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"HAving therefore 1.
The CONIEN I S.
of the foregoing Chapter. He then desires the good Opi-
W Haffurance of your being
Herefore having such full A. D. 57. (dearly beloved) let the true * Church and People of "Chap. vi. us cleanse our felves GOD, and intitled to all the 16,17,18, from all filthiness of Blessings and Promises of Christ's the flesh and spirit, Religion ; confider, dear Breperfecting holiness in
thren, how much it concerns you the fear of God.
to keep yourselves perfectly clear of all heathenish Vices and Impurities, and to improve in all the Duties of your most holy Profession.
2. Receive us, we 2. Let me again + request of have wronged no man, all Parties among you, to enterwe have corrupted no tain and continue an Opinion of we have de
me as your true Apostle. I have frauded no man.
given no Occasion for any to do otherwise. I have wronged and over-reached none of you in my Dealings; nor corrupted and imposed upon any, in Principles or Doctrine, as some of your false Teachers have done.
3. I speak not this 3. I do not repeat this anew as to condemn you: for if I condemned or suspected you, I have said before, that the well-affected Part of the Corinyou are in our hearts, thian Church, of any ill Thoughts to die and live with you.
+ Ver. 2. See Chap. iii. 1, &c. and Chap. iv. I, &c. # Ib. We bave wronged n0 Man, &c. dritllar Tüs feud arosónss. Here he Rings at their falje Teachers. Cbryfoft. in Luc.
A. D. 57. of me. For as I have all along * professed, I have fo
just a Sense of your Respect for me, that I could live and die with you.
4. Great is my 4. 'Tis this Esteem of you that boldness of speech to makes me express myself thus wards you, great is plainly and roundly to your whole my glorying of you, Church. In you I glory, and un1 am filled with com- der all my Reproaches and Aftlicfort, I am exceeding- tions, comfort myself with the ly, joyful in all our Thoughts and Hopes of you. tribulation.
5. For when we 5. My Concern for you suffiwere come into Ma. ciently discovered itself at my cedonia, our fleth had first Arrival in Macedonia, when no rest, but we were I lay under the utmost Uneafitroubled on every ness; partly from the Opposition fide; without were I met with against my Doctrine, fightings, within were and more especially from the fears.
Dread I had that your false Teachers should still pervert you, and gain Credit in your Church.
6. Nevertheless, God 6. But GOD, the Comforter that comforteth those of the Afflicted, relievd me from that are cast down, those Fears by the Account that comforted us by the Titus gave me of you, at his Arcoming of Titus.
rival there. 7. And not by his 7. For it was not his Presence coming only, but by only that rejoyced me, but the the consolation where comfortable Account he gave of with he was comfort
ders committed among you, and told us your earnest
the earnest Regard you had to my desire, your mourn
Advices and Representations.
8. For tho' I made 8. Though it might regret me you sorry with a let- to write such a severe Epistle to ter, I do not repent, you as I did, yet the Effects of it tho' I did repent: for are so happy, that notwithstandI perceive that the ing the present Concern it put same
ed in you, when he your pious Concern at the Dilor
l'er. 3. See Chap. iji. j. and Vorfe 12.
fame epifle made you you into, I have no Reason to re- A. D. 57.
9. Now I rejoyce, 9. Nay, I heartily rejoyce that
none but such Kind of Trouble ner, that ye might
in receive damage by us
your Minds; and you have no in nothing.
Reason to think so pious a Con
cern could do you any Harm.
us to Repentance as the Means
11. Forbehold, this II. And of this kind of Grief felf-fame thing that is that which the Reproofs of my ye sorrowed after a Letter have wrought in you ; as godly sort, what care appears by your diligent Conforfulness it wrought in mity to my Directions; the earnyou, yea, what clear- eft Endeavours of the sound and ing of your felves: fober Part of you, to clear youryea, wbát indignati- felves of all Guilt
, by the Cen-
to be a well-disposed People.
A. D 57. cause that suffered partial Kindness for the Person
wrong, but that our injur'd by him; but from my fin-
13. This it was that made the
among you, so exceeding com-
to him to find it so, and acquaint
me with it.
15. And his inward 15. And I must tell you, the
trembling you receive you to him.
16. I rejoyce there 16. Thus the Assurance I give fore that I have con- myself from this Instance, how fidence in you in all much Respect I shall alway find things.
from you, is Matter of unspeakable Satisfaction to me.
C H A P.
thren, to haften your cha
CH A P. VIII.
The CONTENTS. He exhorts them to a large and speedy Contribution for the poor Christians of Judea, and excites them to it from the generous Example of the Macedonian Churches. Commends the Bearers of this Epistle to them. "
. Must now desire you, Bre- A. D. 57: thren, we do you to wit of the ritable * Collections for the poor grace of God bestow, and suffering Christians of Judea. ed on the churches of And to render them the more Macedonia : .
large and speedy, I think it proper to acquaint you with the great t and exemplary Liberality lately shewn to them by the Christians of Macedonia, and the neighbouring # Parts. 2. How that in a
2 & 3. Namely that, under the great trial of affliction, most afflicting and narrow Cirthe abundance of their cumstances, they have been most joy, and their deep po bountiful to their fellow-suffering verty abounded unto
Brethren; indeed beyond what the riches of their li.
they could well spare, and with berality.
the utmost Freedom and Hearti3. For to their power (I bear record) yea
ness. and beyond their power, they were willing of themselves.
4. Praying us with 4. They did it without any much intreaty, that Solicitations; and instead of my we would receive the intreating them, they begged of
• Ver. 1. See 1 Cor. xvi. 1, GC.
† Ibid. Tiiv zágio 78 Ots, The Grace of God. The Liberality 77 Oct of God, i. e. The great Liberality. The Name of God joined to any Thing, in the Hebrew Language, is put to magnify it to the highest Degree. So the Cedars of God are the tallest Cedars, Plal. Ixxx. 10. Moses was fair before God, i. e. exceeding fair. Acts vii. 20. and Chap. x. 4. of this Epistle, The Weapons of our Warfare are durata to @sa, powerful to God, i.e. most powerful.
Ibid, Viz. Philippi, Thesalonica, Beres.