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cy, by the washing of regeneration*, and the renova
6 tion of the holy spirit t; which he shed on us richly,
7 through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that, having been justified through his favour, we might become heirs as
8 to the hope of everlasting life. These are true words, and these things I will that thou strongly affirm; so that those who have believed in God may be careful to maintain good works T. These are the things which are good
9 and profitable among men. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strifes about the
10 law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Reject || a fomenter of divisionsf, after the first and second ad
11 monition; knowing that such an one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.
12 When I shall send to thee Artemas, or Tyehicus, endeavour to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have de
13 termined to winter there. Diligently conduct on their way Zenas the former teacher of the law, and Apollos;
14 that nothing may be wanted by them. And let our discifde* also learn to maintain good works for necessary
15 uses; that they be not unfruitful. All that are with me salute thee. Salute those who love us in the faith. The favour of God be with you all.
* that is, by Christian baptism, by which the convert publicly professes faith in Christ, and beeomes entitled to the privileges of the gospel covenant, ami is, as it were, bom into a new world.
t that is, by the gifts of the holy spirit, which prove that the believer is really introdueed into this new covenant, and admitted into the family of God. See Rom. viii . 16. "renewing of our minds through the holy spirit." N.
t Or, may study to be foremost in good works. Wakefield.
| Or, have no company with. Lindsey's Hist. View, p. 132. fuge, Seblcusner. Set Rosenmuller.
t an heretie, N. See Wakefield. 1 Cor. xi. 19. Rom. xvi. 17.
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved, and our fellow-la
2 bourer, and to our beloved Apphia, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church* in thy house:
3 favour be to you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in
5 my prayers, (hearing of thy faith and love, which thou
6 hast toward the Lord Jesus, and to all the saints,) that thy partaking of the faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is among ust as
7 concerning Christ [Jesus]. For we have great joy and comfort on account of thy love, because the mindsf of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, though I have much freedom of speech in
9 Christ to enjoin thee what is fit; yet because of my love, I rather beseech thee, as Paul|| the aged, and now a pri
10 soner also for Jesus Christ, I beseech thee, for my sont
* the church schirh astcmblcth, N. in the margin, congregation.
t among you, K. T. t So Wakefield. Gr. boweis, N.
| Or, in the character ofTaul, N. ra.
T I beseceh thec, / n7y, for my son Onesimw, whom, etc. N.
11 whom I have begotten in [my] bonds, Onesimus: who formerly was unprofitable to thee, but is now profitable
12 to thee and to me: whom I have sent again: do thou
13 therefore receive him, that is, myself*: whom I was willing to retain with me, that in thy stead he might
14 have ministered to me in my bonds for the gospel: but without thy consent I would do nothing: that thy benefit
15 might not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. For perhaps he therefore departed for a time, that thou might
16 est receive him for ever; no longer as a servantt, buto* above a servantt, a beloved brother: especially so to me; but how much more to thee, both in the flesh and in the
17 Lord? If therefore thou consider me as thy companionf,
18 receive him as myself. But if he have wronged thee in any thing, or owe thee any thing, put that to my ac
19 count: I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: however, I do not say to thee that|| thou owest
20 to me even thy own self. Yes, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my feelings^ in Christ**.
21 Having confidence in thy compliancetts I have thus written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I
22 say. At the same time also prepare me a lodging; forl trust that through your prayers I shall be graciously given unto you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, Mark, 24 Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-labourers, salute 25 thee. The favourof our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
* ray own bowels, N. and (Jr. t i. e. slave, N. 1U.
t Or, '. u a fricnd," or, 'as a sharer with thee in what thou hast."
J Wakeficld, bowels, N. and Gr. *s in the Lord. K. T.
'tt Or, In confident expeetation of thy compliance
TO THE HEBREWS.
God who, in several parts, and in several manners,
2 formerly spake to our fathers by the prophets, in these last days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, for whom also he constituted
3 the ages *: who, being a ray of his brightness, and an image of his perfections t, and ruling all things by his powerful word f, when he had by himself made a cleansing of [our] sins ||, sat down on the right hand of the
4 Majesty 1 on high; having been made so much greater than those messengers tt, as he hath obtained \\ a more excellent name than they.
* 3l9 ef, fir whom. For this sense of Stof, with a genitive, see Grotius in loc. Seblcutner in verb, and Mr. Lindsey's Second Address, p. 297. Alsviff, ages, "This word," says Dr. Sykes (in loc.) "docs not signify the heavens and earth, and all things in them, but it means properly ages, or certain p, riods of time:" the Antediluvian, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic ages or dispensations. These were all intended to prepare the way for the age or dispensation of the Messiah. Abp. NYwcome adopts the common translation, '' by whom he mada the worlds also."
t So Wakefield, "who, being brightness of hit glory, and the express image ofhis person," N.
I ruling and directing all things in the new dispensation, by authority derived from the Father. Gr. "the word of his power."
| when he had made a cleansing of our sins by the sacrifiee of himself, N. But the judicious reader will observe that the words in Italies are not in the original. Cleansing •f sin is bringing us out of an unholy into an holy state.
1 the diwine Majesty, N.
tt i. e. the prophets, who are mentioned in the first verse. See Wakefield, the angels, N. tt Or. inherited, if. m.
5 For to which of those messengers * spake God at any time, "Thou art my Son, this day I have adopted thee t'" and again, "I will be to him a Father, and he
6 shall be to me a Son?" And when God bringeth again \ the Firstborn into the world, he saith, "And let all the
7 messengers of God pay homage to him ||." And of these messengers the scrifiture saithf," Who maketh the winds hismessengerstt , and flames of lightning his ministers."
8 But to the Son he saith, "God is thy throne \\ for ever and ever; a sceptre of rectitude is the sceptre of thy king
9 dom: thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with
10 the oil of gladness above thy companions ||||. And, "Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy
11 hands: they will perish; but Thou wilt remainff: and
12 they all will grow old as doth a garment; and like a vesture thou wilt fold them up, and they will be changed; but Thou art the same, and thy years will not fail
13 But to which of those messengers|||||| said he at any time, "Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies
• the angels, N. See ver. 4. t begotten thee, Gr. and N.
t i. e. after hi, resurreetion, by which he became the first-born from the dead, Col . i. 18* Hcv. i. 5. See rYiree and Newtome.
I i. e. Let all the prophets and messengers of God aeknowledge him as their superior, "Let all the angels of God worship him." N. cited from Dent. xxxii. 43. LXX. where it is spoken of the Hebrew nation, and therefore cannot be understood of religious worship. See Sykes on Heb. i. 0.
1 So Wakefield. And of the angels he saith, N.
tt So N. m. angels, N.
Jt Wakefield, Lindsey. "Thy throne, O God, u," etc . S. "God is the support of thy throne," Sykes.
U N. m. fellows, N. t . All who like him were messengers from God to men.
** This is a quotation from Psahn cii. 25. The imtnutab;lity of God is here deelared as a pledge of the immutability of the kingdom of Christ. "To shew (says Mr.Endyn, Works, vol. ti. p. 340,) how able his God, who had anointed htm, was to make good and maintain what he had granted him, a durable kingdom for ever and ever." See Mr. I.uulsey's Sequcl, p, 488,
HI the angel,, N