John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 14:23 - 14:23

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 14:23 - 14:23


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1Co 14:23. Ὅλη ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ, the whole into one place) That was a rare, occurrence in so large a city.-εἰσέλθωσι δὲ, and there come in) as strangers or even from curiosity.-ἰδιῶται, unlearned) men who have some degree of faith, but do not abound in gifts. There follows by gradation, or unbelievers, who did not so readily come in, and yet were not debarred. In this verse Paul speaks in the plural, in the following in the singular. Many bad men, when together, prevent one another from believing by their bad conversation; individuals are more easily gained.-ὅτι μαίνεσθε, that ye are mad) For they will not be able to distinguish that earnestness from madness; hence they will speak to your prejudice; comp. Act 2:13.