Thursday, June 21, 2007

1 Corinthians 4:8-13: The Testimonies of the Apostles Still Speak

“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. 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. 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 honor. To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 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.”
(1Corinthians 4:8-13)

“ηδη κεκορεσμενοι εστε, ηδη επλουτησατε, χωρις ημων εβασιλευσατε· και οφελον γε εβασιλευσατε, ινα και ημεις υμιν συμβασιλευσωμεν. δοκω γαρ, ο θεος ημας τους αποστολους εσχατους απεδειξεν ως επιθανατιους, οτι θεατρον εγενηθημεν τω κοσμω και αγγελοις και ανθρωποις. ημεις μωροι δια Χριστον, υμεις δε φρονιμοι εν Χριστω· ημεις ασθενεις, υμεις δε ισχυροι· υμεις ενδοξοι, ημεις δε ατιμοι. αχρι της αρτι ωρας και πεινωμεν και διψωμεν και γυμνιτευομεν και κολαφιζομεθα και αστατουμεν και κοπιωμεν εργαζομενοι ταις ιδιαις χερσιν· λοιδορουμενοι ευλογουμεν, διωκομενοι ανεχομεθα, δυσφημουμενοι παρακαλουμεν· ως περικαθαρματα του κοσμου εγενηθημεν, παντων περιψημα εως αρτι.”
(1Corinthians 4:8-13)

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