salve [Rev 3:18].

JWJM 86 (Epistle by several Friends, 1755): And beware of the spirit of this world [1 Cor 2:12], that is unstable and often draws into dark and timorous reasonings, lest the God thereof should be suffered to blind the eye of the mind [2 Cor 4:4]...


4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus [T: +to be] the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

4:6 For [BT: +it is] God, who [GBT: that] commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, [BT: +for] to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power [T: excellent power of it] may [GBT: might; T +appear to] be of God, and not of us [B: God's, and not ours].

(2 Cor 4:5-14) GF5: 99f (2 Cor 4:6) GFJN 175, 295, 303; GF3:12 (EB), 47, 53, 55, 63, 77, 94, 102, 118, 119, 121, 128, 144, 150f, 153, 168, 172f, 178, 219, 226, 308, 340, 367, 526, etc; GF4: 164, 172, 207, 262, 265; GF5: 220, 228, 269, 350; GF6: 248, 303, 341, 355; GF7: 42 [34], 76 [63], 146 [155], 186 [195], 217 [216], 244 [230]; GF8: 35 [286], 153 [353], 168 [359], 177 [361]; GFEJ 100, 150, 170, 265, 376, 401; GFT 145; DGA 83, 131, 138; MFS 29, 40, 52; MFU 230, 238, 319, 469; JN2: 13, 56, 246, 351, 464, 468, 540; JN3: 6, 30, 214, 226, 242, 248f, 395, 399, 437f; IPL 49, 57; IP1: 18, 65, 220, 240; IP2: 42, 162, 261; IP3: 69, 254, 263, 283, 330, 496, 533; IP4: 52, 89, 107, 136, 241, 357, 391, 394; RBA 141; RBAF 101; EQ 315 (BC); HPS 207; 320, 336; 348, 380, 397 (EB); WPR 122, 123, 198, 570, 616; WPT 103, 284, 291f, 346 (2 Cor 4:6f) GFJN 296; GF3: 50, 65f; GF5: 148, 253, 325; GF4: 74, 127; GF6: 210, 395; GF7: 123 [130]; GF8: 16 [270], 209 [372]; GFEJ 476; JN2: 5, 450, 459, 555; JN3: 212, 247, 433, 457; EQ 326 (BC) (2 Cor 4:7) GF2: 332; GF3: 216; GF7: 248 [232]; DGA 131; MFS 37; JN3: 701n (RR); IPL 19; IP1: 141, 173, 329, 332f, 417; IP2: 110, 129f, 212, 309, 376, 503; IP3: 395, 495; IP4: 172, 396; EQ 113 (JN); HPS 230, 255, 264; WPR 323; WTG 353 (AM); JSS 18

(2 Cor 4:)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4::]

(2 Cor 4:6)

[A key text about the inward light]

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:6: GFJN 175 (John 12:46), GF3: 226 (John 7:38), GF4:262 (Heb 8:10f), GF5: 220 (Luk 3:6), GF5:269 (John 14:6), MFU 230 (Mat 28:18), MFU 469 (Mat 19:28), MFS 52 (Rev 21:24), IP1:240 (John 5:25), IP2:261 (John 9:29), IP3:254 (John 12:50), IP4:107 (Isa 2:20), IP4:136 (Rom 1:22), RBA 141 (John 12:35f), EQ 113 (2 Cor 10:4-6), HPS 380 (2 Cor 6:8f), WPR 123 (Isa 33:20) WPR 570 (John 1:5)] MFS 40 (1660, continued from Isa 8:16): The light is shining in the consciences of men and they that are children of the light and of the day [1 Th 5:5] walk in it. It shines in their hearts, and gives them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ [2 Cor 4:6], the express image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature [Col 1:15]. This cleanses and purges the conscience from dead works to serve the living God [Heb 9:14]. JN3:30 (1656) [Contra John Deacon]: The second lie you charge me with is because I said the apostle said that they came to the knowledge of God and his glory by that light that shone in their hearts. To which I say it's no lie, for none every came to the knowledge of God otherwise but by that spiritual light, and that the apostle said so 2 Cor 4:6 may testify, and that Scripture (Rom 1:19) which saith, that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath showed it to them: this you say cannot be the spirit of God or Christ...; but how should you believe the kingdom of God within [Luk 17:21], who say faith and knowledge is not within. IP2:162 (1661): Is it possible for any nation (or any power in any nation) to hinder the shining forth of God's light therein, after the long night of apostasy? There is a spiritual day, and there is a natural day. There was a spiritual day before the apostasy, in the days of the apostles; and there is to be a spiritual day again after the apostasy, upon the Spirit of life's entering into the witnesses, their rising and standing on their feet [Rev 11:11], and the light of God shining forth from them. The spiritual day dependeth upon the shining of God's Spirit in the hearts of people [2 Cor 4:6] (which did once shine forth, and doth begin to shine again), as the natural day dependeth upon the shining of the sun. Now who can hinder the arising or shining of the Sun of righteousness [Mal 4:2] in the hearts of God's people? If ye can, then may ye prevent the carrying on of God's work of reformation in this nation, and throughout the world; but it is easier for you to stop the shining of the sun in the firmament. HPS 207 (Katharine Evans, prisoner of the Inquisition, 1661): Dear husband, with my dear children, I beseech you to wait in patience, having your minds always stayed upon the Lord [Isa 26:3]: Keep out of encumbrances, for that is the Enemy's opportunity to step in, when the mind is gone forth, and to vail the pure, and darken the understanding [Eph 4:18], and so hinder you of the pure enjoyment of the beholding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ [2 Cor 4:6].

(2 Cor 4:6f)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:6f: JN2:5 (John 1:9)]

(2 Cor 4:7)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:7: IP1:332f (Isa 1:21-23), IP1:417 (1 Cor 1:20), HPS 230 ( 2 Cor 5:1), EQ 113 (2 Cor 10:4-6)]

IP1: 141 (1659): And here, in this there is a great difference between the vessels of Sion, and the vessels of Babylon. The vessels of Sion, they are weak, earthen, foolish, contemptible to the eye of man's wisdom (which cannot look for any great matter of excellency there); but the treasure, the liquor of life in them, is precious [2 Cor 4:7]. The vessels of Babylon make a great show, appear very holy, very heavenly, very zealous for God and Christ, and for the setting up of his church and ordinances all over the world. Thus they appear without; but they are sepulchres; there is rottenness within [Mat 23:27]; under all this there lodgeth an unclean, an unsanctified heart; a heart unsubdued to the spirit and power of the gospel, while it makes such a great show of subjection and obedience to the letter. (Continued under Mat 24:1f)

IP2: 129f (1660): God, in every age, so bringeth forth and ordereth his innocent lambs and people, as that they are still offensive to the present age. The Lord fitteth them, and calleth them forth to be witnesses against the evils of the present age; how can they but offend it? ... And how shall the recovery out of the apostasy, and the reproof of the antichristian world be? Shall it be by wise synods and councils of learned and orthodox men..., or shall it be by the learning of the Spirit, which such as these contemn? When God hath the rich treasure of the knowledge of his kingdom to manifest in the world, he chooses earthen vessels, weak vessels, poor contemptible persons; he appears there (where the eye of man least looks for him) that "the excellency of the power" might appear to be of him wholly, and that the vessel might rob him of none of the glory of it [2 Cor 4:7].

HPS 264 (Joan Vokins, 1681): For when I was exercised about settling the Women's Meeting, I little thought to be concerned again with going for New-England; but after a short time it was more weighty than ever...; and this followed me until the hand of the all-wise God was so heavy upon me, that I could no longer stay at home, although both sick and lame..., yet did not dare to plead with the Lord any longer, or to make any excuse, but truly gave up all, both life and all that he had given me, when he required it; and he brought me to be as clay in the hand of the potter [Jer 18:6]. He filled my vessel with his heavenly treasure [2 Cor 4:7], and fulfilled that scripture that testifies that he hath said, I honour them that honour me [1 Sam 2:30]; and blessed be the Lord, such honour have the earthen vessels of a remnant, and the excellency of the power is his, and the glory of all [2 Cor 4:7]; for he is worthy of it....

WTG 353 (Ann Moore, 1761): too generally put too much trust in outward performances, not minding the free gift of God in you as you ought to do. Christ within the hope of glory [Col 1:27], it being the spirit of truth which the Father sent to lead into all Truth [John 16:13]; which heavenly treasure we are blessed with in our earthen vessels [2 Cor 4:7].


4:8 We are troubled [G: afflicted] on every side, yet [GBT: +we are] not distressed [G: in distress; BT: without shift]; we are perplexed [G: in doubt; BT: in poverty], but not in despair [yet we despair not; BT: not utterly without somewhat];

4:9 [GT:: +We are; B: +We] Persecuted [B: suffer persecution], but [BT: +are] not forsaken [B: +therein]; [BT: +We are] cast down, but [T: nevertheless] not destroyed [GBT: we perish not];

4:10 Always bearing [G: Everywhere we bear; BT: We always bear] about [T omits] in the body [G: our body; T: our bodies] the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also [GBT: omit] of Jesus might [GB: +also] be made manifest [BT: appear] in our body [GT: bodies].

4:11 For we which live are alway [GBT: always] delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest [BT: appear] in our mortal flesh.

4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

4:13 We having [GBT: And because (BT: Seeing then that) we have] the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

[2 Cor 4:13, cf Psa 116:10]

4:14 Knowing [BT: For we know] that he which [G: +hath] raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by [BT: +the means of ]Jesus, and shall present [GBT: set] us with you.

4:15 For all things are [BT: do I] for your sakes, that the abundant [G: most plenteous; BT: plenteous] grace might through [GBT: by] the thanksgiving of many [GBT: +may] redound to the glory [GBT: praise] of God.


(2 Cor 4:8-18) DGA 131; WTG 353 (AM)

(2 Cor 4:8) GF6: 121

(2 Cor 4:8f) JN2: 56, 159

(2 Cor 4:10) JN2: 192; JN3: 701n (RR)

(2 Cor 4:10f) GF3: 233; GF7: 28 [20]; JN2: 79, 221, 228, 286, 302, 454; JN3: 88; IP1: 315; IP3: 166; RBA 191; RBAF 145; JSS 18

(2 Cor 4:13) GF4: 286; GF8: 163 [356]; JN3: 454


(2 Cor 4:)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4::]

(2 Cor 4:10)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:10: JN2:192 (Rom 6:6f)]

(2 Cor 4:10f)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:10f: GF7:28 (John 8:36)]

JN2:221 (1655): But now you ... make the receiving of him to stand in a bare confessing with the tongue, when the heart believes not unto righteousness [Rom 10:10], and that this is that faith, a persuasion from the letter or from the knowledge of others, that such a one died at Jerusalem and rose again, and from thence conclude that all are believers and shall be saved that profess this faith, though they come not to the fellowship of his sufferings and resurrection in themselves [Phil 3:10], and so come to witness his death and life manifest in their mortal flesh [2 Cor 4:10f], and so the body of sin [Rom 6:6] put off by the body, and washed with the blood of Christ [Rev 1:5], and so be baptized into his death [Rom 6:3], dead with him to sin and alive with him to righteousness [Rom 6:11/8:10] and true obedience to the Father in their measures.

JN3:87f (1656, continued from Isa 64:6): But all who will know true obedience must first know a measure of God's Spirit in the light of Jesus, and therein moving and drawing towards Christ Jesus, wherein the faith is which lays hold on God's righteousness which is in Christ Jesus, and by the moving of this Spirit in the light the truth is seen, and the obedience that is one in Christ the second Adam (1 Cor 15:45). And as the creature is joined in the light to that Spirit of Christ, and in believing, there is the life of Jesus made manifest, quickening the body [Rom 8:11/2 Cor 4:10f] into that one obedience which is contrary to the will of man....

RBA 191, RBAF 145 (1678, continued from Rom 5:10) [quotes Eph 2:5] Now, this none will deny to be the inward work of renovation, and therefore the apostle gives that reason of their being saved by grace, which is the inward virtue and power of Christ in the soul... Of the revelation of this inward life the apostle also speaketh [quotes 2 Cor 4:10,11]. Now this inward life of Jesus is that whereby, ... he said, "we are saved."

(2 Cor 4:13)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:13: GF8:163 (Heb 6:12)]

GF4: 286-9 (1660): [Catena on faith]


4:16 For which cause [G: Therefore; BT: Wherefore] we faint not [BT: are not wearied]; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day [G: daily].

4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment [BT: exceeding tribulation which is momentany (sic) and light], worketh for us [G: causeth unto us; BT: prepareth] a far more [BT: an] exceeding [G: excellent] and [GBT: +an] eternal weight of glory [BT: +to us];

4:18 While we look not at [GBT: on] the things which are seen, but at [GBT: on] the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


(2 Cor 4:16-18) JN1: 316; JN3: 137

(2 Cor 4:16) GF3: 467; GF7: 24 [16]; GF8: 153 [353]; JN1: 44; JN2: 60, 303, 467; JN3: 46; WPR 147, 597

(2 Cor 4:16f) GF6: 121

(2 Cor 4:17) GFJN 424; GF8: 140 [344]; IP3: 465, 502, 514; HPS 225, 259; WPR 133; SIW 172

(2 Cor 4:17f) JN1: 52; WPR 75

(2 Cor 4:18) GF3: 104, 172, 198, 206, 216, 245, 272, 542; GF7: 266 [240]; JN1: 226; JN2: 58, 103; WPR 135


(2 Cor 4:)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4::]

(2 Cor 4:16-18)

JN1: 316 (1654): For it is he that overcomes that must wear the crown; wherefore faint not, nor think anything hard the Lord calls you unto; nothing must suffer but that which is to die, that your souls may live [2 Cor 4:16]. Oh your light affliction worketh for you a far more exceeding weight of glory [2 Cor 4:17], while you keep your eye to that which is invisible [2 Cor 4:18]. Wherefore give yourselves up to his will in all things.

JN3: 137 (1656): the sons of God (who are born of the incorruptible seed [1 Pet 1:23] know the incorruptible body that shall never wax old: therefore doth give up the corruptible to be tortured by the wills of the wicked and bloody persecutors, for the honor of him who hath called us thereto, by whom the inner man is daily renewed, though the outward man perish [2 Cor 4:16], and from whom we have assurance that when this earthly tabernacle is dissolved [2 Cor 5:1] we shall be clothed on from above; which clothing we see by faith, not by what the carnal can see or comprehend; for that which is seen is temporal, but that which is not seen is eternal [2 Cor 4:18]....

(2 Cor 4:16)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:16: JN1:44 (John 5:25), JN2:60 (Mat 16:18, Mat 23:16), JN2:467 (John 8:58), WPR 156f (Mat 28:20)]

GF7:24 (1652): To all you, my dear friends, who have tasted of the immediate, working power of the Lord, and do find an alteration in your minds, and do see from whence virtue doth come, and strength, that doth renew the inward man [2 Cor 4:16], and doth refresh you; which draws you in love to forsake the world, and that which hath form and beauty in it [Isa 53:2] in the eye of the world; and hath turned your minds within, who see your houses foul, and your corruptions strong, and the way narrow and straight, which leads to life eternal [Mat 7:14]; to you all I say, wait upon God in that which is pure. (Continued under John 1:5)

(2 Cor 4:17)

GFJN 424 (Thomas Sharman, Fox's former jailer, 1662): ...sometimes I am taken with admiration ... that Providence should order thee to be my prisoner, to give me my first real sight of the Truth. It makes me many times think of the jailer's conversion by the apostles [Acts 16:25-34]. O happy George Fox! that first breathed that breath of life within the walls of my habitation. Notwithstanding my outward losses are, since that time, such that I am becoming nothing in the world, yet I hope I shall find that all these light afflictions, which are but for a moment, will work for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory [2 Cor 4:17]. They have taken all from me, and now, instead of keeping a prison, I am rather waiting when I shall become a prisoner myself. Pray for me, that my faith fail not [Luk 22:32], but that I may hold out to the death, that I may receive a crown of life [Rev 2:10].

IP3: 464f (1670): Oh! Look not at thy pain and sorrow, how great soever; but look from them, look off them, look beyond them, to the Deliverer! whose power is over them, whose loving, wise, and tender Spirit is able to do thee good by them. And if the outward afflictions work out an exceeding weight of glory [2 Cor 4:17], oh what shall the inward do for those who are humbly, brokenly, and faithfully exercised before the Lord by them!

HPS 259 (Joan Vokins, 1691; continued from under Mark 8:36): Therefore faithfulness is very needful, for it doth produce a good effect, whatever we may endure; for the momentary affliction that we endure, doth produce a further weight of glory hereafter [2 Cor 4:17]; and in the sense of the same my head was borne up to endure hardships, when I could willingly have hid or gotten ease; but I considered that I could not hide from the Lord [Jer 23:24], who brought to my remembrance my promise that I made before his way was revealed to me; and if I broke covenant with the Lord, I should never enter into his rest [Psa 95:11]....

SIW 172 (Ann Crowley, 18): How unspeakable are the advantages of unreserved faithfulness, and humble dedication of heart; sacrifices that are well pleasing to an Omniscient God, who does not fail to support the dependent mind, in all its tribulations, and at seasons graciously affords a lively hope [1 Pet 1:3], that the afflictions of the present time [Rom 8:18G], if patiently borne, will work for us a "far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory [2 Cor 4:17]."

(2 Cor 4:18)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 4:18: JN2:103 (Mat 6:22)]

Fox frequently cites this verse as an argument against outward sacraments.

GF3: 198 (1659): P. He saith, "It is an error of such as leave water baptism, and the breaking of bread," etc. A. Doth not the apostle bring people off those things that are seen? [2 Cor 4:18] And are not outward water and outward bread the things that are seen? And are not these things temporal, though in their places and service they are owned. But they who come into the baptism of the Spirit [1 Cor 12:13], come into that in which the other ends, the greater.

GF3: 216 (1659): Sacraments, and sprinkling infants, called baptism, who walk after them, walk by sight, not faith, for these things are seen; and they follow their own traditions, and not the scriptures for either sprinkling infants or sacrament. And who walk by faith, and not by sight [2 Cor 5:7], come off the things that are seen. [quotes 2 Cor 4:18]


5:1 For we know that [T: surely] if our earthly house of this tabernacle [T: mansion wherein we dwell] were [G: be] dissolved [GBT: destroyed; T+that], we have a building [T: +ordained] of God, [G: +that is] an house [BT: habitation] not made with hands, [GBT: +but] eternal in the heavens [BT: heaven].

5:2 For in this [GB: For therefore; T: And herefore] we groan, earnestly [G we sigh; BT: sigh we] desiring to be clothed upon [GBT omit] with our house [T: mansion] which is from heaven:

5:3 If so be [G: Because; BT: So yet if] that being [GBT: if we be; B+found] clothed we shall not be found [BT: and not] naked.

5:4 For [G: +indeed; T: as long as] we that [T omits] are in this tabernacle do groan [GB: sigh; T: we sigh], being [GT: and are; B: and being] burdened [T: grieved]: not for that we would [GBT: because (T: for) we would not] be unclothed, but [GBT: +would be] clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

5:5 Now [G: And; BT omit] he that hath wrought [G: created; BT: ordained] us for the selfsame [GBT: this] thing is God, who also [T: which very same] hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.


(2 Cor 5:1-4) GF2: 332; GF6: 301

(2 Cor 5:1) GFJN 126; GF2: 339; GF6: 110; JN2: 49; JN3: 137; HPS 230, 262; EQ 309; WPR 604; WPT 411; WTG 164 (EH)

(2 Cor 5:1f) GF3: 160

(2 Cor 5:3) GF7: 86 [77]

(2 Cor 5:3f) MFU 148

(2 Cor 5:4) JN1: 297

(2 Cor 5:5) WPR 276


(2 Cor 5:)

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(2 Cor 5:1)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:1: GF6:110 (Rev 14:13), JN3:137 (2 Cor 4:16-18), WPR 604/WPT 511 (a href="#5:17q">2 Cor 5:17]

GFJN 126 (16): A great deal of work had I with priests and people with their old mass-houses which they called their churches, which were made by men's hands [2 Cor 5:1]; for the priests had persuaded people that it was the house of God, and the apostle said Christ purchased his church with his own blood [Acts 20:28], and Christ calls his church his spouse [Song 4:8-12], his bride, the Lamb's wife [Rev 21:9]. So this title Church and spouse was not given to an old house but to his Church that was his people and true believers, and the apostle saith, "Whose house we are" [Heb 3:6]. So the people are God's house and dwelling.

HPS 230 (Mary Penington,1680): I feel that death is a king of terrors [Job 18:14], and I know that my strength to triumph over him, must be given by the Lord, at the very season when the trying time cometh. My sight today of things beyond the grave, will be insufficient in that hour, to keep me from the sting of death [1 Cor 15:56] when he comes. It is the Lord alone will then be able to stand by me, and help me to resist the evil one, who is very busy when the tabernacle is dissolving [2 Cor 5:1]: his work being at an end when "the earthen vessel [2 Cor 4:7] is broken."

EQ 309 (Samuel Fisher, 1661): First, as for the outward earthly body, which was framed of the dust, of the outer earth, into which dust (as into its first principle) it must once return [Gen 3:19]: that is but the earthly tabernacle [2 Cor 5:1], in which the soul (which is in truth more the man, than it is) dwells, and hath its place of residence, and situation for a time.

WTG 164 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1749): I was brought very low in spirit, often led into deep baptisms, insomuch that I cried to heaven that he might lighten them or dissolve the tabernacle [2 Cor 5:1] which at times trembled under the weight of them.

(2 Cor 5:1f)

GF3:160 (1659, continued from under Rom 8:37): And he that hath this hope, which is Christ, hath that which purifies himself, even as he is pure [1 Jn 3:3], and comes to witness the kingdom of God that stands in joy, peace, and righteousness [Rom 14:17], and so is not always groaning in the earth, under the earthly tabernacle [2 Cor 5:1f], while he is upon the earth, but comes to know the body of sin cut off [Rom 6:6], and a being made free from the body of sin [cf Rom 8:2].

(2 Cor 5:3)

GF7: 86 (1654): Friends, in the measure of the life of God wait, to guide your minds up to the Father of life, where there is no shadow nor changing [Jas 1:11]. As ye come hither, ye must know a removing and changing of that which will change, with that which doth not change; to that take heed and guide all your minds, that none be found naked [2 Cor 5:3]. For who are fond naked, they are in that which hath an end, and doth change, and that causeth blindness [2 Cor 4:4]. (Continued under Isa 61:10)

(2 Cor 5:4)

JN1:297 (1654): And thou who art not come to the first resurrection [Rev 20:6], death speaks in thee. And how canst thou teach others the way of life? Wherefore silence, thou that art in the grave, with thy carnal Christ, carnal Word, carnal faith, which has not received it of God; carnal baptism, carnal ordinances, and carnal spirit, which are all without thee: cease thy prattling, thou busybody, till thou come to witness him who is invisible [Heb 11:27], before all these carnal things were, and in whom they are all swallowed up [2 Cor 5:4], finished and ended.


5:6 Therefore we are always confident [G: bold; BT: of good cheer], knowing [G: though we know; B: and know; T: and know well] that, whilst [BT: as long as] we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord [T:God]:

5:7 (For we walk by [T: in] faith, [GT +and] not by sight [B: not after outward appearance; T: see not]:)

5:8 [GBT +Nevertheless] We are confident, I say [G: bold; BT: of good comfort], and willing [G: love; BT: had] rather [T: liefer] to be absent from [G: remove out of] the body, and to be present [G: dwell] with the Lord.

5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may [G: also we covet, that both dwelling and home and removing from home, we may; BT: whether we be at home or from home, we endeavour ourselves to] be accepted of [G: be acceptable to; B: be accepted unto; T: please] him.

5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one [GBT: man] may receive the things done in [G: things which are done in; BT: works of] his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad [G: evil].


(2 Cor 5:6) WDS 267;

(2 Cor 5:7) GF3: 216; GF4: 286; GF5: 252; GFT 67, 81; LB (H17, H29); JN2: 276; WTG 270

(2 Cor 5:8) WPT 173

(2 Cor 5:9) GF4: 168; RBAF 153

(2 Cor 5:10-19) GF5: 100

(2 Cor 5:10) GF3: 535; GF6: 173; GF8: 35 [286]; MFU 459; IP2: 309, 321; IP4: 52; RBAF 154; EQ 328 (BC); WPR 224; WPT 25 [cf 1 Cor 6:18]

(2 Cor 5:10f) GF6: 150


(2 Cor 5:)

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(2 Cor 5:7)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:7: GF3: 216 (2 Cor 4:18, WTG 270 (Heb 11:1)]

(2 Cor 5:9)

(2 Cor 5:10)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:10: GF8:35(1 Cor 6:18)]


5:11 Knowing therefore [BT: Seeing then that we know] the terror of the Lord [B: the fear of the Lord; T: how the Lord is to be feared], we persuade [BT: fare fair with] men; but [G: and; BT: For] we are made manifest [BT: known well enough] unto God; and I trust also [GBT +that we] are made manifest [BT: known] in your consciences.

5:12 For we commend [GBT: praise] not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf [GBT: rejoice of us], that ye may have somewhat to answer [G: to answer against; BT: somewhat against] them which glory in appearance [GBT: rejoice in the face], and not in [GBT +the] heart.

5:13 For whether [BT if] we be beside ourselves, it is [G: out of are wit, we are it; BT too fervent] to God [BT: +are we too fervent]: or whether [BT: if] we be sober, it is [G: be inour right mind, we are it; BT: keep measure] for your cause [G: unto you; BT: +keep we measure].

5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; [G puts rest in v 15] because we thus judge, that if one died [GT: be dead] for all, then were [T: are] all dead:

5:15 And that [GB omit] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.


(2 Cor 5:11) GF7: 110 [111], 113 [114]; RBA 237; EQ 79; SBD 12, 48%

(2 Cor 5:11f) RBAF 179

(2 Cor 5:12) JN3: 11, 89

(2 Cor 5:14) RBA 454

(2 Cor 5:14f) GF5: 220, 415

(2 Cor 5:15) GFJN 34, 317; DGA 87, 131; EQ 320 (BC); WPR 614; WPT 283


(2 Cor 5:)

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(2 Cor 5:11)

SBD 48 (1750): [continued from 2 Cor 3:13-16] This will give him boldness to declare what God has done for his soul, as said the Apostle: "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men [2 Cor 5:11]"; that is, we labour to turn men from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan (the spiritual Pharaoh) unto God [Acts 26:18].

(2 Cor 5:15)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:15: DGA 87 (Rom 4:5)]


5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea [BT: insomuch], though we have [G: had] known Christ after the flesh, yet now [B: now yet; T: now] henceforth know we him no more.

5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is [G: let him be] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


(2 Cor 5:16-19) GFEJ 476

(2 Cor 5:16-18) DGA 144, 162

(2 Cor 5:16) GF5: 251; GF6: 479, 481, 483; GF7: 242 [229]; JN2: 556; JN3: 211, 246; IP2: 71, 381; IP3: 41, 263, 318, 359; EQ 157; HPS 323, 331; WPR 347; JSS 4, 24

(2 Cor 5:16f) RBA 150; RBAF 107; EQ 321 (BC); IP1: 61

(2 Cor 5:17-21) JN1: 190

(2 Cor 5:17-19) GF6: 229

(2 Cor 5:17) GF3: 75, 90, 104, 122, 183, 206, 213, 237, 264, 503, 566; GF5: 367, 396; GF7: 50 [42], 87 [77], 119 [124]; GF8: 52 [301],153 [352], 157, 158, 159 [354], 233 [385], 263 [397], 284f [402], 304 [411]; GFEJ 34, 116, 369, 452; EQ 291 (GF); JN1: 158, 192; JN3: 62, 104; WDS 153, 267; IP1: 27, 41; IP2: 144; IP3: 160, 219, 232, 294, 367, 405, 413, 434; IP4: 51, 76, 146, 149, 168, 171, 198, 346, 363, 436; HPS 386 (EB); WPR 36, 229, 231, 349, 604, 621; WPT 35, 267, 268, 312, 372, 410, 511; JSS 7, 21; DFR 6, 90 [cf Gal 6:15, Rev 21:5]

(2 Cor 5:17f) JWJM 177; JSS 12, 45


(2 Cor 5:)

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(2 Cor 5:16)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:16: GF6:481(Mat 26:20), IP3: 263 (1 Cor 3:18), JSS 24 (John 1:14)]

(2 Cor 5:17)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:17: GF3:566 (1 Cor 3:20), GF8:158 (Rev 1:5), GF8:233 (1 Jn 1:1), HPS 386 (Rev 21:1), WPR 36 (Mat 16:18), DFR 89f (Isa 1:16f)]

WPR 604/WPT 511 (1694): And if thou art in Christ thou walkest not after the flesh but after the Spirit [Rom 8:1], whose fruits are manifest [Gal 5:22]. Yea, thou art a new creature, new made, new fashioned after God's will and mold: old things are done away, and behold, all things are become new [2 Cor 5:17]: new love, desires, will, affections and practices. It is not any longer thou that livest, thou disobedient, carnal, worldly one; but it is Christ that liveth in thee [Gal 2:20], and to live is Christ and to die is thy eternal gain [Phil 1:21]; because thou art assured that thy corruption shall put on incorruption, and thy mortal, immortality; and that thou hast a glorious house eternal in the heavens [2 Cor 5:1] that will never wax old nor pass away. All this follows being in Christ, as heat follows fire and light the sun.

(2 Cor 5:17f)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:17f: JWJM 177 (Rom 12:11), JSS 45 (Mat 6:10)]


5:18 And [T: Nevertheless] all things are of God, who [GBT: which] hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation [T: office to preach the atonement];

5:19 To wit, that [GBT: For] God was in Christ, reconciling [T: and made agreement between] the world unto [GB: to; T: and] himself, not imputing [T: and imputed not] their trespasses [GBT: sins] unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation [BT: preaching of the atonement].

5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for [BT: messengers in the room of] Christ, [BT: +even] as though God did beseech you by [GBT: through] us: we pray [BT: So pray we] you in Christ's stead, be ye [GBT: that ye be] reconciled to [T: atone with] God.

5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who [GBT: which] knew no sin; that we [T: +by his means] might [GBT: should] be made the righteousness of God in him [T: that righteousness which before God is a-loved].


(2 Cor 5:18-21) RBA 181; RBAF 139

(2 Cor 5:18-20) GF8: 13 [267]; SBD 48%

(2 Cor 5:18) MFS 87; MFU 222; JN1:178; SBD 61

(2 Cor 5:18f) JN1: 19, 221; HPS 356 (EB); WPR 222; WPT 20; SBD 48

(2 Cor 5:19) GFJN 22, 39; GF3: 103, 114, 124, 190, 227, 292, 309, 340, 396, 465, 531, etc; GF4: 40, 43, 94, 231; GF5: 228, 313, 448; GF6: 165, 202; GF7: 13 [Tes], 114 [115], 205 [206], 290 [249], 306 [252]; GF8: 16 [270], 32 [282], 79 [317], 124 [333], 127 [335], 209 [372], 233 [385], 236 [388], 279 [401], 282f [402], 304 [411]; GFT 140; MFS 88; JN1: 13, 162, 210, 213 (GF); JN2: 170, 351f, 450, 548, 552; JN3: 63, 214, 236; WDS 258; IP2: 334, 351; IP3: 462; IP4: 285; HPS 331, 332; 348, 395, 396 (EB); WPR 128, 136, 198, 228, 331; WPT 34; JSS 67

(2 Cor 5:19f) GF6: 424; HPS 390 (EB); RBA 173; RBAF 131; EQ 322 (BC)

(2 Cor 5:20) JN1: 149; TEM 114; RBAF 139, 140; SBD 86

(2 Cor 5:21) GFNJ 603; GF3: 269; GF6: 14, 75f; GF7: 321 [262]; GFT 58, 87; JN1: 15 (GF), 181, 191, 488, 494; JN2: 80; EQ 254 (FN); RBAF 139; WPR 621; WPT 312 [cf 1 Pet 2:22]


(2 Cor 5:)

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(2 Cor 5:18-20)

SBD 48 (1750): And thus we are opened by the Spirit, in the ministry of the letter, to hold forth the true meaning of the Spirit, therein we may be instrumental to bring many souls out of the enmity and wrath, to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. And this ministry is called the word of reconciliation. [2 Cor 5:19f; quotes v 20]

(2 Cor 5:18)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:18: MFU 222 (Rom 1:14)]

(2 Cor 5:19)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:19: GF5:313 (Heb 12:1), GF6:202 (John 15:3), GF7:13 (John 12:6), GF7:114 (Mat 12:25f), GF8:236 (Mat 27:46), GF8:304 (John 17:3), JN1:161f (John 1:1), JN2:170 (John 1:3), HPS 396 (Rom 15:15), JSS 67 (1 Cor 6:17)]

(2 Cor 5:20)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 5:20: TEM 114 (Luk 12:45), SBD 86 (Rom 8:28)]


6:1 We then [G: So we therefore; B: we also; T: We], as workers together with him [G: workers together; B: helpers; T: helpers therefore], beseech [BT: exhort] you also [GBT omit] that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is [G omits] the [B: that; T: that well] accepted time; behold, now is the [BT: that] day of salvation.)

[2 Cor

6:2a, cf Isa 49:8 LXX]


(2 Cor 6:1) EQ 253 (FN)

(2 Cor 6:2) GF7: 122 [130], 209 [209]; GF8: 5f [265], 48, 51 [300], 57 [307], 72 [313], 150 [352], 200 [370]; DFR 84% [cf Isa 49:8; may be confl wi 1 Pet 1:5]


(2 Cor 6:)

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(2 Cor 6:2)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:2: GF8:48 (1 Pet 1:5), GF8: 57 (Rom 1:29)]

DFR 84f (1768): "Now is the accepted time" [2 Cor 6:2], while thou art called and invited, and drawn by the cords of Divine love [Hos 11:4]: that love which is the mark of discipleship in the church of Christ [John 13:35].


6:3 Giving [G: We give; BT: Let us give] no [G: no (B: none; T: no man) occasion of] offence [BT: evil] in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed [G: our ministry should not be reprehended; T: in our office be found no fault]:

6:4 But in all things approving [G: we approve; BT: let us behave] ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities [T: necessity], in distresses [B: anguishes; T: anguish],

6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments [G: prisons; BT: prisonment], in tumults [B: strifes; T: strife], in labours [T: labour], in watchings, in fastings [GB to v6; G: by watchings, by fastings; T: in watching, in fasting];

6:6 By [BT: In (6x)] pureness [G: purity], by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

6:7 By [BT: In (2x)] the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

6:8 By [T: in (2x)] honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

6:9 As unknown, and yet well [GBT omit] known; as dying, and, behold, we [T: +yet] live; as chastened, and [G: +yet] not killed;

6:10 As sorrowful [GBT: sorrowing], yet alway rejoicing [BT: merry]; as poor, yet making [GBT: make] many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged [GBT: made large].

6:12 Ye are not straitened [G: not kept strait; BT in no strait] in us, but ye [BT omit] are straitened [G: kept strait; BT: in a strait] in your own bowels.

6:13 Now for a recompence in the same [G: Now for the same recompence; BT: I promise you like reward), (I speak as unto my [B: as unto; T: with me as to my] children,) be ye also enlarged [BT: Set yourselves (T +therefore) at large].


(2 Cor 6:3-10) GF6: 129f, 426; EQ 113 (JN); SBD 102

(2 Cor 6:3) GF5: 119

(2 Cor 6:4-10) JN3: 130

(2 Cor 6:4-7) GF5: 183

(2 Cor 6:4) WPR 640

(2 Cor 6:4f) JN2: 344 (RF); JN3: 10, 452, 526; WDS 295

(2 Cor 6:5) GF4: 121; MFU 33; WDS 169, 307

(2 Cor 6:6) GF7: 224 [221]; IP1: 38; IP3: 533 ; EQ 107 (JN) [cf 1 Pet 1:22]

(2 Cor 6:7) GF7: 138 [14]; GF8: 27 [279]; EQ 107 (JN) [cf Eph 6:11]

(2 Cor 6:8) MFU 33, 191; EQ 346 (BC)

(2 Cor 6:8f) HPS 380 (EB)

(2 Cor 6:9) LB (X5); MFU 73; WPR 568; WPT 339

(2 Cor 6:10) LB (B28)

(2 Cor 6:11) JWJM 181%, 182


(2 Cor 6:)

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(2 Cor 6:3)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:3: GF5:119 (Jas 1:18)]

(2 Cor 6:5)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:5: MFU 33 (1 Cor 7:22-24)]

(2 Cor 6:6)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:6: IP1:38 (1 Cor 13:4f)]

(2 Cor 6:8)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:8: MFU 33 (1 Cor 7:22-24)]

(2 Cor 6:8f)

HPS 380 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): Now though it cannot be said of you, that the Light hath shone so clear about you, yet know this every one of you, the Light hath shined in you [2 Cor 4:6], and that (I am sure), as it is heeded, will make manifest to you how falsely the people called Quakers have been accused: They have been looked upon (like the apostles in days past) as setters forth of strange gods [Acts 17:18]; they have been counted as unknown, yet well known [2 Cor 6:9]; they have been reckoned as deceivers, and yet true [2 Cor 6:8]: for truth don't use to suffer under its own name; but when men can fasten the name of heresy upon its principle, then they think they have pretense enough to punish its proselytes....

(2 Cor 6:11)

JWJM 181 (1772): In these meetings I often felt a living concern for the establishment of Friends in the pure life of Truth, and my heart was enlarged [2 Cor 6:11] in the meeting of ministers, meeting of businesss, and in several meetings for public worship, and I felt my mind united in true love to the faithful labourers now gathered from the several parts of this Yearly Meeting.


6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked [BT: And bear not [B: +ye[ a strange% (T: stranger's) yoke] together with unbelievers [G: with the infidels; BT: with the unbelievers]: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and [B: Or; T omits] what communion [T: company] hath light with darkness?

6:15 And [B: Or; T omits] what concord hath Christ with Belial? or [BT: Either] what part hath he that believeth with an [G: the believer with the] infidel?

6:16 And what agreement hath [BT: Or (T omits) how agreeth] the temple of God with idols [BT: images]? for [T: and] ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said [BT: said God], I will dwell in [GT: among] them, and walk in them [G: there; T: among them]; and I [BT omit] will be their God, and they shall be my people.

[2 Cor

6:16, cf Lev 26:11f, Ezek 37:27]

6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate [GBT: separate yourselves], saith the Lord, and touch not the [GBT: none] unclean thing; and I will [T: so will I] receive you,

[2 Cor

6:17, cf Isa 52:11 LXX]

6:18 And [G +I] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my [T: unto me] sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

[2 Cor

6:18, cf 2 Sam 7:14]


(2 Cor 6:14-18) GF5: 429

(2 Cor 6:14-16) GF2: 295; MFU 193; RBA 182, 246; RBAF 140, 186

(2 Cor 6:14) GF3: 371; GF5: 101; GF6: 230; GF7: 180 [190], 333f [264]; GF8: 237f [389]; GFEJ 145; MFS 86; JN1: 166, 234; JN2: 169; WDS 315; RBA 208, 379; RBAF 157, 332; EQ 392; 533 (BR); WPR 143, 312, 616; WPT 104, 289, 290f

(2 Cor 6:14f) GFEJ 422; MFU 86; WPR 605; WPT 411; JSS 14%

(2 Cor 6:15-17) GF5: 297

(2 Cor 6:15) GF7: 180 [190]; GF8: 237f [389]; JN1: 46; JN2: 191; JN3: 80; RBA 475f

(2 Cor 6:16-18) GF5: 183; IP3: 272; IP4: 223

(2 Cor 6:16) GFJN 107, 109, 134; GF3: 59, 88, 103, 134, 174, 233, 291, 305, 370, 395, 508f, 526; GF4: 385; GF5: 337; GF6: 101, 119, 406, 445; GF7: 27 [19]; GF8: 238 [389], 285, 286 [402]; DGA 156; LB (E2); MFU 125; JN1: 12 (GF), 49, 182, 221, 228f; JN2: 269, 349f, 442, 445, 540, 546; JN3: 431; 734 (GF); IP1: 28, 391; IP2: 432; IP3: 86, 169, 187, 372, 440, 501; IP4: 87, 331; RBA 124; RBAF 90; EQ 320 (BC); WPR 315; WPT 116, 148, 149 [cf Lev 26:12]

(2 Cor 6:16f) GF4: 41; JN1: 211 (GF); IP3: 119; IP4: 68, 252

(2 Cor 6:17-7:1) RBAF 187

(2 Cor 6:17) GF3: 517; GF6: 75; GF7: 47 [38]; GF8: 127 [335], 238 [389]; MFU 86, 211; JN3: 427; IP1: 190; IP3: 112, 128, 432; IP4: 117, 122, 188, 227; HPS 508 [cf Num 6:2, Isa 52:11]

(2 Cor 6:17f) GF2: 324; GFEJ 31; IP4: 21; RBA 247

(2 Cor 6:18) GF7: 47 [38]; GF8: 132 [341], 238 [389], 304 [411]; JN3: 701n, 711n (RR); JWJM 250% [cf Heb 1:5]

(2 Cor 6:19) JN1: 81


(2 Cor 6:)

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(2 Cor 6:14)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:14: GF6:230 (1 Cor 10:20), JN1:234 (1 Jn 1:5), RBA 379 (1 Cor 10:21)]

(2 Cor 6:14f)

JSS 14: Imputation of Christ’s righteousness to sinners, so as to reconcile them to God in a state of actual sin, or alienation from him, is as impossible as to reconcile light and darkness, or Christ and Belial [2 Cor 6:14f). It is a phantom that has risen up in the fogs and mists of benighted minds. It is attempting to climb up to heaven some other way than by Christ, the door [John 10:1].

(2 Cor 6:16)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:16: GF3:233 (John 15:8). GF8:286 (John 2:19), JN2:269 (Rev 5:10)]

(2 Cor 6:17)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:17: MFU 211 (Isa 30:21), IP3:432 (1 Jn 2:16), IP4:122 (Jas 1:27), HPS 508 (Rev 18:4)]

(2 Cor 6:18)

[Other texts citing 2 Cor 6:18: GF8:304 (John 17:3)]

JWJM 250 (17): He who sent ravens to feed Elijah in the wilderness [1 Ki 17:6, and increased the widow’s small remains of meal and oil [1 Ki 17:16], is now as attentive to the necessities of his people as ever, that when he numbers us with his people and saith, "Ye are my sons and daughters" [2 Cor 6:18] no greater happiness can be desired by them who know how gracious a Father he is.