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3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have 5 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 ; d not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly! unto you.
5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not 6 grieved me, but in part : that I may not overcharge 2 you all.
specially. Gen. 2 yrieve. Co. Ma. burden. Rh. cording to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. See on ver. 3.
62 Cor. xii. 20, 21 : For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not : lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults : [I fear] lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
2 Cor. vii. 16: I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things. do. viii. 22 : But now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. GAL. v. 10: I have confidence in you through the Lord.
d 2 Cor. vij. 8, 9, 12: For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance : for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
el Cor. xi. 2: Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered --them to you.
1 Cor. v. 1: It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you.
$ GAL. iv. 12 : Ye have not injured me at all.
6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted hof many.
7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to i forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be k obedient in all things.
10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also : for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
11 Lest 'Satan should get an advantage of us : for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore,6 when I m came to Troas to preach Christ's Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
censure. A. V. 4 before the many. Ham. 5 in the sight. A. V. 6 But. Hum.
* 1 Cor. v. 4,5: In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh. 1 Tim. v. 20: Them that sin rebuke before all, that others may fear.
GAL. vi. 1: Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
* 2 Cor. vii. 15 : His inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. do. x. 6: Having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
"See on 1 Thes, iii. 5.
m Acts, xvi. 8: They passing by Mysia came down to Troas, do. xx. 6: And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days ; where we abode seven days.
See on Acts, xiv. 27.
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not • Titus my brother : but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to P triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the 9 savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, "in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which "corrupt?
? who adulterate. Dud. which deal deceitfully with. A. V.
• 2 Cor. vii. 6, 13, 14: God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus. Exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. Our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. do, viii. 5, 6, 16: And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. Gal. ii. 3: Neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
P See on Rom. viii. 37.
9 Cant. i. 3: Because of the savour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth.
1 Cor. i. 18 : The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness ; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 2 Cor. iv. 3: If our Gospel be-hid, it is hid to them that are lost. 2 Thes. ii. 10: With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not. the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
& John, ix. 39 : Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. See on LUKE, ii. 34.
t 2 Cor. iii. 5, 6.
u 2 Cor. xi. 13 : For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
the word of God: but as of "sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
CHAP. III. 1 Lest their false teachers should charge him with vain glory, he
showeth the faith and graces of the Corinthians to be a sufficient commendation of his ministry : 6 whereupon, entering a comparison between the ministers of the law and of the Gospel, 12 he proveth that his ministry is so far the more excellent, as the Gospel of life and liberty is more glorious than the law of condemnation.
DO we begin again to a commend ourselves ? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you ?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men :
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ d ministered by us, written
by the power of God. Ma. 9of Christ. A. V. 2 Pet. ii. 3: And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. See on 2 Cor. iv. 2. v2 Cor. i. 12. W HEB, xi. 27 : Seeing him who is invisible.
CHAP. III. a 2 Cor. v. 12 : We commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf. do. x. 8, 12: Though I should boast somewhat more of our authority-I should not be ashamed. We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves. do. xii. 11: I am become a fool in glorying ; ye have compelled me : for I ought to have been commended of you : for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
b Acts, xviii. 27 : When he [Apollos] was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him.
c1 Cor. iv. 15: In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. do. ix. 1, 2: Are not ye my work in the Lord ? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
a 1 Cor. iii. 5: Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in etables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such 6 trust' have we through Christ to God-ward :
5 Not that we are h sufficient of ourselves to think? any thing as of ourselves; but our i sufficiency is of God; . 6 Who also hath made us able k ministers of
confidence. Ham. 2 res kon upon. Dod. e Exod. xxiv. 12 : The Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there : and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written : that thou mayest teach them. do. xxxiv. 1, 28 : The LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first : and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. · And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant. the ten commandments. Deut. x. 1, &c: At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount.
Ps. xl. 8: 1 delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Jer. xxxi. 33: This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts ; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. EZEK. xi. 19: I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. do. xxxvi. 26 : A new beart also will I give yon, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. HEB. viii. 10 : This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts : and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. 82 Cor. ii. 14.
h John, xv.5: I am the vine, ye are the branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 2 Cor. ii. 16.
i See on 1 Cor. xv. 10.
* 1 Cor. iij.5 : The words under ver. 3. do. xv. 10: By the grace of God I am what I am : and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain ; but I laboured more