1 Corinthians 2:14

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the naturall man receiueth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishnesse vnto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the natural man is not able to take in the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

But [the] natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know [them] because they are spiritually discerned;
- Darby Bible

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- Webster's Bible

The unspiritual man rejects the things of the Spirit of God, and cannot attain to the knowledge of them, because they are spiritually judged.
- Weymouth Bible

Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- World English Bible

For a beestli man perseyueth not tho thingis that ben of the spirit of God; for it is foli to hym, and he may not vndurstonde, for it is examyned goostli.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the natural man doth not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are foolishness, and he is not able to know [them], because spiritually they are discerned;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:14


2:14 But the natural man - That is, every man who hath not the Spirit; who has no other way of obtaining knowledge, but by his senses and natural understanding. Receiveth not - Does not understand or conceive. The things of the Spirit - The things revealed by the Spirit of God, whether relating to his nature or his kingdom. For they are foolishness to him - He is so far from understanding, that he utterly despises, them Neither can he know them - As he has not the will, so neither has he the power. Because they are spiritually discerned - They can only be discerned by the aid of that Spirit, and by those spiritual senses, which he has not.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:14


1Co 2:14 But the natural man. The natural man is the unregenerate, one who has the spirit of the world, one not born anew of water and of the Spirit. Man is a triune being--body, soul and spirit. The natural man is under the dominion of the soul, the animal life. Receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. The spirit must be stirred from its dormant condition, and born again, before one can comprehend the things of the Spirit. For they are foolishness unto him. These are foolishness to one under the dominion of the animal life, such as the Jewish scribes and Greek "disputers" (1Co 1:20), for They are spiritually discerned. They can be discerned only by the spirit of man. It is only when a spiritual hunger is felt, when one is born again, and when man becomes a spiritual instead of an animal being, that he can understand "the deep things of God" (1Co 2:10). But blessed be God, the A B C's of the gospel, which the ignorant and unlearned men can understand, are sufficient to convert and prepare one for a higher 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 !!
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Its so very simple and all of it is all there. Full Restoration is truly forthcoming. Glory to God Almighty Yahweh in and through His Son, our Blessed Lord, Savior and near future Majesty King to come, Christ Yeshua Jesus, Glory Amen and Amen. Shalom Israel Zion indeed. The Day of the Lord is Truly at hand, Amen. Elijah is neigh at hand. Come Lord Yeshua Jesus, Glory Amen and Amen indeed. Shalom.
  • 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

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