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that all angels and men may open their XXI. As the transcendent worth and mouths, wide and proclaim the boundless excellency of God is endless, and the savand incomprehensible excellency and glory ing fruits of his infinite power and wisdom of God: To him be glory.

are endless, so a gracious four hould never XX. As no service which we perform, / weary of ascribing to him the glory due to will be accepted without the Mediator his name; and the praise of God will be Christ, in and thro' whom we nast expet set forth by men and angels, world withto be accepted of God; so our celebrating out end: To him be glory for ever. and proclaiming of the riches and infinite- XXII. As it should be our hearty deness of the worth and excellency of God, fire, that God may be glorified and extolmust be done in and thro' Christ; and in ed, so Ihould we confidently expect that in and by Christ, and the way of salvation all things he will get glory to himself, and thro' him, is the infinite wisdom and migh-persuade ourselves thereof, and in testity power of God, proclaimed and clearly mony thereof, close our prayers and wishes set forth; so that by this and thro’ this he with an AMEN. will get glory: To bim be glory throChrist.

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OU find in your Bibles, that at the of, not in the first person, as is usual when

end of this epistle of Paul to the one is speaking of himself; but in the Romans, these words are set down, Writ. third person, as that in 2 Tim. is faid to ten from Corinth to the Romans, by P bebe have been written from Rome, when Paul a servant of the church at Cenchrea; and was brought before Nero: He says not, possibly you may scruple little at that, or when I was brought before Nero; and so the like set to the end of other epiftles, it seems to have been written by some obut look upon them as having as much ther later person, and not by Paul himself. canonic truth and authority as the reit 3dly, They behoved to be written by of the epistle: Therefore that ye may be some since the epitles were written, beundeceived in this, I shall shortly do these cause the place whence they are supposed two things :

to be written, beareth a name which was I. Lay down some considerations to dif- not in use in these days when the epistle cover the naughtiness of these postscripts. was written, but long afterward: As, for

II. Shew how little probability there is example, that which is added to i Timo. for the truth of this postscript here. And, thy, for it is said to be written from Lao.

1. As to the confiderations discovering dicea, which is the chiefejt city of Phrygia the naughtiness of these postscripts, it is Pacatiana : Now, it is observed that observeable,

Phrygia was never lo stiled till the reign 11, That we find none of these post- of Constantine, about the year 340. scripts set to the end of the epistles written 4thly, None of the ancient commmentaby the other apostles, but only to Paul's; tors make mention of them, before Theoand is it probable, that the Spirit of the doret, about the year 430; nor none since Lord would inspire Paul only to set to him, till Oecumenius, about the year 1050. such postscripts, and none other of the a- 5thly, All the copies, which have these postles ?

postscripts do not agree among them. 2dly, In some of them Paul is spoken selves; some, for example, say only, The

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second to Timothy was written from Rome, this epistle's being written from Corinti, when Paul was brought before Nero the Ro viz. (1.) That he says, Rom. xvi. 25. te man governor the second time; and, T be epistle was going to Jerusalem with the coniributo Titus was written from Nicopulis; and, tion from Macedonia and Achaia, and of The first to Timothy is ended; ard many co

the contribution of Achaia he was not sure pies, both Greek and Lacin, have them not. until he came thither. But this will be

6thly, Many of them are utterly false; no demostration of his being in the city as, for example, that to Titus is said to of Corinth at the writing hereof, secing written from Nicopolis; whereas Paul was he might have been in any other city or net then come as yet to Nicopolis; for he place of Achaia beside Corioth. (2.) He says, chap. iii. 12. Be diligent to come unto leemeth to say, that he is upon his jourme to Nicopolis, for there (not here) I have ney towards Jerufalem, and to this epittle determined to winter. The first epistle to might be written after he paied from MaTimothy is said to be written from Phry. cedonia and Achaia. gia, &c. whereas Athanafius, and others 3dly, They give this for another ground, from him say, it was written from Mace- that he commendeth to them Phebe, a ferdonia : and this might be down of others vant of the church of Cenchrea, Rom. also.

xvi. 1. which belonged to Corinth. I an7thly, So do they bewray their want of swer, (1.) This ground will as much conauthority several ways; as, for example, clude, that he was at Cenchrea while he it is faid, The FIRST to Timothy was writ wrote this epistle, and this Cenchrea lay ten, &c. and the FIRST to the Corinthians, a: tome miles distance from Corinth. (2.) and the First to the Theljalonians; where. Why might he not commend Phebe 10 as Paul was not sure if ever he thould live them under this notion, tho' he had not to write a second to any or all of these been in Achaia, let be in Corinth, whea churches.

he wrote this epiftle? Thus we see this 8thly, Many of them are attended with reason is not cogent at all

. much uncertainty, as might be shown out 3dly, They have this for a ground that of the bodies of the epistles; as, for ex: he calleth Eraftus chamberlain of the city, ample, the first to the Corinthians is said Rom. xvi. 23. and of bim. it is faid that be to be written from Philippi, and yet, chap. abode at Corinth, 2 Tim. iv. 20. I answer, xvi. 5. he was yet to go thro' Macedonia; (1.) Erastus stayed not alwaysat Corinth, as ard, verse 19. he sends falutations from we fee, Acts six. 22. (2.) Be it so, that the churches of Afia; and so it seemeth he was chamberlain of Corinth, yet Paul he was in Alia at this time; yea, verse 8. sayeth not the chamberlain of this city, but he says, he will stay still where he was, the chamberlain of the city, which he viz. at Ephesus, where that great and ef. might have said, had he been in any other fe&tual door was opened to hiin, mentione place of Achaia, or out of Achaia. ed, 1 Cor. xix. 9. 'This might be exempli 4thly, They tell us for another ground fied in others also, but we suppose we have that Gaius is called his host, and this Gaius faid enough.

was a Corinthian, 1 Cor. i. 14. I answer, II. The next thing we have to do, is to (1.) Who this Gaius was is uncertain, wheexamine the probability of the truth of ther that Gaius of Corinth, or Gaius of this postscript; and to us it seemeth not Derbe, Acts xx. 4. or Gaius of Ephesus, urquestionable : For,

Ads xix. 29. (2.) Be he Gaius of Corinth, First, The grounds given by some for he might send falutations unto the Romans, confirmation of this are rot very clear: As, being with Paul, tho' not in the city at

ut, This is given for one ground of present; and Paul stiled him his hoft, that

he might set him forth the better unto the possibly be constrained to go by Corinth at Romans.

this time, when passing towards Asia, as Secondly, There are some things upon before, because of the Jews. (3.) If he the other band which make it probable at this time went to Corinth, he did not that he wrote not this epistle from Co-Itay long there, being in a hafte to go up rinth; as this,

to Jerusalem, and to meet again with thele 1. That if this epistle had been written he had sent before him unto Troas. It is from Corinih, it was either written when true, he had made a third promise to see he travelled Greece, Acts xx. and then them, 2 Cor. xji. 14. and xiii. 1. but that among other places came to Corinth, or which hindered before, might hinder pow. when he was going towards Asia, and lent (4.) At this time neither Timothy nor Sosome before him unto Troas, Acts xx. 4. fipater were with him, and yet he sends And that it was not written at the first of their falutations; they were sent before these times is clear, because, (1.) During unto Troas, Acts xx. 4. 5. and that Paul these three months of his abode in Greece, would acquaint them with his purpose to Afts xx. 3. we hear nothing of his going write to Rome is not certain; seeing, 1. He to Corinth: And, (2.) At this time he was to make no stay there, but to haste to knew not that their contribution was ready, Troas unto them; and, 2. How knew he as appeareth abundantly from his second of Phebe's occasions to Rome, who is supepistle to that church; but when he wrote posed by the post script to be the carrier of this epistle to the Romans, he had gotten this epistle; and if he knew not of her, nor up their contribution: It is true he pro- of any other, how is it probable he would mised to see them as he went to Jerusalem, resolve to write however. i Cor. xvi. 7. but the Jews lying in wait Thus we see, there is no very great for him constrained him to go about, Acts probability for the truth of this post cript;

and therefore we cannot close with it, and 2. Nor was it written at the second of others, as any part of canonical scripture, these times; because, (1.) We have no men but as added by some inconsiderate aution made of that either. (2.) He might I thor.

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A LIST of the ENCOURAGERS

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Mr James Bridgeton weaver "HE Rev. Mr William Arnot minister of the William Bitt weaver, Laffwade gotpel at Kennoway

с The Rev. Mr. James Allice minister of the gospel, The Rev Mr Robert Cunningham of Bowerhouses, Paisley

minister of the gospel at Eaftbarns Mr David Auld merchant, Falkirk

The Rev Mr John Courrass minister of the gospel John Allan tenant, Paradykes

at Quarrelwood Thomas Allan innkeeper, Middleton

The Rev. Mr George Coventrie mioifter of tbe William Allan wright, Park

gospel at Stitchel John Alfton farmer, Garenhaugh

The Rev. Mr John Cuthbertson minister of the goAdam Aitken tenant, Loadhead

spel in Middle Oétoiara, Pensylvania Thomas Aitken mason, Canderside

The Rev. Mr. Daniel Cock minister of the gospel, James Auchinleck renant, Waterside :

Craufurd dike3 » Andrew Ainfie wright, Crosscaufey

Mr. Robert Campbell preacher of the gospel James Anderson, Carnwath parida

Mr Robert Clydesdale watch-maker, Edinburgh James Anderson, Craigie parish

James Carmichael merchant, Glasgow

William Caddle merchant, Prestonpaos
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James Currie school-mafter, Greenend
The Rev. Mr John Belfrage minister of the gospel, Robert Currie merchant, Edinburgh
Falkirk

Joho Currie, Grangelone
The Rev. Mr John Brown minister of the gospel, John Currie barber, Water-of-Leith
Haddington

William Cumming tenant, Broadridgefield
The Rev. Mr. John Buist minister of the gospel, James Craig, tenant'
Greenock

John Clarkson clerk, Hails-quarry Mr John Bennet of Bridge of Gairny, preacher of John Cameron school master, Carowath the gospel

Adam Cubie potter, Preston paos Hugh Beag of Saddlerhead, Lesmahegow parish Patrick Cubie weaver there William Ballantine ludent of philofophy, Edinr. Charles Chryllie watchman there James Darclay tenant, Bartillan

James Cornfoot, Leith-mills James Black tecant

George Cleghorn fhoe-maker, Bridgholna William Brown merchant; Stirling, 6 copies Robert Cuthbertson, Dreghorn parith Charles Brown drusgift, Edinburgh

Jobo Culbert herd, Wamphray parish Robert Brown tenant, Pentlandhill-end

John Charters weaver, Cogrie John Brown wright, Woodhall

James Charters chapman, Moffat William Brown, Newland parish

James Cowper distiller, Erskine parish William Brown poiter, Prestonpans.

Hugh Chalmers weaver, Melviln-mill Alexander browa dyer there

John Crawfoord coal-hewer, Laffwade paris Perer Brown coal hewer, Loanhead

Laurence Cunningham, Newmilns James Brown miller, Stonehouse

* John Crosbie weaver, Woodend William Brown cowper, Kilmaurs pari

James Crosbie weaver, Durrisdeer.mila James Brown weaver there

Robert Craw mason, Whittingham Adam Brown, Ingleston

William Caldwell servant, Dankeith Thomas Brown, Ershag

James Cairncross, Prellonpaas John Bryce printer, Glasgow

D James Bartleman, Preston pans

The Rev. Mr Alexander Dick minister of the 89John Boon there

spel at Aberdeea Thomas Buchanan weaver, Calton of Glasgow Mr William Dundass taylor, London Robert Beil mason, Haudenhall

William Dickson dyer, Edinburgh Alr yander Bell weaver, Milburn

John Dickson tedaot, Poneil James Baillie spoon-maker, Greenend

William Dickson wright, Stobo James Balmain shoe-maker, Kinghorn

George Dickson, LafTwade parish Andrew Boyd miller, Kilmarnock parifa

William Dick upholsterer, Edinburgh Jobn Bar wright, Houfetophead

Thomas Downie tenant, Bridge-end of Goodie John Barrie, Blackdubs

Joho Dods tepant, Buratthield.

Mr William Doncao bookseller, Edini.

Mr Thomas Gilchritt weaver, Pather" George Durcan carrier, Kinghorn

James Gilchrift wood cutter, Dalserf parifle George Duncan weaver, Carluke

Jobo Grieve, Prestonpans Henry Drysdale weaver, Greerend

H Robert Denholm tenant, Newlands parish The Rev. Mr David Horn miniller of the gospel, John Dobie weaver, Crineldyke

Cambusnethan Claudius Daling, Prellonpans

The Rev. Mr William Huton minister of the gospel William Douglas there

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The Rev. Mr. James Hall minister of the gospel, Mr Robert Elliot ienant, Pou kolm

Edinburgh. Francis Elliot weaver, Edinburgh

The Rev. Mr. Archibald Hall minister of the gaJames Elder school-n alter, Torphichen

spel, London F

Mr William Hall preacher of the gospel The Rev. Mr. James Fisher minister of the gospel, John Halden upholsterer, Edinburgh Glasgow

John Hutchison student of physic there
The Rev. Mr John Fairlie minister of the gospel William Henderson printer, there
at Douglass

Andrew Henderson, there
The Rev. Mr James Fletcher minister of gospel at William Henderson porter there
Demainholm

William Hendersoo, Preitonpans
The Rev. Mr David Forrest minister of the gospel, John Hastie painter, Porterrow
Inverkeithen

James Haftie tanner, Portsburgh Mr Alexander Forton merchant, Berwick

John Haltie, Inglelton William Foord clerk, Edinburgh

John Hamilton tenant, Calderhead Archibald Ferguson, Prestonpans

William Hamilton tenant, Mandlie
Alexander Farquhar coal hewer, Lafiwade William Hamilton in Weston, Lermahegow par, .
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James Hamilton, Prestonpaos
The Rev. Mr Adam Gib minister of the gospel at John Hamilton farmer, Netherton
F.dinburgh

Alexander Harper tenant, Auchincorth
The Rev. Mr John Gillies minister of the gospel James Houstop tenant, Auchinbanzie
in Glafgow

John Haddow tenant, Longfoot The Rev. Mr John Goodlet minister of the gospel Thomas Home brick-maker, St Andrews at Sanquhar

Alexander Hope mason, Kelso The Rev. Mt. John Gray minister of the gospel, John Horn wright, Calton' of Edinburgh. Cambusnetban

John Hogg wright, Loanhead Ms John Gray preacher of the gospel

George Halliday weaver, Redington Hugh Graham tenant Ploughland

William Halliday weaver, Parkend James. Graham tenant, Welter.caufeyend' Alexander Hutchison wright, Kelrigs jas Gowans tenant, Rickerton

John Hutchison, Dalkeith James Greenfields tenant, Scrogtopbead

James Hendry tenant, Kersewell William Greenthields there

Joon Henry in Cockerbank, Wamphray: John Greenfields, West Scrogtonhead

Thomas Hall miner, Lasswade John Greenhields, East Scrogtonhead

Campbell Howison taylor there. John Greenthields, Redinghouse

John Horseburgh, Newland parih Alexander Gray tenant, Elgiohaugh

John Hamilton mason, windy-edge Alexander Givray fcbool-master, Leith

James Hunter in Longmire William Glass merchant, Nether Craigow

Thomas Hunter, Preltonpans David Grierson, Pretonpans

Mrs Mary Heath, London William Gentle there

Dorothy Hewit, there Jcho Gillies weater, Glasgow

J James Gib, Cambusnetban

The Rev. Mr John Jamieson minister of the gospel, Robert Greg workman, Gilmerton

Glasgow John Gilmour weaver, Links of Kirkcaldy, The Rev. Mr John Jervie minister of the gospel, Samuel Grier taylor, Monnihive.

Perth John Glen merchani, Kilmacolm

The Rev. Mr John Johnkon minister of the gospel, Robert Gemmil weaver, Bougbthill

Eccicfechao George Gray taylor, Lasswade

The Rev. Mr William James minister of the gospel, Thomas Goldie, Melvilo-mila

Ireland John Gifford, boghead

Mr George Johnston surgeon, Bathgate

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