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

  • TORNYELI AYITEY
    Comment*may God add his blessing onto his words.
  • 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
  • Sharon Burnham
    Our father have blessed us with his holy spirit. We should learn to give back to him and also thank him for what he have done for us. We all have sinned and that is why he loved us so early because he died for us all.
  • Michael farrugia
    It is good to read the bible everyday ,it is more important how you apply it . God loves us despite our breaking his law ,not that we sin wilfully .we have a Savior in JESUS if we confess our sins HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness JESUS has come to for fill the law .Iam so thankful praise GOD
  • Sandy
    1 Corinthians Chapter 1. I have been reading the Bible everyday without a miss for 1 straight year. And So far what I have come up with this. It doesn't matter what other people think about you! It's what God thinks about you! If we live by Gods laws then we are On God's good side. Gods has rules and laws they are all in His book!
  • MockingBird
    Truly the cross of Jesus Christ is foolishness to the one that is not of the household of Faith . They think it is totally absurb to believe in such a thing as a man to die for the sins of the world. Only because they have not believed in the message of the cross that was presented to them. The cross to me is my life giving force : without the cross of Jesus Christ I would be undone and on my way to Hell . Truly the cross is the power of God unto salvation to me !!!! Praise God for His Amazing Grace !!!