For us Today

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” 1 Corinthians 10:11 KJV

What are the “things” mentioned in this verse, which are ensamples? Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-10. It is talking about the experience of the Children of Israel in their journey from Egypt to the land of Canaan. We can learn much from this history.

Notice the word ensamples:

Greek Word, G5179


tupos (pronounced: too’-pos)

From G5180; a die (as struck), that is, (by implication) a stamp or scar; by analogy a shape, that is, a statue, (figuratively) style or resemblance; specifically a sampler (“type”), that is, a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning): – en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.

This is not the same as saying example. The following is the Greek word for example:



hupodeigma (pronounced: hoop-od’-igue-mah)

From G5263; an exhibit for imitation or warning (figuratively specimen, adumbration): – en- (ex-) ample, pattern.

Note the difference. Example means more simply, an exhibit or pattern to imitate or maybe that should not be imitated. Ensample seems to have more specific meaning. It includes concepts like stamp, type, and form which indicate concepts more concrete and possibly less changeable. I understand that a type in the Bible is not changing. For example the lamb sacrificed in the Israelite’s wilderness sanctuary was a type of Christ, which would be the sacrifice for all. The type was not an optional portrayal. In other words, with a surety it pointed to Christ who would fulfill the sacrifice as the typical lamb. These ensamples (unchanging patterns or types) are for the admonition or warning of the generation at the end of the world.


Bible, King James Version

Strong’s Concordance


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