). Triple contrast in keenest ironical emphasis. "The three antitheses refer respectively to teaching, demeanour, and worldly position" (Robertson and Plummer). The apostles were fools for Christ's sake ( 2 Corinthians 4:11
; Philippians 3:7
). They made "union with Christ the basis of worldly wisdom" (Vincent). There is change of order (chiasm) in the third ironical contrast. They are over strong in pretension. Endoxo
, illustrious, is one of the 103 words found only in Luke and Paul in the N.T. Notion of display and splendour.