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(6) •The riot of Demetrius.
Acts 19 : 23-41 [20: 1a]. 23 And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way. 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines of Diana, brought no little business unto the craftsmen; 25. whom he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this business we have our wealth. 26 And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands : 27 and not only is there danger that this our trade come into disrepute; but also that the temple of the great goddess 1 Diana be made of no account, and that she should even be deposed from her magnificence, whom all Asia and 2 the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard this, they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is 1 Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. 30 And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain also of the 8 chief officers of Asia, being his friends, sent unto him, and besought him not to adventure himself into the theatre. 32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another : for the assembly was in confusion; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 33 4 And they brought Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made a defence unto the people. 34 But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is 1 Diana of the Ephesians. 35 And when the townclerk had quieted the multitude, he saith, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great 1 Diana, and of the image which fell down from 5 Jupiter ? 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rash. 37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man,
1 Gr. Artemis. ? Gr. the inhabited earth. multitude instructed Alexander 6 Or, heaven
Gr. Asiarchs. "Or, And some of the
& 1 Cor. 15: 30–32. Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by that glorying in you, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit me?
22 Cor. 1: 8,9. For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even o
espaired even of life: o vea
9 yea, we ourselves have had the answer of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.
a See Note 9.
1 the courts are open, and there are proconsuls : let them accuse one another. 39 But if ye seek anything about other matters, it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For indeed we are in danger to be ? accused concerning this day's riot, there being no cause for it: and as touching it we shall not be able to give account of this concourse. 41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
[20: i And after the uproar was ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed. ...]
$51. FROM EPHESUS TO MACEDONIA: THE SECOND LETTER
TO THE CORINTHIANS.
Acts 20: 1. 2 Cor. entire.
(1) The journey to a Troas and Macedonia. 20: 1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed for to go into b Macedonia.
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(2) Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. * 1: 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy 8 our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in the whole of Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the suffer: ings of Christ abound unto us, even so our comfort also aboundeth through Christ. 6 But whether we be afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or whether we be comforted, it is for your comfort, which worketh in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: 7 and our hope for you is stedfast; knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also are ye of the comfort. 8 For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly,
10r, court days are kept ? Or, accused of riot concerning this day 3 Gr. the brother.
& 2 Cor. 2:12, 13. Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord, 13 I had no relief for my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia.
b 2 Cor. 7:5-7. For even when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, but we were affiicted on every side, without were fis
within were fears. 6 Nevertheless he that comforteth the lowly, even God, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort wherewith he was comforted in you, while he told us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced yet more,
* See Note 10.
beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 1 yea, we ourselves have had the ? answer of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and will deliver : on whom we have 8 set our hope that he will also still deliver us; II ye also helping together on our behalf by your supplication; that, for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf.
12 For our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or even acknowledge, and I hope ye will acknowledge unto the end : 14 as also ye did acknowledge us in part, that we are your glorying, even as ye also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come before unto you, that ye might have a second 4 benefit; 16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come unto you, and of you to be set forward on my journey unto Judæą. 17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I shew fickleness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the yea yea and the nay nay? 18 But as God is faithful, our word toward you is not yea and nay. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you 5 by us, even 5 by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him is yea. 20 For how many soever be the promises of God, in him is the yea : wherefore also through him is the Amen, unto the glory of God through us. 21 Now he that stablisheth us with you 6 in Christ, and anointed us, is God; 22 ? who also sealed us, and gave us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I forbare to come unto Corinth. 24 Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy : for by 8 faith ye stand.
2:1 'But I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you with sorrow. 2 For if I make you sorry, who then is he that maketh me glad, but he that is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this very thing, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears ; not that ye should be made sorry, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5 But if any hath caused sorrow, he hath caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I press not too heavily) to you all. 6 Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by 10 the many; 7 so that contrariwise ye should 11 rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you to confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that
? Or, but we ourselves 'Or, sentence : Some ancient authorities read set our hope; and still will he deliver us. Or, grace Some ancient authorities read joy. Gr. through. Gr. into. ? Or, seeing that he both sealed us 8 Or, your faith Some ancient authorities read For.' 10 Gr. the more. 11 Some ancient authorities omit rather.
I might know the proof of you, 1 whether ye are obedient in all things. 10 But to whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also ; for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven any thing, for your sakes have I forgiven it in the 8 person of Christ; 11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan : for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord, 13 I had no relief for my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia. 14 But thanks be unto God, which always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savour of his knowledge in every place. 15 For we are a sweet savour of Christ unto God, in them that are being saved, and in them that are perishing; 16 to the one a savour from death unto death; to the other a savour from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things ? 17 For we are not as the many, 8 corrupting the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ.
3:1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves ? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you ? 2 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; 3 being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh. 4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God. ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account any thing as from ourselves ; but our sufficiency is from God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new 4 covenant ; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, 6 written, and engraven on stones, came 6 with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which glory 7 was passing away: 8 how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory? 9 8 For if the ministration of condemnation is glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth. 11 For if that which passeth away was 10 with glory, much more that which remaineth is in glory.
12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, 13 and are not as Moses, who put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly 11 on the end of that which was passing away : 14 but their 12 minds were hardened : for until this very day at the reading of the old 4 covenant the same veil 18 remaineth unlifted; which veil is done away in Christ. 15 But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart. 16 But whensoever 14 it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
1 Some ancient authorities read whereby. ? Or, presence 3 Or, making merchandise of the word of God • Or, testament 6 Gr. in letters. 6 Gr. in. ' ? Or, was being done away 8 Many ancient authorities read For if to the ministration of condemnation there is glory. Or, is being done away 10 Gr. through. 11 Or, unto 12 Gr. thoughts. 18'Or, remaineth, it not being revealed that it is done away 14 Or, a man shall turn
there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face 1 reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.
4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: 2 but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 But and if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that are perishing: 4 in whom the god of this 8 world hath blinded the 4 minds of the unbelieving, 5 that the 6 light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your 7 servants 8 for Jesus' sake. 6 Seeing it is God, that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the 6 light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves; 8 we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; 9 pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; 10 always bearing about in the body the 10 dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. ii For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore did I speak; we also believe, and therefore also we speak; 14 knowing that he which raised up 11 the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through 12 the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound unto the glory of God.
16 Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh'for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
5:1 For we know that if the earthly house of our 18 tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. 2 For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven: 3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For indeed we that are in this 18 tabernacle do groan, 14 being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of
1 Or, beholding as in a mirror ? Or, the Spirit which is the Lord 3 Or, age "Gr. thoughts. Or, that they should not see the light ... image of God Gr. illumination, ? Gr. bondservants. Some ancient authorities read through Jesus. . Or, left behind 10 Gr. putting to death. 11 Some ancient authorities omit the Lord. 12 Gr. the more. 13 Or, bodily frame 14 Or, being burdened, in that we would not be unclothed, but would be clothed upon