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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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
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.
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.
Sue's comment on 2014-03-18 10:19:21:
Idon t know what it is to be born again what are the stepts to born again
Christy's comment on 2013-11-12 08:07:50:
This verse is one of so many which exhibits the timeliness of what untold numbers of people regard as antiquated writings. I am in utter awe how a gracious God has given us His truth, yet how many even realize that, much less attempt to live by it? Oh, how I vividly remember myself as that 'natural man'. I followed the things of satan, therefore anything of God was foolishness to me. Thanks be to God twenty-three years ago, I accepted His free gift of salvation. My life has not been the same since and words cannot express my gratitude to Him for rescuing me- not only from myself as I lived this earthly life given to sin, but from an eternity in hell. I vividly remember as well when I knew and understood that I had spiritual discernment- a whole new world had opened up to me because of a Book- my King James Bible. Now, as I attempt to witness to my two adult brothers who are lost, I see my 'old man' in them- the things I speak are foolishness to them. What is even worse, people who call themselves Christians will debate with me over truths of the Bible, defending the world's view instead of God's. What a sad day we live in, but thankfully we have His promise that His word will not return to Him void.
Tom Goff's comment on 2013-06-05 08:00:33:
1 cor 2:14 helps the believer come to terms in his or her own mind with those to whom we have spoken the word of God, and they have rejected the idea of God's Word. It gives us the 'why?' answer we so desire. God's Word is so life changing, so awesome, the non acceptance of it seems impossible to us. It is our responsibility to hold it forth with all our ability, but it is not up to us who receives it and who rejects it. We do our job by speaking it in love.
M. S.'s comment on 2012-05-31 11:31:43:
This scripture has Blessed me richly!!!
M. S.'s comment on 2012-05-31 11:30:52:
This scripture has Blessed me richly!!!
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