Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
This commentary on II Corinthians in the New Testament Library continues the exemplary quality of the series. Matera provides a commentary that is a close study of the backgrounds and language of the text while also providing important theological insights into the message of Paul for his time and for the contemporary church. Matera is attentive to the situation that gives rise to Paul's letter to the Corinthians. These are the issues that we live with all the time: conflicts between churches and ministers, bickering about money, accusations, and counter-accusations. Here those things are addressed in a thoroughly theological way. Matera highlights especially the role of this letter in deepening our understanding of Paul's ministry.
The New Testament Library offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament. The commentaries in this series provide fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The editorial board consists of C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; John T. Carroll, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia; and Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.
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