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TEXT, 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet you one another with an holy kiss. 21 The salutation of me Paul, with mine own hand. 22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema,
maranatha. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
PARAPHRASE. of Asia salute you, and so do Aquila and Priscilla, with much
Christian affection; with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren here salute you: salute one another with an 21 holy kiss. That which followeth is the salutation of me, 22 Paul, with my own hand. If any one be an enemy to the
Lord Jesus Christ, and his Gospel, let him be accursed, or
devoted to destruction. The Lord cometh to execute venge23 ance on him. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 24 you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
NOTE. 22 • This being so different a sentence from any of those, writ with St. Paul's own
hand, in any of his other epistles, may it not with probability be understood to mean the false apostle, to whom St. Paul imputes all the disorders in this church, and of whom he speaks not much less severely 2 Cor. xi, 13 5.
SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL
WRITTEN FROM ROME IN THE YEAR OF OUB LORD 57, OF NERO 3.
SYNOPSIS. Saint Paul having writ his first epistle to the Corinthians, to try, as he says himself, chap. ii. 9, what power he had still with that church, wherein there was a great faction against him, which he was attempting to break, was in pain, till he found what success it had; chap. ii. 12, 13, and vii. 5. But when he had, by Titus, received an account of their repentance, upon his former letter, of their submission to his orders, and of their good disposition of mind towards him, he takes courage, speaks of himself more freely, and justifies himself more boldly; as may be seen, chap. i. 12, and ii. 14, and vi. 10, and x. 1, and xiii. 10. And, as to his opposers, he deals more roundly and sharply with them than he had done in his former epistle ; as appears from chap. ii. 17, and iv. 2-5, and v. 12, and vi. 11-16, and xi. 11, and xii. 15.