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people in their religious affemblies, or who read them in an unknown tongue, is directly contrary to the apostolical injunctions, and to the primitive practice. - Farther, as the Thessalonian brethren had not been entirely obedient to their spiritual guides, the apostle may have suspected, that their pastors would be afraid to read this epistle pub. licly, in which a number of them were rebuked, and in which practices were expressly condemned, which many of them still followed. He therefore laid the pattors under an oath, to cause it to be read pub." licly to all the brethren in their own city, and in the neighbourhood.