John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:21 - 9:21

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:21 - 9:21


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1Co 9:21. Ἀνόμους) This is here used in that sense, which the meaning of the primitive word precisely produces, as ἀνυπότακτον, Heb 2:8.-ὡς ἀνόμος, as without law), by omitting things that may be omitted in regard to things ceremonial.-μὴ ὤν ἄνομος, who am not without the law) Paul was not (anomus) without the law, much less was he (antinomus) opposed to the law.-μὴ ἄνομος, Θεῷ, ἀλλʼ ἔννομος Χριστῷ) Χριστὸς, Θεοῦ ἐστι, 1Co 3:23 : whence, he who is without the law to God, ἄνομος Θεῷ, is also without the law to Christ, ἄνομος Χριστῷ: he who is under the law to Christ, ἔννομος Χριστῶ, is under the law to God, ἔννομος Θεῷ. Concerning the law of Christ, comp. Gal 6:2, note. Ἔννομος has a milder meaning than ὑπὸ νόμον.