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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 8:4


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 8:4

    As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

    World English Bible

    Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 8:4

    But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Therefore as concerning the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    4012 PREP της 3588 T-GSF βρωσεως 1035 N-GSF ουν 3767 CONJ των 3588 T-GPN ειδωλοθυτων 1494 A-GPN οιδαμεν 1492 5758 V-RAI-1P οτι 3754 CONJ ουδεν 3762 A-NSN ειδωλον 1497 N-NSN εν 1722 PREP κοσμω 2889 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ οτι 3754 CONJ ουδεις 3762 A-NSM θεος 2316 N-NSM ετερος 2087 A-NSM ει 1487 COND μη 3361 PRT-N εις 1520 A-NSM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (4) -
    1Co 10:19,20 Ps 115:4-8 Isa 41:24; 44:8,9 Jer 10:14; 51:17,18

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:4

    ¶ Acerca, pues, de las viandas que son sacrificadas a los ídolos, sabemos que el ídolo nada es en el mundo, y que no hay ms que un slo Dios.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 8:4

    Verse 4. Things that are offered in
    sacrifice] See on the first verse. An idol is nothing in the world] Dr. Lightfoot translates this, We know that there is no idol in the world; which he explains thus: eidwlon, idol, is omo iwma, eikwn, shmeion, carakthrion, skioeidev, a likeness, an image, a sign, a character, a shadow: now ouden eidwlon signifies there is no idol, no representation of GOD, in the world. Images there are of stone, wood and metal; but none of these is any representation of the infinite Spirit. But I prefer the meaning given in the note on verse 1; as the expression, an idol is nothing in the world, was common in the Old Testament, and among the Jews; and was understood by them in this way: they are not yhla Elohim, the true GOD; but they are ylyla , nothings, and ylbh habalim, VANITY.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-6 - There is no
    proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those wh think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likel to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders his confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religiou worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointe Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, an through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence an working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many wh are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whethe we really come to God by faith in Christ.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    περι
    4012 PREP της 3588 T-GSF βρωσεως 1035 N-GSF ουν 3767 CONJ των 3588 T-GPN ειδωλοθυτων 1494 A-GPN οιδαμεν 1492 5758 V-RAI-1P οτι 3754 CONJ ουδεν 3762 A-NSN ειδωλον 1497 N-NSN εν 1722 PREP κοσμω 2889 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ οτι 3754 CONJ ουδεις 3762 A-NSM θεος 2316 N-NSM ετερος 2087 A-NSM ει 1487 COND μη 3361 PRT-N εις 1520 A-NSM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. It seems
    best to begin this parenthesis with knowledge puffeth up, and to end it with known of him (ver. 3).

    We all have knowledge (pantev gnwsin ecomen). The exact reference of these words must remain uncertain. Some understand Paul himself and the more enlightened Corinthians. Others, all Christians. All the expositions are but guesses. I prefer, on the whole, the view that Paul is here repeating, either verbally or in substance, a passage from the letter of the Corinthians to him. In that case the sense is slightly ironical: "We know, to use your own words, that we all have knowledge." The parenthesis thus comes in with an appropriate cautionary force.

    Puffeth up. See on ch. iv. 6. The contrast is striking between puffing up and building up - a bubble and a building.

    2. That he knoweth anything (egnwkenai ti). Or, literally, has come to know. See on John ii. 24; iii. 10; xvii. 3. Showing in what sense knowledge was used in the previous clause: fancied knowledge; knowledge of divine things without love.

    3. The same is known of Him (outov egnwstai up autou) The same, i.e., this same man who loves God. He does not say knows God, but implies this in the larger truth, is known by God. Compare Gal. iv. 9; 1 John iv. 7, 8, 16; 2 Tim. ii. 19. ginwskw in New-Testament Greek often denotes a personal relation between the knower and the known, so that the knowledge of an object implies the influence of that object upon the knower. So John ii. 24, 25; 1 Cor. ii. 8; 1 John iv. 8. In John the relation itself is expressed by the verb. John xvii. 3, 25; 1 John v. 20; iv. 6; ii. 3, 4, 5. 100 An idol is nothing in the world (ouden eidwlon en kosmw). Rev., no idol is anything. An idol is a nonentity. The emphasis is on the nothingness of the idol, hence the emphatic position of oujden nothing. It is a mere stock or stone, having no real significance in heaven or on earth. One of the Old Testament names for heathen gods is elilim nothings. Idol (eidwlon) is primarily an image or likeness. In Greek writers it is sometimes used of the shades of the dead, or the fantasies of the mind. In the Old Testament, the number and variety of the words representing the objects of heathen worship, are a striking commentary upon the general prevalence of idolatry. eidwlon image stands in the Septuagint for several of the different Hebrew terms for idols; as, elilim things of nought; gillulim things rolled about, as logs or masses of stone; chammanium sun-pillars, etc. Other words are also used to translate the same Hebrew terms, but in all cases the idea is that of the material object as shaped by mechanical processes, or as being in itself an object of terror, or a vain or abominable thing, a mere device of man.



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