John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 8:1 - 8:1

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 8:1 - 8:1

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1Co 8:1. Περὶ-οἴδαμεν, as touching-we know) This topic is taken up again at 1Co 8:4, when the parenthesis, which follows, has been concluded.-ὅτι) that. This explains the “we know.”-γνῶσιν, knowledge) The article is not added,[62]) that he may not concede too much.-ἔχομεν, we have) He speaks in the first person of himself and others, more established in the faith; when speaking more generally, he uses the third, 1Co 8:7. Thus we easily reconcile the all [1Co 8:1] and not in all [1Co 8:7].-ἡ γνῶσις, knowledge) without love. [Although the fundamental doctrines and those most necessary and difficult are spoken of. V. g.]-φυσιοῖ, puffeth up) when a man pleases himself; comp. thinks, 1Co 8:2.-ἡ δὲ ἀγάπη, but love) the right use of knowledge, love, towards God, 1Co 8:3, and towards our neighbour.-οἰκοδομεῖ, edifieth) when a man pleases his neighbour. Knowledge only says, all things are lawful for me; love adds, but all things do not edify.

[62] Therefore, also, in the Germ. Vers., the article ought to be wanting in this passage.-E. B.