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are appealed to in the epistle; and not only so, but to have suffered these persecutions both in immediate succession, and in the order in which the cities are mentioned in the epistle. The conformity also extends to another circumstance. In the apostolic history Lystra and Derbe are commonly mentioned together : in the quotation from the epistle Lystra is mentioned, and not Derbe. And the distinction will appear on this occasion to be accurate ; for St. Paul is here enumerating his persecutions: and although he underwent grievous persecutions in each of the three cities through which he passed to Derbe, at Derbe itself he met with none :“The next day he departed,” says the historian, “ to Derbe; and when they had
preached the gospel to that city, and had
taught many, they returned again to Lyf“tra.” The epistle, therefore, in the names of the cities, in the order in which they are enumerated, and in the place at which the enumeration stops, corresponds exactly with the history.
But a second question remains, namely, how these persecutions were
66 known” to
Timothy, or why the apostle should recal these in particular to his remembrance, rather than many other persecutions with which his ministry had been attended. When some time, probably three years,
af. terwards (vide Pearson's Annales Paulinas), St. Paul made a second journey through the same country, “ in order to go again and vi“ fit the brethren in every city where he “ had preached the word of the Lord,” we read, Ads, chap. xvi. ver. 1. that, 66 when “ he came to Derbe and Lystra, behold a * certain disciple was there named Timo" theus." One or other therefore of these cities was the place of Timothy's abode. We read moreover that he was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium; so that he must have been well acquainted with these places. Also again, when Paul came to Derbe and Lystra, Timothy was already a disciple :
66 Behold a * certain disciple was there named Timo“ theus." He must therefore have been converted before. But since it is expressly stated in the epistle, that Timothy was converted by St. Paul himself, that he was “his
own son in the faith ;" it follows that he must have been converted by him upon
his former journey into those parts;
which was the
very time when the apostle underwent the perfecutions 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 converfion. It may farther be observed, that it is probable from this account, that St. Paul was in the midst of these 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.
Although this coincidence, as to the 'names of the cities, be more specific and direct than many which we have pointed out, ġet I apprehend there is no just reason for thinking it to be artificial; for had the writer of the epistle fought a coincidence
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with the history upon this head, and searched the Acts of the Apostles for the purpose, I conceive he would have sent us at once to Philippi and Thessalonica, where Paul suffered persecution, and where from what is stated, it may easily be gathered that Timothy accompanied him, rather than have appealed to persecutions as known to Timothy, in the account of which persecutions Timothy's presence is not mentioned; it not being till after one entire chapter, and in the history of a journey
future to this, that Timothy's name occurs in the Acts of the Apostles for the first time,
THE EPISTLE TO TITUS.
VERY characteristic circumstance in
this epistle, is the quotation from Epimenides, chap. i. ver. 12 : " One of “ themselves, even a prophet of their own,
said, the Cretans are always liars, evil “ beasts, flow bellies.” Κρητες αει ψευσται, κακα θηρια, γαστέρες αργα.
I call this quotation characteristic, because no writer in the New Testament, except St. Paul, appealed to heathen testimony; and because St. Paul repeatedly did so. In his celebrated speech at Athens, preserved in the seventeenth chapter of the Acts, he tells his audience, that “ in God
we live, and move, and have our being; 66 as certain also of your own poets have “ said, for we are also his offspring.”
τ8 γαρ και γένος εσμεν.