No one ever expected God to act in history by sending the Eternal Logos in human form and having him die on the cross as the means of salvation! From Isaiah 64:4, freely rendered by Septuagint. 1. No human eye had ever beheld these "things", no human ear had ever heard them (preached by any philosopher), and no human mind operating with mere human wisdom had ever conceived these "things". Probably many in the marketplace would also refuse to do business with such an outcast. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. New International Version 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. But although this does not refer directly to heaven, there may be an application of the passage to a future state in an indirect manner, which is not improper. ", "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for him;", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Isaiah 64:4 (or 3 in the Hebrew) is literally translated by Dr. J. In verse 15, Elisha’s attendant went out seemingly oblivious to both the fact of the enemy and of God’s provision. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. Eye hath not seen, &c.—Alford translates, "The things which eye saw not … the things which God prepared … to us God revealed through His Spirit." αὐτὸν affirms the moral precondition for this full blessedness (cf. The thing to which the apostle here refers particularly, is the wisdom which was revealed in the gospel; but he also intends, doubtless, to include all the provisions of mercy and happiness which the gospel makes known to the people of God. ὅσα ἡτοίμασεν ὁ θεὸς τ. ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτόν. & 67. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/1-corinthians-2.html. Chrysostom also suggests that it may be a reference, not to a writing, but to historical facts, as in Matthew 2:23. It is new; and is above all that man has seen, and felt, and known. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. Some years ago this verse, by itself, was our theme verse for a semester at chapel at a school I attended. But see what the New Testament says, “God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.” You see the Lord hath revealed them unto us: “For the Spirit searches all things—yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10 God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit. This difficulty may be met either by a reference to the usage referred to in the note on the last verse of the preceding chapter, 1 Corinthians 1:31, the custom of the apostles to quote passages from the Old Testament without weaving them grammatically into their own discourses. For Isaiah spake to them who waited for Messiah's appearance as future; Paul, to them who love Him as having actually appeared (1Jo 4:19); compare 1Co 2:12, "the things that are freely given to us of God". 1905. To say that the eye had not seen, nor the ear heard, was, therefore, the same as saying that it was not known at all. If there are such manifestations of wisdom in the plan here; if Christians see so much of its beauty here on earth; and if their views so far surpass all that the world sees and enjoys, how much greater and purer will be the manifestations of wisdom and goodness in the world of glory. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". As the scripture says. "Things" such as forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, redemption, etc...and how to live! 2. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". In that place it is designed clearly to describe the blessedness of those who were admitted to the divine favor; who had communion with God; and to whom God manifested himself as their friend. aux Corinthiens, οὐδε οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν εἰδον Θεὸν πλήν σου. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. Paul says, "But God hath revealed them unto us." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-2.html. The thing which he is describing here, is not merely the happiness of Christians, but their views of the wisdom of the plan of salvation. John 4:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 4:35, NIV: "Don't you have a saying, 'It's still four months until harvest'?I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! 1. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” King James Version (KJV) Rather construe, as Estius, "('We speak,' supplied from 1Co 2:8), things which eye saw not (heretofore), … things which God prepared … But God revealed them to us," &c. The quotation is not a verbatim one, but an inspired exposition of the "wisdom" (1Co 2:6, from Isa 64:4). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/1-corinthians-2.html. The sentence is incomplete. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. John 4:35, ESV: "Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’?Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. It would be an eye that sees the Master's generosity as more precious than money. (Erdman p. 40). The exceptive words, "O God, beside (that is, except) Thee," are not quoted directly, but are virtually expressed in the exposition of them (1Co 2:10), "None but thou, O God, seest these mysteries, and God hath revealed them to us by His Spirit. See Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah 64:4-5, Isaiah 64:8. It may sound contradictory, but a person can see, yet not see. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; What an eye hath not seen, nor an ear heard, and, all that God hath prepared for them that love Him, by some confusion of memory took the apocryphal saying for a canonical passage possibly from the prophecies, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι πορεύσονται εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομοῦντες ἐκεῖνα, Commentary on the First Ep. We have not seen the end of the story. things which have not set foot upon the heart. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations. verse 12, end). Nor ear heard - We learn the existence and quality of objects by the external senses; and those senses are used to denote any acquisition of knowledge. 2. They read Mark 16:16, and then say, "But I really think that in the end God won"t consider baptism to be an essential requirement for salvation". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-corinthians-2.html. As we begin 1998, Gods aim for us is that we be set on a two-railed train track in the direction of holiness and love and mission and heaven. a Cor. Names. Clement of Rome (ad Cor(373), xxxiv. They do not have an eye that can see mercy as more precious than money. Phrases. Teshuva, c. 8. sect. Even his … Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Such claims sound pretty arrogant. But' [ de (Greek #1161), not so strong an adversative as the former "but," which contrasts the two main opposites. (i) Man cannot so much as think of them, much less conceive them with his senses. As It is Written. A. Alexander, is: "And from eternity they have not heard, they have not perceived by the ear, the eye hath not seen, a God beside thee (who) will do for (one) waiting for him." “ Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him. Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had kicked this man out of the temple, which was a serious matter in that society. He there says that God has revealed these things to Christians by his Spirit. All people had been ignorant of it. Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD's anointed. Immediately I had three scriptures come to mind that all said: “Lift up your eyes.” These scriptures all have to do with what I call having a heavenly mindset. 1871-8. 1 Corinthians 2:9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And {which} entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him. Paul had said, he preached the hidden wisdom of God, which none of the princes of this world knew; he taught what no eye hath seen, nor ear heard, nor heart conceived. Others, assuming the first-mentioned interpretation of the passage in Isaiah to be the true one, consider the apostle as using scriptural language without intending to give the sense of the original. The things which God hath prepared - The things which God "has held in reserve" (Bloomfield); that is, what God has appointed in the gospel for his people. American King James Version (AKJV) But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. Where does this verse place those religious scholars that claim the Bible has been corrupted? For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The Hebrew reads: "From of old men have not heard, not perceived with the ear, eye has not seen a God beside Thee who does (gloriously) for him who waits on Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NKJV): But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. Thus, however, the "but" of 1Co 2:10 is ignored. "Whatsoever things God prepared"-"These words do not refer to the unknown glories of heaven, as commonly supposed, but to the way of salvation." I am not talking about being so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, but it is still the mindset that places priority not on what we see but instead on who we know. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/1-corinthians-2.html. 1 Corinthians 1:5-7).— τ. ἀγαπ. ((b) T. Bab. 64. This latter "but" puts a slight contrast between the two subordinate clauses, "God hath prepared" from everlasting, but now "hath revealed the things to us."] They need insight or illumination, eyes to see the mighty power and provision of God, but they must also believe God and put on their God-given armor that they might take a stand against Satan and his forces. It is used there, as Paul uses it, to denote the happiness which results from the communication of the divine favor to the soul. 99. To enter into the heart means to occur to the mind. Where does this verse place people who read the Bible, and then say, "But I think God will do something different."? App-107. Sota, fol. When the eyes are good, the whole person gets the benefit of the light. As it is written is not, in this case, the form of quotation, but is rather equivalent to saying, ‘To use the language of Scripture.'. Sanhedrin, fol. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:9". It is certainly taught in the Old Testament that the human mind cannot penetrate into the counsels of God; his purposes can only be known by a supernatural revelation. 1999-2014. is = has been. Indeed, the mysteries of the Gospel are more clearly discerned now, than by the prophets formerly. Compare in the Hebrew, Isaiah 65:17. However, keep in mind that faith is NOT faith in faith, but is … ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Neither have entered into the heart of man -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, neither have entered into the heart of man, The things which God hath prepared for them that love him, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, ἀπεκάλυψεν δὲ ἡμῖν ὁ θεός, τοῖς ὑπομενοῦσιν αὐτόν, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. That blessedness is said to be superior to all that people elsewhere enjoy; to be such as could be found no where else but in God. But Christ confounded human wisdom, and not many were given eyes to see and understand. Although now the man was physically able to work for the first time in his life, no one would hire a man who had been excommunicated by the religious authorities. All the world had been strangers to this until God made a revelation to his people by his Spirit. This we often do, and it is not unfrequently done in the New Testament, Romans 10:18. Paul takes only the general idea from the Old-Testament passage. the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Joseph Beet's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, "Paul"s thought is that there is no method of apprehension open to man (eyes, ears, or understanding) which can give him any idea of the wonderful things that God has made ready for, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "which none of the princes of this world knew. A Hebraism (compare, Jer 3:16, Margin). Eye hath not seen - This is the same as saying, that no one had ever fully perceived and understood the value and beauty of those things which God has prepared for his people. 2. Instead of using his own words he quotes God's. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". Go to, but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. In fact, they are claiming to have an "inside track" to God"s mind. While it is true that we cannot comprehend the greatness of heaven, that isn’t what Paul means here, because 1 Corinthians 2:10 tells us God has revealed them to us through His Spirit . The meaning in Isaiah as connected with what precedes, seems to be that the reason why such fearful things as had been predicted were to be expected from Jehovah is, that he alone had proved himself able to perform them. 1909-1922. The idea is, that men had never known any other God than Jehovah who did, or could do, what he threatened to do. 4. God's seeing the mysteries ensures His revealing them to His people. In thought, as Hf(371) and Bt(372) point out, this passage corresponds to Isaiah 64 : in P. God does, as in Isaiah He is besought to do, things unlooked for by the world, to the confusion of its unbelief; in each case these things are done for fit persons—Isaiah’s “him that waiteth for Him,” etc., being translated into Paul’s “those that love Him”; ἐποίησεν is changed to ἡτοίμασεν, in conformity with προώρισεν (1 Corinthians 2:7). - Jewish Publication Society Bible. "as it is written"-(Isaiah 64:4/65:17) "He does not employ the very words, but states the main thought, which emphasizes the inability of man to discover that which God alone can reveal." If the eyes were good then the body was full of light. . prophesied only of the days of the Messiah.”. D L Moody - MOST people say “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,” and they stop there. 31. Septuagint, "From of old we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen a God beside Thee, and Thy works which Thou wilt do for those who wait for mercy." 'Love conducts to a far richer world of knowledge than earthly means could open to the conception' (Olshausen). The second difficulty relates to the passage quoted. (y) T. Bab. 2. They are ripe for harvest." margin, Jeremiah 3:16). Ép. The context makes it clear that this revelation is God’s Word (v. 13), which tells us what God has prepared for us. For more discussion of faith see commentary on Hebrews 11:1-2. neither have, &c. = and went not (Greek. sayings whose substance he desires to use. Or this verse may be connected with what follows: ‘What eye hath not seen — what (namely) God hath prepared for his people, he hath revealed to us by his Spirit.' Origen in his Commentary on John (Exegetika eis to kata Ioannen) (Fragments from Catenae, Fragm. In Isa 64:4 it is "Prepared (literally, 'will do') for him that waiteth for Him"; here, "for them that love Him." 1. They have views of that which the eyes of other people have not seen; a view of wisdom, and fitness, and beauty which can be found in no other plan. How bankrupt is the world"s wisdom? We really cannot "get it" or see it. ” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. It seems they are claiming to be as close to God, as the Spirit is! Or(374) wrote (on Matthew 27:9), “In nullo regulari libro hoc positum invenitur, nisi in Secretis Eliæ prophetæ”—a lost Apocryphum; Jerome found the words both in the Ascension of Isaiah and the Apocalypse of Elias, but denies Paul’s indebtedness to these sources; and Lt(375) makes out (see note, ad loc(376)) that these books were later than Paul. The words cited do not appear, connectedly, in the O.T. () It sure looks as if they are claiming for themselves a quality or condition (infallibility, inspiration), which they deny for the Bible. The two rails of this train are prayer before the throne of God and meditation on the word of God. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. Eye has not seen: Most people wrongly take the things which God has prepared for those who love Him to mean the things which are waiting for us in heaven. The quotation is not verbatim, but an inspired exposition of the "wisdom" (1 Corinthians 2:6) from Isaiah 64:4 (cf. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Lit., went up. 34. College Press, Joplin, MO. It says, Entered - literally, come up into the heart: 'alah 'al leeb: the rising of an earnest desire in the heart. The TOTAL glory of God's act in Christ is still beyond human understanding!!! Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? The gospel is the “hidden wisdom of God” (1 Cor 2:6). "The Bible Study New Testament". Then they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. Well, it"s rulers put God to death. It has therefore been suggested (Origen) that they are from some apocryphal book, or some book which has been lost, as is supposed many have been. It is to prove that those who are Christians have true wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:6-7; or that they have views of truth, and of the excellence of the plan of salvation which the world has not, and which those who crucified the Lord Jesus did not possess. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Origen’s suggestion has been adopted by many expositors, but is really needless; this is only an extreme example of the Apostle’s freedom in adopting and combining O.T. I love the biblical definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the Although the words given here are not to be found in the same sequence in any passage in the Old Testament, still there are phrases scattered through the writings of Isaiah (see Isaiah 64:4; Isaiah 65:17; see also Isa 62:15 in the LXX. 64:4), Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for those that love him-for him that waiteth for him, that waiteth for his mercy, so the Septuagint. If the eyes are not good, the person cannot see well. 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