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

  • STEPHEN WILDER
    STEVE WILDER...."BEARING ABOUT" THE DEATH OF OUR LORD IS LOOKING AT BOTH OUR IDENTIFICATION WITH HIM IN HIS DEATH (WHICH BY FAITH BRINGS US LIFE) AND THE MESSAGE WE PROCLAIM ABOUT HIS DEATH (WHICH BY FAITH CAN BRING LIFE TO OTHERS) AS ALSO OUR DAILY DIEING TO SELF AND ENDURING PERSECUTION BECAUSE OF OUR MESSAGE OF PREACHING "CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD".
  • Kathy Kelley
    What does 2Cor.4:10 mean ? Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the Life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
  • 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
  • Irene123
    Satan was cast out of heaven with his angels before Gen. for rebelling against God; wanting to usurp God's authority and be 'God' himself and he had a host of angels that followed him. This was done before Adam 'n Eve. The testimony of this event is corroborated by Jesus Himself - Lk.10:18. The prince of the power of the air, Eph.2:2. Tit.2:12, we are 'in' the world, but not 'of' it, Jn.15:19, 17.
  • Sylvia
    The god of this age is Satan, he keeps lost sinners in the dark. (John 12:31) He is the ruler of this world in which we live today. Read Romans 11:25 and 2nd Corinthian 3:14-16. Satan doesn't want the light of salvation to shine in the hearts of sinners.

    GOD is the light of salvation. Amen!

    God is the light of salvation.
  • Bruce
    Richard!: You need to read that verse again. It says the god of this world has blinded the minds of those that don't believe. god of this world is Satan. He is still blinding people so they don't see The Light. Have you been called? John6:44--forgiving 1John 1:9- You "will" be Baptized with The Holy Ghost Matthew3:11. You will "know" impossible not to know!

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