We are hungry (1 Cor. 4:11)

“To the present hour,

We are hungry

And thirsty.

We are poorly clothed,

Beaten,

And homeless.”

ἄχρι τῆς ἄρτι ὥρας καὶ πεινῶμεν καὶ διψῶμεν καὶ γυμνιτεύομεν καὶ κολαφιζόμεθα καὶ ἀστατοῦμεν

Paul said to the present hour (ἄχρι τῆς ἄρτι ὥρας), we are hungry (καὶ πεινῶμεν) and thirsty (καὶ διψῶμεν).  We are poorly clothed (καὶ γυμνιτεύομεν), beaten (καὶ κολαφιζόμεθα), and homeless (καὶ ἀστατοῦμεν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word γυμνιτεύομεν, that means to be naked or poorly clothed, and the word ἀστατοῦμεν, that means to be unsettled, homeless, no fixed abode, or a vagabond.  Paul continued to press on about the hardships of being an apostle.  They were hungry and thirsty.  They did not have good clothes or a permanent home.  They were homeless and often beaten.  They were the downcast of society, not the well to do.  Paul portrayed the life of an apostle as a difficult life, not like the easy life of the Corinthians.  Do you know anyone who is homeless?

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