1Cor 12:23

Jay Anthony Adkins Jadkins26438 at cs.com
Sat Sep 15 09:50:04 EDT 2001


Dear Fellow B-Greek Members,

I am having trouble understanding 1Cor 12:23.  
1Cor 12:23 (GNT) KAI A DOKOUMEN ATIMOTERA EINAI TOU SWMATOS TOUTOIS TIMHN
PERISSOTERAN PERITIQEMEN, KAI TA ASCHHMONA HMWN EUSCHHMOSUNH PERISSOTERAN
ECHEI

I am not sure where my failure lies in trying to translate the verse.  It
may at least in part be in the term EUSCHHMOSUNH where Louw & Nida says;

"a state of beauty or fine appearance, with the implication of being
attractive and well-suited - `beauty, attractiveness, loveliness.'
....`our unattractive parts (acquire) more than ordinary attractiveness'
1Cor 12:23."

But BDAG says;

"the state of being appropriate for display, propriety, decorum,
presentability, of clothing... of modest concealment....our unpresentable
(parts) receive greater presentability (=are treated with greater modesty)
1 Cor 12:23."

I have the verse:

"And [those parts] of the body which we deem to be without honor, to these
we assign excessive honor and our unpresentable parts have excessive
beauty."

But I am not even convinced of what I have done.  Have I misunderstood the
meaning of other terms?  This just doesn't make sense to me.  If we think
that a part of the body is without honor, why would we then assign it more
honor?  Why would one say that our private body parts(genitalia)has
greater beauty or is even more presentable?  Please help.

Sola Gratia,
         Jay Adkins
Always Under Grace!



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