пояснения к 2:11; Иак. — The word here translated condescend signifies to be led away with; and that which is rendered men of low estate may with equal propriety be rendered low or humble things; and in this way the clause is an antithesis to the one preceding. Be not wise in your own conceits. The idea is that of loving unanimity, and the points to the active manifestation of this temper in all the mutual relations of Christians. Most modern commentators concur in this view of the passage. Be not wise in your own conceits. Condescending to the humble, in the spirit of charity and sweetness. Romans 3:21-23 Commentary. B. Surely to His example, Who for our sakes took up with the things that were lowly; Who deliberately declined what the world covets and admires, and cast in His lot with the needy, the nameless, and the homeless. Be not wise in your own conceits. actuated by a common and well-understood feeling of mutual allowance and kindness. As much as lieth in you - This implies two things: (1) We are to do our utmost endeavors to preserve peace, and to appease the anger and malice of others. Those who are faithful in that which is least, can be entrusted with that which is much (Luke 16:10). In your own conceits - Greek, “Among yourselves.” Syriac, “In your own opinion.” The direction here accords with that just given, and means that they should not be elated with pride above their brethren; or be headstrong and self-confident. συναπαγ.] By considering the examples of holy men, especially of Christ Himself. The Gospel is the great leveller, not indeed of earthly rank, but of proud hearts. 4. Romans 3:12-13 Commentary. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. He shows how it is to leaven all our views of obligation, to effect our fulfilment of everyday duty, to elevate our motives, to quicken our sense of responsibility for every gift and opportunity we enjoy; how, in a word, it is to inspire every part of the secret and personal life.’. The gravest dangers threaten within the sphere of religion. This would well agree with the sentence which follows. ‘Mind’ here includes the feelings as well as the thoughts.—The same word is translated ‘set your affections,’ in the familiar exhortation, ‘set your affections on things above.’. To desire them (Colossians 3:2; Psalms 73:25). Instead of thinking of how great we are or could be, our attention is to be fixed on the "lowly" (others). The bad connotation of in both these places is due not to itself, but to the context. Do not aspire to high things, but be contented with mean things. The sentiment is not materially changed whichever interpretation is adopted. In your own conceits - Greek, "Among yourselves." Be of the same mind one toward another - literally, 'Being of the same mind.' Be not wise … - Compare Isaiah 5:21, “Wo unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.” See the note at Romans 11:25. Class distinctions, high positions, situations, social eminence, etc..are to be avoided as tending to sever your sympathies, interests and desires from your humble brethren. has it, condescend to things that are lowly. Romans 3:24 Commentary. The tendency of religion is to produce a low estimate of our own importance and attainments. A literal translation of the Greek will give somewhat a different sense, but one evidently correct. Romans 11:20; 1 Timothy 6:7. τοῖς ταπεινοῖς] is neuter (Fritzsche, Reiche, Köllner, Glöckler, de Wette, Baumgarten-Crusius, Borger, Reithmayr, Philippi, Maier, Bisping, following Beza and Calvin): being drawn onward by the lowly; i.e. (Phi), The word "condescend", would suggest to many today, a patronizing attitude. This is attended with bad consequences, spoils a man's usefulness, prevents his improvement in knowledge, tempts him to reject all counsel and advice given him, and to treat his fellow creatures and Christians with haughtiness and insolence, and exposes him to the scorn and contempt of men: or "be not wise by or with yourselves"; imagining you have all the wisdom, and others have none; or keeping it to yourselves, what wisdom you have communicate it to others; the Ethiopic version reads, "say not, we are wise"; see Job 12:2. He knew of One Who had stooped from an infinite height, and, in the presence of that self-chosen humiliation of the Divine, all human condescension vanished. Its motives. This may be taken as a general warning against ambition, or ‘high things’ may refer to the distinctions which arise among Christians, whether social or official, and which are so naturally sought after. 1870.return to 'Jump List'. Mind not high things; that is, they were not to set their hearts on what is high and honorable in the estimation of the world. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/romans-12.html. Do not set your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Не высокомудрствуйте. The verb is the same as in the previous clause (lit, ‘minding the same; minding not the high things’). The Christian Servant Romans 12. "Quocirca illud τὸ αυτὸ non intelligo idem quod alii de nobis sentiunt, sed idem quod nos de nobis ipsi sentimus, vel quod alios de nobis sentire postulamus." If it be taken as neuter, to correspond with the τὰ ὑψηλά in the first clause, then the meaning is, allow yourselves to be carried along together by lowly things: i.e. The attachment to high things and high men is the vice of little, shallow minds. It forbids--, 3. This means we have the same attitude towards one another. It is a more abstract expression of the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12. There is no one more dangerous to unity than the man who thinks that he is always right, and that his way is always the best way. Selfish ambition in the Church is fatal to perfect mutual consideration, . Momentary (Luke 12:20). 2 Peter 3:17. wise = prudent. Romans 12:16 Context. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,” etc. And yet, strange to tell, these men will keep up a form of godliness! Romans 12-16New International Version (NIV) A Living Sacrifice. Mind not high things - Be not ambitious; affect nothing above your station; do not court the rich nor the powerful; do not pass by the poor man to pay your court to the great man; do not affect titles or worldly distinctions; much less sacrifice your conscience for them. Comp. It means that Christians should seek the objects of interest and companionship, not among the great, the rich, and the noble, but among the humble and the obscure. The persistent assertions of your own--. Ewald): “modestissimorum exempla sectantes;” Rückert (comp. Ver. φρόνιμοι παρʼ ἑαυτ.] ‘Set not your minds on high things, but be swept away, or carried along by, things that are lowly.’ The word used signifies an irresistible pressure or fascination. These six verses are all tied together by humility—that one should not think of himself more highly than he ought. The tendency of religion is to produce a low estimate of our own importance and attainments. . The providences of God (Psalms 139:5-6). Origen’s much neglected Commentary, which stands out in splendid isolation at the fountainhead of Greek and Latin exegesis, is now completely accessible to English readers. He sees no possibility of vital change save through recognition of the great truth of Christian brotherhood: “We being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” This is the cardinal doctrine of Pauline Christianity, this conviction of unity and variety of the one and the many in the Christian body. .—In every Christian community there should be that harmony which proceeds from a common object, common hopes, common desires. ‘Be of the same hospitable, forgiving, sympathizing disposition towards one another as towards strangers and persecutors.’ Mind not high things. It does not properly mean to condescend, but denotes a yielding, or being guided and led in the thoughts, feelings, plans, by humble objects. Humility is necessary to the Christian not only in his dealings with others, but also to keep his mind open and teachable. Thus Paul felt himself compelled to enter into humble situations." — Men in general are aspiring to things above them. Syriac, "In your own opinion." Love our neighbor Romans 13:8-10. The meaning is, do not trust in the conceit of your own superior skill and understanding, and refuse to hearken to the counsel of others.In your own conceits - Greek, “Among yourselves.” Syriac, “In your own opinion.” The direction here accords with that just given, and means that they should not be elated with pride above their brethren; or be headstrong and self-confident. Christianity is not a place for "free-thinkers", i.e. By giving heed to the voice of God’s Spirit within us. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A precept is fitly added to the preceding; for nothing tends more to break that unity which has been mentioned, than when we elevate ourselves, and aspire to something higher, so that we may rise to a higher situation. "same mind"-() "Have equal regard for one another" (NEB). when in all these respects we are of the same mind one towards another. sunapagomai. Happy we! This is finely enlarged on in the two following clauses: Mind ('Minding') not high things - Cherish not ambitious or aspiring purposes and desires, which, as they spring from selfish severance of our own interests and objects from these of our brethren, are quite incompatible with the spirit inculcated in the preceding clause: But condescend ('condescending') to men of low estate, [ tois (Greek #3588) tapeinois (Greek #5011) sunapagomenoi (Greek #4879)]. Comp. Here, in the text, is one of those precepts which, rightly understood, is one of the most practical we can set ourselves to master, II. 1:17). IV. Take heed of ambitious aspirings: remember what David said (one every way above you) in Psalms 131:1. These verses point us away from self and towards other members of the church. Absolute or independent use of the participle again as with all the participles through Romans 12:18, “thinking the same thing.”, Condescend to men of low estate ( τοῖς ταπεινοῖς συναπαγόμενοι ), Rev., to things that are lowly. But this was only one instance out of many of Lawrence’s exquisite regard for others. Not proportional to our mercies, or not for all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). William Sanday and Rev. ‘Not thinking of high things,’ says Calvin, ‘by which he means that a Christian ought not to aspire, in an ambitious manner, after those things by which he may surpass others, nor indulge in haughty feelings, but meditate rather upon modesty and meekness; for our excellence, in the presence of God, consists in these virtues, not in pride or the contempt of our brethren. "And don"t think you know it all!" As an act of intelligent worship, decide to yield your entire self to Him ( present your bodies a living sacrifice ). Great--. Romans 5:16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. Rev., to things that are lowly. This is just the application of the caution against high-mindedness to the estimate we form of our own mental character. A. your bodies--that is, "yourselves in the body," considered as the organ of the inner life. Nothing can be more opposed to progress in the Divine life, than the evil against which we are here warned. ), Knowing how anxious the troops in Cabul would look for their letters, Captain (afterwards Sir Henry) Lawrence and his wife--because the Government could not afford a post-clerk!--would sit up half the night sorting them, after the multiform duties of revenue collector, engineer, commissariat officer, and paymaster, had been discharged. be in agreement, live in harmony (Arndt p. 866) "Enter into the mind or feeling of your brother, whether in joy or sorrow." If we cannot carry people along with us in our thinking, perhaps we are going in the wrong direction. They were not to seek them for themselves; nor were they to court the society or the honors of the people in an elevated rank in life. To men of low estate - In the Greek text, the word here is an adjective ταπεινοις tapeinois, and may refer either to "people" or to "things," either in the masculine or neuter gender. Be not wise in your own conceits. . Be not wise in your own conceits; this seems to be taken from Proverbs 3:7: see Romans 12:3. единомысленны между собою Будьте беспристрастны друг ко другу (см. But it is more than doubtful whether St. Paul is here thinking about persons at all. The thing forbidden is ambition; the thing enjoined is lowliness of mind. Ours is described by St. Paul as a ‘high calling,’ and we are bidden to rise to the full height of it. Romans 3:19 Commentary. μὴ τὰ ὑψ.] This item: Romans: The New Humanity (Romans 12-16) (Expositional Commentary) by James Montgomery Boice Paperback $18.58 Only 1 left in stock - order soon. The verb literally means being carried off along with; hence yielding or submitting to, and so condescending. The divisive power of intellectual self-conceit. This precept is properly added to the former; for nothing breaks the unity mentioned by the Apostle more completely than the exalting of ourselves, and our aspiring to something still more elevated, with a view to attain a higher situation. An undue estimate of one’s own opinion. Be not wise ... - Compare Isaiah 5:21, "Wo unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight." things above your capacities and callings. (seven times) is only found in the masculine, and so some would render it here: condescend to men of low estate; let yourself be carried along in the line of their interests, not counting such people beneath you. The verb literally means being carried off along with; hence yielding or submitting to, and so condescending. With respect to faith, it is the word of God with which believers are to be in accordance, and not with the opinions of each other. 1. τὸ αὐτὸ εἰς ἀλλ. 16. (In this sense it is taken here generally by the Greek fathers, and by Erasmus, Beza, Grotius, Estius, Bengel, Tholuck, Alford). Occurance: Romans 11:25. Thus the Christian holds intercourse, sympathetically and effectively, in the lower circles, with the poor, sick, persecuted, etc. Here it is a noun and it refers "to mankind's inverted value system" (CBL, GED, 6:399). high things — that is, Cherish not ambitious or aspiring purposes and desires. 16.] Conceits—Thereby becoming opinionated and contentious. (McGarvey p. 500) "It does not seem to refer to unity in gospel teaching (as other passages teach), but rather of sentiment, or disposition..each one to enter into the rejoicing and sorrows of the other." Vocem humilibus in neutro genere accipio, ut antithesis ita compleatur. Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. "set not your mind on high things"-"do not be haughty in mind" (NASV), "Don"t become snobbish" (Phi). Romans 12:16-19 At the very least, Paul derived this from the example of Christ, who submitted to wicked and corrupt officials and authorities. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 12:16. It should never, however, be our ambition. on Romans 12:9), and not to be joined to Romans 12:15, nor yet to μὴ γίνεσθε φρόν. This is next taken up in detail. Be not wise in your own conceits—This is just the application of the caution against high-mindedness to the estimate we form of our own mental character. Positively--of this world (Jeremiah 45:5). Greek. The proverbs of the world are for the most part... 3. They should do it because their Master did it before them; because his friends are most commonly found among those in humble life; because Christianity prompts to benevolence rather than to a fondness for pride and display; and because of the influence on the mind produced by an attempt to imitate the great, to seek the society of the rich, and to mingle with the scenes of gaiety, folly, and ambition. generally Romans 15:5; Philippians 2:2; Philippians 4:2; 2 Corinthians 13:11. Be not wise in your own conceits - Be not puffed up with an opinion of your own consequence; for this will prove that the consequence itself is imaginary. (J. Lyth, D.D. (f) Charity. 3. 16. We must not only do that which is … Here then is condemned all ambition and that elation of mind which insinuates itself under the name of magnanimity; for the chief virtue of the faithful is moderation, or rather lowliness of mind, which ever prefers to give honor to others, rather than to take it away from them. ‘Be of the same mind one towards another. But in τοῖς ταπεινοῖς συναπαγόμενοι the adj. “Enter into each other‘s circumstances, in order to see how you would yourself feel.” Chrysostom. Condescend; sympathize and associate with the poor, humble, afflicted, especially such as suffer for righteousness’ sake. Be not wise in your own conceits. (J. Lyth, D.D.). Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. "Commentary on Romans 12:16". ), or in a wrong manner (Romans 12:8). “For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.”“For” shows that Paul is explaining verse 11, “For there is no partiality with God.” Verse 12 means that God will judge each person according to the light that he was given. 1. (b) Faith. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Meyer, who maintains the neuter, explains: "The lowly things ought to have for the Christian a force of attraction, in virtue of which he yields himself to fellowship with them, and allows himself to be guided by them in the determination of his conduct. Self-exaltation is disapproved of. Be of the same mind one toward another. Romans 11:25, and Proverbs 3:7. 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