Titus and Macedonia (2 Cor. 2:13)

“My spirit could not rest

Because I did not find

My brother Titus there.


I said farewell to them.

I went on to Macedonia.”

οὐκ ἔσχηκα ἄνεσιν τῷ πνεύματί μου τῷ μὴ εὑρεῖν με Τίτον τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, ἀλλὰ ἀποταξάμενος αὐτοῖς ἐξῆλθον εἰς Μακεδονίαν.

Paul said that his spirit could not rest (οὐκ ἔσχηκα ἄνεσιν τῷ πνεύματί μου) because he did not find (τῷ μὴ εὑρεῖν με) his believing brother Titus there (Τίτον τὸν ἀδελφόν μου) in Troas.  Thus, he said farewell to them (ἀλλὰ ἀποταξάμενος αὐτοῖς) and went on to Macedonia (ἐξῆλθον εἰς Μακεδονίαν).  Paul was a little troubled about the situation in Corinth.  He had hoped to meet Titus there, but later on in chapters 7 and 8 of this work he did meet up with Titus.  He missed him here at Troas.  Titus was an early Christian missionary leader, a companion and disciple of Paul, mentioned in several of the Pauline epistles, especially the Epistle to Titus.  Titus was a Greek gentile, apparently from Antioch, who is said to have studied Greek philosophy and poetry in his early years.  He was converted to Christianity by Paul, so that he then served as Paul’s secretary and interpreter.  Towards the close of the year 56 CE, Paul departed from Asia, and sent Titus from Ephesus to Corinth to remedy the fallout precipitated by Timothy’s delivery of 1 Corinthians and Paul’s painful visit.  Titus was therefore a troubleshooter, peacemaker, administrator, and missionary.  Thus, not finding Titus in Troas, Paul went to Macedonia instead of Corinth.  Have you ever had miscommunications about a meeting?

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