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Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's 21 foundation; but, as it is written, “ Those to whom he
had not been spoken of, shall see: and those that had 22 not heard, shall understand.” On which account also, I 23 have been often hindered from coming to you: but now,
having no longer place for preaching in these parts, and
having a great desire for these many years to come unto 24 you; whensoever I go into Spain * I trust to see you as
I pass on, and to be conducted by you on my way
thitherward, when I have been first partly filled with your 25 company. But now I am going to Jerusalem, that I may 26 minister to the saints. For it hath pleased those of Ma.
cedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the 27 poor saints that are in Jerusalem. It hath pleased them
indeed, and they are debtors to the Jews : for if these have made the gentiles partakers of their spiritual things,
the gentiles ought also to minister to them in worldly 28 things. When therefore I have performed this, and have
set the seal to this fruit of their liberality t, I will come 29 by you into Spain. And I know that, when I come un
to you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing I of
Christ. 30 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Lord Jesus Christ,
and by the love which is the fruit of the spirit, that ye
strive together with me in your prayers to God for me ; 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who believe
not; and that my ministry at Jerusalem may be well32 accepted by the saints ; that I may come to you with joy,
by the will of God; and may be refreshed together with 33 you. Now the God of peace be with you
all. Amen. Ch. xvi. Now I commend to you Phebè our sister, who is a 2 deaconess of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye
receive her in the Lord, as is worthy of saints, and that
* I will come to you; for I trust, &c. R. T.
of the gospel of Christ, R. T. and Newcome,
ye help her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been an assistant of many, and of myself also. Salute Priscas and Aquila, my fellow-labourers in Christ Jesus: (who for my life have laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but all the churches also of the gentiles:) salute likewise the church * in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epanetus, who is the first-fruits of Asia + to Christ. Salute Mary, who hath laboured much for you. Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow-prisoners, who are well known among the apostles; who also were in Christ before me. Salute Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. Salute Urbanus, our fellow-labourer in Christ; and Stachys, my beloved. Salute Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Salute those that are of Aristobulus's household. Salute Herodian, my kinsman. Salute those of Narcissus's household, that are in the Lord. Salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, who hath laboured much in the Lord. Salute Rufus, who is chosen in the Lord ; and his mother and mine. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren that are with them. Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints that are with them. Salute one another with an holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.
Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark those who raise divisions and causes of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned ; and avoid them. For those that are such, serve not our Lord [Jesus] Christ, but their own belly; and, by good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience hath come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore on your account: but yet I would have you wise concerning
* which assembleth in, N. + of Achaia, R. T.
that which is good, and simple concerning that which 20 is evil. Now the God of peace will quickly bruise Satan" under your feet. The favour of our Lord Jesus 21 Christ be with you. Timothy, my fellow-labourer, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22 I Tertius, the scribe of this epistle, salute you in the 23 Lord. Gaius, mine host, and the host of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, and 24 Quartus, a brother, salute you. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all f. Amen.
* “Bad men, the instruments of Satan. The persecuting Jews. See Le Clerc a Hammond: and Whitby.” Newcome. + q. d. May you all enjoy the blessings of the gospel. See 2 Cor. iv. 15; vi. 1.
S A I N T P A U L
PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the 2 will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those that are sanctified through Christ Jesus, called to be saints, and to all that in every place are called by * the name of our Lord Jesus 3 Christ, both their Lord, I say, and ours: favour be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your account, for his fa5 vour which is given you through Jesus Christ: for ye have been enriched by him in every thing, in all utter6 ance, and in all knowledge; according as the testimony 7 concerning Christ was confirmed among you: so that ye are inferior in no gift; looking for the manifestation 8 of our Lord Jesus Christ: who will also establish you irreproachable to the end, even in the day of our Lord 9 Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into a fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord. -
* See Mr. Lindsey's S. cond Address, p. 273. “callon," N. See also Joseph. Antiq. Jud. c. 18. § 3. vol. ii. p. 802. edit. Hudson.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgement. For it hath been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, (forasmuch as * every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I, of Apollos; and I, of Peter; and I, of Christ;) is Christ divided ? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul ? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius: so that none can say that I baptized into mine own name. But I baptized the household of Stephanas also: besides, I know not that I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but rather to preach the gospel; though not with wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to those that are lost foolishness; but to us that are saved, it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of those that are wise, and will bring to nothing the knowledge of those that are knowing.” Where is the wise 2 where is the scribe 2 where is the disputer of this world 2 hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that, through the wisdom of God, the world by its wisdom knew not God, it pleased God to save by the foolishness of preaching those who believe. For the Jews require signst, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified; to the Jews a stumblingblock, and to the gentiles S foolishness; but to those that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of
* See Hallet's Notes and Disc, vol. iii. p. 374. “Now I mean this, that &c.” without
any parenthesis. N.