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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Thus the apostle concludes this epistle with, I. A valediction. He gives them a parting farewell, and takes his leave of them for the present, with hearty good wishes for their spiritual welfare. In order to this, 1. He gives them several good exhortations. (1.) To be perfect, or to be knit together in love, which would tend greatly to their advantage as a church, or Christian society. (2.) To be of good comfort under all the sufferings and persecutions they might endure for the cause of... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

13 For the third time I am coming to you. Everything will be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. To those who have already sinned and to all others I have already said, and I now say, just as I said it when I was with you on my second visit, now I say it while I am absent, that if I come to you again, I will not spare you. I will take decisive action because you are looking for a proof that Christ really is speaking in me, Christ who is not weak where you are concerned, but... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell ,.... Or "rejoice", with spiritual joy in Christ, their Saviour and Redeemer; in his person, in whom they were accepted; in his righteousness, by which they were justified; in his blood, by which they were washed and cleansed; and in his fulness, from which they were supplied; and particularly, that they had such a faithful monitor, such an hearty well wisher of their souls' welfare, and who was so naturally and affectionately concerned for their good: be... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally - Λοιπον· All that remains for me now to write is, to wish you all manner of happiness, and so to take my leave. Farewell - A good wish, from our old mother tongue, compounded of to go , and fairly , properly , or with felicity ; go on prosperously! This is the spirit of this good wish. The Greek χαιρετε signifies nearly the same thing. Χαιρω means to be very joyous; χαιρετε , be joyous and happy, be ever prosperous; this was among the last words which Cyrus,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 13:11

Verse 11 11.Finally, brethren He qualifies whatever there has been of sharpness throughout the whole of the epistle, as he did not wish to leave their minds in an exasperated state, (971) but rather to soothe them. For then only are reproofs beneficial, when they are in a manner seasoned with honey, that the hearer may, if possible, receive them in an agreeable spirit. At the same time, he appears to turn from a few diseased persons (972) to the entire Church. Hence he declares, that he aims at... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Paul's epistolary farewell to the Corinthians. "This is the third time I am coming to you, etc. This chapter concludes Paul's letters to the Corinthians. There is no evidence that he wrote a word to them after this. The letters had evidently been a task to him. To a man of his tender nature no duty could be more painful than that of censure and reproach. Nothing but a sense of loyalty to the holiness of Christianity could have urged him to it. no doubt he felt a burden rolled from his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell. His concluding words are marked by great gentleness, as though to heal the effects of the sharp rebuke and irony to which he has been compelled to have recourse. The word may also moan "rejoice" ( Philippians 3:1 ; Philippians 4:4 ). Be perfect (see note on "perfection" in 2 Corinthians 13:9 ). Be of one mind; literally, think the same thing ( Philippians 2:2 ; 1 Peter 3:8 ; 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Romans 12:16 , Romans 12:18 ). Be at peace (... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren - (λοιπὸν loipon). The remainder; all that remains is for me to bid you an affectionate farewell. The word here rendered “farewell” (χαίρετε chairete), means usually to joy and rejoice, or to be glad; Luke 1:14; John 16:20, John 16:22; and it is often used in the sense of “joy to you,” “hail!” as a salutation; Matthew 26:49; Matthew 27:29. It is also used as a salutation at the beginning of an epistle, in the sense of greeting; Acts 15:23; Acts 23:26; James 1:1. It is... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

2 Corinthians 13:11-14. Finally, brethren, farewell Χαιπετε , rejoice; be happy; be perfect Aspire to the highest degrees of Christian wisdom and grace, of knowledge, holiness, and usefulness. Be of good comfort Filled with joy and peace through believing, and abounding in hope of the glory of God, through the power of the Holy Ghost, Romans 15:13. Be of one mind Desire, labour, pray for it, to the utmost degree that is possible. Or, as το αυτο φρονειτε may be rendered, mind, or ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Final appeal for order (13:1-14)As he writes, Paul is already on his way to Corinth. He therefore repeats his former warning that if the Corinthians do not discipline the trouble-makers among them, he will be forced to discipline them himself when he arrives. He will determine the truth of matters not according to gossip but according to evidence that can be tested (13:1-2). They have wanted proof of Paul’s Christ-given authority, but when they see it in action among them, they will be sorry.... read more

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