1 Corinthians 1:18

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the preaching of the Crosse is to them that perish, foolishnesse: but vnto vs which are saued, it is the power of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the word of the cross seems foolish to those who are on the way to destruction; but to us who are on the way to salvation it is the power of God.
- Basic English Bible

For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God's power.
- Darby Bible

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.
- Webster's Bible

For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving.
- Weymouth Bible

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.
- World English Bible

For the word of the cros is foli to hem that perischen; but to hem that ben maad saaf, that is to seie, to vs, it is the vertu of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the word of the cross to those indeed perishing is foolishness, and to us -- those being saved -- it is the power of God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:18


1:18 To them that perish - By obstinately rejecting the only name whereby they can be saved. But to us who are saved - Now saved from our sins, and in the way to everlasting salvation, it is the great instrument of the power of God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:18


1Co 1:18 The preaching of the cross. The gospel of a Crucified Savior. Unto them that perish. Those who are unregenerate. Foolishness. The Greek philosopher and the Jewish scribe scoffed at the thought of a Savior who had been crucified. They held that his crucifixion proved that he was not divine. Unto us who are saved. There are two sections of mankind--the unsaved and the saved. To the first, the cross is folly; to the second, the gospel of the Crucified One comes as the "power of God". See Ro 1:16. To the unsaved, the cross is a pillar of cloud; to the saved, a pillar of light.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1

  • Sandani Isaac Madumi
    I would like to comment about 2Corinthians :12 :7-10 when is speaking about the thorn in the flesh. Yes,indeed it is very painful when a person faced adversaries ,opponents who caused pain in life but despite all this God's grace is so sufficient for us.God's unmerrited favor always directed to Children of God.
  • Servant of Jesus Christ
    It is the word of God. Just believe it.
  • Mary Mitchell
    So thankful our relationship is a personal one with JESUS and that HE IS MY BEST FRIEND
  • Gerry Kwasny
    We my wife and me belief that : Jesus is the way the truth and the everlasting life no one comes through the father than trough him Amen
  • Lu2677
    V. 18 (For unbelievers the preaching of the cross is foolishness and they will perish.) (For the saved; the preaching of the cross by true God fearing believers it is the power of God.)
  • Gregory J. Phillips
    (1 Corinthians 1) This is the fruit of the well informed early Church . The Church at Corinth had the Jews who were superstitious, and the Gentiles with their sinfulness. This is what the Apostle Paul had to deal with. As if this wasn't enough, those false teachers stole the peace by undermining Paul's Apostolic influence. This breech is still effectively operating in The Church today. Amen gjp