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A. D. 57. pare our selves with that admire themselves, because
fome that commend they consider No-body's Accom-
13. Nor shall I infift upon the
dually preaching the Gospel to
14. For it is not my Method to
Work in any, as your new Teach-
ers do, but to take them gradual-
ly in my Travels, and perfect their
Conversion as I go along.
15. Not boasting of 15 & 16. And not like them,
gress in Christianity will be fo
Course on beyond your Country,
17. If your new Teachers there-
they can, boast in a regular Performance of the Gospel Ministry, and in the Successes wherewith God has blefled them in Mens Conversion to the Chriftian Faith, 2
18. For not he that 18. For it is not the vain Apcommendeth himself plauses that Men give themselves, is approved, but whom that signify any Thing ; 'tis God the Lord commendeth. alone that can duly recommend a Christian Apostle, by the Gifts of his Holy Spirit, and his Blessing upon the Work of their Ministry.
+ H A P. XI.
and a juft Sense of his Apoftolical Authority, against
Request therefore of your A. D. 57. !. Would
boasting Teachers, and of all bear with me a little that still adhere to them, in my in my folly; and in. Disparagement, to bear with what deed bear with me.
I am thus * forced to say in my own Commendation, and not interpret it as Vanity and Ambition.
2. For I am jealous 2. I do it purely from the pious over you with godly Care I have of your Welfare, jealousy: for I have that as I have made you a Chrifespoused you to one tian Church, the Spouse of Christ, husband, that I may I may keep you chaste and uncorpresent you as a chaste rupted in the Love of him, and virgin to Chrift.
his true Religion. 3. But I fear, lest by 3. For the busy and designing any means as the ser- Temper of those Men, makes me pent beguiled Eve dread you should be seduced from through
* Chap. 3.
A. D. 57. through his subtilty, it, by the subtle Insinuations of
so your minds should the fame evil Spirit that drew
4. For if he that 4. You that follow these new cometh, preacheth a- Teachers, can bear their Boastings nother Jesus whom patiently enough. And indeed, we have not preach- did they propose to you a greater ed, or if ye receive and better Saviour, or preach a another spirit, which
more holy and comfortable Docye have not received, or another gospel, trine, or bestowed any larger Gifts have not
of the Holy Spirit upon you, than accepted, ye might I have already done; you were in well bear with bim. the right in so doing, and in
esteeming them as greater and more excellent Apostles than I am. 5. For I suppose I
5. But this you cannot say ; was not a whit behind for I have spoken and done that the very chiefest apos- which gives me equal Pretensions tles.
with any other Apostle whatever. (See 1 Cor. xv. 8, 9.)
6. But though I be 6. For if I be not, in outward rude in speech, yet Accomplishments, the most plaunot in knowledge ; sible and fine Speaker, yet have but we have been I, by my Sincerity in Preaching, throughly made ma- and the Powers by which I have nifest among you in confirmed it, fufficiently convinall things.
ced you of my compleat Abilities in the Christian Religion.
7. Have I commit- 7. As to the Distaste they ted an offence in a- would * seem to take at
workbasing my self that ing for my Livelihood among you, you might be exalted, and not insisting upon my Privibecause I have preach; lege of Maintenance froin your ed to you the gospel
Church; of God freely?
* Ver. 7. See 1 Cor. ix.
Ibid. Would seem to take. For as angry as you are on one Side, 'E, 5 incubavov, e oxardania nie dr. Yét bad I actually been maintained by you, you would more likely have taken it ill on the other Side, says Oecumenius.
Church; I hope it was no Injury to teach you your A. D. 57. Christian Religion of Free-cost, and undergo the Labours of a Trade, to be the more capable of serving you.
8. [ robbed other 8 & 9. On the contrary, it churches, taking wa- should rather seem a Mark of ges of them to do you Kindness, that I should receive service. 9. And when I was I was in Want, on Purpose to
Supplies of other Churches, when present with you, and wanted, I was charge.
excuse you absolutely from it. And able to no man: for
I have good Reason why I still that which was lack- keep my Resolution to do so. eing to me, the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things have I kept my self from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep my self.
10. As the truth of 10. Nay I proteft by the very Christ is in me, no Truth of the Gospel, I will keep man shall stop me of it, and make it Matter of glorythis boafing in the ing and valuing * myself for thus regions of Achaia.
preaching freely to the Churches of Achaia.
11. Wherefore ? be- II & 12. Not that I refufe cause I love you not ? Maintenance from you out of any God knoweth.
Disgust or Dislike to your Church. 12. But what I do, Far
otherwise, God knows. But that I will do, that I I do it chiefly to stop the Mouths may cut off occasion
of from them which de
your Judaizing Teachers, that fire occasion,
that pretend (and indeed only prewherein they glory, tend t) to preach of Free-cost, and they may be found e- to show them I can really do what
they make only a Pretence to.
themselves false Apostles; having nothing but
ven as we.
* Ver. 10. See 1 Cor. ix. from 15th to 19th Verse.
+ Ver. 12. Wherein they glory, but had no Reason to glory. For says Theodoret, Edbe ulos adyo xouma forlas, acizde ö zenuala Sokéves. The Apostle means, that they boajted of it, bit privateiy got all the Money they could.
me, that I
A. D. 57. into the apostles of the Outside and Appearance of
that sacred Function.
And no marvel; 14 & 15. And since the Devil,
Light, when he intends the most
his Scholars should venture their
Errors and Delusions, under Co-
pence of such Wickedness.
my self as a true Apostle, than o-
therwise I would do. 17. That which I
17. Indeed I have no positive speak, I speak it not Command from Christ to insist after the Lord, but as
thus far upon my own Character; it were foolishly in I do it from prudential Considerathis confidence of
tions of the just and necessary
Occasion given for it; tho’ some
18. And whereas your Ju-
alt themselves upon the outward Privileges of their Birth, and Extraction from Abraham and the Patriarchs, and being Members of the antient Church of God by Circumcision; I can set myself upon the Level with them in those Points too.
19. For ye suffer 19. And I hope those Profelytes fools gladly, seeing ye they have gained over to them, gour selves are wise.
will pardon my Folly in so doing, since, as wise as they are, they can bear a great deal more from those false and foolish Pretenders.
20. For ye suffer 20. For 'tis plain they suffer Ha a man bring you them to impose upon their Underinto