John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 14:14 - 14:14

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 14:14 - 14:14


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1Co 14:14. Τὸ πνεῦμα μου, ὁ δὲ νοῦς μου, my spirit-but my understanding) The spirit is a faculty of the soul, when it becomes the passive object of the Holy Spirit’s delightful operations; but νοῦς, the understanding, is a faculty of soul, when it goes abroad, and acts with our neighbour:[123] as also when it attends to objects placed beyond itself, to other things and persons, although its reasonings may however be concealed, ἀπόκρυφος λογισμός (Ammonius); comp. 1Co 14:20, note. So understanding, 1Co 14:19; πνεῦμα, the inmost shrine of the understanding, τοῦ νοός, Eph 4:23; comp. Heb 4:12 : νοῦς from νέω, on account of its agitation or movement:[124] comp. Alexand. Aphrodit., 50:2, περὶ ψυχῆς, f. 144, ed. Ald.-ἌΚΑΡΠΟς, without fruit) It has fruit, but does not bring it forth. Respecting this word, see Mat 13:22.

[123] i.e. πνεῦμα is passive, when said of man: νοῦς, active.-ED.

[124] Rather from the same root as γνῶναι, and noscere.-ED.