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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And my speech, and my preaching was not with entising words of mans wisedome, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in my preaching there were no honeyed words of wisdom, but I was dependent on the power of the Spirit to make it clear to you:
- Basic English Bible

and my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of [the] Spirit and of power;
- Darby Bible

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power:
- Webster's Bible

And my language and the Message that I proclaimed were not adorned with persuasive words of earthly wisdom, but depended upon truths which the Spirit taught and mightily carried home;
- Weymouth Bible

My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
- World English Bible

and my word and my preching was not in suteli sturyng wordis of mannus wisdom, but in schewyng of spirit and of vertu;
- Wycliffe Bible

and my word and my preaching was not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:4


2:4 And my speech in private, as well as my public preaching, was not with the persuasive words of human wisdom, such as the wise men of the world use; but with the demonstration of the Spirit and of power - With that powerful kind of demonstration, which flows from the Holy Spirit; which works on the conscience with the most convincing light, and the most persuasive evidence.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:4


1Co 2:4 Not with enticing words of man's wisdom. He did not resort to the arts and enticements of Greek oratory or philosophy. But in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. Filled by the Holy Spirit, he spoke in its power, and thus moved upon the hearts of his hearers. His words were also supported by the power of the Spirit shown in miracles (Ro 15:19 2Co 12:12).

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2:4

  • Albertis Timmons for verse 4
    Thanks be unto God for restoring unto us the wisdom of speech, through the power of the Holy Spirit so that when we speak our words will not be with enticing words of human Wisdom but in power and demostation of the Spirit.
  • Albertis Timmons for verse 4
    Thanks be unto God for restoring unto us the wisdom of speech, through the power of the Holy Spirit so that when we speak our words will not be with enticing words of human Wisdom but in power and demonstration of the Spirit.
  • Adelphe roland for verse 4
    What I understand through
    This passage is that we cannot use our human wisdom and ability to present the message of the gospel.that message can convince and change
    Hearts through the power
    Of the Holy Spirit.
    The message of the gospel
    Using human wisdom and ability ,
  • God tells us not to persuade people with fancy words or the standards of the world. We must show them God and His power. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit in order for this to occur.

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