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The first Verse concludes the Argument of the latter Part of the forgoing Chapter. He then desires the good Opinion of their whole Church. Expresses his favourable Thoughts and Love toward them. Rejoyceth at their ready Compliance with the Orders of his former Epistle, and in the good Effects it had on many#. them; as he zunderstood by Titus, whose honourable Reception among them, gave him great Satisfaction.
you are in our hearts, - - hts to die and live with thian Church, of any ill Thoug .
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*Chap. vi. 16, 17, 18.
and Condition of Salvation, is a Trouble a Man can never repent him of, but will feel an eternal Good and
Benefit from it.
1 1. Forbehold, this self-same thing that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of your selves: yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement
desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge : in all things ye have approved your selves to be clear in this
12. Wherefore tho’ I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause
partial Kindness for the Person injur’d by him; but from my fincere Concern for the Credit and Good of your whole Church.
13. This it was that made the Account Titus gave me of the Reformation my Epistle had made among you, so exceeding comfortable to me, as indeed it was to him to find it so, and acquaint me with it.
14. Whatever Commendations therefore I have formerly given of you to Titus, I find are now verify’d. And as I have always preached the Truth to you, so I am glad to say I have said nothing but Truth of you.
15. And I must tell you, the respectful Manner you receiv'd him in, and the Regard you paid to the Orders he brought from me, have very much endeared you to him.
u-v- wrong, but that our
care for you in the
13. Therefore we
14. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting which I made before Titus, is found a truth.
15. And his inward affection is more abundantly toward you, whilst he remembreth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
16. Irejoyce therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
able Satisfaction to me.
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.
I. Oreover bre
thren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of
per to acquaint you with the great + and exemplary Liberality lately shewn to them by the Christians of Macedonia, and the neighbouring t Parts.
* Ver. 1. See I Cor. xvi. 1, &c. + Ibid. Toy Żarty ris Oso, The Grace of God. The Libe
rality ris Get 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 talleft Cedars, Psal. lxxx. 10. Moses was fair before God, i. e. exceeding fair. Aćts vii. 20. and Chap. x. 4 of this Epistle, The Weapons of our Warfare are Juvala ré Quo, powerful to God, i. e. moff powerful. f Ibid, Viz. Philippi, Thosalonica, Berara.