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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 12:2


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 12:2

    Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

    World English Bible

    You know that when you were heathen, you were
    led away to those mute idols, however you might be led.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 12:2

    You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were
    led.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as ye were
    led.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    οιδατε
    1492 5758 V-RAI-2P οτι 3754 CONJ εθνη 1484 N-NPN ητε 2258 5713 V-IXI-2P προς 4314 PREP τα 3588 T-APN ειδωλα 1497 N-APN τα 3588 T-APN αφωνα 880 A-APN ως 5613 ADV αν 302 PRT ηγεσθε 71 5712 V-IPI-2P απαγομενοι 520 5746 V-PPP-NPM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (2) -
    1Co 6:11 Ga 4:8 Eph 2:11,12; 4:17,18 1Th 1:9 Tit 3:3 1Pe 4:3

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:2

    Sabis que cuando erais gentiles, ibais, como erais llevados, a los ídolos mudos.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 12:2

    Verse 2. Ye were Gentiles] Previously to your conversion to the
    Christian faith; ye were heathens, carried away, not guided by reason or truth, but hurried by your passions into a senseless worship, the chief part of which was calculated only to excite and gratify animal propensities.

    Dumb idols] Though often supplicated, could never return an answer; so that not only the image could not speak, but the god or demon pretended to be represented by it could not speak: a full proof that an idol was nothing in the world.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. Ye know that ye were Gentiles , etc.] That is, by religion; hence the Syriac version renders it apnj , profane persons, given up to wickedness, bigotry, and superstition; for by nation they were Gentiles still; and which must be understood of one part of this church only; for some of them were Jews, as is clear from many passages in the epistle to this church, and practices referred to. This the apostle observes to humble them, by putting them in mind of what they had been formerly; they were born and brought up in the Heathen religion, when they knew not the true God, much less had any knowledge of Christ, and still less of the Spirit of God; and therefore if they were favoured with any of his gifts, these must be owing to his grace, and not to their deserts, and therefore they ought not to glory: he adds, with the same view, carried away unto these dumb idols ; to idols that were nothing in the world, had no divinity in them, as he had before asserted; to dumb ones, that had mouths, but could not speak, the oracles that were delivered from them, being spoken not by them, but were either satanical delusions, or the jugglings of a priest; to these they were carried by the power of Satan, the influence of their priests, and the orders of their magistrates, to consult them as oracles, to pay their devotions to them, and do them service: even as ye were led ; that is, to these dumb idols; the Syriac adds, rwp ald , without any difference, not being able to distinguish between these and the true God; and to whom they were led as brute beasts were, that were sacrificed unto them, or as blind men are led by the blind, as they were by their blind and ignorant priests; and therefore, if they had now received the Spirit, and his gifts, they ought to ascribe the whole to the free grace of God, and be humble under a sense of their unworthiness.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-11 -
    Spiritual gifts were extraordinary powers bestowed in the first ages to convince unbelievers, and to spread the gospel. Gifts and grace greatly differ. Both were freely given of God. But where grace is given, it is for the salvation of those who have it. Gifts are for the advantage and salvation of others; and there may be great gifts wher there is no grace. The extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit wer chiefly exercised in the public assemblies, where the Corinthians see to have made displays of them, wanting in the spirit of piety, and of Christian love. While heathens, they had not been influenced by the Spirit of Christ. No man can call Christ Lord, with believin dependence upon him, unless that faith is wrought by the Holy Ghost. N man could believe with his heart, or prove by a miracle, that Jesus wa Christ, unless by the Holy Ghost. There are various gifts, and variou offices to perform, but all proceed from one God, one Lord, one Spirit that is, from the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the origin of all spiritual blessings. No man has them merely for himself. The more he profits others, the more will they turn to his own account. The gift mentioned appear to mean exact understanding, and uttering the doctrines of the Christian religion; the knowledge of mysteries, an skill to give advice and counsel. Also the gift of healing the sick the working of miracles, and to explain Scripture by a peculiar gift of the Spirit, and ability to speak and interpret languages. If we have any knowledge of the truth, or any power to make it known, we must giv all the glory of God. The greater the gifts are, the more the possesso is exposed to temptations, and the larger is the measure of grac needed to keep him humble and spiritual; and he will meet with mor painful experiences and humbling dispensations. We have little cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us, or to despise those who have the not. (1Co 12:12-26)


    Greek Textus Receptus


    οιδατε
    1492 5758 V-RAI-2P οτι 3754 CONJ εθνη 1484 N-NPN ητε 2258 5713 V-IXI-2P προς 4314 PREP τα 3588 T-APN ειδωλα 1497 N-APN τα 3588 T-APN αφωνα 880 A-APN ως 5613 ADV αν 302 PRT ηγεσθε 71 5712 V-IPI-2P απαγομενοι 520 5746 V-PPP-NPM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    2. Ye were carried away (apagomenoi). Blindly hurried. Rev.,
    led.

    Dumb idols. Compare Psalm cxv. 5, 7. And Milton:

    "The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving." "Hymn on the Nativity"

    The contrast is implied with the living vocal spirit, which dwells and works in Christ's people, and responds to their prayers.

    Even as ye were led (wv an hgesqe). Rev., howsoever ye might be led. Better, Ellicott: "As from time to time ye might be led. The imperfect tense with the indefinite particle signifies habitually, whenever the occasion might arise. Compare Greek of Mark vi. 56. "Now the fatal storm carried the blinded gentile, with a whole procession, to the temple of Jupiter; again it was to the altars of Mars or Venus, always to give them over to one or other of their deified passions" (Godet).


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    12:2 {Ye were led away} (apagomenoi). The copula ete is not expressed (common ellipsis) with the participle (periphrastic imperfect passive), but it has to be supplied to make sense. Some scholars would change hote (when) to pote (once) and so remove the difficulty. {Unto those dumb idols} (pros ta eidwla ta afwna). "Unto the idols the dumb." See #Ps 95:5-7 for the voicelessness (a-fwna, old adjective, without voice, fwne) of the idols. Pagans were led astray by demons (#1Co 10:19f.). {Howsoever ye might be led} (hws an egesqe). Rather, "as often as ye were led." For this use of hws an for the notion of repetition, regular _Koin_ idiom, see Robertson, _Grammar_, p. 974. Cf. hopou an in #Mr 6:56.


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