John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 2:3 - 2:3

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 2:3 - 2:3


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1Co 2:3. Καὶ ἐγὼ, and I) The antithesis is, my speech, 1Co 2:4; and, to know, 1Co 2:2. For he describes the subject [1Co 2:2, to know Christ crucified], the preacher [1Co 2:3, and I], the mode of speaking [1Co 2:4, my speech-not with enticing words].-ἀσθενείᾳ, in weakness) It is opposed to, power [1Co 2:4]. We must not suppose that the apostle’s state of mind was always pleasant and quite free from all perturbations, 2Co 7:5; 2Co 11:30; Gal 4:13.-καὶ ἐν φόβῳ καὶ ἐν τρὁμῳ πολλῷ, and in fear and in much trembling) This is a proverbial saying, and denotes the fear, which abounds to such a degree as even to fall upon the body and its gestures and movements, Mar 5:33; Eph 6:5; Php 2:12; LXX., Deu 11:25. So Isa 19:16, LXX., ἔσονται ἐν φόβῳ καὶ ἐν τρόμῳ, “They shall be in fear and trembling.”[17] The world admires any thing but this [the very contrary to all this].-ἐγενόμην,) I began to be, with you, towards you.

[17] An antithesis to “excellency of speech,” 1Co 2:1.-V. g.