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God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
it is written, “He who glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” *
Ch. II. Accordingly $ I, brethren, when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech, or of wisdom,
* “That is, persons.” Newcome.
+ “And ignoble and despised persons, and even gentiles regarded by the Jews as nothing, [Deut. xxxii. 21; 1 Pet. ii. 10.] to substitute them in the place of the people of God.” Newcome.
# before him. R. T. § And accordingly, N. See W. | of man's wisdom, R.T.
which none of the princes of this world knew: (for, if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory:) but, as it is written, “Things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have they entered into the heart of man, God hath prepared for those who love him.” But God hath revealed them to us by [his] spirit * : for the spirit searcheth all things, even the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man which is in him In like manner also none knoweth the things of God, but the spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of God: which things we speak also, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the spirit: teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually searched out. But the spiritual man searcheth out all things; yet he himself is searched out by no man. For who knoweth the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct the spiritual man: ? But we have the mind of Christ.
Ch. III. Moreover, brethren, I could not speak to you as to
spiritual; but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. If" you with milk, not with meat: for ye were not then able to bear it, nor indeed are ye now able. For ye are still carnal : for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, [and divisions,] are ye not carnal, and walk according to the manner of men For when one saith, "' am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are jo not carnal P Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos ? Ministers by whom ye believed ; and that according as the Lord gave
* Or, the spirit, MSS. N. m. + holy spirit. R. T. ; Gr. him? N.”
to each of us. I planted; Apollos watered; but God
22 men: for all things are yours: whether Paul, or Apol
los, or Peter*, or the world, or life, or death, or things
23 present, or things to come ; all things [are] yours: and
ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
* Gr. Cephas, N. m.
Iv. Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by human inquiry”: yea, I do not even judge myself. For I am conscious to myself of nothing evil; yet I am not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Judge nothing therefore before the time; until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then every man will have praise from God. Now these things, brethren, I have transferred to myself, and to Apollos, for your sakes; that ye may learn in us not to think of men above that which is here written, that no one of you be puffed up in behalf of one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another f and what hast thou which thou didst not receive P But if thou didst only receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it 2 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned without us: and I wish ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. For I think [that] God hath brought forth us apostles last t, as devoted to death: for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for the sake of Christ, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are disgraced. To this present hour, we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are beaten, and have no certain abode; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we * Gr, day, N. m. “Questioned by you or by man's judgement.” W. “Searched out, examined, so as to be justified: ver, 4. See atta, ch. i. 8 ; iii. 13; v. 5. Sir Norton Knatchbull's note is, Ab humano judicio. Sermone Anglico vocatur, A daysman, qui delectus est judex inter fratrem et fratrem, forte a dicendo diem, in quo judicium feret arbiter: quae phrasis est Latinis familiaris.” Newcome. + “ Alluding to those last exposed on the theatre, to fight with wild beasts, or with
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each other; and who were devoted to certain destruction. Or, we may render, ‘hath appointed us apostles the lowest of men, and as devoted to death.’” Newcome.
bless; being persecuted, we bear it; being evil-spoken of, we exhort: we are made as the vilest of the world, as 14 the off-scouring of all things, until now. I write not these things to shame you ; but I admonish you as my 15 beloved sons. For if ye have ten thousand guides in Christ, yet ye have not many fathers: for I am your father * 16 in Christ Jesus, by preaching to you the gospel. Where17 fore I exhort you, be ye imitators of me. For this cause I have sent unto youTimothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 18 But some have been puffed up, as though I would not 19 come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord be willing; and I will know, not the speech of 20 those that are puffed up, but their power. For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power. 21 WHAT will ye? that I come to you with a rod, or in Co-love, and in the spirit of meekness? Fornication is cerW. tainly heard of among you, and such fornication as is nott even among the gentiles, that one should have his 2 father's wife. And are ye puffed up? and have ye not rather mourned 2 so that he who hath committed this 3 deed might be taken away from among you. For I truly, [as] absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him who hath so done 4 this; that, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (when ye are gathered together, and my spirit; with the power 5 of our Lord Jesus Christ,) ye deliver such an one to Satan $, for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit 6 may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glo
* I begat you, N. + is not named, R. T. The Primate inserts the word committed, but this does not seem necessary, either to the sense or the construction. # when ye and I, who am with you in spirit, are gathered together, &c. W. § q. d. Disown him as a christian brother. Expel him from the community of believers. Let him be regarded as a heathen: no longer a subject of Christ, but a vassal of Satan, The world is considered as divided into two great empires, one under