Lit., went up. A Hebraism (compare, Jer 3:16, Margin). 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. 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. His neighbors would have shunned him out of fear of having the religious police target them. Although now the man was physically able to work for the first time in his life, no one would hire a man who had been excommunicated by the religious authorities. The quotation is from Isaiah 64:4. ((a) Zohar in Exod. It seems they are claiming that they can know God"s will without a clear revelation from God! Paul answers: because we preach those things which surpass all man's understanding. But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT: "That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'No eye has seen… aux Corinthiens, οὐδε οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν εἰδον Θεὸν πλήν σου. 1. He there says that God has revealed these things to Christians by his Spirit. Indeed, the mysteries of the Gospel are more clearly discerned now, than by the prophets formerly. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. neither have, &c. = and went not (Greek. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Probably many in the marketplace would also refuse to do business with such an outcast. 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. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. Beracot, fol. App-107. In Isa 64:4 it is "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for Him"; here, "for them that love Him." “ 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. Faith takes God at His Word, even when the odds seemed to be stacked against His Word. 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 — .' Paul paraphrases Isaiah 64:4 Septuagint. It is not used where the words are taken from other sources (see, e.g., Jude 1:9; Jude 1:14). If no light came in through the windows (the eyes), there would be darkness in the body. ", "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for him;", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. All people had been ignorant of it. And if on earth the gospel confers such blessings on its friends, how much higher and purer shall be the joys which it shalt bestow in heaven! Where does this verse place people who read the Bible, and then say, "But I think God will do something different."? 1. D L Moody - MOST people say “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,” and they stop there. While it is true that we cannot comprehend the greatness of heaven, that isn’t what Paul means here, because 1 Corinthians 2:10 tells us God has revealed them to us through His Spirit . The Greek is, 'We speak (supplied from 1 Corinthians 2:8) things which eye saw not (heretofore), etc., things which [A B read "as many things soever as:" hosa (Greek #3745). The meaning in Isaiah as connected with what precedes, seems to be that the reason why such fearful things as had been predicted were to be expected from Jehovah is, that he alone had proved himself able to perform them. (3) the declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:10, is conclusive proof that Paul does not refer to the happiness of heaven. 1. 1. The Gnostics quoted the passage in favour of their method of esoteric teaching. 1 Corinthians 1:5-7).— τ. ἀγαπ. 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. 46. 1. prophesied only of the days of the Messiah.”. 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. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NKJV): 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 we often do, and it is not unfrequently done in the New Testament, Romans 10:18. Those things relate to the pardon of sin; to the atonement, and to justification by faith; to the peace and joy which religion imparts; to the complete and final redemption from sin and death which the gospel is suited to produce, and which it will ultimately effect. 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. In verse 15, Elisha’s attendant went out seemingly oblivious to both the fact of the enemy and of God’s provision. 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. () It sure looks as if they are claiming for themselves a quality or condition (infallibility, inspiration), which they deny for the Bible. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". Explanation and Commentary of 1 Corinthians 2:9. As the formula, "As it is written," is never used by the apostles except in the citation of the canonical books of the Old Testament, it cannot be admitted that Paul intended to quote either some book now lost, or some apocryphal writing. I love the biblical definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the It would be an eye that sees the Master's generosity as more precious than money. to the Corinthians, St. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, Commentaire sur la prem. Spiritual Insight —The true second sight. 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. God tells Ezekiel that his people "have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear" (Ezekiel 12:2).The little picture below illustrates this.. 1 Seeing Yet Not Seeing. 2. (y) T. Bab. 64. ” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Although the words given here are not to be found in the same sequence in any passage in the Old Testament, still there are phrases scattered through the writings of Isaiah (see Isaiah 64:4; Isaiah 65:17; see also Isa 62:15 in the LXX. The meaning of this verse is plain, although there are several difficulties connected with it. 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. College Press, Joplin, MO. Here’s how the complete sentence reads: “‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (emphasis added). The blessedness which the apostle referred to had been unknown alike to the Jews and the Gentiles. It is new; and is above all that man has seen, and felt, and known. The two rails of this train are prayer before the throne of God and meditation on the word of God. A further analogy appears between the “terrible things in righteousness” which the prophet foresees in the coming theophany, and the καταργεῖν that P. announces for “the rulers of this world”. 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. 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. BibliographyHodge, Charles. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-corinthians-2.html. The exceptive words, "O God, beside (that is, except) Thee," are not quoted directly, but are virtually expressed in the exposition of them (1Co 2:10), "None but thou, O God, seest these mysteries, and God hath revealed them to us by His Spirit. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-2.html. But' [ de (Greek #1161), not so strong an adversative as the former "but," which contrasts the two main opposites. 7. 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. (i) Man cannot so much as think of them, much less conceive them with his senses. What would the good eye be that fills us with light? From Isaiah 64:4, freely rendered by Septuagint. See Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah 64:4-5, Isaiah 64:8. 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. fol. Names. Or this verse may be connected with what follows: ‘What eye hath not seen — what (namely) God hath prepared for his people, he hath revealed to us by his Spirit.' "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had kicked this man out of the temple, which was a serious matter in that society. 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". All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. How do they know? Teshuva, c. 8. sect. margin, Jeremiah 3:16). (1) The first is, that the passage in Isaiah has no such reference. But [ alla (Greek #235)] - in strong contrast to "which none of the princes of this world knew." 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. (Erdman p. 40). If there are such manifestations of wisdom in the plan here; if Christians see so much of its beauty here on earth; and if their views so far surpass all that the world sees and enjoys, how much greater and purer will be the manifestations of wisdom and goodness in the world of glory. — The first of these explanations is generally adopted and is the most satisfactory. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Chrysostom also suggests that it may be a reference, not to a writing, but to historical facts, as in Matthew 2:23. The gospel is the “hidden wisdom of God” (1 Cor 2:6). It is such wisdom as could not have been discovered without a revelation, according to what the prophet Isaiah says (Isa. 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