1 Corinthians 2:11

“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For what man knoweth the things of a man, saue the spirit of man which is in him? Euen so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For who among men knows the {thoughts} of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the {thoughts} of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For who has knowledge of the things of a man but the spirit of the man which is in him? in the same way, no one has knowledge of the things of God but the Spirit of God.
- Basic English Bible

For who of men hath known the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? thus also the things of God knows no one except the Spirit of God.
- Darby Bible

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
- Webster's Bible

For, among human beings, who knows a man's inner thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? In the same way, also, only God's Spirit is acquainted with God's inner thoughts.
- Weymouth Bible

For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God, except God's Spirit.
- World English Bible

And who of men woot, what thingis ben of man, but the spirit of man that is in hym? So what thingis ben of God, no man knowith, but the spirit of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for who of men hath known the things of the man, except the spirit of the man that [is] in him? so also the things of God no one hath known, except the Spirit of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:11


2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man - All the inmost recesses of his mind; although men are all of one nature, and so may the more easily know one another. So the things of God knoweth no one but the Spirit - Who, consequently, is God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:11


1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth, etc. A man's spirit knows all his secrets, though these are unknown to another man. So God's Spirit knows the Divine secrets, and imparts these wherever he dwells in full measure as the Spirit of Knowledge.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • BSP
    We can fully understand the perfect mind of God, but we do have the living example of Jesus in God's word found in the Bible.
  • Mockingbird
    Who am I that I may instruct the Lord : his wisdom and knowledge surpasses all that I myself know : And at the same time I have the mind of Christ and I have an unction from the Holy one and know all things from the Spirit of God. I am lifted up !!! Praise God to His standards !!
  • Ernest ikechuks Ani
    The preacher is concern about their spiritual state "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
  • George Boateng
    Without the grace of God n His mercy ,we are empty. It takes His wisdom to understand the words of the spirits.
  • Davison Songore
    We sometimes forget that this world is designed to tempt us and lead us away from the creator
  • Johnwalter Mugisa for verse 9
    It's beyond doubt that it takes the manifold grace of God for this scripture to be understood by carnal man,because we often think of the earthly posessions,since we're destined to be found worthy for true worshiping, John 4:21-24 ,Our hope should be set on things above not on earthly things,bcoz things on earth can exempt us from being true followers,and since we have to deny ourselves of all da earthly treasures,this scripture may focus on eternity bcoz we're not of the world just as Jesus stated in John 15:18-21 .Heaven is real.Be Blessed.

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