1. Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and corwn, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
1. Itaque, fratres mei dilecti et desiderati, gaudium et corona mea, sic state in Domino, dilecti.
2. I beseech Eudodias, and beseech Syntche, that they beof the same mind in the Lord.
2. Euodian hortor, et Syntchen hortor, ut unum sentiant in Domino.
3. And I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also,and with other my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the book of life.
3. Sane rogo etiam to, germane compar, adiuva eas, quae in evangelio idem mecum certamen sustinuerunt, cum Clemente etiam, et reliquis adiutoribus meis, quorum nomina sunt in libro vitae.
When he bids them
We must take notice, however, that, whenever he speaks of agreement, he adds also the bond of it--in the Lord. For every combination will inevitably be accursed, if apart from the Lord, and, on the other hand, nothing is so disjoined, but that it ought to be reunited in Christ.
Let us, therefore, inquire as to the thing itself, without taking any false impression from the opinions of men. When Paul wrote the First Epistle to the Corinthians, he was, as he mentions, at that time unmarried.
To the unmarried, says he, and widows, I say × it is good that they should continue even as I am (1 Corinthians 7:8.)
He wrote that Epistle at Ephesus 10 whenhe was prepared to leave it. Not long after, he proceeded to Jerusalem, where he was put in prison, and sent to Rome. Every one must perceive how unsuitable a period of time it would have been for marrying a wife, spent by him partly in journeying, and partly in prison. In addition to this, he was even at that time prepared to endure imprisonment and persecutions, as he himself testifies, according to Luke. (Acts 21:1.3.) I am, at the same time, well aware what objection is usually brought forward in opposition to thist-- that Paul, though married, refrained from conjugal intercourse. The words, however, convey another meaning, for he is desirous that unmarried persons may have it in their power to remain in the same condition with himself. Now, what is that condition but celibacy? As to their bringing forward that passage--
Is it not lawful for me to lead about a wife (I Corinthians 9:5,)
for the purpose of proving he had a wife, it is too silly to require any refutation 11. But granting that Paul was married, how came his wife to be at Philippi--a city which we do not read of his entering on more than two occasions, and in which it is probable he never remained so much as two whole months? In fine, nothing is more unlikely than that he speaks here of his wife; and to me it does not seem probable that he speaks of any female. I leave it, however, to the judgment of my readers. The word which Paul makes use of here (
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and let them not be written among the righteous; (Psalm 69:29)
that is, let them not be numbered among the elect of God, whom he receives within the limits of his Church and kingdom 13.
Should any one allege, that Paul therefore acts rashly in usurping to himself the right of pronouncing as to the secrets of God, I answer, that we may in some measure form a judgment from the token by which God manifests his election, but only in so far as our capacity admits. In all those, therefore, in whom we see the marks of adoption shine forth, let us in the mean time reckon those to be the sons of God until the books are opened, (Revelation 20:12,) which will thoroughly bring all things to view. It belongs, it is true, to God alone now to know them that are his, (2 Timothy 2:19,) and to separate at least the lambs from the kids; 14 but it is our part to reckon in charity all to be lambs who, in a spirit of obedience, submit themselves to Christ as their Shepherd 15, who betake themselves to his fold, and remain there constantly. It is our part to set so high a value upon the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which he confers peculiarly on his elect, that they shall be to us the seals, as it were, of an election which is hid from us.
1 "Et les appelant par noms amiables et gracieux, il tasche de gaigner leurs coeurs;"-- "And calling them by lovely and kind names, he endeavors to gain their hearts."
2 "Estant ioyeux de les veoir perseuerer en la foy, a laquelle ils auoyent este amenez par son moyen;"-- "Being delighted to see them persevere in the faith, to which they had been brought through his instrumentality."
4 "1l les appelle ses compagnes de guerre, d'autant qu'elles ont batail1e auec luy en l'euangile;"-- "He calls them his companions in war, inasmuch as they had struggled hard with him in the gospel."
5 "C'estoit une chose grandement requise et necessaire qu'elles fussent d'un consentement;"-- "It was a thing greatly requisite and necessary that they should be in a state of agreement."
6 "Je le laisse a disputer aux autres;"--"I leave it to others to dispute as to this."
7 "Comme ainsi soit qu'on metre en auant ie ne scay quels faux escrits sous le nom d'Eusebe;"-- "As they set forth I know not what spurious writings under the name of Eusebius."
8 "Et adioustez a son histoire;"-- "And added to his history."
9 "Ils ne meritent point enuers les lecteurs de bon iugement, qu'on y adiouste grande foy;"-- "They do not deserve, as to readers of good judgment, that much credit should be attached to them."
12 It is defined by Wahl, in his Clavis N. T. Philologica, as follows.Una manaum admoveo, i.e. opitulor,opem fero, iuvo; (I lend a helping hand; that is, I assist, I bring assistancae, I aid.) -- Ed.
14 "Les agneux des boucs;" -- "The lambs from the goats."
15 Christ vray Pastuer;" -- "Christ the true Shepherd."