https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-corinthians-2.html. 64. (8) Another objection: but how could it be that those intelligent men could not perceive this wisdom? ou). "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". Go to, but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. (y) T. Bab. To enter into the heart means to occur to the mind. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Rather construe, as Estius, "('We speak,' supplied from 1Co 2:8), things which eye saw not (heretofore), … things which God prepared … But God revealed them to us," &c. The quotation is not a verbatim one, but an inspired exposition of the "wisdom" (1Co 2:6, from Isa 64:4). They do not have an eye that can see mercy as more precious than money. Probably many in the marketplace would also refuse to do business with such an outcast. But although this does not refer directly to heaven, there may be an application of the passage to a future state in an indirect manner, which is not improper. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". If it be assumed that he intended to quote Isaiah 64:4 the difficulty is twofold, first, the language or words are different, and secondly, the sense is different. As It is Written. Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. The world"s wisdom is seen as shallow from the perceptive, that it was God who had to enlighten man as to the facts about this life. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". As it is written is not, in this case, the form of quotation, but is rather equivalent to saying, ‘To use the language of Scripture.'. Immediately I had three scriptures come to mind that all said: “Lift up your eyes.” These scriptures all have to do with what I call having a heavenly mindset. 2. The two rails of this train are prayer before the throne of God and meditation on the word of God. without a revelation) what he, (or, by change of person) what thou hast prepared for those that wait for thee.' John 4:35, ESV: "Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’?Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." By connecting it with what follows, and by taking the word God in the vocative, the sense may be, ‘From eternity they have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, eye hath not seen, O God, without thee, (i.e. Or(374) wrote (on Matthew 27:9), “In nullo regulari libro hoc positum invenitur, nisi in Secretis Eliæ prophetæ”—a lost Apocryphum; Jerome found the words both in the Ascension of Isaiah and the Apocalypse of Elias, but denies Paul’s indebtedness to these sources; and Lt(375) makes out (see note, ad loc(376)) that these books were later than Paul. ", entered—literally, "come up into the heart." ὅσα, of the last clause, is a climax to ἃ of the first—“so many things as God prepared for those that love Him”: cf. This is the version given in the Vulgate, and brings the passage into harmony with the apostle's quotation. Clement of Rome (ad Cor(373), xxxiv. The words are not to be limited to future blessings in heaven. Even from antiquity [men] have not heard, They have not given ear, Eye hath not seen a God save Thee, He doth work for those waiting for Him. & 67. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” King James Version (KJV) For more discussion of faith see commentary on Hebrews 11:1-2. It seems they are claiming to be as close to God, as the Spirit is! Cross References. aux Corinthiens, οὐδε οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν εἰδον Θεὸν πλήν σου. They need insight or illumination, eyes to see the mighty power and provision of God, but they must also believe God and put on their God-given armor that they might take a stand against Satan and his forces. And all the world"s wisdom over the ages, had never even conceived the ideas that are found in the gospel that Paul preached. 1974. But Christ confounded human wisdom, and not many were given eyes to see and understand. Thus, however, the "but" of 1Co 2:10 is ignored. sayings. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". — The first of these explanations is generally adopted and is the most satisfactory. “ Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him. Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Spiritual Insight —The true second sight. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Literally the passage reads, ‘What no eye saw, and no ear heard, and no heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him — .' (i) Man cannot so much as think of them, much less conceive them with his senses. a Cor. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. For Isaiah spake to them who waited for Messiah as future; Paul, to them who love Him as having appeared (1 John 4:19 : cf. the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Joseph Beet's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, "Paul"s thought is that there is no method of apprehension open to man (eyes, ears, or understanding) which can give him any idea of the wonderful things that God has made ready for, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "which none of the princes of this world knew. The Septuagint expresses the same idea. College Press, Joplin, MO. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. This is not the only place in which St. Paul would seem to thus refer to the Old Testament scriptures (see 1 Corinthians 1:19-20) when he is not basing any argument upon a particular sentence in the Scriptures, but merely availing himself of some thoughts or words in the Old Testament as an illustration of some truth which he is enforcing. 1897-1910. If no light came in through the windows (the eyes), there would be darkness in the body. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? verse 12, end). None of these explanations would justify the use of that phrase, “it is written,” with which these words are introduced, and which in the apostolic writings is confined to quotations from the Old Testament scriptures. The quotation is from Isaiah 64:4. Indeed, the mysteries of the Gospel are more clearly discerned now, than by the prophets formerly. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Others, assuming the first-mentioned interpretation of the passage in Isaiah to be the true one, consider the apostle as using scriptural language without intending to give the sense of the original. The idea is, that men had never known any other God than Jehovah who did, or could do, what he threatened to do. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-corinthians-2.html. Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had kicked this man out of the temple, which was a serious matter in that society. The thing which he is describing here, is not merely the happiness of Christians, but their views of the wisdom of the plan of salvation. This latter "but" puts a slight contrast between the two subordinate clauses, "God hath prepared" from everlasting, but now "hath revealed the things to us."] When Jesus came and brought salvation with him, he seemed to be a surprise to everyone, not the least of which were those who had long anticipated and hoped for his coming. I love the biblical definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the But if already revealed, assuredly it does not refer to that which is yet to come. In reality such claims are saying, "I know what God revealed, but trust me, God feels differently in His heart.". They are true of the present. 1 Corinthians 1:5-7).— τ. ἀγαπ. In verses 15-23 we have an illustration of both. Of the four clauses, the 1James , 2 nd, and 4th recall Isaiah 64:4 f. (Hebrews , Isaiah 64:3 f.)—after the Hebrew text; the 3rd occurs in a similar strain in Isaiah 65:17 (LXX, 16); see other parls. Eye has not seen: Most people wrongly take the things which God has prepared for those who love Him to mean the things which are waiting for us in heaven. 1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT: "That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'No eye has seen… The Gnostics quoted the passage in favour of their method of esoteric teaching. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Septuagint, "From of old we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen a God beside Thee, and Thy works which Thou wilt do for those who wait for mercy." Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Who claim they can tell the difference between verses in the Gospels that later writers erroneously attributed to Jesus, and the kernel of truth that Jesus really said? Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. Eye hath not seen, &c.—Alford translates, "The things which eye saw not … the things which God prepared … to us God revealed through His Spirit." However, keep in mind that faith is NOT faith in faith, but is … 1 Corinthians 1:20, Philippians 4:8, for the pronominal idiom.—In ἡτοίμασεν κ. τ. λ. Paul is not thinking so much of the heavenly glory (see note on δόξα, 1 Corinthians 2:7), as of the magnificence of blessing, undreamed of in former ages, which comes already to believers in Christ (cf. The sentence is incomplete. How do they know? ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Neither have entered into the heart of man -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, neither have entered into the heart of man, The things which God hath prepared for them that love him, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, ἀπεκάλυψεν δὲ ἡμῖν ὁ θεός, τοῖς ὑπομενοῦσιν αὐτόν, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. No. App-107. . Isaiah 52:15; Isaiah 65:17). How bankrupt is the world"s wisdom? No human eye had ever beheld these "things", no human ear had ever heard them (preached by any philosopher), and no human mind operating with mere human wisdom had ever conceived these "things". A Hebraism (cf. Paul takes only the general idea from the Old-Testament passage. No one ever expected God to act in history by sending the Eternal Logos in human form and having him die on the cross as the means of salvation! Some years ago this verse, by itself, was our theme verse for a semester at chapel at a school I attended. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. The things which God hath prepared - The things which God "has held in reserve" (Bloomfield); that is, what God has appointed in the gospel for his people. What would the good eye be that fills us with light? 7. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. But' [ de (Greek #1161), not so strong an adversative as the former "but," which contrasts the two main opposites. Explanation and Commentary of 1 Corinthians 2:9. 1 Corinthians 2:9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And {which} entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. Phrases. It is such wisdom as could not have been discovered without a revelation, according to what the prophet Isaiah says (Isa. It may sound contradictory, but a person can see, yet not see. It says, https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/1-corinthians-2.html. Isaiah 64:4 (or 3 in the Hebrew) is literally translated by Dr. J. A third explanation of this difficulty is, that the apostle did not intend to quote any one passage of Scripture, but to appeal to its authority for a clearly revealed truth. The body here means the person rather than just his body. We really cannot "get it" or see it. For Isaiah spake to them who waited for Messiah's appearance as future; Paul, to them who love Him as having actually appeared (1Jo 4:19); compare 1Co 2:12, "the things that are freely given to us of God". ou) up. the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; What an eye hath not seen, nor an ear heard, and, all that God hath prepared for them that love Him, by some confusion of memory took the apocryphal saying for a canonical passage possibly from the prophecies, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι πορεύσονται εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομοῦντες ἐκεῖνα, Commentary on the First Ep. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". 1. (9) As it is written.—Where do the words which follow occur? All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. Paul says, "But God hath revealed them unto us." The exceptive words, "O God, beside (i:e., except) thee," are not quoted directly, but virtually expressed in the exposition (1 Corinthians 2:10). Paul had said, he preached the hidden wisdom of God, which none of the princes of this world knew; he taught what no eye hath seen, nor ear heard, nor heart conceived. Isaiah 64:4. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-2.html. Sota, fol. It has therefore been suggested (Origen) that they are from some apocryphal book, or some book which has been lost, as is supposed many have been. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Where does this verse place those religious scholars that claim the Bible has been corrupted? BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. In Isaiah 64:1-12 it is, "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for him;" here, "for them that love Him." To say that the eye had not seen, nor the ear heard, was, therefore, the same as saying that it was not known at all. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations. 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