John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:12 - 1:12

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:12 - 1:12

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1Co 1:12. Λέγει, says) in a boasting manner; 1Co 1:31, ch. 1Co 3:21-22.-Παύλου, of Paul) a gradation [ascending climax], in which Paul puts himself in the lowest place. Kephas, Paul and Apollos were genuine ministers and teachers of the truth, to boast of one of whom above the rest was in a greater degree unlawful, than if a believer of Corinth had said that he was a Christian belonging to Paul, with a view to distinguish himself from the followers of the false apostles.-Κηφᾶ, of Kephas) Peter does not seem to have been at Corinth, ch. 1Co 4:6, and yet he was held there in high esteem, and that too justly; but some, however, abused it [this esteem for Peter into a party cry], and the apostle Paul detests this Petrism, which afterwards sprang up so much more rankly at Rome, just as much as he did Paulism. How much less should a man say, or boast, I am of the Pope.-ἐγὼ-Χριστοῦ, I-of Christ) These spoke more correctly than the others, 1Co 1:2; 1Co 3:23, unless they despised their ministers, under this pretext, ch. 1Co 4:8.