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This epistle is supposed by some to have been addressed to a church, but by others to a particular woman of eminence in the church; her name according to some being Eluta, and according to others Kuria. That it was addressed to a particular woman seems most probable; and which of these two words was the name, and which the epithet, or whether both of them be not epithets, is of little consequence.

1 He exhorteth a certain honourable matron, with her children, to

persevere in Christiun love and belief; 8 lest they lose the reward of their former profession : 10 and to have nothing to do with those seducers that bring not the true doctrine of Christ Jesus.

A. D. 50). THE elder unto the belect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth ; and not

a See on 1 Tim. v. l. 01 Pet. v. 13: The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you.

c Ver. 3. John, viii. 32: And ve shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Gal. ii. 5, 14: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, if thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews ? do. iii. 1: O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you ? do. v. 7: Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? Eph. i. 13 : In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Col. i. 5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel. 2 Thes. ii. 13 : God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth. 1 Tim. ii. 4: Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. HEB. X. 26: If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth. JAMES, i. 18: Of his

I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

3 Grace be 3 with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, ein truth and love.

4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children 4 f walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we h love one another.

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have k heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.


I who know. Pu. 2 by reason of the truth. Pu. 3 Gr. shall be. A.V, A some of thy children. Pu.

own will begat he us with the word of truth. do, v. 19: Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him. 1 Pet. i. 22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit. 2 Pet. ii. 12: I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and he established in the present truth. do. ii. 2: Many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of, 1 John, ii. 18 : My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue ; but in deed and in truth. 3 John, i. 3, 8: The Gospel is called the truth in divers other places. See on Gal, ii. 5.

a See on Rom.i. 7.
e Ver. 1.
13 John, 3.
8 See on John, xiji. 34.

See on Joạn, xiii. 34. i See on John, xiv. 15.

k ] John, ii. 24: Let that therefore abide in you, which we have heard from the beginning.


also, and Samuel, and of the · 33 Who through faith subdued *wrought righteousness, s obtained h stopped the mouths of lions,

34 i Quenched the violence of fire the edge of the sword, 'out of we

19 repelled. Rh. e] Sam. i. 20 : After Hannah had concei son, and called his name Samuel, saying, asked him of the LORD. do. xii. 20 : Sam people, Fear not.

fi Sam. xii. 3, &c: Behold, here I am : 1 before the Lord, and before his anointed : taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom whom have I oppressed ? or of whose ha any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? a. you, &c. * 8 2 Sam. vii. 11, &c : And as since th: 'manded judges to be over my people Isra thee to rest from all thine enemies. A thee that he will make thee an house.

h JUDGES, xiv. 5, 6: Behold, a young him [Samson]. And the Spirit of the upon him, and he rent him as he wo I'SAM. xvii. 36, 37: Thy servant slew 1 bear. David said moreover, The LORD of the paw of the lion, and out of the p deliver me out of the hand of this Pi My God hath sent his angel, and hath that they have not hurt me : forasmuch was found in me; and also before the no hurt.

i Dan. iii. 25: Lo, I see four me midst of the fire, and they have no hi

* 1 SAM. xx. 1, &c: And David fle and came and said before Jonathan 1 Kings, xix. 3: [Elijah] arose, and to Beer-sheba. 2 KINGS, vi. 16:[E for they that be with us are more ti

2 KINGS, xx. 7: Isaiah said, T: they took and laid it on the boil, a 10: The LORD turned the captivir for his friends : also the LORD ga" had before. Ps. vi. 8: The LORI weeping

not the promise : some better thing should not be made

ience, and godliness : 22 a »ent above the old. also are compassed 1 of witnesses, a let ad the sin which doth t us run with paefore us, i author3 and finisher4

. Co. Ma. Cr. Whit. 2 perserfecter, Br.

a cave, and lodged there ; came to him, and he said

Elijah ? 2 Mac. v. 27 : 's, or thereabout, withdrew ived in the mountains after ompany, who fed on herbs ered in the mountains and

1. 17.

I being made perfect, he beition unto all them that obey s were given unto every one of ·m, that they should rest yet for vservants also and their brethren,

were, should be fulfilled. JIAP. XII. ng therefore these promises, dearly

ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh -- holiness in the fear of God. See on

hoix. 24.

xii. 12. : Who shall also confirm you unto the end, lameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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ing deliverance ; that they might obtain a better resurrection :

36 And others had trial of cruel 4 mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment :

37 They were s stoned, they were sawn 20 asunder, were tempted,21 were slain with the sword : they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins ; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; i

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy :) they uwandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

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stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned ?

9 JUDGES, xvi. 25: They called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport. 1 Kings, xxii. 24: Zedekiah-went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? 2 Mac. vii. 7: They brought the second, to make him a mocking stock.

GEN. xxxix. 20 : Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison. Ps. cv. 18: Whose feet they hurt with fetters : he was laid in iron. Jer, xx. 2: Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks. do. xxxvii. 15 : The princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison.

s 2 Chr. xxiv. 21 : And they conspired against him [Zechariah], and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. Acts, xiv. 19 : And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. See on Mat. xxi. 35; and John, xix. 17.

+ See on Mat. iii. 4.

v 1 Sam. xxii. 1: [David] escaped to the cave Adullam. do. xxiv. 1: David is in the wilderness of En-gedi. 1 Kings, xvii. 3: Hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. do. xviii. 4: It was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water. do.

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