Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of spirit and of power,

New American Standard Bible

and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit,

International Standard Version

My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit's power,

American Standard Version

And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Amplified

And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit [operating through me] and of [His] power [stirring the minds of the listeners and persuading them],

An Understandable Version

And I did not use persuasive words of [human] wisdom in my message and preaching, but they were [accompanied by] a demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power [from God]. [Note: This "demonstration" could have included the evidence of miraculous spiritual gifts which Paul utilized while there in Corinth. See 14:18].

Anderson New Testament

and my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Bible in Basic English

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:

Common New Testament

and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Daniel Mace New Testament

my discourse, and my preaching did not consist in the persuasive reasonings of human wisdom, but in demonstrating the spiritual meaning of the scriptures:

Darby Translation

and my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

Godbey New Testament

And my speech and my preaching were not in the persuasive words of wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and the power:

Goodspeed New Testament

and my teaching and message were not put in plausible, philosophical language, but they were attended with convincing spiritual power,

John Wesley New Testament

And my speech and my preaching was not with the persuasive words of human wisdom, but with the demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

Julia Smith Translation

And my word and my proclaiming not in persuasible words of man's wisdom, but in manifestation of the Spirit and of power

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

and my speech and my preaching [were] not with the persuasiveness of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power,

Modern King James verseion

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

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And my words, and my preaching were not with enticing words of man's wisdom: but in showing of the spirit and of power,

Moffatt New Testament

what I said, what I preached, did not rest on the plausible arguments of 'wisdom' but on the proof supplied by the Spirit and its power,

Montgomery New Testament

My message and my preaching were not in the persuasive language of philosophy, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

NET Bible

My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

New Heart English Bible

My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Noyes New Testament

and my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power;

Sawyer New Testament

and my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the spirit and power,

The Emphasized Bible

And, my discourse, and what I proclaimed, were not in suasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of Spirit and power:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

And my conversation and my preaching was not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but with demonstration of the Spirit, and of power:

Twentieth Century New Testament

My Message and my Proclamation were not delivered in the persuasive language of philosophy, but were accompanied by the manifestation of spiritual power,

Webster

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

Weymouth New Testament

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;

Williams New Testament

and my language and the message I preached were not adorned with pleasing words of worldly wisdom, but they were attended with proof and power given by the Spirit,

World English Bible

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

Worrell New Testament

And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

Worsley New Testament

And my discourse, and my preaching was not with the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

Youngs Literal Translation

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

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

my
μοῦ 
Mou 
μοῦ 
Mou 
my, me, mine, I, mine own
my, me, mine, I, mine own
Usage: 313
Usage: 313

λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

and



and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0
Usage: 0

κήρυγμα 
Kerugma 
Usage: 6

was not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

with
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

πειθός 
Peithos 
Usage: 1

λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

of man's
ἀνθρώπινος 
Anthropinos 
man's, after the manner of man, of man, common to man, mankind 9
Usage: 7

σοφία 
Sophia 
Usage: 45

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

ἀπόδειξις 
Apodeixis 
Usage: 1

of the Spirit
πνεῦμα 
Pneuma 
Usage: 334

Devotionals

Devotionals about 1 Corinthians 2:4

Images 1 Corinthians 2:4

Prayers for 1 Corinthians 2:4

Context Readings

Paul's Approach To Ministry In Corinth

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not be in wisdom of men, but in the power of God.


Cross References

Romans 15:19

in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of a spirit of God, so that for me, from Jerusalem and all around as far as Illyricum, to fully preach the good-news of Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 1:17

For Christ sent me not to immerse, but to preach the good-news, not in wisdom of speech lest the cross of Christ would be emptied.

1 Corinthians 2:1

And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not in eminence of speech or of wisdom proclaiming the testimony of God to you.

1 Corinthians 2:13

Which things also we speak, not in things learned from mankind, in words of wisdom, but in things learned from Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things.

1 Thessalonians 1:5

because the good-news from us happened to you not in word only, but also in power, and in Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, as ye know what kind of men we became among you, because of you.

2 Peter 1:16

For we revealed to you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, not men who followed in cunningly devised myths, but men who became eyewitnesses of the majesty of that man.

Judges 14:15

And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire. Have ye called us to impoverish us? Is it not [s

Judges 16:5

And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see in what his great strength lays, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him. And we will give thee every o

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Then thy handmaid said, Let, I pray thee, the word of my lord the king be gracious, for as an agent of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad. And LORD thy God be with thee.

2 Samuel 15:2-6

And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate. And it was so, that, when any man had a suit which should come to the king for judgment, then Absalom called to him, and said, Of what city are thou? And he said, Thy

1 Kings 22:13-14

And the messenger who went to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets [declare] good to the king with one mouth. Let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak thou good.

2 Chronicles 18:19-21

And LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spoke saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

Proverbs 7:21

With her much fair speech she causes him to yield. With the flattering of her lips she forces him along.

Proverbs 20:19

He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets. Therefore do not associate with him who opens wide his lips.

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side. Denounce, and we will denounce him, [say] all my familiar friends, those who watch for my fall. Perhaps he will be persuaded, and we shall prevail against him, and we sha

Ezekiel 13:6

They have seen falsehood and lying divination, who say, LORD says, but LORD has not sent them. And they have made men to hope that the word would be confirmed.

Ezekiel 13:10-11

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace, and there is no peace, and when [a man] builds up a wall, behold, they daub it with untempered [mortar],

John 16:8-15

And having come, he will convict the world about sin, and about justice, and about judgment.

Acts 20:27

For I did not withdraw from declaring to you the whole plan of God.

Acts 26:28

And Agrippa said to Paul, By a little thou persuade me to become a Christian.

Romans 16:18

For such kind serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly. And by their smooth words and elegant speech they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Galatians 1:10

For do I now trust men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I were still pleasing men I would not be a bondman of Christ.

Colossians 2:4

And I say this so that not any man may delude you with persuasive speech.

1 Peter 1:12

To whom it was revealed, that they were serving not themselves, but you, those things that were now reported to you by those who preached good-news to you in Holy Spirit, which was sent forth from heaven, into which things heavenly

2 Peter 2:18

For, uttering swollen things of vanity, they entice (to sensuality by lusts of flesh) those who actually escaped from those who live in error,

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