We are fools for Christ’s sake (1 Cor. 4:10)

“We are fools

For Christ’s sake.

But you are wise

In Christ.

We are weak,

But you are strong.

You are held in honor,

But we are in disrepute.”

ἡμεῖς μωροὶ διὰ Χριστόν, ὑμεῖς δὲ φρόνιμοι ἐν Χριστῷ· ἡμεῖς ἀσθενεῖς, ὑμεῖς δὲ ἰσχυροί· ὑμεῖς ἔνδοξοι, ἡμεῖς δὲ ἄτιμοι.

Paul continued with this ironic comparison.  Paul said that we are fools (ἡμεῖς μωροὶ) for Christ’s (διὰ Χριστόν) sake.  But you are wise (ὑμεῖς δὲ φρόνιμοι) in Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ).  We are weak (ἡμεῖς ἀσθενεῖς), but you are strong (ὑμεῖς δὲ ἰσχυροί).  You are held in honor (ὑμεῖς ἔνδοξοι), but we are in disrepute (ἡμεῖς δὲ ἄτιμοι).  Paul drew the contrast with his apostolic status and that of the Corinthian Christians.  They were boastful, but he was not.  Paul maintained that he was a fool for Christ, while they were wise in Christ.  The apostles were weak, but these Corinthians were strong.  They were held in honor, but the apostles were in disrepute.  Thus, Paul continued with his sarcastic comparison of the new Christians in Corinth with the weather tested apostles, who were not boastful.  Are you a weak or strong Christian?

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