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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Corinthians 2

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 . Eph 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". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/1-corinthians-2.html. 1909-1922.