30. Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
30. Obsecro autem vos fratres, per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum et per dilectionem Spiritus, ut concertetis mihi in precibus vestris pro me ad Deum;
31. That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judea; and that my service which have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
31. Ut liberer ab incredulis in Iudea, et ut ministerium meum quod suscipio erga Ierusalem acceptum sit sanctis;
32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed·
32. Ut cum gaudio veniam ad vos per voluntatem Dei, unique vobiscum refociller. Dens autem pacts sit cure omnibus vobis. Amen. 1
33. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
He then shows how grieved his godly mind was, by the earnest protestation he makes, in which he adds to the name of the
"Where two or three shall assemble in my name, there in the midst of them am I," (Matthew 18:20;)
"Whatsoever they agree in on earth, they shall obtain in heaven," (Matthew 18:19.)
And lest no one should think it an unmeaning commendation, he besought them both by Christ and by the love of the Spirit. The love of the Spirit is that by which Christ joins us together; for it is not that of the flesh, nor of the world, but is from his Spirit, who is the bond of our unity.
Since then it is so great a favor from God to be helped by the prayers of the faithful, that even Paul, a most choice instrument of God, did not think it right to neglect this privilege, how great must be our stupidity, if we, who are abject and worthless creatures, disregard it? But to take a handle from such passages for the purpose of maintaining the intercessions of dead saints, is an instance of extreme effrontery.2
1 The word "Amen," is regarded as spurious: Griesbach and other have left it out. -- Ed.
2 Scott quotes the following from Whitby, -- "If Paul, saith Estius, might desire the prayers of the Romans, why might not the Romans desire the prayers of Paul? I answer, they might desire his prayers, as he did theirs, by a letter directed to him to pray for them. He adds, If they might desire his prayers for them when living, why not when dead and reigning with Christ? I answer, Because they could direct no epistle to him, or in any other way acquaint him with their mind." -- Ed.
3 "Ut concertetis mihi,"
4 It was a mutual refreshment, according to Romans 1:12. The verb here used, says Grotius, means to give and to receive comfort. The verb without its compound
5 Lover, author, or bestower of peace. This intimates that there were strifes and contentions among them. Paul often speaks of God as the God of peace, especially when referring to the discords which prevailed among Christians. See 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 13:20. -- Ed.