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Revelation 3:14

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Laodiceans--The city was in the southwest of Phrygia, on the river Lycus, not far from Colosse, and lying between it and Philadelphia. It was destroyed by an earthquake, A.D. 62, and rebuilt by its...

Revelation 3:18

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Gentle and loving irony. Take My advice, thou who fanciest thyself in need of nothing. Not only art thou not in need of nothing, but art in need of the commonest necessaries of existence. He...

2 Timothy 4:9

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(2Ti 4:21; 2Ti 1:4, 8.) Timothy is asked to come to be a comfort to Paul, and also to be strengthened by Paul, for carrying on the Gospel work after Paul's decease.

1 Corinthians 16:21

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salutation...with mine own hand--He therefore dictated all the rest of the Epistle.

Titus 3:15

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Greet--"Salute them that love us in the faith." All at Crete had not this love rooted in faith, the true bond of fellowship. A salutation peculiar to this Epistle, such as no forger would have...

Hebrews 2:17

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Wherefore--Greek, "Whence." Found in Paul's speech, Ac 26:19. in all things--which are incidental to manhood, the being born, nourished, growing up, suffering. Sin is not, in the original...

Acts 18:11

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continued there a year and six months--the whole period of this stay at Corinth, and not merely up to what is next recorded. During some part of this period he wrote his Second Epistle to the...

Ephesians 6:10

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my brethren--Some of the oldest manuscripts omit these words. Some with Vulgate retain them. The phrase occurs nowhere else in the Epistle (see, however, Eph 6:23); if genuine, it is appropriate...

1 Timothy 1:13

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Who was before--Greek, "Formerly being a blasphemer." "Notwithstanding that I was before a blasphemer," &c. (Ac 26:9, 11). persecutor--(Ga 1:13). injurious--Greek, "insulter"; one who acts...

1 Peter 5:5

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ye younger--The deacons were originally the younger men, the presbyters older; but subsequently as presbyter expressed the office of Church ruler or teacher, so Greek "neoteros" means not (as...

2 Peter 2:22

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But--You need not wonder at the event; for dogs and swine they were before, and dogs and swine they will continue. They "scarcely" (2Pe 2:18) have escaped from their filthy folly, when they again...

Revelation 2:7

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He that hath an ear--This clause precedes the promise in the first three addresses, succeeds it in the last four. Thus the promises are enclosed on both sides with the precept urging the deepest...

Acts 16:36

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the keeper--overjoyed to have such orders to execute. told this...to Paul...now therefore...go in peace--Very differently did Paul receive such orders.

Hebrews 12:24

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new--not the usual term (kaine) applied to the Christian covenant (Heb 9:15), which would mean new as different from, and superseding the old; but Greek, "nea," "recent," "lately established,"...

1 Timothy 6:20 - 21

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Recapitulatory conclusion: the main aim of the whole Epistle being here summarily stated. O Timothy--a personal appeal, marking at once his affection for Timothy, and his prescience of the coming...

2 Thessalonians 2:4

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Da 11:36, 37 is here referred to. The words used there as to Antiochus Epiphanes, Paul implies, shall even be more applicable to the man of sin, who is the New Testament actual Antichrist, as...

Romans 8:33 - 34

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Who shall lay anything to the charge of--or, "bring any charge against." God's elect?--the first place in this Epistle where believers are styled "the elect." In what sense this is meant will...

Romans 16:22

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I, Tertius, who wrote this--"the" epistle--as the apostle's amanuensis, or penman. salute you in the Lord--So usually did the apostle dictate his epistles, that he calls the attention of the...

Acts 25:2

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Then the high priest--a successor of him before whom Paul had appeared (Ac 23:2). and the chief of the Jews--and "the whole multitude of the Jews" (Ac25:24) clamorously. informed him against Paul...

Acts 23:16 - 22

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Paul's sister's son--(See on Ac 9:30). If he was at this time residing at Jerusalem for his education, like Paul himself, he may have got at the schools those hints of the conspiracy on which he so...

Philippians 1:8

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Confirmation of Php 1:7. record--that is, witness. in the bowels of Jesus Christ--"Christ Jesus" is the order in the oldest manuscripts. My yearning love (so the Greek implies) to you is not merely...

2 Corinthians 3:2

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our epistle--of recommendation. in our hearts--not letters borne merely in the hands. Your conversion through my instrumentality, and your faith which is "known of all men" by widespread report...

2 Timothy 3:16

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All scripture--Greek, "Every Scripture," that is, Scripture in its every part. However, English Version is sustained, though the Greek article be wanting, by the technical use of the term...

2 Corinthians 2:2

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For--proof that he shrinks from causing them sorrow ("heaviness"). if I--The "I" is emphatic. Some detractor may say that this (2Co 2:1) is not my reason for not coming as I proposed; since I...

Romans 1:2

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Which he had promised afore...in the holy scriptures--Though the Roman Church was Gentile by nation (see on Ro 1:13), yet as it consisted mostly of proselytes to the Jewish faith (see on...

Philippians 2:27

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Epaphroditus' sickness proves that the apostles had not ordinarily the permanent gift of miracles, any more than of inspiration: both were vouchsafed to them only for each particular occasion, as...

Philippians 4:4

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(Isa 61:10.) alway--even amidst the afflictions now distressing you (Php 1:28-30). again--as he had already said, "Rejoice" (Php 3:1). Joy is the predominant feature of the Epistle. I say--Greek,...

2 Corinthians 12:4

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unspeakable--not in themselves, otherwise Paul could not have heard them; but as the explanation states, "which it is not lawful...to utter" [Alford]. They were designed for Paul's own consolation,...

2 Corinthians 1:16

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This intention of visiting them on the way to Macedonia, as well as after having passed through it, must have reached the ears of the Corinthians in some way or other--perhaps in the lost Epistle...

Acts 19:6

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And when Paul had laid his hands upon them...they spake with tongues, &c.--See on Ac 10:44,45.

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