Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

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

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 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 --

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 It was in weakness, fear, and great trembling that I came to you. 4 My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit's power, 5 so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God's power.


Cross References

Romans 15:19

by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of the Messiah from Jerusalem as far as Illyricum.

1 Corinthians 4:20

for the kingdom of God isn't just talk, but also power.

1 Corinthians 1:17

For the Messiah did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent wisdom, so the cross of the Messiah won't be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 2:1

When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come and tell you about God's secret with rhetorical language or wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:13

We don't speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.

1 Thessalonians 1:5

for the gospel we brought did not come to you in words only, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. Indeed, you know what kind of people we proved to be while we were with you, acting on your behalf.

2 Peter 1:16

When we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, we did not follow any clever myths. Rather, we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Judges 14:15

The next day, they told Samson's wife, "Coax your husband to explain the riddle or we'll set fire to your father's house with you in it! You've invited us here to make us paupers, haven't you?"

Judges 16:5

The Philistine officials approached her and told her, "Entice him to discover where his great strength is, and how we can overpower him. We intend to tie him up and torture him. We'll each pay you 1,100 silver coins."

2 Samuel 14:17-20

"So your humble servant is saying, "Please, your majesty, let what the king has to say be of comfort, because just as the angel of God is, so also is your majesty the king to discern both good and evil. And may the LORD your God remain present with you.'"

2 Samuel 15:2-6

Then he would get up early, stand near the passageway to the palace gate, and when anyone arrived to file a legal complaint for a hearing before the king, Absalom would call to him and ask, "You're from what city?" If he replied, "Your servant is from one of Israel's tribes,"

1 Kings 22:13-14

Meanwhile, the messenger who had gone off to summon Micaiah advised him, "Look, everything that the other prophets were saying was unanimously favorable to the king. So please, cooperate with them and speak favorably."

2 Chronicles 18:19-21

"The LORD asked, "Who will tempt King Ahab of Israel to attack Ramoth-gilead, so that he will die there?' And one was saying one thing and one was saying another.

Proverbs 7:21

She leads him astray with great persuasion; with flattering lips she seduces him.

Proverbs 20:19

Whoever spreads gossip betrays confidences; so don't get involved with someone who talks too much.

Jeremiah 20:10

Indeed, I hear many people whispering, "Terror on every side. Denounce him, let's denounce him!" All my close friends watch my steps and say, "Perhaps he will be deceived, and we can prevail against him and take vengeance on him."

Ezekiel 13:6

Instead, they crafted false prophecies and divination.

Ezekiel 13:10-11

because they've truly caused my people to stray saying, "Peace," but there's no peace.'"

John 16:8-15

When he comes, he will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment

Acts 20:27

because I never shrank from telling you the whole plan of God.

Acts 26:28

Agrippa asked Paul, "Can you so quickly persuade me to become a Christian?"

Romans 16:18

because such people are not serving the Messiah our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

Galatians 1:10

Am I now trying to win the approval of people or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be the Messiah's servant.

Colossians 2:4

I say this so that no one will mislead you with nice-sounding rhetoric.

1 Peter 1:12

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that even the angels desire to look into.

2 Peter 2:18

By talking high-sounding nonsense and using sinful cravings of the flesh, they entice people who have just escaped from those who live in error.

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