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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Corinthians 13



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Verse 1

Though = If. App-118.

speak. App-121.

men. App-123.

charity = love. App-135.

sounding. Greek. echeo. Only here and Luke 21:25 (roaring).

brass. Greek. chalkos. See Matthew 10:9. Revelation 18:12. Elsewhere, Mark 6:8; Mark 12:41; (money).

tinkling. Greek. alalazo. Only here and Mark 5:38. An onomatopoeic word. Frequent in the Septuagint of the battle shout; Joshua 6:20. Judges 15:14. 1 Samuel 17:20, 1 Samuel 17:52; &c.

cymbal. Greek. kumbalon. Only here, but frequent in the Septuagint.

Verse 2

understand = know. App-132.

mysteries. App-193.

knowledge. App-132.

faith. App-150.

remove. Greek. methistemi. See Acts 13:22.

nothing. Greek. oudeis.

Verse 3

bestow = give away in doles. Greek. psomizo. Only here and Romans 12:20. Compare "sop", John 13:26.

goods = the things belonging (huparcho, Luke 9:48) to me.

give = deliver up. Greek. paradidomi. See John 19:30.

to be = in order that (Greek. hina) it may be.

it profiteth, &c. = I am nothing profited.

Verse 4

is kind. Greek. chresteuomai. Only here. Compare App-184. Note the Figure of speech Asyndeton in these verses: 1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

envieth. Greek. zeloo. See Acts 7:9.

vaunteth. Greek. perpereuomai. Only here.

is . . . puffed up. See 1 Corinthians 4:6.

Verse 5

Doth . . . behave, &c. Greek. aschemoneo. Only here and 1 Corinthians 7:36.

is . . . easily provoked = is . . . roused to anger. Greek. paroxunomai Only here and Acts 17:16. There is no word for "easily". The statement is absolute.

thinketh no evil = reckons not (Greek. ou) the evil done to it).

evil. App-128.

Verse 6

in = upon, or at. App-104.

iniquity = unrighteousness. App-128.

rejoiceth in the truth = rejoiceth with (as in 1 Corinthians 12:26) the truth, i.e. as it wins its way, truth being personified.

Verse 7

Beareth. Greek. stego. See 1 Corinthians 9:12. Here it means "is forbearing in all provocations".

believeth. App-150.

Verse 8

never. Greek. oudepote.

faileth. All the texts read "falleth".

whether. Greek. eite.

fail = be brought to nought. Greek. katargeo. See Romans 3:3.

vanish away. Same as "fail".

Verse 9

know. App-132.

in part. Greek. ek (App-104.) merous.

Verse 10

perfect. App-125.

done away. Same as "fail", 1 Corinthians 13:8.

Verse 11

child. App-108.

thought = reasoned. Greek. logizomai.

put away = did away with. Greek. katargeo, as in verses: 1 Corinthians 13:8, 1 Corinthians 13:10.

childish things = the things of a child.

Verse 12

see. App-133.

through. App-104. 1 Corinthians 13:1.

glass = mirror. Greek. esoptron. Only here and James 1:23.

darkly. Literally in (Greek. en) a riddle. Greek. ainigma. Only here in N.T. In the Septuagint, Numbers 12:8. 1 Kings 10:1. Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 13:6, &c.

know = fully know. App-132.

even as, &c. = even as I was fully known also.

Verse 13

abideth. Greek. meno. See p. 1511.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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