John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:8 - 13:8

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 13:8 - 13:8


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1Co 13:8. Οὐδέποτε ἐκπίπτει, never faileth) is not destroyed, does not cease, it always holds its place; it is never moved from its position; comp. ἐκπίπτοντες, Mar 13:25, note.-εἴτε δὲ προφητεῖαι, but whether prophecies) viz., there are: so ch. 1Co 15:11. Prophecies in the plural, because they are multifarious.-καταργηθήσονται, they shall be done away with) This is the expression in the case of prophecies and knowledge; but regarding tongues, παύσονται, they shall cease. Tongues are a most charming thing, but the least lasting; they were the first gift on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2, but they did not continue in the primitive church so long as the other miraculous gifts: nor have they anything analogous in a perfect state, as prophecy and knowledge have, to which they ought therefore to yield; whence presently after, respect is shown to those in preference to tongues, when he is speaking of “that which is perfect.”-γλῶσσαι, tongues) These occupy a middle place, because they are the vehicle and appendage of prophecies; but prophecy and knowledge constitute two different genera, 1Co 13:9; 1Co 13:12.