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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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1 Corinthians 1:27

God chose (exelexato o teov).
First aorist middle of eklegw, old verb to pick out, to choose, the middle for oneself. It expands the idea in klhsin (verse 26). Three times this solemn verb occurs here with the purpose stated each time. Twice the same purpose is expressed,

that he might put to shame (ina kataisxunhi, first aorist active subjunctive with ina of old verb kataisxunw, perfective use of kata).
The purpose in the third example is

that he might bring to naught (ina katarghshi, make idle, argov, rare in old Greek, but frequent in Paul).
The contrast is complete in each paradox:

the foolish things (ta mwra),

the wild men (touv sopouv);

the weak things (ta astenh),

the strong things (ta isxura);

the things that are not (ta mh onta),

and that are despised (ta exoutenhmena, considered nothing, perfect passive participle of exoutenew),

the things that are (ta onta).
It is a studied piece of rhetoric and powerfully put.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:27". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=1co&chapter=001&verse=027>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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