1 Corinthians 11:22

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.