And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be sent on my way toward Judea.
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Cornelius a Lapide
And to pass by you into Macedonia. To pay them a flying visit, and then return from Macedonia to them again, so as to stay longer with them. This is what he means in 1 Corinthians 16:5, where he says that he would come to them after he had passed through Macedonia. Here he adds further to this that he also wished to see them on his way to Macedonia. So the Greek Fathers harmonise the passages; but Lyranus and S. Thomas reconcile them differently, but not so probably.
And by you to pass into Macedonia, and to come again from Macedonia unto you, and of you to be set forward on my journey unto Judæa. When I therefore was thus minded, did I show fickleness?
3. Here in what follows, he directly does away with the charge arising out of his delay and absence. For what he says is of this nature. I was minded to come unto you. 'Wherefore then did I not come? Is it as light-minded and changeable?' for this is, did I show fickleness? By no means. But wherefore? Because what things I purpose, I purpose not according to the flesh. What is, not according to the flesh? I purpose not 'carnally.'
2 Corinthians 1:17. That with me there should be the yea yea and the nay nay.
But still even this is obscure. What is it then he says? The carnal man, that is, he that is rivetted to the present things and is continually occupied in them, and is without the sphere of the Spirit's influence, has power to go every where, and to wander wherever he will. But he that i...