1 Corinthians 4:15 (KJV)
For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
A common term among preachers today might be to jokingly say a statement was an, “exaggeration for effect.” It used to be they would jokingly call it “just preaching.” The idea is to overstate a thing. It might be to grab attention. It might be to add color. It is intended that the hearer understand it to be an overstatement. It is sometimes criticized but it is also demonstrated right here to be in the pages of God’s Word.
There is almost no possibility that the Corinthians had ten thousand instructors in Christ. The implication of the statement is that they had more than they could count and even too many. No one was expected to go count them out and be sure there were actually ten thousand of them.
- Some people look for things to criticize.
- Some people have difficulty with hyperbole
Still, it is a valid tool in speech and used in the Word of God. It is likely it can be overused (though those who are given to it are known for it and therefore the hearer is less likely to think of it as more than it is.) But it is a useful tool in both speaking and writing.
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1 Corinthians 4:15 Ten Thousand?
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