John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 2:11 - 2:11

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 2:11 - 2:11


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1Co 2:11. Τίς γὰρ οἴδεν ἀνθρώπων τὰ τοῦ ἀνθρέπου; For who among men knoweth the things of a man?) The Alexandrian MS. and it alone omits Ἀνθρώπων, and yet Artem. Part I. cap. 47 desires it to be marked with a stroke as spurious.[21] But this variety of cases, viz. among, or of men, of man, of a man, is extremely appropriate to the purpose of the apostle here; for he notices the similarity of nature, which appears to give men the mutual knowledge of each other’s feelings as men, and yet does not give it; how much less will any one know God without the Spirit of God?-τὰ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, the things of a man), the things that are within him.-τὸ πνεῦμα τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, the spirit of that man). The Article τὸ evidently denotes the spirit peculiar to man, not that entering into him from any other quarter.-ΤῸ ἘΝ ΑὐΤῷ, which is in him) The criterion of truth, the conscious nature in man (conscience).-οὐδεὶς) not one, of all outside of [excepting] God. Not even his fellow-man knows a man; God is One alone, [having no fellow] and known to Himself alone.-τὸ πνεῦμα, the Spirit) The Godhead cannot be separated from the Spirit of God, as manhood cannot be separated from the spirit of man.

[21] BCD (Λ) Gfg Vulg. Orig. 1, 197a; 524a; 3, 571b; Hilary, read ἀνθρώ-πων. A and Orig. 2, 644c, omit it.-ED.