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TEXT. 15 I beseech you, brethren, (ve know the house of Stephanas, that
it is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted them.
selves to the ministry of the saints) 16 l hat ve subunit yourselves unto such, and to every one that help
eth 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, acknow
ledge 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. 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet you one another with an
holy kiss. 21 The salutation of me, Paul, with mine on
own hand. 22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathensa, maranatha,
PARAPHRASE. 15 good-will, one to another. You know the house of
Stephanas, that they were the first converts of Achaia,
and have all along made it their business to minister to 16 the saints: To such, I beseech you to submit your
selves: let such as, with us, labour to promote the gos17 pel, be your leaders. I am glad, that Stephanas, For
tunatus, and Achaicus came to me; because they have 18 supplied what was deficient on your side. For, by the
account they have given me of you, they have-quieted
my mind, and yours 1000: therefore have a regard to 19 such men as these. The churches of Asia salute you,
and so do Aquila and Priscilla, with much christian af20 fection; with the church that is in their house. All the
brethren here salute you : salute one another with an 21 holy kiss. That, which followeth, is the salutation of 22 me, Paul, with iny 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
NOTES. 14 • His main design being to put an end to the faction and division which the fal e 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 6 Viz, by removing those suspicions and fears, that were on both sides.
TEXT. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
23 to execute vengeance on him. The favour of our
Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you 24 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. Paui imputes all the disorders in this church, and of whom he speaks, not much less severely? 2 Cor. xi. 13-15.