2 Corinthians 2:12
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New International Version
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,

New Living Translation
When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.

English Standard Version
When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord,

Berean Study Bible
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,

Berean Literal Bible
Now having come to Troas for the gospel of Christ, a door also having been opened to me in the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord,

King James Bible
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, the Lord opened a door for me.

International Standard Version
When I went to Troas on behalf of the gospel of the Messiah, the Lord opened a door for me,

NET Bible
Now when I arrived in Troas to proclaim the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me,

New Heart English Bible
Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when I came to Troas with The Gospel of The Messiah and a door was opened to me by THE LORD JEHOVAH,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I went to the city of Troas, the Lord gave me an opportunity to spread the Good News about Christ.

New American Standard 1977
Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Having come to Troas for the gospel of the Christ, even though a door was opened unto me in the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

American King James Version
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me of the Lord,

American Standard Version
Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when I was come to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened unto me in the Lord,

Darby Bible Translation
Now when I came to Troas for the [publication of the] glad tidings of the Christ, a door also being opened to me in [the] Lord,

English Revised Version
Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord,

Webster's Bible Translation
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,

Weymouth New Testament
Now when I came into the Troad to spread there the Good News about the Christ, even though in the Lord's providence a door stood open before me,

World English Bible
Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord,

Young's Literal Translation
And having come to Troas for the good news of the Christ, and a door to me having been opened in the Lord,
Study Bible
Triumph in Christ
11in order that Satan should not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 12Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord, 13I had no peace in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.…
Cross References
Acts 14:27
When they arrived, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them, and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

Acts 16:8
So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

Acts 16:11
We sailed from Troas straight to Samothrace, and on the following day on to Neapolis.

Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God,

1 Corinthians 9:12
If others have this right to your support, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not exercise this right. Instead, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:14
In the same way, the Lord has prescribed that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:16
Yet when I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am obligated to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

2 Corinthians 4:3
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 8:18
Along with Titus, we are sending the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in the gospel.
Treasury of Scripture

Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me of the Lord,

when.

Acts 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

Acts 20:1-6,8 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called to him the disciples, …

and a.

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they …

1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Colossians 4:3 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

Revelation 3:7,8 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

(12) Furthermore, when I came to Troas.--The article, perhaps, indicates the Troad as a district, rather than the city, just as it does in the case of Saron. (See Note on Acts 9:35.) The case of the offender had come in as a parenthesis in 2Corinthians 2:5-8. He returns to the train of thought which it had interrupted, and continues his narrative of what had passed after he had written the First Epistle. (On Troas, see Notes on Acts 16:8.) A Church had probably been founded in that city by St. Luke, but St. Paul's first visit to it had been limited to a few days, and there are no traces of his preaching there. Now he comes "for the gospel's sake." That there was a flourishing Christian community some months later, we find from Acts 20:6.

A door was opened unto me.--Opportunities for mission-work, as we should call them, are thus described in 1Corinthians 16:9. There is something of the nature of a coincidence in his using it of two different churches, Ephesus and Troas, within a comparatively short interval.

Verses 12-17. - Outburst of thanksgiving for the news brought by Titus.' Verse 12. - Furthermore, when I came to Troas. "Furthermore" is too strong for the "but" of the original. There is an apparently abrupt transition, but the apostle is only resuming the narrative which he broke off at ver. 4 in order that he might finish the topic of the painful circumstance in which his First Epistle had originated. To Troas. Not "the Troas." St. Paul had to do with the city, not with the district. The city (now Eski Stamboul), of which the name had been changed from Antigonia Troas to Alexandria Troas, was at this time a flourishing colony (Colonia Juris Italici), highly favoured by the Romans as representing ancient Troy, and therefore as being the mythological cradle of their race. He visited it on his being driven from Ephesus after the tumult, a little earlier than he would naturally have left it. He had visited Troas in his second missionary journey (Acts 16:8-11), but had left it in consequence of the vision which called him to Macedonia. He now stopped there on his journey through Macedonia to Corinth, which he had announced in 1 Corinthians 16:5. And a door was opened unto me of the Lord; literally, and a door had been opened to me in the Lord; i.e. and I found there a marked opportunity (1 Corinthians 16:9) for work in Christ. Some commentators, in that spirit of superfluous disquisition and idle letter-worship which is the bane of exegesis, here venture to discuss whether St. Paul was justified in neglecting this opportunity or not. Such discussions are only originated by not observing characteristic modes of expression. St. Paul merely means" circumstances would otherwise have been very favourable for my preaching of Christ; but I was in such a state of miserable anxiety that I lacked the strength to avail myself of them." He was no more responsible for this state of mind, which belonged to his natural temperament, than he would have been responsible for a serious illness. To say that he ought to have had strength of mind enough to get the mastery over his feelings is only to say that Paul ought not to have been Paul. The neglect to use the opportunity was a "hindrance" which might in one sense be assigned to God, and in another to Satan. Moreover, that the opportunity was not wholly lost appears from the fact that St. Paul found a flourishing Christian community at Troas when he visit, d it on his return from this very journey (Acts 20:6, 7), and that he stayed there at least once again, shortly before his martyrdom (2 Timothy 4:13). Indeed, it was probably at Troas that his final arrest took place (see my 'Life of St. Paul,' 2:569, 576). Of the Lord; rather, in the Lord; i.e. in the sphere of Christian work. Furthermore, when I came to Troas,.... The apostle proceeds, in this latter part of the chapter, to take notice of and remove the charge of ostentation and insincerity in preaching the Gospel, and hints at other reasons of his not coming to Corinth; particularly that he took a journey to Troas, expecting to meet with Titus there, who was to give him an account of the affairs of the church at Corinth, which he was desirous of knowing before he went thither; but missing of Titus, is uneasy, and goes for Macedonia; though he was first detained awhile at Troas, having a good opportunity of preaching the Gospel there, with a prospect of success. Troas was a city of the lesser Asia near the Hellespont, formerly called Troy; of Paul's being at this place more than once, see 2 Timothy 4:13, and of this place See Gill on Acts 16:8, and of the church there; see Gill on Acts 20:7. Hither he came,

to preach Christ's Gospel; that Gospel, of which Christ is both the author and subject; and is no other than the good news and glad tidings of peace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation, by a crucified Jesus; this was his work and business; his heart was in it, he took delight in this service, and it was what he pursued in every place wherever he came; and in this place he had much encouragement; for he adds,

and a door was opened unto me of the Lord; such an one as was opened to him at Ephesus, 1 Corinthians 16:9; he had a good opportunity of preaching the Gospel to many souls, many were inclined to attend his ministry, from whence he conceived great hopes of doing good; a door of utterance was given to him to preach the Gospel boldly and freely, and a door of entrance for the Gospel to pass into their hearts: all which was not of men, "but of the Lord"; who has the key of David, who opens and no man shuts, shuts and no man opens. 12. Paul expected to meet Titus at Troas, to receive the tidings as to the effect of his first Epistle on the Corinthian Church; but, disappointed in his expectation there, he passed on to Macedonia, where he met him at last (2Co 7:5, 6, 7) The history (Acts) does not record his passing through Troas, in going from Ephesus to Macedonia; but it does in coming from that country (Ac 20:6); also, that he had disciples there (Ac 20:7), which accords with the Epistle (2Co 2:12, "a door was opened unto me of the Lord"). An undesigned coincidence marking genuineness [Paley, Horæ Paulinæ]. Doubtless Paul had fixed a time with Titus to meet him at Troas; and had desired him, if detained so as not to be able to be at Troas at that time, to proceed at once to Macedonia to Philippi, the next station on his own journey. Hence, though a wide door of Christian usefulness opened to him at Troas, his eagerness to hear from Titus the tidings from Corinth, led him not to stay longer there when the time fixed was past, but he hastened on to Macedonia to meet him there [Birks].

to preach—literally, "for the Gospel." He had been at Troas before, but the vision of a man from Macedonia inviting him to come over, prevented his remaining there (Ac 16:8-12). On his return to Asia, after the longer visit mentioned here, he stayed seven days (Ac 20:6).

and—that is, though Paul would, under ordinary circumstances, have gladly stayed in Troas.

door … opened … of the Lord—Greek, "in the Lord," that is, in His work, and by His gracious Providence.2:12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impressions this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.
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