1Co 3:12. Εἰ) whether [But Engl. Ver. if]. Comp. of what sort, 1Co 3:13. There is an indirect question, which does not require the mark of interrogation. In 1Co 3:13, there is the apodosis, whether εἰ be taken as an interrogative, or means if.-χρυσόν, gold) He enumerates three kinds of things, which bear fire; as many, which are consumed by it; the former denote men that are true believers; the latter, hypocrites: Moreover, the abstract is included in the concrete, so that on the one hand true and solid doctrines, or, on the other hand, false and worthless doctrines are denoted together; in both cases, doctrines either of greater or less importance. Even a grain of gold is gold: even the lightest straw feeds the fire.-λίθους τιμίους, precious stones) This does not apply to small gems, but to noble stones, as marble, etc.-ξύλα, wood) In the world, many buildings are fitly constructed of wood; but not so in the building of God, comp. Rev 21:18-19.-καλάμην) stubble.