Either this is set down as another cause of their estrangement from the life of God, or as the cause of their ignorance, which, though in part it be natural to them, yet is increased to further degrees by their own hardness and obstinacy, shutting their eyes voluntarily against the light. The unsusceptibility of an indurated heart was the ultimate cause of their lifeless and ignorant state. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Ver. The first blindness, therefore, which covers the minds of men, is the punishment of original sin; because Adam, after his revolt, was deprived of the true light of God, in the absence of which there is nothing but fearful darkness. All rights reserved. 1865-1868. They were not betrayed into sin, against their better purposes; they were not merely overcome now and then by the violence of their passions; they were not mastered by some malignant power, against which they struggled in vain; nor were their worst excesses followed by any remorse. They committed the grossest vices, and were conscious of no shame. That sign is just coarse enough for him to understand; and he has not that in him which would enable him to interpret the paintings of a great master. See Ephesians 2:12. life. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. This was a self-caused alienation (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18-32). Why, that when they were at length brought out of their confinement they spake no language at all, they uttered only inarticulate sounds like those of other animals. BibliographySchaff, Philip. Some (Ell., Abb., etc.) 1 John 2:11. πώρωσις, as Robinson shows, expresses the hardening which indicates irresponsiveness rather than wilful rebellion and so is practically equivalent to blindness. 1871-8. Gram. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/ephesians-4.html. p. 168. (Dr. That is in them - deep-seated, indwelling: the defect of the intellect, owing to the defect of the heart. Blindness , [ pooroosin (Greek #4457), from pooroo (Greek #4456)] - from pooros (a kind of stone): to petrify; to make hard; literally, used of the skin, so as not to feel the touch. South.). BibliographyBarnes, Albert. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. The ideal of the ethical life is no higher in the Church than it is in the world. Thirdly, the clauses may be taken as they stand, ὄντες being connected with the first clause. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:18". Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:18". Hort on 1 Peter 1:13. They would have no religion at all: they would have no more knowledge of God than the beasts of the field, than the wild ass’s colt. It is seen, too, in all the intellect of the bar, the senate, the pulpit, and the medical profession, that is ruined by intemperance, and in the intellect of multitudes of young men wasted by licentiousness and drunkenness. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". on Ephesians 1:18. And they did so. Because he has not that in him by which he can appreciate Beethoven’s music. To make his meaning clearer still he adds, “who (or, inasmuch as they) being past feeling, have given themselves over to lasciviousness.” There is precisely a similar current of thought (noting, however, the characteristic difference referred to above) in Romans 1:24-32, where St. Paul draws out, as consequences of the same vanity, first lusts of uncleanness, next unnatural sin, and at last breaks out into a fearful enumeration of the signs of the reprobate mind. á¼¡ á¼ÏÏÎ½ÎµÏÎ¿Ï Î±á½Ïá¿¶Î½ ÎºÎ±ÏÎ´Î¯Î±, Î´Î¹á½° Ïá½´Î½ ÏÏÏÏÏÎ¹Î½ Ïá¿Ï ÎºÎ±ÏÎ´Î¯Î±Ï Î±á½Ïá¿¶Î½, haying been darkened in the understanding, á¼ÏÎºÎ¿ÏÎ¹ÏÎ¼ÎÎ½Î¿Î¹ Ïá¿ Î´Î¹Î±Î½Î¿Î¯á¾³ á½Î½ÏÎµÏ, Alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Ephesians 4:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 4:18, NIV: "They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts." "Commentary on Ephesians 4:18". 2. 2 Corinthians 4:4. the understanding = in the understanding. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Al. Comp. 1999-2014. Having been darkened in their understanding. Nox est perpetua, una, dormienda, sobs Catullus. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". We discover that the pleasures and pains of this brief and transitory life, its poverty and its wealth, its honours and its shame, are of secondary importance, that there is a kind of unreality in them all, that they are external to us, that they are rapidly passing away.
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