But' [ de (Greek #1161), not so strong an adversative as the former "but," which contrasts the two main opposites. Spiritual Insight —The true second sight. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. It is not used where the words are taken from other sources (see, e.g., Jude 1:9; Jude 1:14). It would be an eye that sees the Master's generosity as more precious than money. To enter into the heart means to occur to the mind. In all these respects, the blessings which the gospel confers, surpass the full comprehension of people; and are infinitely beyond all that man could know or experience without the religion of Christ. . "Whatsoever things God prepared"-"These words do not refer to the unknown glories of heaven, as commonly supposed, but to the way of salvation." Notice the text again. "as it is written"-(Isaiah 64:4/65:17) "He does not employ the very words, but states the main thought, which emphasizes the inability of man to discover that which God alone can reveal." John 14:23)—a further designation of the ἅγιοι, πιστεύοντες, κλητοί, ἐκλεκτοὶ of chap. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 1999-2014. is = has been. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/1-corinthians-2.html. It is certainly taught in the Old Testament that the human mind cannot penetrate into the counsels of God; his purposes can only be known by a supernatural revelation. Although now the man was physically able to work for the first time in his life, no one would hire a man who had been excommunicated by the religious authorities. The body here means the person rather than just his body. If the eyes were good then the body was full of light. 1 Corinthians 2:9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And {which} entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. Origen in his Commentary on John (Exegetika eis to kata Ioannen) (Fragments from Catenae, Fragm. None of these explanations would justify the use of that phrase, “it is written,” with which these words are introduced, and which in the apostolic writings is confined to quotations from the Old Testament scriptures. This describes "Christ on the cross," that Isaiah, God's secret wisdom. & 67. There is, therefore, not the slightest ground for imputing failure of memory, or an erroneous interpretation to the inspired apostle. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-2.html. Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. I love the biblical definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the Paul answers: because we preach those things which surpass all man's understanding. More specifically and more personally, we have not see the end of God's story in our life (cp Php 1:6-note). ὅσα ἡτοίμασεν ὁ θεὸς τ. ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτόν. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/1-corinthians-2.html. As the scripture says. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". "Things" such as forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, redemption, etc...and how to live! Or, we may supply, as many do, the word ( כבכןץ ͂ לום) ‘we speak what God hath prepared for those who love him.' But although this does not refer directly to heaven, there may be an application of the passage to a future state in an indirect manner, which is not improper. It has therefore been suggested (Origen) that they are from some apocryphal book, or some book which has been lost, as is supposed many have been. It is used there, as Paul uses it, to denote the happiness which results from the communication of the divine favor to the soul. Teshuva, c. 8. sect. The context makes it clear that this revelation is God’s Word (v. 13), which tells us what God has prepared for us. 46. 99. 1. aux Corinthiens, οὐδε οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν εἰδον Θεὸν πλήν σου. All people had been ignorant of it. 64:4), Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for those that love him-for him that waiteth for him, that waiteth for his mercy, so the Septuagint. 1974. For Isaiah spake to them who waited for Messiah's appearance as future; Paul, to them who love Him as having actually appeared (1Jo 4:19); compare 1Co 2:12, "the things that are freely given to us of God". When the eyes are good, the whole person gets the benefit of the light. to the Corinthians, St. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, Commentaire sur la prem. But Christ confounded human wisdom, and not many were given eyes to see and understand. Then they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. () It sure looks as if they are claiming for themselves a quality or condition (infallibility, inspiration), which they deny for the Bible. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. - Youngs Literal Bible (64:3) And whereof from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for Him. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. What would the good eye be that fills us with light? 1. The sentence is incomplete. 2. But [ alla (Greek #235)] - in strong contrast to "which none of the princes of this world knew." Cross References. Lit., went up. John 4:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 4:35, NIV: "Don't you have a saying, 'It's still four months until harvest'?I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! Rather construe, as Estius, "('We speak,' supplied from 1Co 2:8), things which eye saw not (heretofore), … things which God prepared … But God revealed them to us," &c. The quotation is not a verbatim one, but an inspired exposition of the "wisdom" (1Co 2:6, from Isa 64:4). Names. No man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man that is in him; even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, as it is written, The things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, and which came not up, upon heart of man, how many things God prepared for them that love Him, to us God revealed through His Spirit, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. & Jarchi in Isaiah 64.4. Paul says, "But God hath revealed them unto us." (i) Man cannot so much as think of them, much less conceive them with his senses. The quotation is from Isaiah 64:4. It seems they are claiming that they can know God"s will without a clear revelation from God! But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. New International Version 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. They are true of the present. See on Acts 7:23. The blessedness which the apostle referred to had been unknown alike to the Jews and the Gentiles. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. Paul paraphrases Isaiah 64:4 Septuagint. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". A further analogy appears between the “terrible things in righteousness” which the prophet foresees in the coming theophany, and the καταργεῖν that P. announces for “the rulers of this world”. Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. However, keep in mind that faith is NOT faith in faith, but is … Phrases. nor ear heard = and ear heard not (Greek. It is to prove that those who are Christians have true wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:6-7; or that they have views of truth, and of the excellence of the plan of salvation which the world has not, and which those who crucified the Lord Jesus did not possess. ", entered—literally, "come up into the heart." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-corinthians-2.html. (1) The first is, that the passage in Isaiah has no such reference. Compare Daniel 2:29, Sept. It is such wisdom as could not have been discovered without a revelation, according to what the prophet Isaiah says (Isa. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. Or(374) wrote (on Matthew 27:9), “In nullo regulari libro hoc positum invenitur, nisi in Secretis Eliæ prophetæ”—a lost Apocryphum; Jerome found the words both in the Ascension of Isaiah and the Apocalypse of Elias, but denies Paul’s indebtedness to these sources; and Lt(375) makes out (see note, ad loc(376)) that these books were later than Paul. God tells Ezekiel that his people "have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear" (Ezekiel 12:2).The little picture below illustrates this.. 1 Seeing Yet Not Seeing. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. It was precisely these "things" that are revealed in the gospel. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". (y) T. Bab. (9) As it is written.—Where do the words which follow occur? Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. Others, assuming the first-mentioned interpretation of the passage in Isaiah to be the true one, consider the apostle as using scriptural language without intending to give the sense of the original. Probably many in the marketplace would also refuse to do business with such an outcast. (2) the object of the apostle is not to describe the future state of the redeemed. As the formula, "As it is written," is never used by the apostles except in the citation of the canonical books of the Old Testament, it cannot be admitted that Paul intended to quote either some book now lost, or some apocryphal writing. It is true that this view is attended with a high degree of comfort; but the comfort is not the immediate thing in the eye of the apostle. Eye has not seen: Most people wrongly take the things which God has prepared for those who love Him to mean the things which are waiting for us in heaven. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. The meaning in Isaiah as connected with what precedes, seems to be that the reason why such fearful things as had been predicted were to be expected from Jehovah is, that he alone had proved himself able to perform them. No human eye had ever beheld these "things", no human ear had ever heard them (preached by any philosopher), and no human mind operating with mere human wisdom had ever conceived these "things". All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. The idea is, that men had never known any other God than Jehovah who did, or could do, what he threatened to do. "The Bible Study New Testament". The two rails of this train are prayer before the throne of God and meditation on the word of God. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. College Press, Joplin, MO. In verses 15-23 we have an illustration of both. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". This latter "but" puts a slight contrast between the two subordinate clauses, "God hath prepared" from everlasting, but now "hath revealed the things to us."] Instead of using his own words he quotes God's. They do not have an eye that can see mercy as more precious than money. prophesied only of the days of the Messiah.”. They are not to be found as here given anywhere in the Old Testament. neither have, &c. = and went not (Greek. 1905. ", "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for him;", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. ὅσα, of the last clause, is a climax to ἃ of the first—“so many things as God prepared for those that love Him”: cf. B But to us God hath revealed them, by his Spirit. A Hebraism (compare, Jer 3:16, Margin). 8) cites the text briefly as a Christian saying, but reverts from Paul’s τ. ἀγαπῶσιν to the Isaianic τ. ὑπομένουσιν αὐτόν, manifestly identifying the O. and N.T. Faith takes God at His Word, even when the odds seemed to be stacked against His Word. He there says that God has revealed these things to Christians by his Spirit. Nor ear heard - We learn the existence and quality of objects by the external senses; and those senses are used to denote any acquisition of knowledge. The things which God hath prepared - The things which God "has held in reserve" (Bloomfield); that is, what God has appointed in the gospel for his people. How bankrupt is the world"s wisdom? fol. & Hilch. The Gnostics quoted the passage in favour of their method of esoteric teaching. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. But if already revealed, assuredly it does not refer to that which is yet to come. 31. A third explanation of this difficulty is, that the apostle did not intend to quote any one passage of Scripture, but to appeal to its authority for a clearly revealed truth. Immediately I had three scriptures come to mind that all said: “Lift up your eyes.” These scriptures all have to do with what I call having a heavenly mindset. The meaning of this verse is plain, although there are several difficulties connected with it. 2:6-9 Those who receive the doctrine of Christ as Divine, and, having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, have looked well into it, see not only the plain history of Christ, and him crucified, but the deep and admirable designs of Divine wisdom therein. In Isaiah 64:1-12 it is, "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for him;" here, "for them that love Him." The TOTAL glory of God's act in Christ is still beyond human understanding!!! 2. Sota, fol. without a revelation) what he, (or, by change of person) what thou hast prepared for those that wait for thee.' ou). The Expositor's Greek Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-corinthians-2.html. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. (Erdman p. 40). "E.W. I am not talking about being so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, but it is still the mindset that places priority not on what we see but instead on who we know. c. 11. sect. His neighbors would have shunned him out of fear of having the religious police target them. The thing which he is describing here, is not merely the happiness of Christians, but their views of the wisdom of the plan of salvation. The quotation is not verbatim, but an inspired exposition of the "wisdom" (1 Corinthians 2:6) from Isaiah 64:4 (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:5-7).— τ. ἀγαπ. American King James Version But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. The Hebrew reads: "From of old men have not heard, not perceived with the ear, eye has not seen a God beside Thee who does (gloriously) for him who waits on Him." All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. Well, it"s rulers put God to death. To say that the eye had not seen, nor the ear heard, was, therefore, the same as saying that it was not known at all. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. It seems they are claiming to be as close to God, as the Spirit is! But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. This we often do, and it is not unfrequently done in the New Testament, Romans 10:18. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-corinthians-2.html. ... "looks can be deceiving!" They need insight or illumination, eyes to see the mighty power and provision of God, but they must also believe God and put on their God-given armor that they might take a stand against Satan and his forces. 1 Corinthians 1:20, Philippians 4:8, for the pronominal idiom.—In ἡτοίμασεν κ. τ. λ. Paul is not thinking so much of the heavenly glory (see note on δόξα, 1 Corinthians 2:7), as of the magnificence of blessing, undreamed of in former ages, which comes already to believers in Christ (cf. A Hebraism (cf. American King James Version (AKJV) But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. See Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah 64:4-5, Isaiah 64:8. In that place it is designed clearly to describe the blessedness of those who were admitted to the divine favor; who had communion with God; and to whom God manifested himself as their friend. 2. Entered - literally, come up into the heart: 'alah 'al leeb: the rising of an earnest desire in the heart. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” King James Version (KJV) Isaiah 52:15; Isaiah 65:17). Some years ago this verse, by itself, was our theme verse for a semester at chapel at a school I attended. That is, he preached truth undiscoverable by human reason. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. 7. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/1-corinthians-2.html. 106), notes that Thomas, motivated by a desire for precision and proof after scrutiny (akribes kai exetasmenon), is not so much rejecting the evidence of the other apostles as he is eager to make sure that what they have seen is not a ghost (fantasma) in the sense of Mark 6:49-50 and Luke 24:37-38. Compare in the Hebrew, Isaiah 65:17. It says, This is the truth for which the apostle cites the authority of the Old Testament. Sabbat, fol, 63. ((z) Sepher Bahir in Zohar in Gen. fol. In Isa 64:4 it is "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for Him"; here, "for them that love Him." And if on earth the gospel confers such blessings on its friends, how much higher and purer shall be the joys which it shalt bestow in heaven! Here’s how the complete sentence reads: “‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (emphasis added). It may sound contradictory, but a person can see, yet not see. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations. 1871-8. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? sayings. God's seeing the mysteries ensures His revealing them to His people. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. in Misn. (8) Another objection: but how could it be that those intelligent men could not perceive this wisdom? That blessedness is said to be superior to all that people elsewhere enjoy; to be such as could be found no where else but in God. a Cor. (Erdman p. 40). 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