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For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
I bear them
2 Corinthians 8:3
(I bear them witness) yea, and beyond their power:
what benedictions did you then pour out upon me! for I bear you witness, that, had it been practicable, you would have pulled out your very eyes, and given them to me.
the whole will of God. for I can witness for him, that he is ardently concern'd for you, and the christians of Laodicea,
they shall expel you out of the synagogues: yea, the time is coming, when it will be thought an agreeable sacrifice to God for any one to take away your lives.
upon hearing this, they gave glory to God: and thus address'd Paul, you see, brother, how many thousand believing Jews there are, all however zealous for the law.
then he said, I am a Jew, a native of Tarsus in Cilicia, but had my education in this city: at the feet of Gamaliel I was instructed in the law, and in the exact decisions of our fathers, and was as religiously zealous as you are at this time.
I myself too once thought myself oblig'd strenuously to oppose the professors of Jesus the Nazarene, as I actually did at Jerusalem,
and that I made a greater proficiency in Judaism than many my contemporaries of my own nation, being an extraordinary zealot for the traditions of my forefathers.
they court your affection, but not in a fair way; for they design to exclude me, that you might have the greater esteem for them.
if zeal is to be regarded, I persecuted the church; if the integrity prescrib'd by the law, I am without reproach;
because being ignorant of the justice which is of God, and going about to establish a justification of their own, they have not submitted themselves to that which is of God.
but Israel, who followed the law of justice, hath not attained to the law of justice.
2 Corinthians 4:4
to those unbelievers, whose minds the God of this world has so blinded, that the glorious lustre of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, does not enlighten them.
and the favour I ask of him is this, that your kindness to me may be crown'd with farther improvements in knowledge and all prudence;
all these, said he, have I observ'd from my youth.