John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:23 - 1:23

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:23 - 1:23


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1Co 1:23. Ἡμεῖς, we) Paul, Apollos.-κηρύσσομεν, we preach) rather historically, than philosophically.-Χριστὸν ἐσταυρωμένον, Christ crucified) without the article. The cross is not mentioned in the following verse. The discourse begins with the cross of Christ, 1Co 2:2; those who thus receive it are made acquainted with all connected with Christ and His glory, those who do not receive it, fall short of the whole, Act 25:19; Act 17:32.-σκάνδαλον, a stumbling-block) As folly and wisdom, so a stumbling-block and a sign are opposed to each other, for a sign is an attractive work of Omnipotence, as a sign and power are often synonymous, but a stumbling-block, properly applied to a snare or trap, is a very weak thing. [So things extremely worthless in the present day come under the name of trifles. Germ. Schwachherten.-V. g.] To such a degree do the Jews and Greeks[11] dread the cross of Christ, that along with it they reject even a sign and wisdom.

[11] The Germ. Ver. prefers the reading of ἔθνεσι, equal, according to the margin of both editions, to Ἕλλησι, which is doubtless more passable with German readers.-E. B.ABC corrected later, D corr. l. Gfg Vulg. Orig. Cypr. Hilary have ἔθνεσιν. Rec Text, with Orig. 1, 331e, reads Ἕλλησι.-ED.