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D. A.67. the preaching might ing the Gospel-Doctrine to the Gen
be fully known, and tiles of these Parts, by delivering that all the Gentiles
me from the Sentence of the Cruel might hear : and I * Emperor for that time. was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord 18. And, though I am now likeshall deliver met from ly to be unjustly Condemned, and every evil work, and suffer by him; yet, am I sure, God will preserve me unto will still preserve me from doing + his heavenly king, or saying any thing unbecoming my dom: glory for ever and Religion, or my Ministerial Office Amen.
and carry me through Death into the
Happiness of his Heavenly Kingdom: To whom therefore I ascribe all Honour and Glory for ever and ever. Amen. 19 Salute Prisca
19. My hearty Christian Love to and Aquila, and the Aquila and Priscilla, with Onesiphohoushold of Onefipho- rus and his Family,
20 Erastus abode
would know what is at Corinth : but Tro- become of Erastus, I can only tell phimus have I left at
you, I left him at Corinth in my Miletum sick. || See Pear.
laft Travels thither; and Trophifon, op. Poft.
mu: falling Sick at Miletus, in Crete, I was forced to leave him in that Inand.
2i Do thy diligence 21. Come to me before Winter, to come before win- if you can. Eubulus, Pudens, Liter. Eubulus greeteth nus, Claudia, and all the Christians
22. May the Lord Jesus Christ Chrilt be with thy be your Director and Guide. His spirit. Grace be with Love and Favourbe ever with
here falute you.
* Nero, or else his Deputy Helius Cæfarianus.
+ And the Lord mall deliver me. Et liberabit me, inquit (non à Vinculis sed) ab omni opere Malo. Pearson op. Poft. pag. 25.
$1. NO HE Time of St. Paul's being in the
Island of Crete, and leaving Titus as
Pearson has shown good Reasons against that ; and, much more probably, stated it in the Interval between St. Paul's first and second Confinement at Rome, viz. Anno Domini 63. dating this Epistle the Year following ; with which Account Dr. Mill differs but in one single Year.
§ 2. The Occasion on which it was Written is so perfectly the same with those to Timothy, that the Substance and Style of it may well be, as it appears, of the same StrainA Church was indeed planted here, but wanted Watering, Cultivation, and due Order. The Natives of this Island were an Idle, False and Luxurious People, say the
Ancient Historians and Geographers, agreeable to St.Paul's Descriptions of them here, Chap. i. but might have made more tractable Christians, had not their ill Qualities and Dispositions been fomented by the Jewish Zealots, abounding in that Place. Against whose ignorant and malicious Prejudices the Apostle most clearly levels all the Characters he gives of a good Bishop or Church-Governour ; and the several Directions for the Conduct of People of both Sexes, in their respective Ages, Stations, and Degrees, conformably to the two foregoing Epistles, and to the general Current of the other Epistolary Writings relating to those Matters.
The CONTENTS. The Title and Salutation. The Design of St. Paul's leaving Titus Bishop in Crete, and of this Epistle to him; viz. To Ordain Church Ministers, and reduce that Church to a Regularity in Opinion and Practice ; efpecially the Judaizing Part of them, that were more zealous about Jewish Traditions and Ceremonies than the Substantial Matters of Christianity. The good Qualifications of a Church Governour. A bad Character of the Cretians, particularly the Jewish Inhabitants of that
Island. Written PA, a fervant 1. AUL, a Worshipper of the A.D. 64.
True God, and an Apostle apostle of Jesus Christ
, of Jesus Christ, specially Commisaccording to the faith fioned to Preach his Religion in its of God's elect, and Truth and Purity, and Convert the acknowledging of the truth, which is
Men of all Nations to the true Faith after godliness,
of it. 2 In hopes of eter- 2 & 3. A Religion that gives all nal life, which God, true Believers, whether Jews or that cannot lie, pro, Gentiles, a full and sure Hope of mised before the world
enjoying that great Promise of Eterbegan;
3 But hath in due nal Happiness, made by the God of time manifefted his Truth Himself, at first to Adam in
word through preach- the Beginning of the World, and to A. D.64.
gotten by the far greater Part of the
nifold Corruptions, and wilful Ini-
4 To Titus, mine 4. I Paul send this Epistle to
For this cause 5. To remind you of the good
dain other Church-Ministers in the
6 & 7. Now a Bishop and Go-
having Steward over God's Family, ought,
in general, to be a Person of an un-
exceptionable Character : And, in 7 For a bishop must particular, ought not to be one that be blameless, as the has been guilty, either of the Pofteward of God : not lygamy of the Heathens, or of Diself-willed, not foon vorcing his Wife for Humoursome angry, not given to Reasons, and Marrying others, acwine, no striker, nor cording to the Corrupt Usages of given to filthy lucre ; the Jews. He must be one that
* Ver. 5. That thou shouldest fet in order the things that are wanting. Or, öva ta asorta dopédon, To rectify Disorders,
1. D. 64. has Educated his family in the Christian Faith ; that no
body can accuse of the least Debauchery or Disorderly
8 But a lover of 8. But, on the contrary, must
in his Dealings, devoted to the Ser-
9 Holding fast the 9. In fine, he must be fteddy to
port the Orthodox, and to Confute
and Reprove the Erroneous and Ob
especially the Jewish Zealots, and
u. These Men, however false
yet be Answered and Confuted ;
by their unreasonable Suggestions,
which they spread about, only for
12 & 13. When the Poet Epi.
* Ver. 12. Slow Bellies, yasépes ápai, not Now, but swift, tager Bellies, like that of texa Sopíz, evil wild Beasts. So in Homer, xúves kegyes are swift Dogs.