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Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Romans, trans. from the original Latin by the Rev. John Owen (Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1849).
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1Now I commend to you Phœbe, our sister, who is a deaconess2 of the Cenchrean Church; that ye receive her in the Lord, as it becomes saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever matter she may have need of you; for she has been a helper to many, and to me also.
3Salute Prisca and Aquila, [my fellow-workers in Christ4 Jesus, who for my life laid down their own necks, to whom not I alone give thanks, but also all the Churches of the5 Gentiles,] and the Church in their house.
Salute Epenetus, my beloved, who is the first-fruit of Achaia6 in the Lord. Salute Mary, who has laboured much with us.7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow-captives, who are celebrated among the Apostles, and who were8 before me in Christ. Salute Amplias, my beloved in the9 Lord. Salute Urban, our helper in Christ, and Stachys, my10 beloved. Salute Apelles, approved in Christ. Salute those11 who are of the family of Aristobulus. Salute Herodion, my kinsman. Salute those of the family of Narcissus, who are in12 the Lord. Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have laboured much in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, who has13 laboured much in the Lord. Salute Rufus, chosen in the Lord,14 and his mother and mine. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.15 Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas,16 and all the saints who are with them. Salute one another with an holy kiss. The Churches of Christ salute you.
17But I beseech you, brethren, to observe those who stir up divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which ye have18 learnt, and to avoid them: for they, who are such, serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by courteous19 language and flattery deceive the hearts of the simple. Your obedience indeed has been published to all: I am therefore glad on your account; but I wish you to be wise for good, and20 simple for evil. And the God of peace shall shortly bruise Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
21Salute you do Timothy, my fellow-worker, and Lucius and22 Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. Salute you do I Tertius,23 who have written this Epistle, in the Lord. Salute you does Gaius, my host and of the whole Church. Salute you does24 Erastus, the treasurer of the city, and Quartus a brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
25Now to him who is able to confirm you according to my gospel, even the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the26 revelation of the mystery, which was hid in former ages, but has been now made known, and through the prophetic Scriptures proclaimed, according to the appointment of the eternal God, for the obedience of faith among all nations;—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory for ever. Amen.
Sent to the Romans, from Corinth, by Phœbe, a deaconess of the Cenchrean Church.
end of the new translation.
N.B.—Mede in the Notes should in all instances be Menochius. The mistake arose from an oversight as to the name intended by the abbreviation Me, in Poole’s Synopsis.
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“This is a very remarkable volume, displaying a wonderful power of analysis and closeness of argument. The whole subject is discussed in the most comprehensive manner in this masterly work.”—Presbyterian Banner.
In Demy 8vo, price 10s. 6d., cloth, ZWINGLI; OR, THE RISE OF THE REFORMATION IN SWITZERLAND.
A LIFE OF THE REFORMER, WITH SOME NOTICES OF HIS TIME AND CONTEMPORARIES.
BY R. CHRISTOFFEL, pastor of the reformed church, wintersingen, switzerland.
Translated from the German by JOHN COCHRAN, Esq.
“We hold it in high estimation; shall turn to it as an authority on all points connected with the Reformation in Switzerland, and predict that posterity will consider it not the least interesting account of one of the most eventful periods in the world’s history.”—Wesleyan Times, May 17, 1858.
“It is by far the best piece of continental biography that has reached us for a long time. Although a book specially suited to clergymen and ministers, it may be read with the utmost advantage by all classes.”—Christian Witness.
“The translation is admirably and intelligently done.”—Monthly Register.
“We cordially commend the work as substantial and most instructive, and as worthy of a place in the libraries of all interested in the study of the Reformation times and workers.”—Scottish Guardian.
“This book is undoubtedly one of the most valuable of Messrs Clark’s publications.”—British Quarterly Review.