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Chapter II.—I rejoice in your messengers.

Since, then, I have had the privilege of seeing you, through Damas your most worthy bishop, and through your worthy presbyters Bassus and Apollonius, and through my fellow-servant the deacon Sotio, whose friendship may I ever enjoy, inasmuch as he is subject to the bishop as to the grace of God, and to the presbytery as to the law of Jesus Christ, [I now write638638    The apodosis is here wanting in the original, but must evidently be supplied in some such way as above. to you].

Since, then, I have had the privilege of seeing you, through Damas your most worthy639639    Literally, “worthy of God.” bishop, and through your worthy640640    Literally, “worthy of God.” presbyters Bassus and Apollonius, and through my fellow-servant the deacon Sotio, whose friendship may I ever enjoy,641641    Literally, “whom may I enjoy.” inasmuch as he, by the grace of God, is subject to the bishop and presbytery, in the law of Jesus Christ, [I now write642642    The apodosis is here wanting in the original, but must evidently be supplied in some such way as above. to you].


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