2 Corinthians 4:5

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For we preach not our selues, but Christ Iesus the Lord, and our selues your seruants for Iesus sake.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For our preaching is not about ourselves, but about Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants through Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus Lord, and ourselves your bondmen for Jesus' sake.
- Darby Bible

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
- Webster's Bible

(For we do not proclaim ourselves, but we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bondservants for the sake of Jesus.)
- Weymouth Bible

For we don't preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake;
- World English Bible

But we prechen not vs silf, but oure Lord Jhesu Crist; and vs youre seruauntis bi Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus -- Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:5


4:5 For - The fault is not in us, neither in the doctrine they hear from us. We preach not ourselves - As able either to enlighten, or pardon, or sanctify you. But Jesus Christ - As your only wisdom, righteousness, sanctification. And ourselves your servants - Ready to do the meanest offices. For Jesus' sake - Not for honour, interest, or pleasure.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:5


2Co 4:5 We preach not ourselves. We have no self-seeking sins in preaching, but only seek to preach "Christ Jesus, the Lord". We know that Paul's preaching was perverted by his detractors. He called on the disciples to follow him as he followed Christ (1Co 11:1 4:16 7:6), and they asserted that he preached himself. Instead he made himself "the servant of all" for Christ's sake (1Co 9:19).

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Paul West
    God's word is truth and powerful full of Grace! Faithful is the who called us to glory shall finish the work
    He begin in you to be comformed to the image of Christ Jesus! We are eternally saved bought and paid for in full chosenin Christ Jesus by God from the foundation of the world to be Children of the living God.
  • Sandy
    No matter what the evil ones throw at you, dodge it keep pushing on Gods got your back. If you truly believe have faith and TRUST GOD!
  • Jennifer
    That we shouldn't only emphasis on the things we see but those that are not seen.for those that are seen will pass away and the unseen will live forever.chapter 4:18
  • Yvonne
    What more can we add to the comment of Lakeaffex's... If the world could only realize that real life will be lived after we've learned our lessons in this life, but most of the time we think that what we see will last and we gather things that will not last, the things that we not see will enrich our lives and most of all the Love of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.... that will last forever, Thank God for that!
  • Lakeaffex for verse 4
    So many people these days, use their philosophies to refute Christians and the Bible, saying there is no God. But they have deceived themselves. They do believe in god, not the God of the Bible, but the god of themselves. They have put themselves on the throne of their hearts, deciding what is right and wrong, what is truth and what is error. Of course, this god changes attributes from person to person because what may be right to one is not necessarily right for another, shifting sand in practice. But, their god s all share a common denominator, they arise from the original exalter of himself, Satan. I will says the god of this world. As Christians we should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that we should be exalted in due time. Put Christ on the throne of your heart, bow the knee, He is the true God and the firm foundation to build your life upon. He is the truth the life and the way!
  • Lillie Holloway
    I love the word of God.... Beautiful instructions in this Chapter...

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