John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 5:3 - 5:3

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 5:3 - 5:3


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1Co 5:3. Ἐγὼ μὲν γὰρ, I indeed for my part) An antithesis between the lighter punishment, which would have been inflicted by the Corinthians, and the severer one, which is threatened by Paul: thence also we have in 1Co 5:2, ποιήσας, he that hath done, a gentler expression; but in 1Co 5:3 κατεργασάμενον, he that hath perpetrated, a much more severe expression. Afterwards the Corinthians did what they ought, 2Co 2:6. Therefore the severer punishment pronounced on the sinner (here in 1Co 5:5) admitted of being superseded. Thence arose the joy of Paul, 2Co 1:24; 2Co 2:1, etc.-τῳ πνεῦματι, in spirit) Col 2:5, 2Ki 5:26.-ἤδη κέκρικα, I have already judged) A weighty effect is produced by the sense of the sentence continuing to be gravely suspended and poised [as it were a lance], till we come to 1Co 5:5, where the expression, he who hath perpetrated [κατεργασάμενον] is again taken up in the expression, such a one [τὸν τοιοῦτον].-ὡς παρὼν, as though I were present) It is construed with, to deliver, 1Co 5:5.-τὀν οὕτω τοῦτο) A triple demonstrative.-οὓτω, so) very shamefully, so, while he was called a brother.