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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Corinthians 8

Verse 1

as touching = concerning. App-104 .

things, &c . = the things offered to idols. Greek. eidolothutos. See Acts 15:29 . This was another subject about which they had written.

know . App-132 .

all . i.e. the greater part. Figure of speech Idioma. App-6 .

knowledge . App-132 .

puffeth up . Greek. phusioo. See 1 Corinthians 4:6 . This sentence and the next two verses form a parenthesis.

charity = love. App-135 .

edifieth = buildeth up. Greek. orkodomeo. See Acts 9:31 . Contrast between a bubble and a building.

Verse 2

if App-118 .

any man . . . any thing . Greek. tis. App-123 .

knoweth . App-132 . with texts.

nothing yet = not yet any thing. Greek. oudepo oudeis. A double negative. The texts read single negative.

Verse 3

love App-135 .

God . App-98 .

the same = this one.

of = by. App-104 .

Verse 4

As concerning . Greek. peri, as in 1 Corinthians 8:1 .

eating . Greek. brosis .

those = the.

things . . . idols . Same word as in 1 Corinthians 8:1 , though it is translated by a longer phrase.

nothing . Greek. oudeis .

world . App-129 .

none = no, Greek. oudeis .

other . The texts omit.

but . Greek. ei me .

Verse 5

gods . App-98 . Compare Psalms 82:1 , Psalms 82:6 .

heaven . No art. See Matthew 6:9 , Matthew 6:10 .

in = upon. App-104 .

earth . Greek. ge. App-129 .

lords . Greek. kurios. Compare App-98 and App-4 .

Verse 6

in = unto. App-104 . Compare Romans 11:36 .

Lord . App-98 .

Jesus Christ . App-98 .

by = by means of. App-104 . 1 Corinthians 8:1 . Compare John 1:3 .Colossians 1:16 . Hebrews 1:2 .

we by Him. Compare John 14:6 . Romans 5:1 .Philippians 1:1 , Philippians 1:11 .

Verse 7

not . App-105 .

every man = all.

that = the.

some . App-124 .

conscience . i.e. conviction. Greek. suneidesis, but the texts read (first occurance) sunnetheia , custom (see John 18:39 . John 11:16 ). The meaning is much the same. Having been so long accustomed to believe the idol to have a real existence, they still regard the sacrifice as a real one.

unto = until.

this hour = now.

defiled = polluted. Greek. moluno. Only here and Revelation 3:4 ; Revelation 14:4 .

Verse 8

commendeth = presenteth. Greek. paristemi. See Acts 1:3 , and compare 2 Corinthians 11:2 .Ephesians 5:27 . Colossians 1:22 , Colossians 1:28 .

if . App-118 .

are we the better . Literally do we exceed.

are we the worse . Literally do we lack, or come short. Greek. hustereo. See Romans 3:23 .

Verse 9

take heed = see, or look to it. App-133 .

lest by any means . Greek. mepos .

liberty = authority, or right. App-172 .

stumblingblock . Greek. proskomma. See Romans 9:32 .

them that are = the.

Verse 10

see . App-133 .

sit at meat = sitting down.

idol's temple . Greek. eidoleion. Only here.

conscience . Greek. suneidesis.

which = since he.

emboldened . Literally built up. Greek. oikodomeo, as in 1 Corinthians 8:1 . There is Irony ( App-6 ) here. Instead of building up the weak brother, the edifice will come tottering down (1 Corinthians 8:11 ).

to eat = for (Greek. eis) eating.

Verse 11

through = upon. App-104 . The texts read "in", Greek. en.

perish . Greek. apollumi. See 1 Corinthians 1:18 .

for = on account of. App-104 . 1 Corinthians 8:2 .

Christ . App-98 . This sentence is not a question.

Verse 12

sin . App-128 .

against . App-104 .

wound = strike.

their, &c . = their conscience since it is weak.

Verse 13

Wherefore . Greek. dioper. Here, 1 Corinthians 10:14 , and 1 Corinthians 14:13 .

offend = stumble. Greek. skandalizo, to cast a snare before one. Occurs twenty-six times in the Gospels; here, Romans 14:21 . 2 Corinthians 11:29 .

eat no flesh = by no means (Greek. ou me. App-105 ) eat flesh (Greek. kreas . Only here and Romans 14:21 ).

while the world standeth = unto the age. App-151 .

lest I = in order that (Greek. hina) I may not (Greek. me. App-105 ).

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Bibliographical Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 8". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/1-corinthians-8.html. 1909-1922.