John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:3 - 4:3

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:3 - 4:3


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1Co 4:3. Ἐμοὶ) to me, for my part.-δὲ) but, although I be capable of being found faithful.-εἰς, unto) a particle of mitigation. I do not despise your judgment in itself; but when I think of the judgment of God, then yours comes almost to nothing.-ἐλάχιστον, a very little thing) The judgment of God alone should be held of great account.-ὑφʼ ὑμῶν, by you) privately. An antithesis to by human or man’s day of judgment, publicly. [He limits what had been said at 1Co 3:21, “All things are yours.”-V. g.]-ἀνακριθῶ, I should be judged) whether I am faithful, or not. The Corinthians certainly appeared not to be contented with faithfulness alone, but the apostle cuts the matter short [agit ἀποτόμως].-ἀνθρωπίνης, human) This word has the effect of diminishing. [All days previous to the day of the Lord are man’s days.-V. g.].-ἡμέρας, day) So he calls it as an antithesis to the day of the Lord: ἡμέρα, the day appointed for the trial. It is here the abstract for the concrete; compare, by you: it is likewise a hypothetical phrase; for none of the believers was likely to appoint a day for the trial of the apostle.-ἀνακρίνω, I decide in judgment on) for we ought not to decide in our own case, but to form a judgment of it. ἀνακρίσις, is the decision in judgment [dijudicatio] upon [of] one, in respect of others;-κρίσις, simple judgment. Here we have set forth the happy forgetfulness of all that is good in one’s self. So the decision in judgment of the Corinthians respecting Paul is forcibly refuted.