1 Corinthians 2:12

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now wee haue receiued, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that wee might know the things that are freely giuen to vs of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But we have not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may have knowledge of the things which are freely given to us by God.
- Basic English Bible

But *we* have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which [is] of God, that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of God:
- Darby Bible

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.
- Webster's Bible

But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes forth from God, that we may know the blessings that have been so freely given to us by God.
- Weymouth Bible

But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.
- World English Bible

And we han not resseiued the spirit of this world, but the spirit that is of God, that we wite what thingis ben youun to vs of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

And we the spirit of the world did not receive, but the Spirit that [is] of God, that we may know the things conferred by God on us,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:12


2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world - This spirit is not properly received; for the men of the world always had it. But Christians receive the Spirit of God, which before they had not.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:12


1Co 2:12 Now we have received . . . the spirit which is of God. We apostles. The Spirit received by all the apostles was not the spirit of the world, but the Holy Spirit which Christ promised them as a guide into all truth (Joh 16:13). Hence they were enabled to know what God imparted freely to them.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2:12

  • That spirit of the world, or air, pervades Satan s world. It impels people to think, plan, speak, and act in ways that reflect the mind of Satan, the proud, defiant ruler of the authority of the air. Therefore, knowingly or unknowingly, those infected by the world s spirit allow their minds and hearts to be influenced by Satan, so that they reflect his thinking and attitude. As a result, they do what they want, without regard for the will of God. We should be determined to keep separate from the world by resisting its evil spirit.
  • We have received the spirit which is of God. This talks about our new heart that is receptive to the Holy Spirit.

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