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that ye may know I how ye ought to answer every man. 7. All my ftate shall m Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved Lord: 8. Whom I have sent unto you for the fame purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts: 9. With " Onesimus a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 10. • Ariftarchus my fellow-prisoner saluteth you, and P Marcus fifters fon to- Barnabas (touching whom ye received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him) u. And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellow-workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 1 2. 9 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, faluteth you, always * * labouring [Or, striving] fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand

perfect and * complete [Or, filled] in all the will of God. 13. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14. " Luke the beloved physician, and · Demas greet you. 15. Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

16. And when this epistle is read amongst you; cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye


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6.1 of Col. 3. 16. See on Eph. 12.1 Philem. Ver. 23. See on 29. k See on Mar. 9:50.

r See on Rom. 15. 30. 1: 1 Pet., 3.15. -Be ready al s + Mat. 5. 48. 1 Cor. 14. 20. ways to give an answer to every 5 See on Heb. 13. 21. M: that asketh you a Reason of 14.." + 2 Tim. 4. 11. Only Luke the Hope that is in you with is with me. Meekness and Fear.

a † 2 Tim. 4. 10. Demas harb 7. m Eph. 6. 21. See on A&ts forsaken me, having loved this

1° present World. 9. Philem. Ver. 10. I be. 15.b + 1 Cor. 16. 19.

See on Teech thee for my Son Onefimus, Rom. 16. 5. whom I have begotten in my 16. "t i Thes. 5. 27. I charge Bonds.

you by the Lord, that this Epifle 10. † Acts 27. 2. Philem. Ver. 15 be_read unto all the holy Brethren. 14. See on A&ts 19. 29.

2 Thef. 3. 14. If any Man obey not ? t 2 Tim. 4. ií, See on Acts our Word by this Epiftle, noce chat 15. 37.


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likewise read the epistle (1) from Laodicea.. 17. And say to

Archippus, Take heed to the minstry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou o fulfil it. 18. The falutation by the hand of me Paul. 3 Remember

& Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

I Written from Rome to the Colossians, by Ty-

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Year of our Lord 54. AUL and a Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the

church of the Thessalonians, which is in God the Facher, and in the Lord Jesus Chrift: 5 Grace be unto you,

and 17. d † Philem. Ver. 2. – Ar and Silvanas, and Timotheus, was bippus our Fellow-Soldier.

not yea and nay, but in him was e See on Acts



2 Thef. 1. 1. Paul, and Silvan 18. f t 2 Thef, 3. 17. See on nus, and Timotheus, unto the Church Cor. 16. 21.


of the Thessalonians. ť i Pet. 5. † Heb. 13. 3. . See on Rom. 1 2. By Silvanus a faithful Brother 2. 19.

unto you (as I suppose) I have CHAP. I.

written briefly.1:1.+2 Cor. 1: 19., The Son of + Eph. 1.2. See on Rom. fod, Jesus Christ, who was preach- 10 1.7. d among you by us, even by me

(1) It is very uncertain what Epistle St. Paul here means. Dr. Mills nd Dr. Whitby think it to be the Epistle to the Ephesians; but Dr. Light: bot is of Opinion that it was an Epistle which the Laodiceans sent to the poftle

. And though it was not of equal Authority with St. Paul's own pistles, yet it was a good Copy and Example for the Colossians to fol. W. Those who are not fatisfied with this, rather than suppose that ny of the Epistles of the Apostles are lost, he would have them underrand it of the first Epistle of St. John, written by that Apostle from Lao. icea ; for he says, St. Paul never was at that place. “See his Works, Po! I. pag. 326, 339. But if we should suppose this Epistle to be ritten by one of the Apostles, and that it is now loft, I do not fee ow the Canon of the holy Scriptures is affected thereby, since there are as any of the Epistles of the Apostles preserved by Divine Providence, and "ansmitted down to us, as are abundantly sufficient to answer all the urposes for which they were written. The Scripture Canon depends 1100 much upon its having every Scrip and Letter which the Apolles rit

, as upon its having nothing in it but what was written by Men inpired, as they were


and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2. We give thanks to God always for you all; making mention of you in our prayers, 3. Remembring without ceasing your e work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Chrift, in the fight of God, and our Father : 4. Knowing, brethren * beloved, your & election of God [Or, beloved of God, your election]. 5. For

our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the i holy Ghost, and in k much assurance ;

ye know what manner of men we were among you for your fake. 6. And ye became in followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the holy Ghost: 7. So that ye were enfamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8. For frem you founded out the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-wards is R spread abroad, so that we need not to 1peak any thing. 9. : For they themselves shew of us, what manner of ? entring in we had unto you, and how yeturned to God from idols, to serve the living and




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† Eph. 1. 16. † Philem. gether in Love, and Ver: 4. See on Rom. 1.8. Riches of the full affurance of Us rThes. 2. 13:

derstanding, Joh 6. 29. 4 Jam. 2. 174

if i Thef. 2. I, 5, 10, U. See on Gal. 5. 6.

§. 6. f Phil. 3. 17. t 2 Thes. .: Rom. 16. 6. Greet Mary, 9. See on 1 Cor. 11. I. who bestowed much Labour on us. n of Heb. 10. 34. See on Ads

2 Col. 3. 12. Put on there. 5. 41. fore as the Eleet of God. — of 2 8. • :: Rom. 1o. 18. Have they Thes. 2. 13. -God hath from the 10 not heard ? Yes verily, their found beginning chosen you to Salvation, went into all the Earth; and through Sanctification of the Spi their Words unto the Ends of the rit, and belief of the Truth.

World. 5. h * 1 Cor. 4. 20. See on i P | Rom. 1. 8. I thank


God 4.

is through Jesus Christ for you all, it 2 Cor. 6.6. [Approving our that your Faith is spoken of through felves as the Ministers of God] by out the whole world. pureness, by the holy Ghost, by


q::: 1 Thef, 2. I. Love unfeigned. Gal. 3. 2, 5.

::: 1 Cor. 12. 2. Ye know that Received ye the Spirit by the 20 ye were ,Gentiles, carried ons Works of the Law, or by the Hear. unto these dumb Idols, even if ing of Faith ? He that ministret!

ye were led.

Gal. 4. 8. How to you the Spirit, and worketh Mi. beit, then when ye knew not racles among you



did Service + Col. 2. 2. That their Hearts

them which by Nature might be comforted, being knit to

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true God, io. And to 3 wait for his Sonu from heaven, a whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the b wrath to come.

Сн А Р. II. TOR your selves, brethren, know our a entrance in you,

that it was not in vain. 2. But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at » Philippi, we were bold in our God to peak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3. For our exhortation was not of † deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4. But as we were's allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak,

not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5. For' i neither at any time used we flattering words, as ve know, for a cloke of * covetousness,' God is witness. S. Nor of men m fought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we n might have * been • burdensome,




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10, $ f Phil. 3. 20. 2. Tit. 2. k of 2 Cor. 7. 2. † 2 Cor. 12. 17. 3. See on i Cor. 1.7.

See on Acts 20. 33. " See on Acts I. II.

I See on Rom. 1.9. 3 See on Acts 2. 24.

6. m + Joh. 12. 43. See on Joh. + Rom. 5. 9.

See on Mat. 5 5.41, 44: 7.

it 2 Cor. 10. 1, 2, 10, II.

Now CHA P. II.

I Paul my self beseech you by the ti Thef. 1. 5,9.

meekness and gentleness of Christ, + Acts 16. 22, duc. The who in presence am base among Multitude rofe up together against 10 you, but being absent ain bold to bem: and the Magiftrates rent ward you. But I befeech you that ff their Clothes, and commanded to I may not be bold when I am preeat them, &c.

fent. His Letters say they are Ć.: 1 Thef. 1.5.

weighty and powerful, but his bodia † Acts 17. 3. Paul, as his 15 ly Prefence is weak, and his ipeech nanner was, went in unto them, contemptible. Let such an one nd three Sabbath-days reasoned think this, that such as we are in vith them out of the Scriptures. Word by Letters when we are abef Col. 2. See on Phil.

fent, fuch will we be also in Deed · 30.

20 when we are present. t Philem. 3. f.: 2 Cor. 7. 2. See on 2 ver. 8, 9. - Though I might be

much bold in Christ, to enjoin thee 4. 8 + 1 Tim. 1.11.' + Tit. I. 3. that which is convenient, Yet for ee on Gal.'2.7.

Loves fake, I rather beseech thee, † Gal. 1. 10.

-Do I seek to 25 being such an one as Paul the leafe Men? for if I yet pleased Aged.len, I should not be the Servant of i Cor. 9. 1, 5,6. Am I not f Christ.

an Apofile ?- Have we not Power 2 Cor. 2, 17.

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unto us.

[Or, used authority] P'as the apostles of Christ. we were a gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have ' imparted unto you, not the Gospel of God only, but also s our own souls, because ye were dear

9. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travel : for u labouring a night and day, because we would not be chargeable ulito any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10. Yé are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably we behaved our felves among you that believe:

11. As you know, how we exhorted and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children) 12. That ye would • walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 13. For this cause also thank we God e without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it f not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effe&tually worketh also in you that believe. 14. For ye, brethren became & followers of the h churches of God, which i Judea are in Christ Jesus: for i ye also have suffere like things of your own countrymen, ķ even as they have

well as other Apoftles. - Or I only jo. o Aets 28. 18, 19, &C.-Y and Barnabas, have we not power to know that from the first Day forbear Working ?

came into Asia, after what mauus pt 2 Thef. 3. 9. Not because I have been with you at all Sexe we have not Power, but to make ssons, Serving the Lord with all Hd our selves an Ensample unto you'mility of Mind, c. 32 Cor. to follow us.

2. Receive us : we have wrong 7. 9ti Cor. 2. 3. I was with no Man, we have corrupted 70 Mas you in Weakness, and in Fear, and we have defrauded no Man. + in much trembling. † 2 Cor. 13.10 Thef 3.7. -We behaved not 4. -We also are Weak in him, Selves disorderly among you. but we shall live with him by the I 2. + Phil. 1. 27. + Col. 1.10 Power of God. 2 Tim. 2. 24. The

+ 1 Thef. 4. 1.

See on Eph. 4 Servant of the Lord must not d. See on Gal. s. 8. strive'; but be gentle unto all


13.0: 1 Thef. 1.3, Men.“

| Mat. 19.40. 2 Pet. 3. 8.1;. Rom. 1. 11. I long to see

See on Gal 4. 14. you, that I may impart unto you 14

1 Thef. 1. 6. some spiritual Gift, to the end you h'.; Gal. i. 22. [I Paul] wa may be established.

unknown by Face unto the Churc s See on 2 Cor. 12. 15:

of Judea, which were in Chin 9." † Acts 20. 34. † 1 Cor. if AEts 17.5, 13. See on A# 4.12. [ 2 Cor. 11.9. •:2' Ccr.v2. 13:45 13, 14. 2 Thel. 3. 8. See on ... Heb. 10.34. Ye Aēts 18. 3.

25 passion of me in my Bonds and took a See the Note on Aas 20. 31. joyfully the Spoiling of your Goods,




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