John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:11 - 13:11

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:11 - 13:11

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1Co 13:11. Ὄτε, when) The progress from grace to glory, which awaits individual believers and the whole Church, is compared to the different stages of human life.-νήπιος, a child) Exemplifying the humility of Paul. The natural man does not willingly remember his childhood because he is proud; but the soul, pining away under adversity, confesses the early passages of its early growth, Job 10:10.-ἐλάλουν, I spoke) There is a reference to tongues.-ἐφρόνουν, I understood [I had the sentiments]) The reference is to prophecy; for it is something more simple.-ἐλογιζόμην, I reasoned as a child) The reference is to knowledge; for it is more complex.-ὅτε δὲ, but when) He does not say, when I put away childish things, I became a man. Winter does not bring spring; but spring drives away winter; so it is in the soul of man and in the Church.-κατήργηκα, I put away) of my own accord, willingly, without effort.-τὰ τοῦ νηπίου, childish things) childish speaking, childish understanding, childish counsel. τὰ, the Abstract. The humanity is not taken away, but manhood is assumed.