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sent with you and wanted, I was o chargeable to no man for that which was lacking to me, the P brethren which came from Macedonia supplied : and in all things I have kept my self from being a burdensome unto you, and so wil I keep my self. 10. " As the truth of Christ is in me, * * 1 man Thall stop me of this boasting [Gr. this boafting ball no be stopped in me] in the regions of Achaia. 11. Wherefore because I love you not ? God knoweth. 12. But what do, that I will do, " that I may cut off occasion from then which desire occasion, that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13. For such are a false apostles, de ceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apo ftles of Christ. 14. And rio marvel'; for Satan himself (1) transformed into an angel of light. 15. Therefore is no great thing if his

ministers also be transformed 'as th a ministers of righteousness; whole end thall be accordin to their works. 16. I say again, Let no man fthink me fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool *, receive (Or, fuffer] m

thi 09.07- 2 Cor. 12. 13: Ther: fer all things, left we should hind 2. 9. + 2 Thef. 3. 8. See on Acts the Gospel of Christ,

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2: Rev. 2. 2. Thou by p+ Phil.4. 10,15. I rejoiced in tried them, which say they are the Lord greatly, that now at last s poftles, and are not. your care of me hath flourished again,

b. Phil. 3. 2. Beware wherein ye were also careful, but evil-workers. ye lacked opportunity. Now ye 14 CGal. 1. 8. Though w Philippians know also, that in the or an Angel from Heaven, preaq beginning of the Gospel, when I 10 any other Gospel unto you, tha departed from Macedonia, no that which we have preached un Church communicated with me, as you, let him be accurfed. concerning giving and receiving, is. 4.:: 2 Cor. 3. 9. If the M but ye only.

nistration of Condemnation begl 9.: 2 Cor. 12.16.

15 ry, much more doth the Minif it. Rom. 9. 1. I fay the tion of Righteousnefs exceed Truth in Chrift, I lie not.

Glory. s of i Cor. 9. 15.;

- It were et Phil. 3. 19. Whose exd berter for me to die, than that ini deftruction. Man fhould make my glorying 20 16. f 4.2 Cor. 11. 6. Sec void.

1 Cor. s.13 12. *7 1 Cor.9.12. -We-fuf(:) That is, takes upon him to be a good Angel, feducing to evil

, pretending some good, offering Allistance and Kindness, and to be a

nistring Spirit to them wbom he intends and endeavours to destroy. Sing therefore the Devil is wont to affume the Shape of an Angel of Light when he intends the moft dangerous Deceits, it is no wonder if his Minifte put on the best appearance, even that of Ministers of Righteoufner, at they intend to rent and spread dangerous and destuetive Errni

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that I may boast my self a little. 17. That which I speak, * I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly in thish confidence of boasting. 18. Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory allo. 19. For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye your selves are wise. 20. For ye luffer if a man bring you intok bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man fmite you on the fáce. 21. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, wherein foever any is bold, (I speak foolishly) I am bold also. 22. Are they n Hebrews ? fo am I: are they Israelites ? so am I: are they the feed of Abraham ? so am I: 23. Are they ministers of Chrift? I speak as a fool). I am more:-P in labours more abundant, in firipes above measure, in prisons more frequent, 9 in deaths oft. 24. Of the Jews five times received I f forty stripes save one. 25. Thrice was 1 : beaten with rods, once was I u stoned, chrice I'* suffered thipwrack; a night and a day I have been in the deep: 26. In journeying often, in perils of waters,

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17: % See on i Cor. 7. 6. his Grace which was bestowed up

2 2 Cor. 9.4. If they of Ma. on me, was not in vain. edonia come with me, and find P + Acts 21. II. t 2 Cor. 6. 4. you unprepared, we should be See on Acts 9. 16. ilhamed in this same confident 5 9 t 1 Cor. 15. 31. † 2 Cor. 1.

10. † 2 Cor. 4. 11. See on Rom. 18.1 † Phil. 3. 3, 4. We are the Circumcifion which worfhip God 24.

I* Deut. 25. 3. Forty Stripes n the Spirit, and rejoice in Chrift he may give him, and not exceed: lefus, and have no confidence in the 10 left if he should exceed, and bear efh: Though I might also have him above these with many Stripes, confidence in the Flesh. If any other then thy Brother should seem vile Man thinketh that he hath where unto thee. of he might truft in the Fleth, I 25.5 † Acts 16.22. The Multia

15 tudé rose up together against them: 20. * See on Aets 15. to.

and the Magiftrates rent off their Luk. 20. 47. Which devour Clothes, and commanded to beat Widows Houres, and for a shew them. make long Prayers. Rom. 16. uf Aets 14.19. -The People 18. They that are such ferve not 20-having stoned Paul, drew him ouc the Lord Jefus Chrift, but their of the City,

Suppoling he had been dead. son belly, and by good Words and f Acts 27 41. And falling fair Speeches deceive the Hearts of into a place where two Seas mer,

they ran the Ship aground; and the 21: m + 2 Cor. 10. 10. His 25 forepare stuck fast, and remained bodily Presence is weak.

unmoveable, but the hinder Part 22.1+ Acts 22.3. † Phil 3. 5. was broken with the Violence of the

Waves. 23.0 t i Cor. 15. 10. By the

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in perils of robbers, in perils by mine oponcountrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wil. derness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27. • In weariness and painfuluess, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness

. 28. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh uponi me daily, the d care of (1) all the churches. 29. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn 10t? 30. If I must needs f glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31.,The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32. In Damascus the governour under Aretas the king, kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: through a window in a basket was i I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands. .

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ť 2 Cor. 13. 5. both to the Greeks, and to the Bar 31. 8 7 Rom.9.1. fi Thes.2.5 barians, both to the Wise, and to See on Rom. 1.9. the Unwise. Col. 2. 1. I would that :: Rom.9. 5. Whose are the ye knew what great Confie I have 10 Fathers, and of whom, as concern for you, and for them at Laodicea, ing the Flesh Christ came, who is and for as many as have not seen over all God blessed for ever. my Face in the Flesh.

33. A&s 9. 25. The Disciples 29. et 1 Cor. 8. 13. If Meat took him by Night, and les bise make my Brother to offend, I will 15 down by the Wall in a Basket.

(1) Had St. Peter any where said that the care of all the Churches came daily upon him, how would the Church of Rome have boafted and triompai ed, and what strange Glofles, and forced Interpretations should we have had upon this place, to make it fubfervient to their favourite Notion, the Pope's Supremacy? whom they would have us believe co be the sercely for of St. Peter, though it is very much doubted by learned Mee; when cher St. Peter Was ever af Rome.

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one a caught up to the third heaven. 3. And (1) I knew such a man (whether in tlie body, or out of the body, I canriot tell: God knoweth) 4. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not * lawful [Or, possible] for a man to utter. 5. Of such an one ; will I glory: yet of my self I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, left any man fhould think of me above that which he feeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7. And left I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was (2) given to me a d thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, left I should be exalted above measure. 8. For this thing I besought the Lord

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thrice, 2. a + Ads 22. 17. When I was bout them that despised them, and come again to Jerusalem, even they shall know that I am the while I prayed in the Temple, I Lord God. Gal. 4. 14. My was in a Trance.

Temptation which was in my Flesh, 5. b. f 2 Cor. 11. 30. See on s ye despised not, nor rejected; buc

received me as an Angel of God, 6. t 2 Cor. to. 8. Though I even as Christ Jesus, should boat somewhat more of our 8.° f Deut. 3. 23; &c. I befought Authority, -I should not be a. the Lord at that time, saying, O Thamed. + 2 Cor. 11. 16. 10 Lord, &c. Mat. 26. 44. He left

d* Ezek. 28. 24. There shall them, and went away again, and be no more a pricking Brier unto prayed the third Time, saying the the House of Israel, nor any griers

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(1) Some think that this happened about the Year of our Lord 46, when the Apostle was at Lyftra, Acts 14.6.

(2) Various are the Opinions of Commentators about the Sense of this Verse, the chief of which are examined particularly by the Right Reverend Bishop Bull, in his English Works, Vol. I. pag. 188, &c. He has shewn jy many Arguments, That this Thorn in the Fles could not be his Suferings and Perfecutions for the sake of the Gospel, nor any inward Mo. ion of original Sin, or the Reliques of it in the Apostle, nor any initement to Pride, or fleshly Lufts; but the Opinion he establishes is, That it was some bodily Sickness, some painful and troublesome Disease, which, from its sharpness, is not unficly called a Thorn. What Disease it was is not so eafie to determine. Many are of opinion it was a very violenc dead-ach, which this bleffed Apostle frequently laboured under. It is plain, it was some infirmity in his Body or Flesh. The Reason why it is called a Melenger of Satan is, because probably it was inflicted by divine Permission by some evil Angel ; for it was an ancient Opinion among the iews, that many Diseases are without natural Causes inflicted on Marze kind by evil spirits. The Case of Job, Chap. 2.6,7. is a remarkable 117france, as is also that of the Woman who was cared by our Lord, the Hitory of which we have, Luk. 13, II, do,

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thrice, that it might depart from me. 9. And he said urito me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is s made perfe&t in weakness, Moft gladly therefore will I rather glory in my $ infirmities, that the power of Christ may reft upon me. 10. Therefore I take i pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in perfecutions, in distresses for Christs fake : for when I am weak, then am I strong. ti. I am become ak fool in glorying, ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for ' in nothing am] Behind the very chiefest apostles, though n l be nothing. 12. Truly the n signs of an apoftle were wrought among you in all patience, in figns, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 13. For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I my self was not p burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. 14. Behold, the 9 third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be burdensome to you; for I * seek not yours but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for * you:

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he increafeth. Through mighty Signs and Wonders, Strength.

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Io rance, and in all Knowledge. mt 1 Cor. 4. 9. I think that P t 2 Cor. »I. See on Afts God hath set forth us Apostles last, 18. 3. as it were appointed to Death.– i

q t 2 Cor. 53, F. Cor. 15. 8, 9. Last of all he was " See on Acts 18. 3o and Ads seen of me also, as of one born out of 15 20.33. due time. For I am the least of the 15: - Joh 10. 11. -The good Apostles, that am not meer to be cal. Shepherd givetli bis Life for the led an Apoftle, because I perfecu. Sheep. Phil. 2. 17. Yea, and if ! ted the Church of God. $ Eph. 3. be offered up upon the Sacrifice and 8. Unto me, who am lefs than the Service of your Faith, I joy and releast of all Saints, is this Grace giv. joice with you all. * 1 Thef. 2.

1. 13, 15. Who 8. Being affectionately defirous of was before a Blasphemer, and a Perfe.

you, we were willing to have in cutor. Christ Jesus came into parted unto you, not the Gospel the World co lave Sinners, of whom 25 of God only, but also our own I am chief.

Souls, because ye were dear unto us. 12. n; Rom. 15.18, 19. I will ta Cor. 1.*6. Whether we be hot dare to speak of any of chols

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