What? Have ye not houses?
(Mh gar oikia ouk ecete;
) The double negative (mh--ouk
) in the single question is like the idiom in 9:4
which see. Mh
expects a negative answer while ouk
negatives the verb ecete
. "For do you fail to have houses?" Paul is not approving gluttony and drunkenness but only expressing horror at their sacrilege (despising, kataproneite
) of the church of God. That have not
(tou mh econta
). Not those without houses, but those who have nothing, "the have-nots" (Findlay) like 2 Corinthians 8:12
, in contrast with oi econte
"the haves" (the men of property). What shall I say to you?
(ti eipw umin;
) Deliberative subjunctive that well expresses Paul's bewilderment.