1 Corinthians 2:7

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But wee speake the wisedome of God in a mysterie, euen the hidden wisedome which God ordeined before the world, vnto our glory.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden {wisdom} which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, `even' the `wisdom' that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But we give the news of the secret wisdom of God, which he had kept in store before the world came into existence, for our glory;
- Basic English Bible

But we speak God's wisdom in [a] mystery, that hidden [wisdom] which God had predetermined before the ages for our glory:
- Darby Bible

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world to our glory:
- Webster's Bible

But in dealing with truths hitherto kept secret we speak of God's wisdom--that hidden wisdom which, before the world began, God pre-destined, so that it should result in glory to us;
- Weymouth Bible

But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds for our glory,
- World English Bible

but we speken the wisdom of God in mysterie, `which wisdom is hid; which wisdom God bifor ordeynede bifor worldis in to oure glorie,
- Wycliffe Bible

but we speak the hidden wisdom of God in a secret, that God foreordained before the ages to our glory,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:7


2:7 But we speak the mysterious wisdom of God, which was hidden for many ages from all the world, and is still hidden even from babes in Christ; much more from all unbelievers. Which God ordained before the world - So far is this from coming to nought, like worldly wisdom. For our glory - Arising from the glory of our Lord, and then to be revealed when all worldly glory vanishes.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 2:7


1Co 2:7 We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery. The Greeks had their mysteries, like the Eleusinian, in which secrets were imparted to the initiated. A mystery is a secret as yet not made known. The wisdom of God in the gospel was a mystery hidden until Christ came, and since then fully comprehended only by "the initiated", the full-grown Christians. The apostolic sense of "mystery" is that which was hidden, but is now disclosed to those who accept the gospel. Those who will not receive the gospel cannot comprehend this wisdom. See Ro 16:25,26 Eph 3:6 1Ti 3:16. [Even] the hidden [wisdom]. Long hidden, though existing in God's plans made before the world. Before the "age" (Revised Version, margin). The Greek word "aion" is correctly "ages". The Jewish age of dispensation may be meant, or it may mean the ages of man's existence. This hidden wisdom proposed all through the dispensations the glory of God's chosen ones.

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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