1 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 8

Verse 8

I can see St Paul getting angry in the next section as he uses irony or sarcasm to get his message across to the Corinthians… in English it sounds really harsh, but it may be acceptable in a Greek culture of the time.  I really do not know the answer to this… I will read more to try to find out.  Lets read the whole section before we try to dig into the text itself;

8 You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honour. 11 To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 NASB

Verse 8 is very interesting, and Paul is using a lot of irony for example look at the adverbs ‘already’ x 2 and also ‘without us’.   Then the sarcasm ‘we might reign with you’.

3 Responses to “1 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 8”

  1. smargaretcynthiayahoocom Says:

    We did 1 Corinthians in Bible Study. It was very good but I can`t remember talking about the sarcasm which you bring out in this blog. Very good Hasan. xxx

  2. weaver1has Says:

    It is easy to miss but when you read the text carefully it jumps out! 🙂

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