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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Corinthians 8



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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-98and 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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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 8:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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