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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Corinthians 2



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Verse 1

to = unto. App-104.

not. App-105.

with = according to. App-104.

excellency = pre-eminence. Greek. huperoche. Only here and 1 Timothy 2:2.

speech = word. App-121.

declaring. App-121.

unto = to.

testimony. Greek. marturion, as in 1 Corinthians 1:6.

God. App-98.

Verse 2

determined. App-122.

know. App-132.

among App-104.

save = except. Greek. ei (App-118) me (App-105).

Jesus Christ. App-98.

Him = This One. Emphatic.

Verse 3

trembling. Greek. tromos. Elsewhere, Mark 16:8 (literally trembling . . . seized them). 2 Corinthians 7:15. Ephesians 6:5. Philippians 1:2, Philippians 1:12. Fear is joined with trembling in all these passages save Mark 16:8. His sense of weakness (compare Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:13) produced fear, and this resulted in trembling. Compare 2 Corinthians 4:7.

Verse 4

preaching. Greek. kerugma, as in 1 Corinthians 1:21.

with = in. App-104.

enticing = persuasive. Greek. peithos. Only here. Compare App-150.

words. Greek. logos, as in 1 Corinthians 2:1.

man"s = human. Greek. anthropinos. See Romans 6:19. But the texts omit "man"s".

demonstration. Greek. apodeixis. Only here. Compare 1 Corinthians 4:9.

of the . . . power. Here spirit = spiritual gift, in this case Divine wisdom. By Figure of speech Hendiadys(App-6) = "the powerful gift".

power. App-172.

Verse 5

That = In order that. Greek. hina.

faith App-150.

stand = be.

men. App-123.

Verse 6

Howbeit = But.

speak. App-121.

them, &c. = the perfect. Greek. teleios. App-125.

world = age. App-129.

nor. Greek. oude.

princes = rulers.

come to nought = are being brought to nought. Greek. katargeo. See 1 Corinthians 1:28.

Verse 7

mystery. App-193.

hidden. Same word as in Luke 10:21. Ephesians 3:9. Colossians 1:26.

ordained = preordained. Greek. proorizo. See Acts 4:28.

before. App-104. Compare Romans 16:25. Ephesians 1:4. 2 Timothy 1:9.

world = ages, as in 1 Corinthians 2:6.

unto. App-104.

Verse 8

none. Greek. oudeis.

knew. App-132.

had they = if (Greek. ei. App-118. a) they had.

the Lord. App-98.

of glory. Compare Acts 7:2. Ephesians 1:17. Colossians 1:27. Hebrews 1:3. James 2:1.

Verse 9

is = has been. The quotation is from Isaiah 64:4. App-107.

hath not seen = saw not. App-133.

nor ear heard = and ear heard not (Greek. ou).

neither have, &c. = and went not (Greek. ou) up.

into = upon. App-104.

hath. Omit.

love. App-135.

Verse 10

hath revealed = revealed. App-106.

by = through. App-104. 1 Corinthians 2:1.

His. The texts read "the".

Spirit. App-101.

searcheth. Greek. ereunao. See John 5:39. Compare Psalms 139:1. Revelation 2:23.

Verse 11

spirit. App-101.:6.

things. Add "also".

no man = no one. Greek. oudeis.

but = save, as 1 Corinthians 2:2.

Verse 12

have. Omit.

world. Greek. kosmos. App-129.

spirit. App-101.

of = by. App-104.

freely given. App-184.

of = by. App-104.

Verse 13

also we speak = we speak also.

which man"s, &c. = taught (Greek. didaktos. Only here and John 6:45) by man"s wisdom.

but . . . teacheth. Supply Ellipsis (App-6), "but in (things) taught by the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 2:10). The texts omit "Holy".

comparing = interpreting. Greek. sunkrino. App-122. Used in Septuagint of interpreting dreams. Genesis 40:8, Genesis 40:16, Genesis 40:22; Genesis 41:12, Genesis 41:13, Genesis 41:15. Daniel 5:16, Daniel 5:17.

To interpret = to fit the meaning to the words.

spiritual. i.e. spiritual (things) to spiritual (men). See 1 Corinthians 12:1.

with. No preposition. Dative case.

Verse 14

natural. Greek. psuchikos. Elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 15:44, 1 Corinthians 15:44, 1 Corinthians 15:46, and (translated "sensual") James 3:15. Jude 1:19. Compare psuche. App-110.

foolishness. See 1 Corinthians 1:18.

spiritually. Greek. pneumatikos. Only here and Revelation 11:8.

discerned. App-122.

Verse 15

judgeth = discerneth.

judged. As discerned, above.

Verse 16

hath known = knew.

LORD. App-98.

that he may = who shall.

instruct. Greek. sumbibazo. See Acts 9:22. Quoted from Isaiah 40:14.

Christ. App-98.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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