John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 5:1 - 5:1

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 5:1 - 5:1

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1Co 5:1. Ὅλως, absolutely [Engl. Vers., commonly]) Paul has nowhere else used this particle, but it is found thrice in this epistle (here, and in 1Co 6:7, and 1Co 15:29), as well fitted to express his thoughts, and in these and in all other places, the particle, ὅλως, omnino, is either put in a negative sentence, or it by implication contradicts a negative sentence: So Chrys. Homil. 5, c. Anom., Nevertheless, although man differs little from an angel, ἐπειδὴ ὍΛΩΣ ἐστί τι μεσον, since nevertheless there is some difference between them, we do not accurately know, what angels are: so in this passage, no fornication, ὅλως, at all should be reported among you; nevertheless it is, ὅλως, absolutely reported. The same principle applies to the particle, τὴν ἀρχὴν, absolutely.-ἐν ὑμῖν, concerning you [Engl. Vers. among]) in your name [case].-πορνεία, καὶ τοιαύτη πορνεία, fornication and such fornication) An important repetition; by which the Corinthians might be more affected.-οὐδὲ, not even) It was a crime not named even among the Gentiles, with the exception of a few monsters; ὥστε is the Protherapeia[37] of the following clause. The apostle shows, that such infamous conduct was held in abhorrence even by the Gentiles.-ΓΥΝΑῖΚΑ, wife) She was no doubt a heathen; therefore he does not direct his rebuke against her, 1Co 5:12-13. The father, we may suppose, was dead.-ἔχειν, should have) by a single act, or by habitual intercourse, 1Co 5:2-3.

[37] See App. Anticipatory mitigation of what follows.