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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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1 Peter 4:11

If any man speaketh (ei tiv lalei).
Condition of first class, assumed as a fact.

Speaking as it were oracles of God (wv logia teou).
No predicate in this conclusion of the condition. For logia teou see Acts 7:38 (Mosaic law); Romans 3:2 (the Old Testament); Hebrews 5:12 (the substance of Christian teaching), here of the utterances of God through Christian teachers. Logion (old word) is a diminutive of logov (speech, word). It can be construed here as nominative or as accusative. The verb has to be supplied.

If any one ministereth (ei tiv diakonei).
First-class condition again. See Acts 6:2-4 for the twofold division of service involved here.

Which God supplieth (hv xorhgei o teov).
Ablative case (hv) of the relative attracted from the accusative hn, object of xorhgei (present active indicative of xorhgew, old verb, to supply from xorhgov, chorus leader, in N.T. only here and 2 Corinthians 9:10). Peter has the compound epixorhgew in 2 Peter 1:5,11. God is the supplier of strength.

That God may be glorified (ina doxazhtai o teov).
Purpose clause with ina and the present passive subjunctive of doxazw. See John 15:8.

Whose is (wi estin).
"To whom (dative) is," that is to Jesus Christ the immediate antecedent, but in Romans 16:27; Jude 1:25 the doxology is to God through Christ. For other doxologies see 1 Peter 5:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Galatians 1:5; Romans 9:5; 11:36; Philippians 4:20; Ephesians 3:21 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16; 2 Timothy 4:18; Hebrews 13:21; Revelation 1:6; 5:13; 7:12. The others addressed to Christ are 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 4:18; Revelation 1:6.

 


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Peter 4:11". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=1pe&chapter=004&verse=011>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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