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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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2 Corinthians 10:4

The weapons of our warfare (ta opla thv strateiav).
Strateia (old word, in N.T. only here and 1 Timothy 1:18) is

campaign} and not army as some MSS. have (stratia). But both strateia and stratia occur in the papyri for the same word (Deissmann, Bible Studies, p. 181f.). For opla (Latin arma) see on 6:7; 6:13; 13:12. {Of the flesh (sarkika).
See on 1 Corinthians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 1:12. They had accused him of artifices and craft.

Mighty before God (dunata twi tewi).
This dative of personal interest (ethical dative) can be like asteiov twi tewi (Acts 7:20), in God's eyes, as it looks to God.

To the casting down of strongholds (prov katairesin oxurwmatwn).
Katairesiv is old word from katairew, to take down, to tear down walls and buildings. Carries on the military metaphor. Oxurwma is old word, common in the Apocrypha, from oxurow, to fortify, and that from oxurov (from exw, to hold fast). Nowhere else in N.T. In Cilicia the Romans had to tear down many rocky forts in their attacks on the pirates.


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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 2 Corinthians 10:4". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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