for we see now through a mirror obscurely, and then face to face; now I know in part, and then I shall fully know, as also I was known;
1 Corinthians 13:12 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Now we see through a glass, darkly - Δι' εσοπτρου εν αινιγματι. Of these words some literal explanation is necessary. The word εσοπτρον which we translate a glass, literally signifies a mirror or reflector, from εις, into, and οπτομαι, I look; and among the ancients mirrors were certainly made of fine polished metal. The word here may signify any thing by which the image of a person is reflected, as in our looking, or look in glass. The word is not used for a glass to look through; nor would such an image have suited with the apostle's design.
The εσοπτρον or mirror, is mentioned by some of the most ancient Greek writers; so Anacreon, Ode xi. ver. 1: -
Αεγουσιν αἱ γυναικες,
Ανακρεων, γερων ει·
Ααβων ΕΣΟΠΤΡΟΝ αθρει
Κομας μεν ουκετ' ουσας.
The women tell me,
Anacreon, thou art grown old;
Take thy mirror, and view
How few of thy hairs remain.
And again, in Ode xx. ver. 5: -
Εγω δ' εσοπτρον ειην,
Ὁπως αει βλεπης με.
I wish I were a mirror
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2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...
2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after...
James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
darkly. Gr. in a riddle.
Judges 14:12-19 And Samson said to them, I will now put forth a riddle to you: if you can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast...
Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;
Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua...
Numbers 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold...
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 18:10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you...
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear...
Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
1 Corinthians 13:9,10 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part...
John 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
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