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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

After these directions concerning the excommunicated person the apostle makes a long digression, to give the Corinthians an account of his travels and labours for the furtherance of the gospel, and what success he had therein, declaring at the same time how much he was concerned for them in their affairs, how he had no rest in his spirit, when he found not Titus at Troas (2 Cor. 2:13), as he expected, from whom he hoped to have understood more perfectly how it fared with them. And we find... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

2:12-17 When we had come to Troas to tell the good news of Christ, even when a door of opportunity stood open to us in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, because I did not find Titus, my brother, there. But thanks be to God who at all times leads us in the train of his triumph in Christ, and who, through us, displays the perfume of the knowledge of him in every place; for we are the sweet scent of Christ in God to those who are destined for salvation and to those who are destined for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be unto God ,.... The apostle having mentioned the door that was opened for him at Troas, to preach the Gospel with success, calls to mind the great and manifold appearances of God for him and his fellow ministers, in blessing their labours to the conversion of many souls; which causes him to break forth into thanksgiving to God, on this account: what he takes notice of, and is thankful to God for is, that he always causeth us to triumph in Christ ; not only had done so, but... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Now, thanks be unto God - His coming dispelled all my fears, and was the cause of the highest satisfaction to my mind; and filled my heart with gratitude to God, who is the Author of all good, and who always causes us to triumph in Christ; not only gives us the victory, but such a victory as involves the total ruin of our enemies; and gives us cause of triumphing in him, through whom we have obtained this victory. A triumph, among the Romans, to which the apostle here alludes, was a public... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Verse 14 14.But thanks be to God Here he again glories in the success of his ministry, and shows that he had been far from idle in the various places he had visited; but that he may do this in no invidious way, he sets out with a thanksgiving, which we shall find him afterwards repeating. Now he does not, in a spirit of ambition, extol his own actions, that his name may be held in renown, nor does he, in mere pretense, give thanks to God in the manner of the Pharisee, while lifted up, in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:12-16

The preaching of the gospel. "Furthermore, when I came to Troas," etc. The subject of these verses is the preaching of the gospel. Notice— I. THE DIFFICULTIES CONNECTED WITH IT . "Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia." Just at the time when the apostle was about opening his mission... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

Outburst of thanksgiving for the news brought by Titus.' read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

Coming to Troas (disquietude; defence of his apostleship) Quite abruptly St. Paul mentions that he came to Troas. Why he left Ephesus he does not say, but we infer it was because of his anxiety to see Titus, and hear from him how his letter to the Corinthians had been received. There was a fine opening at Troas to preach the gospel, and yet he was greatly disquieted as Titus did not meet him. "Taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia." Here he met Titus, though, in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be unto God. The whole of this Epistle is the apostle's Apologia pro vita sua, and is more full of personal details and emotional expressions than any other Epistle. But nothing in it is more characteristic than this sudden outburst of thanksgiving into which he breaks so eagerly that he has quite omitted to say what it was for which he so earnestly thanked God . It is only when we come to 2 Corinthians 7:5 , 2 Corinthians 7:6 that we learn the circumstance which gave... read more

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