I Quit!

JP: The phrase “quit you like men” from 1 Corinthians 16:13 is one of my favorite KJV-isms. There is nothing wrong with the KJV here, by the way; it’s just one of many examples of how the English language has changed since 1611. “Quit” today means basically “to give up”: Like “I quit smoking” or “I quit my job!” It meant (still means but it rarely used this way!), to conduct oneself!. Simply considering the wider context of 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong”, it’s obvious that it doesn’t mean to “give up”! Note how the modern translations have Corinthians 16:13:

NKJV: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong”
NASB: “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong”
ESV: “… act like men …”
NIV: “… be men of courage …”

The Greek for this phrase “quit you like men” is just one verb: ἀνδρίζομαι. What do those symbols mean? Transliterated it is “andrizomai”. Kind of looks like “android” doesn’t it! ἀνήρ (anēr) is the Greek word for “husband” so it seems that this word has a male oriented component (the prefix!). Probably in this verse ἀνδρίζομαι is oriented to both genders and means “to show one’s self a man, be brave”. The verb is in the middle voice. The verb “to hit” like “hit the ball” would be as follows:

  • He hit the ball (active voice)
  • He was hit by the ball (think dodge ball! = passive voice)
  • He hit himself with the ball (think a foul tip in baseball that bounces of one’s shin .. OUCH!). That’s the middle voice

Back to ἀνδρίζομαι (andrizoma). It’s in the middle voice. Some we choose to do to ourselves. (Kind of like quiting a job. If one is “fired” the employer initiates the action, if one “quits”, the employee initiates the action!). Paul calls men (and I think women too!) to ACT LIKE MEN and be courageously committed in serving the Savior!

Unfortunately in some cases,as the article linked below suggests, men (and I am speaking now of “male men” (but not “mail men”)) seem to be less committed and less involved in the work of the Lord. I trust that the 4BYA men would “Quit [ourselves] like men” in the right sense of that phrase!

It is written: U.S. women more religious than men


U.S. women trump men on being affilated to a specific faith (86 percent to 79 percent), on daily prayer (66 to 49 percent), and attending a worship service weekly (44 percent to 34 percent).

Note: Image is from The Coffee Pirate

%d bloggers like this: