“Did you experience
So many things in vain?
If it really is in vain?”
τοσαῦτα ἐπάθετε εἰκῇ; εἴ γε καὶ εἰκῇ.
Paul said, “Did you experience or suffer so many things in vain (τοσαῦτα ἐπάθετε εἰκῇ)? If it really is in vain (εἴ γε καὶ εἰκῇ)?” Only the Pauline letters used this unique word εἰκῇ, that means without cause or reason, vainly, purposelessly, or for nothing. Paul then asked them if they had suffered so much, was it all for nothing? Was this useless? Paul questioned whether they suffered in vain. Were their life experiences as a Christian useless? Do you sometimes think that your life is useless?