1 Corinthians 2:13

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Which things also we speake, not in the words which mans wisedome teacheth, but which the holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spirituall.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual {thoughts} with spiritual {words.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual `words'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And these are the things which we say, not in the language of man's wisdom, but in words given to us by the Spirit, judging the things of the spirit by the help of the Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

which also we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, communicating spiritual [things] by spiritual [means].
- Darby Bible

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
- Webster's Bible

Of these we speak--not in language which man's wisdom teaches us, but in that which the Spirit teaches--adapting, as we do, spiritual words to spiritual truths.
- Weymouth Bible

Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things.
- World English Bible

Whiche thingis we speken also, not in wise wordis of mannus wisdom, but in the doctryn of the spirit, and maken a liknesse of spiritual thingis to goostli men.
- Wycliffe Bible

which things also we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Holy Spirit, with spiritual things spiritual things comparing,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:13


2:13 Which also we speak - As well as know. In words taught by the Holy Spirit - Such are all the words of scripture. How high a regard ought we, then, to retain for them! Explaining spiritual things by spiritual words; or, adapting spiritual words to spiritual things - Being taught of the Spirit to express the things of the Spirit.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:13


1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak. The grand truths, "the hidden wisdom" (1Co 2:7), "the mystery of God" (Col 2:2), revealed to them through the Spirit, they spoke to others. These things they spoke, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, not in the garb of philosophy, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth. In the words given by the Holy Spirit. Comparing spiritual things with spiritual. This difficult clause has received many explanations. Canon Cook explains it: "Matching spiritual things with spiritual words". Conybeare and Howson say: "Explaining spiritual things to spiritual men". This last view, which Canon Cook says does no violence to the Greek, harmonizes best with 1Co 2:6,14. I think that the next verse shows that this is the true meaning.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • Aransiola
    Soon and very soon we are going to see the LORD. HALLELUJAH
  • A disciple
    BSP; What you say is most certainly the truth, but we shouldn't think that God winks at the ungodly because they are not Christians nor spiritually minded. God knows how much we all know or don't, and how much we do or not do with the knowledge and conviction He gives. Remember how Jesus rebuked the hypocrites and pronounced, Woe unto you! Having a spiritual mind has to do with being of the truth!
  • BSP
    Verse 14, 15: To a physical or fleshly minded man they will not accept spiritual things or understand them. The fleshly minded man or woman must make their mind over in order to understand spiritual things.
  • BSP
    Verse 12: The spirit of the world and spirit of God are in complete contrast to one another. By one's actions and words it can easily be seen which spirit one has.
  • BSP
    Verses 9,10: Fleshly minded people can not comprehend the deep things that God has prepared for those who love him by means of his Word the Bible.
  • Ray321
    Apostle Paul was lead by Jesus. Man on earth did not teach Paul. Jesus thru the Holy Spirit guided Paul's writings. 1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: Paul was a CHOSEN vessel for Jesus to reach out to Gentiles. Paul is a man of God for the will of Jesus Christ.

Bible Options