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

  • Sylvia
    The god of this age is Satan, he keeps lost sinners in the dark. (John 12:31) He is the ruler of this world in which we live today. Read Romans 11:25 and 2nd Corinthian 3:14-16. Satan doesn't want the light of salvation to shine in the hearts of sinners.

    GOD is the light of salvation. Amen!

    God is the light of salvation.
  • Bruce
    Richard!: You need to read that verse again. It says the god of this world has blinded the minds of those that don't believe. god of this world is Satan. He is still blinding people so they don't see The Light. Have you been called? John6:44--forgiving 1John 1:9- You "will" be Baptized with The Holy Ghost Matthew3:11. You will "know" impossible not to know!
  • Richard Merrell
    IT is taught that 2 Corinthians 4:4 is a reference to the devil, but that is incorrect, rather it is GOD, and I would warn those who teach that it refers to Satan, that this is blasphemy.
  • Chaplain Nelsob
    This is by far an excellent and careful sought passage of scripture. The love of a mighty God who wrought His face within the face of Jesus to give light unto a world without light. We can behold the face of God in the secret place where no man can dare to enter. This is a place where two can truly become one, this secret place keeps us by faith wrapped in the bosom off Almighty God.
  • .Missionary Morgan
    We face every day trials but God is always by our side some times it's seemed bleak and endless the trial but there are always a way out and when Father carried us through we are well carried through.And no one can stop the hands of God that brought us through.
  • 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

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