11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.
them (v.11) — stressed
examples (v.11) = lit. “typically” — as a figure or pattern
admonition (v.11) = “putting in mind” — training by word — encouragement or, as here, warning
ends of the ages (v.11) — end of God’s purpose. The things in past ages happened for examples to those in this age when God’s purpose in Christ has been accomplished.
way of escape (v.13) — through the strength of Christ — through the fruit of the Spirit
idolatry (v.14) — probably referring back to the subject of chapter 8.