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Benediction

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.


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24, 25. Concluding doxology.

NowGreek, "But."

youAlford, on inferior authority, reads, "them." You is in contradistinction to those ungodly men mentioned above.

keep … from falling—rather, "guard … (so as to be) without falling," or stumbling.

faultlessGreek, "blameless."

before the presence of his glory—that is, before Himself, when He shall be revealed in glory.

with exceeding joy—literally, "with exultation" as of those who leap for joy.

25. To the only … God our Saviour—The oldest manuscripts add, "through Jesus Christ our Lord." The transcribers, fancying that "Saviour" applied to Christ alone, omitted the words. The sense is, To the only God (the Father) who is our Saviour through (that is, by the mediation of) Jesus Christ our Lord.

dominionGreek, "might."

powerauthority: legitimate power. The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate, after "power," have "before all the age," that is, before all time as to the past: "and now," as to the present; "and to all the ages," that is, for ever, as to the time to come.




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