John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:36 - 15:36

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:36 - 15:36


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1Co 15:36. Ἄφρον, Thou fool) The apostle wonders, that any one could have any difficulty on this subject, he considered it as a thing so certain. This also appertains to the shame [which their ignorance of God reflected on them], 1Co 15:34. To that man inquiring about the way [how are the dead raised?] of the resurrection, and the quality of the bodies rising [with what body do they come?] he answers first by a similitude, 36-42, at the middle; then, without a similitude, 1Co 15:42, etc. In the similitude, the protasis and apodosis admirably correspond to each other: and the question is concerning the way of the resurrection in the protasis, 1Co 15:36; in the apodosis, 1Co 15:42, it is sown, etc.: then concerning the quality of the bodies, in the protasis, 1Co 15:37-41 : in the apodosis, 1Co 15:43.-σὺ) thou thyself, silly fellow.-σπείρεις, sowest) in the field. A copious allegory follows.-οὐ ζωοποιεῖται, is not quickened) to a new sprout.-εἂν μὴ ἀποθάνῃ, unless it die) Paul completely retorts the objection [converts the very objection into an argument]: death does not prevent quickening, but goes before it, as the prelude and prognostication, as sowing precedes the harvest.