Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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:

International Standard Version

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

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,

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 language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [ a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of human wisdom, but in 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 --

Verse Picture

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 I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, 5 so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.


Cross References

Romans 15:19

by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God’s Spirit. As a result, I have fully proclaimed the good news about the Messiah from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.

1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

1 Corinthians 1:17

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to evangelize—not with clever words, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.

1 Corinthians 2:1

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:13

We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.

1 Thessalonians 1:5

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit,

2 Peter 1:16

For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

Judges 14:15

On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Persuade your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?”

Judges 16:5

The Philistine leaders went to her and said, “Persuade him to tell you where his great strength comes from, so we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each of us will then give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”

2 Samuel 14:17-20

Your servant thought: May the word of my lord the king bring relief, for my lord the king is able to discern the good and the bad like the Angel of God. May the Lord your God be with you.”

2 Samuel 15:2-6

He would get up early and stand beside the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone had a grievance to bring before the king for settlement, Absalom called out to him and asked, “What city are you from?” If he replied, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel,”

1 Kings 22:13-14

The messenger who went to call Micaiah instructed him, “Look, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable for the king. So let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably.”

2 Chronicles 18:19-21

And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ So one was saying this and another was saying that.

Proverbs 7:21

She seduces him with her persistent pleading;
she lures with her flattering talk.

Proverbs 20:19

The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip;
avoid someone with a big mouth.

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the gossip of many people,
“Terror is on every side!
Report him; let’s report him!”
Everyone I trusted watches for my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived
so that we might prevail against him
and take our vengeance on him.”

Ezekiel 13:6

They see false visions and speak lying divinations. They claim, ‘This is the Lord’s declaration,’ when the Lord did not send them, yet they wait for the fulfillment of their message.

Ezekiel 13:10-11

“Since they have led My people astray saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, for when someone builds a wall they plaster it with whitewash,

John 16:8-15

When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:

Acts 20:27

for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.

Acts 26:28

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you going to persuade me to become a Christian so easily?”

Romans 16:18

for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Galatians 1:10

For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.

Colossians 2:4

I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.

1 Peter 1:12

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.

2 Peter 2:18

For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error.

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