Shall judge the world
(ton kosmon krinousin
). Future active indicative. At the last day with the Lord Jesus ( Matthew 19:28
; Luke 22:30
). Are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
(anaxioi este krithriwn elacistwn;
is an old word (an
), though only here in the N.T. There is dispute as to the meaning of krithria
here and in verse Luke 4
, old word, but nowhere else in N.T. save in James 2:6
. Naturally, like other words in -thrion
, auditorium, Acts 25:23
), this word means the place where judgment is rendered, or court. It is common in the papyri in the sense of tribunal. In the Apost. Const
. ii. 45 we have mh ercesqw epi krithrion eqnikon
(Let him not come before a heathen tribunal). Hence here it would mean, "Are ye unworthy of the smallest tribunals?" That is, of sitting on the smallest tribunals, of forming courts yourselves to settle such things?