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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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1 Corinthians 2:4

Not in persuasive words of wisdom (ouk en pitoiv sopiav logoiv).
This looks like a false disclaimer or mock modesty, for surely the preacher desires to be persuasive. This adjective pitov (MSS. peitov) has not yet been found elsewhere. It seems to be formed directly from peitw, to persuade, as peidov (pidov) is from peidomai, to spare. The old Greek form pitanov is common enough and is used by Josephus (Ant. VIII. 9. 1) of "the plausible words of the lying prophet" in 1 Kings 13:1ff. The kindred word pitanologia occurs in Colossians 2:4 for the specious and plausible Gnostic philosophers. And gullible people are easy marks for these plausible pulpiteers. Corinth put a premium on the veneer of false rhetoric and thin thinking.

But in demonstration (all' en apodeixei).
In contrast with the

plausibility} just mentioned. This word, though an old one from apodeiknumi, to show forth, occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. {Spirit (pneuma)
here can be the Holy Spirit or inward spirit as opposed to superficial expression and

power (dunamiv)
is moral power rather than intellectual acuteness (cf. 1:18).


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


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