If no light came in through the windows (the eyes), there would be darkness in the body. 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. (8) Another objection: but how could it be that those intelligent men could not perceive this wisdom? It is true that this view is attended with a high degree of comfort; but the comfort is not the immediate thing in the eye of the apostle. Paul writes in verse 9, "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.'" Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 1. (1) The first is, that the passage in Isaiah has no such reference. 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. Clement of Rome (ad Cor(373), xxxiv. Spiritual Insight —The true second sight. It seems they are claiming that they can know God"s will without a clear revelation from God! Lit., went up. Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. However, keep in mind that faith is NOT faith in faith, but is … See Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah 64:4-5, Isaiah 64:8. 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. It seems they are claiming to be as close to God, as the Spirit is! "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". 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. 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. ", 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. Compare in the Hebrew, Isaiah 65:17. Paul answers: because we preach those things which surpass all man's understanding. But [ alla (Greek #235)] - in strong contrast to "which none of the princes of this world knew." "Whatsoever things God prepared"-"These words do not refer to the unknown glories of heaven, as commonly supposed, but to the way of salvation." I am not talking about being so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, but it is still the mindset that places priority not on what we see but instead on who we know. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/1-corinthians-2.html. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. ὅσα ἡτοίμασεν ὁ θεὸς τ. ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτόν. The Gnostics quoted the passage in favour of their method of esoteric teaching. Thus, however, the "but" of 1Co 2:10 is ignored. Then they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. eye hath not seen, nor ear heard: which could never have been seen to be read by the eye of man, nor the sound thereof ever heard by the ear of man, had not God been pleased to make a revelation of them; and though they are to be seen and read in the sacred writings, and to be heard either read or expounded, with the outward hearing of the ear; yet are neither to be seen nor heard intellectually, spiritually, and savingly, unless, God gives eyes to see, and ears to hear; the exterior senses of seeing and hearing are not sufficient to come at and discover the sense of them; flesh and blood, human nature cannot search them out, nor reveal them, no nor the internal senses, the intellectual capacity of men: neither have entered into the heart of man; this clause is not in the original text; but is a phrase often used by the Jews, for that which never came into a man's mind, was never thought of by him, or he ever had any conceptions, or the least notion and idea of; so the elders of the city, at the beheading of the heifer, are represented not only as saying, "our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it"; but also neither , "hath it entered into our hearts", that the sanhedrim hath shed blood (y); and elsewhere (z) it is said, this matter is like to a king, , "into whose heart it entered", to plant in his garden, &c. The things which God hath prepared for them that love him; in the original text it is, "for him that waiteth for him"; the sense is the same, for such as hope in the Lord and wait for him, are lovers of him; and the meaning is, that God has prepared and laid up in his own breast, in his counsels and covenant, in the types, shadows, and sacrifices of the old law, in the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, such doctrines and mysteries of grace as were not so seen, heard, known, and understood by the Old Testament prophets and saints; and has reserved for his people under the Gospel dispensation, the times of the Messiah, a more clear discovery of them: so the Jews themselves own that these words belong to the world to come (a), which with them commonly signifies the days of the Messiah; though here they think fit to distinguish them, and interpret the phrase, "eye hath not seen", of the eye of the prophets: their words are these (b); "all prophesied not, but of the days of the Messiah; but as to the world to come, eye hath not seen, O God, besides thee. neither have, &c. = and went not (Greek. But if already revealed, assuredly it does not refer to that which is yet to come. & Jarchi in Isaiah 64.4. Ép. 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. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? They are not to be found as here given anywhere in the Old Testament. "as it is written"-(Isaiah 64:4/65:17) "He does not employ the very words, but states the main thought, which emphasizes the inability of man to discover that which God alone can reveal." Faith takes God at His Word, even when the odds seemed to be stacked against His Word. & Hilch. 1897-1910. 8) cites the text briefly as a Christian saying, but reverts from Paul’s τ. ἀγαπῶσιν to the Isaianic τ. ὑπομένουσιν αὐτόν, manifestly identifying the O. and N.T. ", entered—literally, "come up into the heart." For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. margin, Jeremiah 3:16). Now bring that understanding of the "bad eye" back to Matthew 6:23 and let it determine the meaning of the "good eye." It is not used where the words are taken from other sources (see, e.g., Jude 1:9; Jude 1:14). The gospel is the “hidden wisdom of God” (1 Cor 2:6). A Hebraism (cf. - Youngs Literal Bible (64:3) And whereof from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for Him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-2.html. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". To enter into the heart means to occur to the mind. 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). 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 — .' The first difficulty connected with this verse is a grammatical one, which does not appear in our version because of the freedom of the translation. 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.'. 1 Corinthians 2:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV: "However, as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, ... '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.'" Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. 1999-2014. is = has been. They have views of that which the eyes of other people have not seen; a view of wisdom, and fitness, and beauty which can be found in no other plan. Chrysostom also suggests that it may be a reference, not to a writing, but to historical facts, as in Matthew 2:23. The two rails of this train are prayer before the throne of God and meditation on the word of God. The Hebrew reads: "From of old men have not heard, not perceived with the ear, eye has not seen a God beside Thee who does (gloriously) for him who waits on Him." BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. 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. 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. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. Names. - Jewish Publication Society Bible. 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! In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations. fol. This difficulty may be met either by a reference to the usage referred to in the note on the last verse of the preceding chapter, 1 Corinthians 1:31, the custom of the apostles to quote passages from the Old Testament without weaving them grammatically into their own discourses. Indeed, the mysteries of the Gospel are more clearly discerned now, than by the prophets formerly. 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. He there says that God has revealed these things to Christians by his Spirit. things which have not set foot upon the heart. American King James Version 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. ", "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. ou) up. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/1-corinthians-2.html. Sanhed. The TOTAL glory of God's act in Christ is still beyond human understanding!!! 1 Corinthians 1:5-7).— τ. ἀγαπ. “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) 64:4), Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for those that love him-for him that waiteth for him, that waiteth for his mercy, so the Septuagint. New International Version 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Such claims sound pretty arrogant. Phrases. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. In all these respects, the blessings which the gospel confers, surpass the full comprehension of people; and are infinitely beyond all that man could know or experience without the religion of Christ. (2) the object of the apostle is not to describe the future state of the redeemed. ), which would easily be joined together in memory and resemble even verbally the passage as written here by the Apostle. 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. His neighbors would have shunned him out of fear of having the religious police target them. 64. 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. Paul says, "But God hath revealed them unto us." 1974. 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. 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. They do not have an eye that can see mercy as more precious than money. 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. 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 thing which he is describing here, is not merely the happiness of Christians, but their views of the wisdom of the plan of salvation. 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. But' [ de (Greek #1161), not so strong an adversative as the former "but," which contrasts the two main opposites. (9) As it is written.—Where do the words which follow occur? 1. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. 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. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 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