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2nd Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Corinthians

Biblical Verses Omitted From Roman Catholic Mass Readings


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Chapter 1 verses  8-17, 23  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[8] For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, of our tribulation, which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure above our strength, so that we were weary even of life. [9] But we had in ourselves the answer of death, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raiseth the dead. [10] Who hath delivered and doth deliver us out of so great dangers: in whom we trust that he will yet also deliver us. [11] You helping withal in prayer for us: that for this gift obtained for us, by the means of many persons, thanks may be given by many in our behalf.

[12] For our glory is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity of heart and sincerity of God, and not in carnal wisdom, but in the grace of God, we have conversed in this world: and more abundantly towards you. [13] For we write no other things to you than what you have read and known. And I hope that you shall know unto the end: [14] As also you have known us in part, that we are your glory, as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[15]
And in this confidence I had a mind to come to you before, that you might have a second grace: [16] And to pass by you into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be brought on my way towards Judea. [17] Whereas then I was thus minded, did I use lightness? Or, the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that there should be with me, It is, and It is not?

[23] But I call God to witness upon my soul, that to spare you, I came not any more to Corinth: not because we exercise dominion over your faith: but we are helpers of your joy: for in faith you stand.


Chapter 2 verses  1-17  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] But I determined this with myself, not to come to you again in sorrow. [2] For if I make you sorrowful, who is he then that can make me glad, but the same who is made sorrowful by me? [3] And I wrote this same to you; that I may not, when I come, have sorrow upon sorrow, from them of whom I ought to rejoice: having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. [4] For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote to you with many tears: not that you should be made sorrowful: but that you might know the charity I have more abundantly towards you.

[5] And if any one have caused grief, he hath not grieved me; but in part, that I may not burden you all. [6] To him who is such a one, this rebuke is sufficient, which is given by many: [7] So that on the contrary, you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. [8] Wherefore, I beseech you, that you would confirm your charity towards him. [9] For to this end also did I write, that I may know the experiment of you, whether you be obedient in all things. [10] And to whom you have pardoned any thing, I also. For, what I have pardoned, if I have pardoned any thing, for your sakes have I done it in the person of Christ. [11] That we be not overreached by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his devices.

[12] And when I was come to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened unto me in the Lord, [13] I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother; but bidding them farewell, I went into Macedonia.

[14]
Now thanks be to God, who always maketh us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and manifesteth the odour of his knowledge by us in every place. [15] For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish. [16] To the one indeed the odour of death unto death: but to the others the odour of life unto life. And for these things who is so sufficient? [17] For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God; but with sincerity, but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak.


Chapter 3 verses 12-14  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[12] Having therefore such hope, we use much confidence: [13] And not as Moses put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel might not steadfastly look on the face of that which is made void. [14] But their senses were made dull. For, until this present day, the selfsame veil, in the reading of the old testament, remaineth not taken away (because in Christ it is made void).


Chapter 4  is covered in full in the Mass Readings at some time during the three year cycle of readings.



Chapter 5 verses 2-5, 11-13  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[2] For in this also we groan, desiring to be clothed upon with our habitation that is from heaven. [3] Yet so that we be found clothed, not naked. [4] For we also, who are in this tabernacle, do groan, being burthened; because we would not be unclothed, but clothed upon, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up by life. [5] Now he that maketh us for this very thing, is God, who hath given us the pledge of the Spirit.


[11] Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we use persuasion to men; but to God we are manifest. And I trust also that in your consciences we are manifest. [12] We commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory in our behalf; that you may have somewhat to answer them who glory in face, and not in heart. [13] For whether we be transported in mind, it is to God; or whether we be sober, it is for you.


Chapter 6 verses 11-18  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[11] Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians, our heart is enlarged. [12] You are not straitened in us, but in your own bowels you are straitened. [13] But having the same recompense, (I speak as to my children,) be you also enlarged. [14] Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: [18] And I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


Chapter 7 verses 1-16 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.

[2] Receive us. We have injured no man, we have corrupted no man, we have overreached no man. [3] I speak not this to your condemnation. For we have said before, that you are in our hearts, to die together, and to live together. [4] Great is my confidence for you, great is my glorying for you. I am filled with comfort: I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation.

[5]
For also when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we suffered all tribulation; combats without, fears within. [6] But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus. [7] And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation, wherewith he was comforted in you, relating to us your desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced the more. [8] For although I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do not repent; and if I did repent, seeing that the same epistle (although but for a time) did make you sorrowful; [9] Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful; but because you were made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that you might suffer damage by us in nothing. [10] For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death. [11] For behold this selfsame thing, that you were made sorrowful according to God, how great carefulness it worketh in you; yea defence, yea indignation, yea fear, yea desire, yea zeal, yea revenge: in all things you have shewed yourselves to be undefiled in the matter. [12] Wherefore although I wrote to you, it was not for his sake that I did the wrong, nor for him that suffered it; but to manifest our carefulness that we have for you [13] Before God: therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation, we did the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.

[14]
And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth. [15] And his bowels are more abundantly towards you; remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you have received him. [16] I rejoice that in all things I have confidence in you.


Chapter 8 verses 16-24  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[16] And thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus. [17] For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more careful, of his own will he went unto you. [18] We have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel through all the churches. [19] And not that only, but he was also ordained by the churches companion of our travels, for this grace, which is administered by us, to the glory of the Lord, and our determined will: [20] Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us. [21] For we forecast what may be good not only before God, but also before men. [22] And we have sent with them our brother also, whom we have often proved diligent in many things; but now much more diligent, with much confidence in you, [23] Either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow labourer towards you, or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ. [24] Wherefore shew ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence of your charity, and of our boasting on your behalf.


Chapter 9 verses 1-5, 12-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] For concerning the ministry that is done towards the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you. [2] For I know your forward mind: for which I boast of you to the Macedonians. That Achaia also is ready from the year past, and your emulation hath provoked very many. [3] Now I have sent the brethren, that the thing which we boast of concerning you, be not made void in this behalf, that (as I have said) you may be ready: [4] Lest, when the Macedonians shall come with me, and find you unprepared, we (not to say ye) should be ashamed in this matter. [5] Therefore I thought it necessary to desire the brethren that they would go to you before, and prepare this blessing before promised, to be ready, so as a blessing, not as covetousness.

[12] Because the administration of this office doth not only supply the want of the saints, but aboundeth also by many thanksgivings in the Lord, [13] By the proof of this ministry, glorifying God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ, and for the simplicity of your communicating unto them, and unto all. [14] And in their praying for you, being desirous of you, because of the excellent grace of God in you. [15] Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.


Chapter 10 verses 1-16,   have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you. [2] But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present, with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some, who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh. [3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. [4] For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels, [5] And every height that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ; [6] And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be fulfilled. [7] See the things that are according to outward appearance. If any man trust to himself, that he is Christ's, let him think this again with himself, that as he is Christ's, so are we also. [8] For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed. [9] But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles, [10] (For his epistles indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible,) [11] Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by epistles, when absent, such also we will be indeed when present.

[12]
For we dare not match, or compare ourselves with some, that commend themselves; but we measure ourselves by ourselves, and compare ourselves with ourselves. [13] But we will not glory beyond our measure; but according to the measure of the rule, which God hath measured to us, a measure to reach even unto you. [14] For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as if we reached not unto you. For we are come as far as to you in the gospel of Christ. [15] Not glorying beyond measure in other men's labours; but having hope of your increasing faith, to be magnified in you according to our rule abundantly; [16] Yea, unto those places that are beyond you, to preach the gospel, not to glory in another man's rule, in those things that are made ready to our hand. 


Chapter 11 verses 12-17, 19-21a, 31-33  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[12] But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off the occasion from them that desire occasion, that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. [13] For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. [14] And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. [15] Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works.

[16]
I say again, (let no man think me to be foolish, otherwise take me as one foolish, that I also may glory a little.) [17] That which I speak, I speak not according to God, but as it were in foolishness, in this matter of glorying.

<>[19] For you gladly suffer the foolish; whereas yourselves are wise. [20] For you suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take from you, if a man be lifted up, if a man strike you on the face. [21] I speak according to dishonour, as if we had been weak in this part. ...
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[31] The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for ever, knoweth that I lie not. [32] At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me. [33] And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and so escaped his hands.


Chapter 12 verses 11-21  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[11] I am become foolish: you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you: for I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing. [12] Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. [13] For what is there that you have had less than the other churches, but that I myself was not burthensome to you? Pardon me this injury.

[14]
Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burthensome unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. [15] But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; although loving you more, I be loved less. [16] But be it so: I did not burthen you: but being crafty, I caught you by guile. [17] Did I overreach you by any of them whom I sent to you? [18] I desired Titus, and I sent with him a brother. Did Titus overreach you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? did we not in the same steps?

[19]
Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ; but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification. [20] For I fear lest perhaps when I come I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you. [21] Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.


Chapter 13 verses 1-10  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand. [2] I have told before, and foretell, as present, and now absent, to them that sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare. [3] Do you seek a proof of Christ that speaketh in me, who towards you is not weak, but is mighty in you? [4] For although he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him: but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you.

[5]
Try your own selves if you be in the faith; prove ye yourselves. Know you not your own selves, that Christ Jesus is in you, unless perhaps you be reprobates? [6] But I trust that you shall know that we are not reprobates. [7] Now we pray God, that you may do no evil, not that we may appear approved, but that you may do that which is good, and that we may be as reprobates. [8] For we can do nothing against the truth; but for the truth. [9] For we rejoice that we are weak, and you are strong. This also we pray for, your perfection. [10] Therefore I write these things, being absent, that, being present, I may not deal more severely, according to the power which the Lord hath given me unto edification, and not unto destruction.


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