1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ's sake…
They were so in the
esteem of men, for their close attach merit to a crucified Christ;
and for preaching the doctrine of salvation by him; and for enduring
so much reproach, affliction, and persecution, for his sake and the
but ye are wise in Christ.
This is ironically said; for his meaning
is not that they were truly wise in Christ, in the knowledge and
faith of him, in preaching his Gospel, or professing his name; but
they were so in their own eyes, and made use of much worldly wisdom
and carnal policy in their profession of religion. Their ministers
took care to preach, and they to profess Christ, in such a manner as
to retain the favour of the world, and to escape reproach and
We are weak;
in your account; our bodily presence is weak, and
speech contemptible; we are men of mean capacities and abilities;
nor are we able to express ourselves in that strong and masculine
way, with those masterly strokes of eloquence and oratory your
ministers do; or we are pressed down with infirmities, and
afflictions, and persecutions.
But ye are strong;
your ministers are men of great parts, strong
voice, masculine language, and powerful oratory; and you abound in
outward prosperity, and are free from persecution for the cross of
Ye are honourable;
high in the favour and esteem of men for your
wisdom and learning, your riches and wealth, power and grandeur.
But we are despised;
are in dishonour and disgrace, for the mean
appearance we make, the Gospel we preach, and the cross we bear.