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FOR I would that ye knew what great conflict' I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together2 din love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, 3 to the facknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ ; 4

3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4 And this I say, " lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

' fear, or care. A. V. 2 being compacted. Pu. 3 of the fulness of understanding. Ham. *of God the Father, and of Christ. Ne. 5 In which. Ham. Wherein. A. V. .

CHAP. II. a See on Phi. i. 30.

b Rev. iii. 14. &c: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God, &c.

c2 Cor. i. 6: Whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

See on John, xiii. 34. e Isa. xxxii, 17 : And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. Heb. vi. 11: And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.

See on 1 Cor. ii. 2; also on John, xvii. 3. 81 Cor.i. 24 : Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. do. ji. 6,7: Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect : yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Eph. i. 8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence. Col. i. 9, 19: do. iii. 16.

h Ver. 8, 18.. 2 Cor. xi. 13 : For such are false apostles,

- 5 For though I be i absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding k your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

6 As ye have therefore m received Christ Jesus the Lord, so "walk ye in him : - 7.° Rooted and built up Pin him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, 9 abounding therein with thanksgiving. · 8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition

in the body. Rh. ?vain fallacy. Rh. empty deceit. We. deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. See on Rom. xvi. 18. . See on 1 Thes. ii. 17.

* I Cor. xiv. 40 : Let all things be done decently, and in order.

'1 Pet. v. 9 : Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

m JUDE, 3 : It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. .

* 1 John, ii. 6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked. See on Eph. iv. 1.

• See on Col. i. 23.

p John, xv. 4,5: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ve are the branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing,

9 See on 1 Cor. xv. 58.

r Ver. 18. Jer. xxix. 8: Thus saith the LORD of bosts, the God of Israel ; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. Rom. xvi. 17: Mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned ; and avoid them. Eph. v. 6: Let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Heb. xiii. 9 : Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. See on MAT. xxiv. 4.

- Ver. 22. Mat. xv. 2: Why do thy disciples transgress

of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in him dwelleth all the "fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the whead of all principality and power :9. . 11 In whom also ye are * circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in Y putting off the body of the sins of the flesh 10 by the circumcision of Christ : · 12 · Buried with him in baptism, wherein also * ye are risen with him through the faith of the b operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quick

8 elements. A. V. ordinances. Co. Ma. Cr. 9 of the whole Church. Wh. 10 the sinful body of the flesh. Co. Ma. Cr. Gen. the body of the flesh subject to sin. Bi. of the body of the flesh. Rh. Wh. 11 by belief in that energy. Dod. the tradition of the elders? Gal. i. 14 : [I Paul] being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. + Ver. 20. See on Gal. iv. 3, 9.

See on John, i, 14-16. v John, i. 16: Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Eph, iii. 19: That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Heb. v. 9: And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.

w See on Rom. viii. 38.
* See on Acts, vii. 51.
y Col. iii, 8, 9. See on Eph. iv. 22.

* Rom. vi. 4, 5 : Therefore we are buried with him by bạptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.'

a Col. iii. l.
• See on Eph. i. 19.

See on Acts, ii. 24. a See on John, v. 25.

ened together with him, having forgiven you 12 all trespasses ;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15 And having & spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.13 -- 16 Let no man therefore judge you in " meat,

12 forgiven us. Co. Ma. Cr. Wh. 13 ini hinself. A. V. e Eph.ii. 11: Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands. ! Rom. vi. 14: Ye are not under the law, but under grace. do. vii. 4: My brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ. Eph. ii. 15, 16 : Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances ; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby. Heb. vii. 18: There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. do. ix. 10: Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. do. x. 9: He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. · See on John, xii. 31.

Lev. xi. 2: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Rom. xiv. 2, 3, 10, 13, 17: One believeth that he may eat all things : another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him. Why dost thou judge thy bro- . ther? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Let us not therefore judge one another any more : but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink ; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. viii. 8: But meat commendeth us not to God : for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

or in drink, 14 or in respect 15 of an iholyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days :

17 Which are a shadow of things to come ; but the body is of Christ.

18 'Let no man beguile you of your reward 16 in a voluntary humility 17 and worshipping of angels, mintruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 18

20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ 14 for eating and drinking. A.V. 15, in part. A.V. 16 deprive you of your reward. Dod. judge against you. A. V. 17 Gr. being a voluntary in humility. ver. 23. A. V, 18 groweth to the greatness that cometh of

God. Co.

i Lev. xxiii. 2, &c: Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts, &c. Rom. xiv. 5: One man esteemeth one day above another : another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Gal. iv. 10 : Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.. . :

* Heb. viii. 5: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle. do. ix. 9, 23: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these. do. x. 1 : The law having a shadow of good things to come.

Ver. 4. Rev. iii. 11: Behold, I come quickly : hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. See on Rom. xvi, 18.

m JOB, xxxviii. 2: Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge ? Ezek. xiii. 3 : Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! I Tim. i. 7: Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

n See on Rom. xii. 5.

• Rom. vi. 3,5: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? For

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