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1 Corinthians 15:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For *I* am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called apostle, because I have persecuted the assembly of God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, I, am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I did persecute the assembly of God,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an Apostle because I persecuted ye Church of God.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— I am the least of the apostles, and am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of Aloha:
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I am the least of the legates; and am not worthy to be called a legate; because I persecuted the church of God.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
I 1473
{1473} Prime
ἐγώ
ego
{eg-o'}
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
am 1510
{1510} Prime
εἰμί
eimi
{i-mee'}
First person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic).
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
least 1646
{1646} Prime
ἐλάχιστος
elachistos
{el-akh'-is-tos}
The superlative of ἔλαχυς [[elachus]] (short); used as equivalent to G3398; least (in size, amount, dignity, etc.).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
apostles, 652
{0652} Prime
ἀπόστολος
apostolos
{ap-os'-tol-os}
From G0649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ('apostle'), (with miraculous powers).
that 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
am 1510
{1510} Prime
εἰμί
eimi
{i-mee'}
First person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic).
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
meet 2425
{2425} Prime
ἱκανός
hikanos
{hik-an-os'}
From ἵκω [[hiko]] (ἱκάνω [[hikano]] or ἱκνέομαι [[hikneomai]]; akin to G2240; to arrive); competent (as if coming in season), that is, ample (in amount) or fit (in character).
to be called 2564
{2564} Prime
καλέω
kaleo
{kal-eh'-o}
Akin to the base of G2753; to 'call' (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise).
z5745
<5745> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 105
an apostle, 652
{0652} Prime
ἀπόστολος
apostolos
{ap-os'-tol-os}
From G0649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ('apostle'), (with miraculous powers).
because 1360
{1360} Prime
διότι
dioti
{dee-ot'-ee}
From G1223 and G3754; on the very account that, or inasmuch as.
I persecuted 1377
{1377} Prime
διώκω
dioko
{dee-o'-ko}
A prolonged (and causative) form of a primary verb δίω [[dio]] (to flee; compare the base of G1169 and G1249); to pursue (literally or figuratively); by implication to persecute.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
church 1577
{1577} Prime
ἐκκλησία
ekklesia
{ek-klay-see'-ah}
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both).
of God. 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 15:9

_ _ least — The name, “Paulus,” in Latin, means “least.

_ _ I persecuted the church — Though God has forgiven him, Paul can hardly forgive himself at the remembrance of his past sin.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 15:9

I persecuted the church — True believers are humbled all their lives, even for the sins they committed before they believed.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the least:

2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
Ephesians 3:7-8 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. ... Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

because:

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed [them] to prison.
Acts 9:1-19 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, ... And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
Acts 22:4-5 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. ... As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
Acts 26:9-11 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. ... And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled [them] to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted [them] even unto strange cities.
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Galatians 1:23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
1 Timothy 1:13-14 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief. ... And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
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Ac 8:3; 9:1; 22:4; 26:9. 2Co 11:5; 12:11. Ga 1:13, 23. Ep 3:7. Php 3:6. 1Ti 1:13.

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