And in this I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to desire a year ago.
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Cornelius a Lapide
And herein I give my advice. Bede takes this: "Herein I give my opinion," but wrongly; for advice is here contrasted with precept.
Not only to do but also to be forward. Or "to be willing," i.e, of your own accord, no one forcing you. This, as S. Paul hints, is more than to do it when asked (Anselm). Gregory (Hom18 in Ezek.) says: "This very exhortation contains a reproach. "A year ago," he says. They did well then, but slowly. Their teacher, therefore, while he praises, chides. He is a physician who applies to the wound a remedy which both soothes what has been already cleansed, and bites the parts that are found unsound."