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

  • 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
  • Stephende
    The catch 22 of this chapter is that we here on earth do mind the things of this place as we struggle to make sense of our current state, which is not the spirit of God. But Jesus exemplified it for our sakes, even to the an excruciating death! Was Jesus sent the Spirit by God. Did he work for it thru studying the scriptures which the Bible records in the gospel?. This is unresolved for me.
  • 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.
  • BSP
    We can fully understand the perfect mind of God, but we do have the living example of Jesus in God's word found in the Bible.

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