2 Corinthians 13:10-14
10. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to in destruction.
10. Propterea haec absens scribo: ne quum praesens fuero, rigidus sim iuxta potestatem, quam dedit mihi Dominus in aedificationem, et non in destructionem.
11. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
11. Quod superest, fratres, valete, integri estote, 1 consolationem habete, unanimes sitis, in pace agite: et Keus caritatis ac pacis erit vobiscum.
12. Greet one another with an holy kiss.
12. Salutate vos mutuo in osculo sancto.
13. All the saints salute you.
13. Salutant vos sacti omnes.
14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
14. Gratia Domini Iesu Christi, et caritas Dei, et communicatio Spiritus sancti sit cum omuibus vobis. Amen.
The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
Ad Corinthios secumda missa fuit a Philippis Macedoniae -- per Titum et Lucam.
When he speaks of
Now what agreement is there between light and darkness?
(2 Corinthians 6. 14.)
He calls him the
when we were enemies to God,
we were reconciled by the death of his Son, (Romans 5:10,)
though the Scripture is wont to speak of this in two ways. For it sometimes declares what I have quoted from Paul -- that there was enmity between us and God, before we were reconciled through Christ. On the other hand, we hear what John says -- that
God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, etc. (John 3:16.)
The statements are apparently opposite; but it is easy to reconcile them; because in the one case we look to God, and in the other to ourselves. For God, viewed in himself, loved us before the creation of the world, and redeemed us for no other reason than this -- because he loved us. As for us, on the other hand, as we see in ourselves nothing but occasion of wrath, that is, sin, we cannot apprehend any love of God towards us without a Mediator. Hence it is that, with respect to us, the beginning of love is from the grace of Christ. According to the former view of the matter, Paul would have expressed himself improperly, had he put the love of God before the grace of Christ, or, in other words, the cause before the effect; but according to the latter, it were a suitable arrangement to begin with the grace of Christ, which was the procuring cause of God's adopting us into the number of his sons, and honoring us with his love, whom previously he regarded with hatred and abhorrence on account of sin.
1 "Soyez enticrs, ou, Auanccz-vous t vous parfaire;" -- "Be perfect, or Go on to perfect yourselves."
2 "Vne escarmouche d'vn homme qui se soit cnflambe sans raison;" -- "A skirmishing on the part of a man who has kindled himself up without any just cause."
3 "Il ne vouloit point laisser leurs coeurs offenses ou saisis d'amertume;" -- "He did not wish to leave their minds exasperated, or under the influence of bitterness."
4 "Combien qu'il semble que d'vn propos qu'il addressoit a aucuns qui estoyent commc brebis rogneuses en la compagnie il reuient maintenant route l'Eglise;" -- "At the same time, it appears as if, from a discourse which he addressed to some who were like diseased sheep in the herd, he now turns to the entire Church."
5 "Que tous ceux qui ont debars en sont eslongnez, et n'ont point d'accointance auec luy;" -- "That all those who have contentions are at a distance from him, and have no acquaintance with him."