John Calvin Complete Commentary - Philippians 1:17 - 1:17

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John Calvin Complete Commentary - Philippians 1:17 - 1:17


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17That for the defense. Those who truly loved Christ reckoned that it would be a disgrace to them if they did not associate themselves with Paul as his companions, when maintaining the cause of the gospel; and we must act in such a manner, as to give a helping hand, as far as possible, to the servants of Christ when in difficulty. (74) Observe, again, this expression — for the defense of the gospel For since Christ confers upon us so great an honor, what excuse shall we have, if we shall be traitors to his cause, (75) or what may we expect, if we betray it by our silence, but that he shall in return desert our cause, who is our sole Advocate, or Patron, with the Father? (76) (1Jo_2:1.)

(74) “Estans en quelque necessite;” — “ they are in any emergency.”

(75)Praevaricatores ” The term is employed by classical writers in the sense of betraying the cause of one’ client, and by neglect or collusion assisting his opponent. See Quinct. 9:2. — Ed.

(76) “Si nous nous entendons auec la partie aduerse d’;” — “ we should connect ourselves with the party opposed to him.”