John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:34 - 15:34

Online Resource Library

Commentary Index | Return to | Download

John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:34 - 15:34

(Show All Books | Show All Chapters)

This Chapter Verse Commentaries:

1Co 15:34. Ἐκνήψατε) An exclamation full of apostolic majesty: shake off lethargy or surfeiting, 1Co 15:32, so the LXX., ἐκνήψατε οἱ μεθύοντες, Awake, ye drunkards, Joe 1:5. He uses milder language, watch ye, in the conclusion, 1Co 16:13.-δικάιως, to righteousness) that righteousness, which is derived from the true knowledge of God. The antithesis is, sinning in this ver., and corrupt manners, 1Co 15:33.-καὶ μὴ ἁμαρτάνετε) The Imperative after an imperative has the force of a future (Joh 7:37, note) and ye shall not sin, either by an error of the understanding, or by evil communications [conversation] or by corrupt manners. Those, who place sin in the will alone, and not in the understanding, are in error, and therefore commit sin. Arguments calculated to rouse are added to those used as proofs, as Gal 4:12, note: for Scripture instructs the whole man.-ἀγνωσίαν, ignorance) ἀγνωσία is both ignorance, 1Pe 2:15, and forgetfulness, 3Ma 5:24 : κατὰ πᾶν ἀγνωσίᾳ κεκρατημένος. To have ignorance, [To labour under ignorance] is a more significant phrase than to be ignorant,[142] and includes in it the antithesis to knowledge, which in other respects was so agreeable to the Corinthians.-Θεοῦ, of God) and therefore also of the power and works of God, Mat 22:29.-τινὲς, some) This word softens the reproof.-ἐντροπὴν, shame) The Corinthians claimed for themselves great knowledge. Ignorance and drowsiness are a disgrace, and from these they must awake.-ὑμῖν, to you) who are either ignorant, or have among you those that are ignorant. It is however at the same time the dative of advantage.-λέγω, I speak) boldly. He speaks more severely than at the beginning, when treating of another subject, 1Co 4:14.

[142] The former implies an habitual state of ignorance under which they labour. To be ignorant, may be but temporary, and restricted to one point.-ED.