1 Corinthians 2:16

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For who hath knowen the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we haue the mind of Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord, so as to be his teacher? But we have the mind of Christ.
- Basic English Bible

For who has known the mind of [the] Lord, who shall instruct him? But *we* have the mind of Christ.
- Darby Bible

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
- Webster's Bible

For who has penetrated the mind of the Lord, and will instruct Him? But *we* have the mind of Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have Christ's mind.
- World English Bible

As it is writun, And who knew the wit of the Lord, or who tauyte hym? And we han the wit of Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

for who did know the mind of the Lord that he shall instruct Him? and we -- we have the mind of Christ.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:16


2:16 Who - What natural man. We - Spiritual men; apostles in particular. Have - Know, understand. The mind of Christ - Concerning the whole plan of gospel salvation. #Isaiah 40:13


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:16


1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? etc. No man, not even the most spiritual, knows the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him. If there was such a one, he, and he only, might instruct those who have the mind of Christ. Two things are learned from this chapter: (1) There is a divine wisdom or philosophy. (2) This divine wisdom, or mystery, is an absurdity or perplexity to the world, but the wisdom of God to the saints.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • 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.
  • 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.