1 Corinthians 2:14

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the naturall man receiueth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishnesse vnto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the natural man is not able to take in the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

But [the] natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know [them] because they are spiritually discerned;
- Darby Bible

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- Webster's Bible

The unspiritual man rejects the things of the Spirit of God, and cannot attain to the knowledge of them, because they are spiritually judged.
- Weymouth Bible

Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- World English Bible

For a beestli man perseyueth not tho thingis that ben of the spirit of God; for it is foli to hym, and he may not vndurstonde, for it is examyned goostli.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the natural man doth not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are foolishness, and he is not able to know [them], because spiritually they are discerned;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:14


2:14 But the natural man - That is, every man who hath not the Spirit; who has no other way of obtaining knowledge, but by his senses and natural understanding. Receiveth not - Does not understand or conceive. The things of the Spirit - The things revealed by the Spirit of God, whether relating to his nature or his kingdom. For they are foolishness to him - He is so far from understanding, that he utterly despises, them Neither can he know them - As he has not the will, so neither has he the power. Because they are spiritually discerned - They can only be discerned by the aid of that Spirit, and by those spiritual senses, which he has not.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:14


1Co 2:14 But the natural man. The natural man is the unregenerate, one who has the spirit of the world, one not born anew of water and of the Spirit. Man is a triune being--body, soul and spirit. The natural man is under the dominion of the soul, the animal life. Receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. The spirit must be stirred from its dormant condition, and born again, before one can comprehend the things of the Spirit. For they are foolishness unto him. These are foolishness to one under the dominion of the animal life, such as the Jewish scribes and Greek "disputers" (1Co 1:20), for They are spiritually discerned. They can be discerned only by the spirit of man. It is only when a spiritual hunger is felt, when one is born again, and when man becomes a spiritual instead of an animal being, that he can understand "the deep things of God" (1Co 2:10). But blessed be God, the A B C's of the gospel, which the ignorant and unlearned men can understand, are sufficient to convert and prepare one for a higher knowledge.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • A disciple
    "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." Isaiah 28:9-11 WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? They that turn to the Lord with with a true heart, so that the covering of darkness cast over their heads is removed! Those who receive the Kingdom of God as a little child! Those who love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith without hypocrisy! Ask and you SHALL receive! Believe and obey, and God will make you the man or woman He intends you to be, "After His own heart!" How shall anyone even be able to learn knowledge unless they have ability to understand? The Lord has many things to say to us, but He has to wait till we are able to bear it. This requires RECEIVING HIS WORD in a good and honest heart, grown up and matured through trial and proving faithful exercising one's self unto piety and walking in Truth, in OBEDIENCE to the Spirit of Christ.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:4 and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of mans wisdom but in demonstration of the spirit and of power --2:5-- that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of GOD EPHESIANS 2:9 not of works lest any man should boast PSALM 33:4 for the word of THE LORD is right and all HIS works are done in truth
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 2:15 BUT HE THAT IS SPIRITUAL JUDGETH ALL THINGS YET HE HIMSELSELF IS JUDGED OF NO MAN MATTHEW 7:1 JUDGE NOT THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED ***** JOB 40:8 WILT THOU ALSO DISANNUL MY JUDGEMENT WILT THOU CONDEMN ME THAT THOU MAYEST BE RIGHTEOUS PSALM 81:12 SO I GAVE THEM UP UNTO THEIR OWN HEARTS LUST AND THEY WALKED IN THEIR OWN COUNSEL
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 15:18 FOR I WILL NOT DARE TO SPEAK OF ANY OF THOSE THINGS WHICH CHRIST HATH NOT WROUGHT BY ME TO MAKE THE GENTILES OBEDIENT BY WORD AND DEED
  • Steve
    Anyone who has stood before an assembly preaching or teaching knows how true verses 1-5 are. The Holy Spirit just takes over and it is not your words, but His. Those of us that may lack the confidence to preach or teach Jesus, know that Paul also relied on not his own ability, but the words of the Holy Spirit. AMAZING
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Paul reminds us in this chapter that we must be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to discern things of this world. God's promises for us if we keep His commandments are also contained in "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." Let us love the Lord with all our heart and it shall be well with us.

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