Were written aforetime (proegraph). Second aorist passive indicative of prograpw, old verb, in N.T. only here, Galatians 3:1 (which see); Ephesians 3:3 ; Jude 1:4 . For our learning (ei thn hmeteran didaskalian). "For the instruction of us." Objective sense of possessive pronoun hmetero. See Matthew 15:9 ; 2 Timothy 3:16 for didaskalian (from didaskw, to teach). We might have hope (thn elpida ecwmen). Present active subjunctive of ecw with ina in final clause, "that we might keep on having hope." One of the blessed uses of the Scriptures.