John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:14 - 4:14

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:14 - 4:14

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1Co 4:14. Οὐκ ἐντρέπων, not making ashamed) An exquisite epitherapeia.[36] The dissimilarity between themselves and Paul, between the sons and the father, might have made the Corinthians ashamed. This Ἐντροπὴ, putting them to shame, in the mind of the apostle, was not an end, but a means, as he says also on another occasion, that he was unwilling to make them sad, though he had actually done so. The apostle often introduces a certain degree of refined pleasantry, without forgetting the apostolic gravity, for example, 2Co 12:13, note.-νουθετῶ, I warn) you as a father, Eph 6:4.

[36] See App. An after addition to words, which might give offence, and a kind of softening of what went before by a declaration of friendly feeling towards the persons addressed.