1 Corinthians 1:18

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the preaching of the Crosse is to them that perish, foolishnesse: but vnto vs which are saued, it is the power of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the word of the cross seems foolish to those who are on the way to destruction; but to us who are on the way to salvation it is the power of God.
- Basic English Bible

For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God's power.
- Darby Bible

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.
- Webster's Bible

For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving.
- Weymouth Bible

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.
- World English Bible

For the word of the cros is foli to hem that perischen; but to hem that ben maad saaf, that is to seie, to vs, it is the vertu of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the word of the cross to those indeed perishing is foolishness, and to us -- those being saved -- it is the power of God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:18


1:18 To them that perish - By obstinately rejecting the only name whereby they can be saved. But to us who are saved - Now saved from our sins, and in the way to everlasting salvation, it is the great instrument of the power of God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:18


1Co 1:18 The preaching of the cross. The gospel of a Crucified Savior. Unto them that perish. Those who are unregenerate. Foolishness. The Greek philosopher and the Jewish scribe scoffed at the thought of a Savior who had been crucified. They held that his crucifixion proved that he was not divine. Unto us who are saved. There are two sections of mankind--the unsaved and the saved. To the first, the cross is folly; to the second, the gospel of the Crucified One comes as the "power of God". See Ro 1:16. To the unsaved, the cross is a pillar of cloud; to the saved, a pillar of light.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1

  • Steve morrow
    2 THESSALONIANS 1:11 WHEREFORE ALSO WE PRAY ALWAYS FOR YOU THAT OUR GOD WOULD --- COUNT YOU WORTHY --- OF THIS CALLING AND FULFILL ALL THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS GOODNESS AND THE WORK --OF FAITH-- WITH POWER EPHESIANS 4:4 THERE IS ONE BODY AND ONE SPIRIT EVEN AS YOU ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING COLOSSIANS 1:5 FOR THE HOPE WHICH IS LAID UP FOR YOU IN HEAVEN WHEREOF YOU HEARD BEFORE IN THE WORD OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL 2 THESSALONIANS 1:7 AND TO YOU WHO ARE TROUBLED REST WITH US WHEN THE LORD JESUS SHALL BE REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS --1:8-- IN FLAMING FIRE TAKING VENGEANCE ON THEM THAT KNOW NOT GOD AND THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST LUKE 21:34 AND TAKE HEED TO YOUSELVES LEST AT ANY TIME YOUR HEARTS BE OVERCHARGED WITH SURFEITING AND DRUNKENNESS AND CARES OF THIS LIFE AND SO THAT DAY COME UPON YOU UNAWARES --21:35--FOR AS A SNARE SHALL IT COME ON --ALL THEM-- THAT DWELL ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH --21:36--WATCH YOU THEREFORE AND PRAY ALWAYS THAT YOU MAY BE ACOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT SHALL COME TO PASS AND TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN 1 THESSALONIANS 4:7 FOR GOD HATH NOT CALLED US UNTO UNCLEANNESS BUT UNTO HOLINESS
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal truths- For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. That no flesh should glory in his presence. We must learn to give ALL the glory to God. He is ever worthy of our praise. No man on earth must give glory to himself.
  • Wayne
    There are to be no divisions in the body Christ. In the house of Chloe there contentions. One is of Paul, one of Cephas, one Apollos, one of Christ. My brethren this should not be. Seems the divisions became worse as time marched on. Remains to be seen how this division will end.
  • Ray321
    James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. Paul wrote 13 books of the Bible and is the 13 Apostles.
  • BSP
    Verse 19: Jehovah will make the so called wisdom of this world perish.
  • Ray321
    35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Jesus Christ is the Word, therefore we must believe his Word. 6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.the Word is Salvation. 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. The Word is Alive.