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CHAPTER XVI. 13-24.
CONTENTS. The conclusion, wherein St. Paul, according to his custom, leaves with them some, which he thinks most necessary, exhortations, and sends particular greetings.
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TEXT. 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like 14 Let all your things be done with charity. 15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it
is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves
to the ministry of the saints) 16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth
with us, and laboureth. 17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus :
for that, which was lacking on your part, they have supplied. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours : 'therefore acknowledge
ye them that are such. 19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you
much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
13 Be upon your guard, stand firm in the faith, behave yourselves 14 like men, with courage and resolution : And whatever is done
amongst you, either in public assemblies, or elsewhere, let it
all be done with affection, and good-will, one to another". 15 You know the house of Stephanas, that they were the first
converts of Achaia, and have all along made it their business 16 to minister to the saints: To such, I beseech you to submit
yourselves : let such as, with us, labour to promote the Gospel, 17 be your leaders. I am glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and
Achaicus came to me; because they have supplied what was 18 deficient on your side. For, by the account they have given
me of you, they have quieted my mind, and yours too b: 19 therefore have a regard to such men as these. The churches
NOTES. 14 . His main design being to put an end to the faction and division which the false
apostle had made amongst them, it is no wonder that we find unity and charity
so much, and so often pressed, in this and the second epistle. 18 b Viz. By removing those suspicions and fears, that were on both sides.
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 anathura,
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 23 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, 13-15.