testimony to the idea! height at which the Apostlelived ; no man conscious of duplicity could ever havehad it occur to him. But it had the defect of beingtoo good for his purpose; the foolish and the falsecould see a triumphant reply to it; and he leaves itfor a solemn asseveration of the reason which actuallykept him from carrying out his first intention. " I callGod to witness against my soul, that sparing you Iforbore to come l to Corinth." The soul is the seat of life ; he stakes his life, as it were, in God's sight, uponthe truth of his words. It was not consideration forhimself, in any selfish spirit, but consideration for them,which explained his change of purpose. If he hadcarried out his intention, and gone to Corinth, he wouldhave had to do so, as he says in I Cor. iv, 21, witha rod, and this would not have been pleasant either forhim or for them.This is very plain — plain even to the dullest; theApostle has no sooner set it down than he feels it istoo plain. "To spare us," he hears the Corinthianssay to themselves as they read : " who is he that heshould take this tone in speaking to us?" And sohe hastens to anticipate and deprecate their touchycriticism : " ot that we lord it over your faith, butwe are helpers of your joy ; as far as faith is concerned,your position, of course, is secure."This is a very interesting aside ; the digressions inSt. Paul, as in Plato, are sometimes more attractivethan the arguments. It shows us, for one thing, thefreedom of the Christian faith. Those who have1 The R.V. " forbare to come " has the same vagueness as odxhtQk9or, which may mean (I) "I came not as yet " — so A,V. ; or (2) " tcame not again "; or (3) " I came no more."