Divine jealously (2 Cor. 11:2)

“I feel

A divine jealousy

For you.

I promised you

In marriage

To one husband,

To present you

As a chaste virgin

To Christ.”

ζηλῶ γὰρ ὑμᾶς Θεοῦ ζήλῳ, ἡρμοσάμην γὰρ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἀνδρὶ παρθένον ἁγνὴν παραστῆσαι τῷ Χριστῷ·

Paul said that I feel a divine jealousy for you (ζηλῶ γὰρ ὑμᾶς Θεοῦ ζήλῳ).  I promised you in marriage (ἡρμοσάμην γὰρ ὑμᾶς) to one husband (ἑνὶ ἀνδρὶ), to present you (παραστῆσαι) as a chaste virgin (παρθένον ἁγνὴν) to Christ (τῷ Χριστῷ).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word (ἡρμοσάμην) that means to fit, join, to join oneself in marriage, give in marriage.  Paul explained that he felt like a father to this Christian Corinthian community.  Thus, he had a divine jealousy for them.  He had promised this community to Christ.  He wanted to present them as a chaste pure virgin to this one husband of Jesus Christ.  Paul had a paternal love for these Corinthians who were like a young bride to be.  He was the proud papa.  Have you ever been proud of your daughter?

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