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Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his ° brethren?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:2 saints shall judge. The resurrected saints will apparently “judge the world” during the coming millennium, when Christ reigns and His people reign with Him (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 20:4).


6:5 your shame. The Greek word translated “shame” is entrope, which means “turning inward” or “inversion.” See also I Corinthians 15:34, where Paul uses the same rebuke. The modern scientific word “entropy” is essentially the same word. In science, entropy is a measure of disorder or confusion.


6:7 rather take wrong. This principle is as relevant today as in Paul’s days. Christians ought to love one another, not sue one another! Christians, like unbelievers, do unfortunately get into mundane arguments and disagreements with each other. They should be able to settle such arguments amicably, however, as Christian brothers. If not, they should be willing to accept Christian mediation from disinterested fellow-Christians. Failing this, the more mature Christian should be willing simply to yield to the other, even if he is legally in the right. Above all, they should not take the matter to court, as this damages the testimony of the whole church.


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