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God, and they shall be my people. 17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, faith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18. And will be a Father f unto you, and ye shall be my fons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

С НА Р. VII. AVING therefore a these promises (dearly beloved) let us cleanse our felves from all filthiness of the



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among you, and will be your God, of the midst of her. Jer. &c. &. and ye ihall be my People. Ifa. 4. 5, Remove out of the midst of Babylon, 6. And the Lord will create upon and go forth out of the Land of the every Dwelling place of Mount Caldeans. Jer. 51.6,45. Flet out Zion, and upon her Assemblies a 5 of the midst of Babylon, and deli. Cloud, and smoke by Day, and the verevery Man his Soul: be not shining of a flaming Fire by Night: cut off in her iniquiry.- My for upon all the Glory shall be a People, goye out of the midi of Defence. And there shall be a Ta her, and deliver ye every Man his bernacle for a Shadow in the Day 10 Soul from the fierce Anger of the time from the Heat, and for a Lord. Acts 2.40. Save your selves Place of Refuge, and for a Covert from this untoward Generation. from Storm, and from Rain. 7 Ez. | Rev. 18.4 I heard another Voice 37.26, &c. I will make a Covenant from Heaven, saying, Come out of of Peace with them, it shall be an 15 her, my People, that ye be not para everlasting Covenant with them, and takers of her Sins, and that ye re I will place them, and multiply ceive not of her Plagues. them, and will fet my San&uary

Jer. 31. I, 9. At the in the midlt of them for evermore.

fame time, faith the Lord, will I Ezek. 43. 7. -Son of Man, the 20, be the God of all the Families of IlPlace of the Soles of my Feet, rael, and they shall be my People. where I will dwell in the midst of I am a Father to Israel, and Ethe Children of Israel for ever, phraim is my First-born. Heb. 8, and my holy Name, shall the House 10. This is the Covenant that I of Israel no more defile 7. 15. Therefore are they before after chofe Days, faith the Lord; I the Throne of God, and ferve him will put my Lawsinto their Mind, Day and Night in his Temple : and write them in their Hearts : and he that fitreth on his Throne and I will be to them a God, and shall a'well among them. Rev. 21. 3.30 they shall be tome a People. F Revi --Behold, the Tabernacle of God 21. 7. He that, overcometh fhall is with Men, and he will dwell with inherit all things, and I will be shem, and they shall be his People, his God, and he shall be my Son and God himself shall be with

CH A P. VII. them, and be their God.

35 2 Cor. 6. 15, 18. 17.? Ifa. 48. 20: Go ye forth of Bť i Joh. 3.-3. Every Man Babylon, flee ye from the Calde that hath this Hope in him, ans.-- Ifa. 52. 11. Depart ye, purifietla himself even as he is depart ye, go ye out from thence, pure touch no unclean thing, gol ye qur, 40

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we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have a defrauded no man.

3. I speak not this to condemn you: for e I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die and live with you. 4. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: f I am: filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

5. For 8 when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every fide; without were fightings, within were fears. 6. Nevertheless, God that i comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the * coming of Titus: 7. And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8. For 'though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for 1 perceive that the same epiftle made you lorry, though it were but for a season. 9. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made forry, but that ye torrowed to repentance: for ye were made forry * after a godly manner [Or, according to God], that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11. For behold this felf-fame thing that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of your selves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! in all things ye have approved your felves to be clear in this matter. 12. Wherefore though I wrote uịto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our

care e Cor. 6. 20. Ye are bought t Deut. 32. 25. The Sword with a Price : therefore glorifie God without, and Terror within shall de in

your Body, and in your Spirit, ftroy both the young Man and the which are Gods.

Virgin. 2.d 2 Cor. il. 19. See on s 6. i See on 2 Cor. 1.4,

† See on 2 Cor. 2.13. 3. t 2 Cor. 6. 11, 12.

8.? | 2 Cor. 2. 4. Out of much 4. f † Phil. 2. 17. Col. 1. 24. Afliction and anguish of Heart, I

wrote unto you with many Tears ; 5.& Cor. 2. 13. I had no reff 10 not that you should be grieved, in

my Spirit, because I found not but that ye might know the Love Titus my Brother; but taking my which I have more abundantly un leave of them, I went from thence to you. into Macedonia

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care for you in the fight of God might appear unto you
13. Therefore we were comforted in your comfort : yea,
and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, be-
cause his spirit was refreshed by you all. 14. For if I have
boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but
as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting
which I made before Titus is found a truth.
* inward affetion [Gr. bowcls] is more abundant toward you,
whilft he remembreth the obedience of you all, how with
fear and trembling ye received him. 16. I rejoice therefore
that m I have confidence in you in all things.

OREOVER, brethren, (1) we do you to wit of

the (2) grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia : 2. How that in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their a joy, and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their * liberality [Gr, fimplicity]: 3. For to their power (I bear record) yea, and beyond their power,

they 16. ^ † 2 Cor. 2. 9. To this end Ver. 8, 21. Though I might be also did I write, that I might know much bold in Christ to enjoin thee. the Proof of you, whether ye be o -Having confidence in thy Obedience bedient in all things. t Phil. 2. 12. I wrote unto thee, knowing that Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have sthou wilt also do more than I always obeyed, not asin my Presence fay. only, but now much more in my

CHA P. VIII. Absence ; work out your own Sal 2. «See on A&ts 5.41. vation with fear and trembling. b + Mar. 12. 44. All they did + 2 Thef. 3.4. We have confidence 1o caft in of their Abundance but in the Lord touching you, that ye The of her want did caft in all that I both do, and will do the things she had, even all her Living. which we command you. + Philem. 3. See on Acts i'l. 29.

(1) Something here is to be supplied from the last Verse of the for mer Chapter, Thus, Moreover, Brethren, in this Confidence of you, we do. you to wit, or, we make known unto you, the Grace of God, or, your great Liberality, bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia.

(2) The Word rendered Grace, both here and Ver. 6, and 17. fignifies a Gift, Liberality or Charity ; that is, the Gift given by the Churches of Macedonia to the poor Christians in Judéa. The Jeros were wone to express the Greatness and Excellency of any thing, by adding the Word God to it. Thus, Acts 7. 20. the strict rendring of the Words 'would be, Mofes was fair before God; that is, exceeding fair. So here, the Charity of God, ligni fies their great Bounty and Charity; or it may be fo ftyled, because they were excited to it by the Giver of this good Disposition. As a Motive therefore to engage the Corinthians to be liberal, and hasten their Charity, the Apostle acquaints them with what had been done in this good Work by the Chriftians of Macedonia,

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they were willing of themselves, 4. Praying us with much ittreaty, that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowfhip of the d miniftring to the faints

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, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6. Infomuch that we desired Titys, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7. Therefore as ye e abound in every thing, in faith, in utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us ; fee that ye abound in this grace also. 8. I speak f not by commandment, but by occafion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the fincerity of your love. 9. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Chrift

, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich, 10. And herein I give my advice: for this is * expedient for you, who have begun

before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which you have. 12, For “ if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according

to 4. ^ † Rom. 15. 26. t 1 Cor. the Lord; and that which he hath 16. 1. † 2 Cor. 9. I.

given, will he pay him again. † Mat.

10. 42. Whosoever shall give to 7.4 t i Cor. 1.5. That in eve drink unto one of these little ones, 2 thing ye are enriched by him, sa Cup of cold water only, in the in all Utterance, and in all Know Name of a Disciple, verily I say ledge.

unto you, he shall in no wife lose 8. * See on i Cor. 7.6.

his Reward. 9. Heb. 1. 2. (God) hath in it 2 Cor. 9. 2. these last Days spoken unto us by 10 12. Exod. 25. 2. Speak unto his Son, whom he hath appointed the Children of Israel, that they the Heir of all things. Phil 2. 6. bring me an Offering: of every Who being in the form of God, Man that giverb it willingly with thought it not robbery to be equal

his Heart, ye shall take my Offer

is ing. Exod. 35. 5. Whosoever is of If Luk. 9. 58. Foxes have Holes, and Birds of the Air

a willing Heart, let him bring it,

an Offering of the Lord', Gold, have Nefts, but the Son of Man hath

and Silver, and Brass. Prov. 11. to lay his Head. + Phil. 25. The liberal Soul shall be made 2.7. But made himself of no Repu- 20 Fát. Prov. 19.22. The Desire of a tation, and took upon him the

Man is his kindness, Ecclefiafticus'

35.9, 10. In all thy Gifts fhew a Jo. it i Cor. 7. 25. I give my cheerful countenance, and dedicate Judgment, asone that hath obtained thy Tythes with gladness." Give Mercy of the Lord to be fai[h- as unto the most High according as

hath enriched thee, and as thou t. Prov. 19; 14. He that hath hạt gotten, give with a sheerful pity upon the poor, lendeth unto


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to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not 13. For I mean not that other men be eated, and you burdened:

14. But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want,that there may be equality, 15. * As it is written, He that had gathered much, had nothing over; and he that had gathered little, had no lack. 16. But thanks be to God which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17. For indeed he accepted the exhortation, but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18. And we have sent with him the brother, whosé praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches: 19. (And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this * grace [Or, gif] which is administred by us to the glory of the fame Lord, and declaration of your ready mind.). 20. Avoiding this, that no man fhould blame us in this abundance which is administred by us : 21. Providing for P honest things, not only in the fight of the Lord, but also in the fight of men. 22. And we have fent with them our brother, whom we have o'ter.times proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which * I have [Or, he hath] in you. 23. Whether any do enquire of Titus, ke i my partner, and fellow-helper concerning you; or our brethren be enquired of, they are the ? meisengers of the churches

, and the glory of Christ. 24. Wherefore thew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our ?bcasting on your behalf.

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Eye. Luk 21. 2, + 3, 4. He faw, they did mete it (the Manna) with also a poor Widow casting in chither an Omer, he that gathered mucka two Mites. And he said, Of a truth had nothing over; and he that gatherI say unto you, that this poor Wi ed little, had no lack.dom hath casi in more than they all. 's

+ 2 Cor. 12. 18. I desired For all there have of their Abun. Titus, and with him I fent a Brodance cast in unto the Offerings of God: but the of her Penury hath 21. P t Phil. 4. 8. Pet. :caft in all the Liying that he had. See on Rom. 12. 17. Rom. 12. 8. -He that the wetho 23.9: Phil.2.25. -EpaphrodiMercy with Cheerfulness. 2 Cor.9. tus, my Brother and Companion 7. -Ler him give, nor grudging in Labour, and Fellow-soldier, but ly, or of necessicy : for God loveth your Messenger a checrful Giver. 1* Exod. 16, 18. And when I $ 9. 2

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