John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3:22 - 3:22

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3:22 - 3:22


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1Co 3:22. Παῦλος, Paul) Paul, as if a stranger to himself, comes forward in the third person and shows how it was the duty of the Corinthians to speak of him, and he places himself, as if he were lowest in rank,[31] first in the enumeration.-Κῆφας, Cephas) They were wont to glory also in Peter, which also was wrong. See note on 1Co 1:12.-κόσμος, the world) He by a sudden bound extends his remarks from Peter to the whole world, as if he were in some degree impatient of enumerating all the other things. Peter and every one else in the whole world, how distinguished soever he may be by his talents, gifts, or office whether ecclesiastical or political, all are yours; they are instrumental in promoting your interests, even though unwittingly: comp. respecting, the world, 1Co 3:19; 1Co 4:9; 1Co 6:2; 1Co 7:31; Rom 4:13; Gal 4:3.-εἴτε ζωὴ, εἴτε θάνατος, whether life or death) and so therefore the living and the dead. Comp. Rom 14:8; Php 1:21.-ἐνεστῶτα, things present) on the earth.-μέλλοντα, things to come) in heaven.

[31] In Greek and Latin, a person speaking of himself along with another, puts himself first, in modern languages last. Christ says, more than once, I and the Father: so here, Paul is first as being of least importance.-T.