We work (1 Cor. 4:12)

“We grow weary

From the work

Of our own hands.

When reviled,

We bless.

When persecuted,

We endure.”

καὶ κοπιῶμεν ἐργαζόμενοι ταῖς ἰδίαις χερσίν· λοιδορούμενοι εὐλογοῦμεν, διωκόμενοι ἀνεχόμεθα,

Paul said that we labor (καὶ κοπιῶμεν), working (ἐργαζόμενοι) with our own hands (ταῖς ἰδίαις χερσίν).  When reviled (λοιδορούμενοι), we bless (εὐλογοῦμεν).  When persecuted (διωκόμενοι), we endure (ἀνεχόμεθα).  Paul portrayed the life of apostleship as difficult.  They had to work very hard with their own hands.  In other words, they had a day job to earn money.  The elite Greeks disparaged manual labor, since they preferred intellectual discourse.  However, when they were abused by people, Paul said that they blessed them.  When they were persecuted, they endured as best they could.  Paul wanted the Christian Corinthians to know that it was not an easy life as a Christian or a Christian apostle.  Is the Christian apostolic life easy?

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