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Haydock’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Posted by Dim Bulb on June 15, 2011

2Co 13:11  For the rest, brethren, rejoice, be perfect, take exhortation, be of one mind, have peace. And the God of grace and of love shall be with you.

Rejoice.  Greek: Chairete, bene valete.  In this sense the Greeks used this term at the conclusion of their writings; and Greek: Loipon, to denote that the writer of speaker was hastening to a conclusion. — Be perfect. Literally, in the Latin be exhorted.

2Co 13:12  Salute one another with a holy kiss.

This was customary with both Jews and Persians, as we learn from Xenophon and Herodotus, and with other oriental nations.  And in process of time, from the custom of common life, it was introduced into ecclesiastial assemblies.  The ancients were in the habit before they began their meal to embrace each other, to manifest by that sign their mutual cordiality and friendship; then they contributed their alms, that they might give a substantial proof of what was represented by their kiss of charity.

2Co 13:13  (13:12) All the saints salute you

For my part, I wish you, with all my heart, that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the charity of God, and the communion of his holy Spirit, may dwell with you all.  Amen is wanted in the Greek, but was added by the Church of Corinth, which was accustomed to make this reply as often as this epistle was read.  When we recall to our mind the excess of corruption that had reigned in the city of Corinth under paganism, excess attested by profane authors, and which St. Paul brings to their recollection, (1 Corinthians 6:9.) we are all astonishment that in the short space of four years the gospel had operated amongst the faithful of this church, such a prodigious change in their manners, and that they were become capable of receiving lessons of morality so very pure as is this of the apostle.

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