1 Corinthians 2:6

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Howbeit wee speake wisedome among them that are perfect: yet not the wisedome of this worlde, nor of the Princes of this worlde, that come to nought:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But still we have wisdom for those who are complete in knowledge, though not the wisdom of this world, and not of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing:
- Basic English Bible

But we speak wisdom among the perfect; but wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who come to nought.
- Darby Bible

However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
- Webster's Bible

Yet when we are among mature believers we do speak words of wisdom; a wisdom not belonging, however, to the present age nor to the leaders of the present age who are soon to pass away.
- Weymouth Bible

We speak wisdom, however, among those who are full grown; yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing.
- World English Bible

For we speken wisdom among perfit men, but not wisdom of this world, nether of princes of this world, that ben distried;
- Wycliffe Bible

And wisdom we speak among the perfect, and wisdom not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age -- of those becoming useless,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:6


2:6 Yet we speak wisdom - Yea, the truest and most excellent wisdom. Among the perfect - Adult, experienced Christians. By wisdom here he seems to mean, not the whole Christian doctrine, but the most sublime and abstruse parts of it. But not the wisdom admired and taught by the men of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, Jewish or heathen, that come to nought - Both they and their wisdom, and the world itself.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:6


1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect. "We" refers to Paul and his fellow-preachers. Though the gospel abjured carnal wisdom, yet it has a wisdom of its own, a divine wisdom, which is imparted to and recognized by those who have become full-grown Christians. "The perfect" are the full-grown in Christ, instead of babes. Babes must be fed on milk, but the grown can endure strong meat (1Co 3:2). For such there is a depth of wisdom revealed in the gospel, but "not the wisdom of this world". Princes of this world. Leading men of the Jews, Greeks and Romans. They had not learned this divine wisdom.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 2

  • Irene123
    We can fully understand the mind of God - as He has revealed it to us in His Word, but when we get to heaven - there will be so much more we will know of Him; " ... now we see thru a glass darkly, but then face to face."
  • 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.

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