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CHAPTER XIII. 11-14.
TEXT. 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. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
13 All the saints salute you. • 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.
PARAPHRASE. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell: bring yourselves into one well
united, firm, un-jarring society a; be of good comfort; be
of one mind; live in peace, and the God of love and peace 12 shall be with you. Salute one another with an holy kiss : 13 All the saints salute you. The grace of our Lord Jesus 14 Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy
Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
NOTE. 11 - The same that he exhorts them to in the beginning of the first epistle,
ch. i. ver. 10.
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL
WRIT IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 57, OF NERO 3.
SYNOPSIS. BEFORE we take into consideration the epistle to the Romans in particular, it may not be amiss to premise, that the miraculous birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, were all events that came to pass within the confines of Judea; and that the ancient writings of the Jewish nation, allowed by the Christians to be of divine original, were appealed to, as witnessing the truth of his mission and doctrine ; whereby it was manifest, that the Jews were the depositaries of the proofs of the Christian religion. This could not choose but give the Jews, who were owned to be the people of God, even in the days of our Saviour, a great authority among the convert Gentiles, who knew nothing of the Messiah, they were to believe in, but what they derived from that nation out of which he and his doctrine sprung. Nor did the