And his inward affection is more abundant toward you
Or "his bowels"; denoting the tenderness of his heart, the strength of his affections, which inwardly and to a very great degree moved towards them; especially
whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all;
to him, and to me by him; to the advice and orders given, which were so readily, cheerfully, and uersally complied with; and
how with fear and trembling you received him;
that is, with great humility and respect, with much deference to him: considering his character as a minister of the Gospel, and as one sent by the apostle to them, they embraced him with great marks of honour and esteem; for this is not to be understood of any inward slavish fear or dread of mind, or trembling of body at the sight of him, and because he came to know their estate, and with reproofs from the apostle to them.