John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:12 - 9:12

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:12 - 9:12


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1Co 9:12. Ἄλλοι, others) true apostles, 1Co 9:5 : or false ones, 2Co 11:20.-ὑμῶν) over you.-μᾶλλον, rather) on account of our greater labour.-τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ ταύτῃ) The repetition gives force to the meaning; this power [such a power as this].-στέγομεν) στέγω signifies properly to cover; them to protect, to defend; likewise to conceal, to bear and endure with a desire to conceal, as here[75] and in 1Co 13:7. On the other hand, Οὐ ΣΤΈΓΕΙΝ, not to forbear, in a burst of strong feeling, 1Th 3:1; 1Th 3:5. [The minister of the Gospel requires to put in practice this forbearance: For reproaches of this kind are cast upon him, viz. on the ground of arrogance or avarice, which among politicians (or men of the world) are considered virtues.-V. g.]-ἵνα μὴ ἐγκοπήν τινα δῶμεν, lest we should hinder), i.e. that we should as far as possible forward the Gospel. Those, who are least encumbered, do more work and cause less expense; hence the celibacy of the priests among the Papists and of soldiers in the commonwealth.

[75] “We suffer without speaking or complaining.”-ED.