John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:52 - 15:52

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 15:52 - 15:52


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1Co 15:52. Ἐν ἀτόμῳ, in a moment) Lest it should be considered hyperbolical, he adds a more popular phrase, in the twinkling of an eye. An extraordinary work of divine omnipotence! Who then can doubt, but that man even at death may be suddenly freed from sin?-σάλπιγγι, at the trumpet) The full description of the trumpets is reserved for the Apocalypse; yet some things may be gathered from Mat 24:31; 1Th 4:16, concerning the last trumpet; and this epithet is expressed here, as one that takes for granted the trumpets, that have preceded it; either because the Spirit has inspired Paul with an allusion, which anticipates the Apocalypse, or because Scripture long before teaches, that some trumpets, though not definitely enumerated, are before the last. Isa 27:13; Jer 51:27; Zec 9:14; Heb 12:19; 2Es 5:4 : or especially in relation to the trumpet at the ascension, Psa 47:6, comp. Act 1:11 : for one may be called the last, where two only are referred to, 1Co 15:45; not to say, where there is only one [sounding of a trumpet], without another following, Rev 10:7.-σαλπίσει γὰρ) for the Lord [Engl. V. the trumpet] shall sound by His archangel, 1Th 4:16. The trumpet was formerly used on feast days for the purpose of assembling the people.-καὶ) and immediately.-ἄφθαρτοι, incorruptible) Strictly speaking, one would think, that they should have been called immortal; for incorruptibility will be put on by means of the change, 1Co 15:53; but incorruptibility includes immortality.