John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:9 - 4:9

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:9 - 4:9

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1Co 4:9. Δοκῶ, I think) A feeling of humility; a gentle mimesis.[35] The Corinthians thought [or, seemed to themselves, δοκεῖ, c. 1Co 3:18] that they excelled.-ΤΟῪς ἈΠΟΣΤΌΛΟΝς, ἘΣΧΆΤΟΥς, the apostles, last) ἐσχάτος, the most worthless, 1Co 4:10-11. The antithetical words are put down in one and the same passage. The prophets also were afflicted, but the apostles much more; and the prophets were able to destroy their enemies, for example Elias [and so greatly were they esteemed among men, that even the Nobles considered themselves bound to reverence them, and to follow or send for them with every mark of honour, 2Ki 1:10; 2Ki 5:9; 2Ki 8:9; 2Ki 8:12.-V. g.], but it was the lot of the apostles to suffer and endure to the end.-ἀπέδειξεν) In Latin, munus ostendere, munus declarare, are the idiomatic expressions applied to the public shows among the Romans.-ἐπιθανατίους) ΠΡΟΣΔΟΚΩΜΈΝΟΥς ἈΠΟΘΑΝΕῖΝ, expecting to be put to death. See Hesychius.-τῷ κόσμῳ, to the world) which is immediately after divided into angels and men, without the repetition of the article.-καὶ ἀγγέλοις καὶ ἀνθρώποις, to angels and men) i.e. those that are good; but rather, those that are bad.

[35] See Appendix. A delicate allusion to the words of another whom we wish to set right: as the apostle’s δοκῶ here refers to the Corinthians’ δοκεῖ, chap. 1Co 3:18.-ED.