2 Corinthians 4:5

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For we preach not our selues, but Christ Iesus the Lord, and our selues your seruants for Iesus sake.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For our preaching is not about ourselves, but about Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants through Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus Lord, and ourselves your bondmen for Jesus' sake.
- Darby Bible

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
- Webster's Bible

(For we do not proclaim ourselves, but we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bondservants for the sake of Jesus.)
- Weymouth Bible

For we don't preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake;
- World English Bible

But we prechen not vs silf, but oure Lord Jhesu Crist; and vs youre seruauntis bi Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus -- Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:5


4:5 For - The fault is not in us, neither in the doctrine they hear from us. We preach not ourselves - As able either to enlighten, or pardon, or sanctify you. But Jesus Christ - As your only wisdom, righteousness, sanctification. And ourselves your servants - Ready to do the meanest offices. For Jesus' sake - Not for honour, interest, or pleasure.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:5


2Co 4:5 We preach not ourselves. We have no self-seeking sins in preaching, but only seek to preach "Christ Jesus, the Lord". We know that Paul's preaching was perverted by his detractors. He called on the disciples to follow him as he followed Christ (1Co 11:1 4:16 7:6), and they asserted that he preached himself. Instead he made himself "the servant of all" for Christ's sake (1Co 9:19).

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT--LEST THE LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL--OF CHRIST WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM**PROVERBS 18:21 DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE AND THEY THAT LOVE IT SHALL EAT THE FRUIT THEREOF**JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • Bruce
    lords boby: How does reading 1611 stop private interpretations
  • Lords body
    I read the 1611 version precisely to avoid private interpretation.
  • ChrisC607
    Am I the only one that has a severe issue with how many different versions of one small paragraph there are? Who gives anyone the right to manipulate the words of the Bible itself? Why do we accept corporations that are profiting from the sales of Bibles changing the words? Humans are blind to the truth and his ways. Judge not, yet so quick to point fingers. Follow his guidance, or idolize a book?
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:1 THEREFORE SEEING WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY AS WE HAVE RECEIVED MERCY WE FAINT NOT 4:2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD-----JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE .....
  • Steve morrow
    2 cor 4:1 therefore seeing we have this ministry as we have received mercy we faint not 2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY-------BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH-------COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD 3 BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST

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