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underwent the persecutions referred to in the epistle. Upon the whole, then, persecutions at the several cities named in the epistle are expressly recorded in the Acts and Timothy's knowledge of this part of St. Paul's history, which knowledge is appealed to in the epistle, is fairly deduced from the place of his abode, and the time of his conversion. It may farther be observed, that it is probable from this account, that St. Paul was in the midst of those persecutions when Timothy became known to him. No wonder then that the apostle, though in a letter written long afterwards, should remind his favourite convert of those scenes of affliction and distress under which they first met.

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The reader will perceive much similarity of manneroins these two passages. The reference in the speech is to a heathen poet; it is the same in the epistle! In the speechs the apostle urges: his hearers with the authority of a poet of their own; in the epistle he avails himself of the same advantage. Yet there is a variation, which shows that the hint of inserting a quotation in the epistle was not, as it may be suspected, borrowed from seeing the like practice

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There exists a visible affinity between the Epistle to Titus and the First Epistle to Timothy. Both letter's were addressed to persons left by the writer to preside in their respective churches during his absence. Both letters are principally occupied in describing the qualifications to be sought for, in those whom they should appoint to offices in the church; and the ingredients of this description are in both letters nearly the same. Timothy and Titus are likewise cautioned against the same prevailing corruptions, and in particular, against the same misdirection of their cares and studies. This affinity obtains, not only in the subject of the letters, which, from the similarity of situation in the persons to whom they were addressed, might be expected to be somewhat alike, but extends, in a great variety of instances, to the phrases and expressions. The writer accosts his two friends with the same salutation, and passes on to the business of his letter by the same transition. 37 1 100 yhoo be s "Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus,' when I went into Macedonia," &c. 1 Tim. chap. i. 2, 3.

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If Timothy was not to "gite heed to fables and endless genealogies which minister questions," (1 Tim.' chapo in 4.) Titus also was to "avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions," (chap. iii. 9.) and was to "rebuke them sharply, not giving heed to Jewish fables." (chap. i. 14.) If Timothy was to be a pattern, (ruros) (1 Tim. chap. ivo 12.) oso was Titus (chap. ii. 7.) If Timothy was to "let no man despise his youth," (1 Tim. chap. iv. 12.) Titus also was to "let no man despise him," (chap. ii. 15.) This verbal consent is also observable in some very peculiar expressions, which have no relation to the particular character of Timothy or Titus. The phrase," it is a faithful saying," (OTOS & AGYos λcyos made use of to preface some sentence upon which the writer lays a more than ordinary stress, occurs three times in the First Epistle to Timothy, once in the Second, and once in the epistle before us, and in no other part of St. Paul's writings; and it is remarkable that these three epistles were probably all written towards the conclusion of his life, and that they are the only epistles which were written after his first imprisonment at Rome. #3 VOT CỬ

The same observation belongs to another singularity of expression, and that is in the epithet " sound," (yay) as applied to words or doctrine. It is thus used, twice in the First Epistle to Timothy, twice in the Second, and three times in the Epistle to Titus, beside two cognate expressions, ύγιαινοντας τῇ πίστει, and

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