1 Corinthians 2:11

“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For what man knoweth the things of a man, saue the spirit of man which is in him? Euen so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For who among men knows the {thoughts} of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the {thoughts} of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For who has knowledge of the things of a man but the spirit of the man which is in him? in the same way, no one has knowledge of the things of God but the Spirit of God.
- Basic English Bible

For who of men hath known the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? thus also the things of God knows no one except the Spirit of God.
- Darby Bible

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
- Webster's Bible

For, among human beings, who knows a man's inner thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? In the same way, also, only God's Spirit is acquainted with God's inner thoughts.
- Weymouth Bible

For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God, except God's Spirit.
- World English Bible

And who of men woot, what thingis ben of man, but the spirit of man that is in hym? So what thingis ben of God, no man knowith, but the spirit of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for who of men hath known the things of the man, except the spirit of the man that [is] in him? so also the things of God no one hath known, except the Spirit of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:11


2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man - All the inmost recesses of his mind; although men are all of one nature, and so may the more easily know one another. So the things of God knoweth no one but the Spirit - Who, consequently, is God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:11


1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth, etc. A man's spirit knows all his secrets, though these are unknown to another man. So God's Spirit knows the Divine secrets, and imparts these wherever he dwells in full measure as the Spirit of Knowledge.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • Yong soo kim
    Chapter 2:2 is important verse for those who spreading the gospel, precious stone is found ,do not necessarily need to use all the mining tools to recover it again , but we can enjoy among believers by studying the scriptures origins.
    Please read 1 peter ch: 2: 10~ 12. . God bless you.
  • Irene123
    We can fully understand the mind of God - as He has revealed it to us in His Word, but when we get to heaven - there will be so much more we will know of Him; " ... now we see thru a glass darkly, but then face to face."
  • Bruce
    Jesus is The Word,The Bread,The Living Water,The Son of God,My Savior! Only by His Blood is there Salvation:Revelations 1:5 /you will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost and with Fire:Matthew 3:11 / The Spirit will help and guide you--1John 2:27 / only by reading His Word and telling others what He has done,will there be growth and understanding.No man can come to Jesus:John 6:44/2Corinthians 5:17
  • Lala
    God have our backs at all times.
  • BSP
    Verse 10 shows that with the help of the holy spirit we can dig into and understand the "deep things of God."
  • Juan Ramos
    It is an example of the way church members should think about how to work for the Lord in spirit and not by the flesh.

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