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Dr. Doddridge observes, in his note on this verse: these titles ["Alpha and Omega," &c.] should be repeated so soon, in a connection which demonstrates that they are given to Christ, will appear very remarkable, whatever sense be given to the eighth verse. The argument drawn in the preceding note upon it would have been strong, wherever such a passage as this had been found; but its immediate connection with this greatly strengthens it. And I cannot forbear recording it, that this text has done more than any other in the Bible toward preventing me from giving in to that scheme, which would make our Lord Jesus Christ no more than a deified creature.”
It is a pity that this excellent man did not take a little more pains to distinguish the genuine text of Scripture from the corruptions introduced by transcribers.
(29.) Revelation ii. 7. "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."
Instead of τοῦ Θεοῦ, “ of God,” the reading τοῦ Θεοῦ μου, "of my God," is marked by Vater as probable, and is adopted by Matthæi, Griesbach, Knapp, Schott, Tittmann, Scholz, and Tischendorf.
(30.) Revelation iii. 2. "I have not found thy works perfect before God,” ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ.
Here the reading ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ "before μου, my God," is marked by Vater (in his note on ch. ii. 7) as probable, and is received into the text as genuine by all the other critical editors of the present century who have been mentioned in this note.
THIS Completes the view proposed of passages whose supposed bearing on the doctrine of the Trinity is affected
by various readings of the original text. I refer, it will be understood, to readings which have been adopted in any of the leading critical editions published within the present century. In a large majority of these passages, the variation of reading seems to me to be of little or no consequence, so far as the doctrine in question is concerned ; but I wished to include all where it had been, or might be, thought of any importance. I have certainly endeav ored to omit nothing which a Trinitarian might regard as favoring his belief.