Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

This "wisdom" is not the kind that comes from [God] above, but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic [i.e., it is motivated by an evil spirit and not the Holy Spirit].

New American Standard Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

King James Version

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Holman Bible

Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

International Standard Version

That kind of wisdom does not come from above. No, it is worldly, self-centered, and demonic.

A Conservative Version

This wisdom is not descending from above, but is earthly, world-soul, demonic.

American Standard Version

This wisdom is not a wisdom that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Amplified

This [superficial] wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly (secular), natural (unspiritual), even demonic.

Anderson New Testament

This wisdom comes not from above, but is earthly, animal, demoniac.

Bible in Basic English

This wisdom is not from heaven, but is of the earth and the flesh and the Evil One.

Common New Testament

This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Daniel Mace New Testament

such wisdom is not derived from heaven; but is terrestrial, sensual, demoniacal.

Darby Translation

This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.

Godbey New Testament

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but it is earthly, intellectual, and demoniacal.

Goodspeed New Testament

Such wisdom does not come from above. It is earthly, animal, demon-like.

John Wesley New Testament

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, animal, devilish.

Julia Smith Translation

This is wisdom coming not down from above, but earthly, natural, resembling an evil spirit.

King James 2000

This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

Lexham Expanded Bible

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but [is] earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Modern King James verseion

This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

This wisdom descendeth not from above: but is earthy, and natural, and devilish.

Moffatt New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes down from above, it is an earthly wisdom, sensuous, devilish;

Montgomery New Testament

Such wisdom is not that which is descending from on high, but is earthly, sensual, demonlike.

NET Bible

Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic.

New Heart English Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Noyes New Testament

This wisdom is not that which descendeth from above, but earthly, sensual, devilish.

Sawyer New Testament

This wisdom comes not from above, but is earthly, natural, demoniacal.

The Emphasized Bible

This wisdom is not one, from above, coming down, but is earthly, born of the soul, demoniacal!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

This is not the wisdom which cometh from above, but is earthly, sensual, diabolical.

Twentieth Century New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes from above; no, it is earthly, animal, devilish.

Webster

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demoniacal.

Weymouth New Testament

That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits.

Williams New Testament

This is not the kind of wisdom that comes down from above; no, it is earthly, human, demoniacal.

World English Bible

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Worrell New Testament

This wisdom is not the wisdom that comes down from above; but is earthly, soulish, demoniacal!

Worsley New Testament

this is not the wisdom, that cometh down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and diabolical:

Youngs Literal Translation

this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
οὗτος οὗτοι αὕτη αὕται 
Houtos 
this, these, he, the same, this man, she, they,
Usage: 258

σοφία 
Sophia 
Usage: 45

κατέρχομαι 
Katerchomai 
Usage: 13

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

ἄνωθεν 
Anothen 
from above, top, again, from the first, from the beginning, not tr
Usage: 10

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

is earthly
ἐπίγειος 
Epigeios 
Usage: 6

ψυχικός 
Psuchikos 
Usage: 6

References

Hastings

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Context Readings

The Wisdom That Comes Down From Above

14 But if you people have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, do not be arrogant [over it] and deny the truth. 15 This "wisdom" is not the kind that comes from [God] above, but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic [i.e., it is motivated by an evil spirit and not the Holy Spirit]. 16 For when jealousy and rivalry exist, there is [also] disorder and every [kind of] evil practice.


Cross References

James 1:17

Every good thing that is given and every perfect gift [received] is from above, coming down from the Father of [heavenly] lights, with whom there can be no change or shifting shadow [i.e., God always remains the same].

Jude 1:19

These are people who cause divisions [among God's people]; they follow their natural inclinations [i.e., worldly principles], for they do not have the Holy Spirit [in their lives].

1 Corinthians 3:19

For this world's "wisdom" is foolishness to God. For it is written [Job 5:13], "He [i.e., God] catches wise people in their cleverness."

2 Corinthians 1:12

For this is what we boast of: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, in holiness and godly sincerity, not with human wisdom, but with the favor of God.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:1-5

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit specifically says that in later times [Note: "Later times" in the New Testament usually refers to the period following the first coming of Christ and the establishment of the church], some people will fall away from the faith [i.e., the true teaching of Christianity]. They will pay attention to deceitful spirits [i.e., lying people] and the teaching of evil spirits.

Luke 16:8

So, his master commended the dishonest property manager for his shrewdness. For worldly people are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light [i.e., God's people].

John 3:17

For God did not send His Son into the world to be its judge [i.e., to condemn it], but [rather] so that the people of the world could be saved [from condemnation] though Him.

John 8:44

You belong to your father the devil, and you are [always] wanting to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the [very] beginning [Note: This is probably a reference to Satan's influence on Adam, Eve and Cain in the Garden of Eden] and does not stand for the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he only speaks what is part of his nature, because he is a liar and the father of [all] liars.

Acts 13:10

and said, "You child of the devil; you enemy of all that is right; you are full of deceit and every kind of evil [thing]. When will you stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?

Romans 1:22

They claimed to be wise, but became fools,

1 Corinthians 1:19-20

For it is written [Isa. 29:14], "I [i.e., God] will destroy the wisdom of wise people, and will set aside [i.e., hinder] the understanding of intelligent people."

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose what the world considers foolish [i.e., people with little apparent ability], in order to shame the "wise people." And He chose what the world considers weak in order to shame what it considers strong.

1 Corinthians 2:6-7

However, we speak [divine] wisdom among people who are [spiritually] mature, yet it is not a wisdom of this current age, nor of [its] current rulers, who are coming to nothing.

1 Corinthians 2:14

Now the natural person [Note: Since this person is contrasted with the spiritual person of verse 15, it is taken here to mean the person without the Holy Spirit] does not receive the things [i.e., truths] revealed by the Holy Spirit of God, because they are [considered] foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them because they must be discerned by using spiritual judgment [i.e., judgment aided by the Holy Spirit].

1 Corinthians 3:3

for you are still worldly [minded]. And since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, is that not evidence that you are [still] worldly and living like [unspiritual] people?

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I am afraid that somehow, just as the snake tricked Eve by his cunning, your minds might [also] be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such men are false apostles; they are deceitful workers, who disguise themselves as [true] apostles of Christ.

Philippians 3:19

Their [ultimate] end is [spiritual] destruction; their god is their appetite; they boast of what they ought to be ashamed of, and they [constantly] think about worldly things.

2 Thessalonians 2:9

The coming [of this lawless person] is according to the work of Satan, [and will be] attended by all kinds of powerful [i.e., miraculous] signs and false wonders,

James 1:5

But if any one of you lacks wisdom, he should pray to God, who gives to everyone generously and does not begrudge [the person who asks], and it will be given to him.

James 3:17

But the [true] wisdom, which is from [God] above, is first of all pure, then peace-loving, patient and easily persuaded. [It is] full of mercy and produces a crop of good deeds; [it is] impartial [or, unwavering] and sincere.

1 John 3:8-10

[But] the person who continues to live a sinful life belongs to the devil, because the devil has continued to sin since the beginning [See Gen. 3]. For this is the reason that the Son of God came [into the world]; it was to destroy the works [i.e., the influence of] the devil [in people's lives].

Revelation 2:24

But I say to all the rest of you there in Thyatira who have not followed this [false] teaching [See verse 20], that is, those who have not known "the deep things of Satan," as people call them --- I will not burden you with anything else [i.e., beyond this problem about Jezebel's false teaching].

Revelation 9:11

They had a king over them who was the angel of the deep pit [See verses 1-2]. His name in Hebrew was "Abaddon," and in Greek it was "Apollyon" [Note: These words both mean "Destroyer"].

Revelation 12:9

Then the great dragon was thrown out [of heaven]; he is the snake from ancient times who is [also] called "the Devil," and "Satan," the deceiver of the entire world. He was thrown down to earth along with his angels.

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