John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:25 - 9:25

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 9:25 - 9:25

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1Co 9:25. Πᾶς, every man) There were many sorts of contests.-δὲ, but) an emphatic addition (ἐπίτασις). The race was among those contests that were of a lighter description; wrestling, to which allusion is presently made, is among those that were more severe.-πάντα, all things) supply κατὰ, as to, throughtout.-ἐγκρατεύεται, is temperate) Those, who were to strive for the mastery, were distinguished by their admirable mode of living. See the same Faber, and the same Chrysostom de Sacred., l. 4, c. 2, at the end.-ἐκεῖνοι) they, who run and wrestle. Christians had abandoned the public games.-φθαρτὸν, corruptible) formed of the wild olive, of the apple tree, of parsley and of the fir tree. Not only the crown, but the remembrance of it perishes.