The lawsuit is a defeat (1 Cor. 6:7)

“To have lawsuits at all

With one another

Is already a defeat

For you.

Why not rather suffer wrong?

Why not rather be defrauded?”

ἤδη μὲν οὖν ὅλως ἥττημα ὑμῖν ἐστιν ὅτι κρίματα ἔχετε μεθ’ ἑαυτῶν. διὰ τί οὐχὶ μᾶλλον ἀδικεῖσθε; διὰ τί οὐχὶ μᾶλλον ἀποστερεῖσθε;

Paul once again questioned these disciples at Corinth.  He told them to have lawsuits at all with one another (ὅτι κρίματα ἔχετε μεθ’ ἑαυτῶν) was already a defeat for them (ἤδη μὲν οὖν ὅλως ἥττημα ὑμῖν ἐστιν).  He asked them.  “Why not rather suffer wrong (διὰ τί οὐχὶ μᾶλλον ἀδικεῖσθε)?”  “Why not rather be defrauded (διὰ τί οὐχὶ μᾶλλον ἀποστερεῖσθε)?”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἥττημα, that means to lose, to defect, to fail, to be defeated, or a shortcoming.  Paul reminded them that the very fact of the lawsuits with each other was already a loss or a defect in this Christian community.  Why couldn’t they just suffer whatever wrong it was or whatever fraud was committed against them?  Should they not have been more forgiving in the first place?  Why couldn’t they suffer a little indignity among themselves?  Are you willing to suffer a little injustice in your life?

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