). True superlative, not elative. Explanation of the strong word ektrwma
just used. See Ephesians 3:8
where he calls himself "less than the least of all saints" and 1 Timothy 1:15
the "chief" (prwto
) of sinners. Yet under attack from the Judaizers Paul stood up for his rank as equal to any apostle ( 2 Corinthians 11:5 2 Corinthians 11:23
). Because I persecuted the church of God
(ediwxa thn ekklhsian tou qeou
). There were times when this terrible fact confronted Paul like a nightmare. Who does not understand this mood of contrition?