John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:7 - 13:7

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:7 - 13:7

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1Co 13:7. Πάντα, all things) all things occurs four times, viz., those things, which are to be covered, or believed; and which are to be hoped for, and endured. These four steps beautifully follow one another.-στέγει, covers) conceals[119] in relation to itself and in relation to others στέγομεν, we cover, ch. 1Co 9:12, note.-πιστεύει, believes) as he covers the evil deeds of his neighbour, which are apparent, so he believes the good, which is not apparent.-ἐλπίζει, hopes) See the ground of hope [viz., “God is able to make him stand;” therefore, “he shall be holden up”], Rom 14:4; σταθήσεται; he likewise hope good for the future, and endures evils.-ὑπομένει, endures) until hope at some time springs up, 2Ti 2:25. Thus the praises of love describe as it were a kind of circle, in which the last and first mutually correspond to each other; it is long-suffering, it is kind; it hopeth all things, it endureth all things; and, that which is of far greater importance, it never faileth, pleasantly follows this fourth step.

[119] Bears, without speaking of what it has to bear.-ED.