1 Corinthians Chapter 2

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THE design of this chapter is the same as the concluding part of 1Cor 1:17ff, to show that the gospel does not depend for its success on human wisdom, or the philosophy of men. This position the apostle further confirms,

(1.) 1Cor 2:1ff, by a reference to his own example, as having been successful among them, and yet not endowed with the graces of elocution, or by a commanding address; yet,

(2.) lest it should be thought that the gospel was real folly, and should be contemned, he shows in the remainder of the chapter, 1Cor 2:6ff, that it contained true wisdom; that it was a profound scheme -- rejected, indeed, by the men of the world, but see to be wise by those who were made acquainted with its real nature and value, 1Cor 2:5ff.

The first division of the chapter 1Cor 2:1ff is a continuation of the argument to show that the success of the gospel does not depend on human wisdom or philosophy. This he proves,

(1.) by the fact that when he was among them, though his preaching was attended with success, yet he did not come with the attractions of human eloquence, 1Cor 2:1.

(2.) This was in accordance with his purpose, not designing to attempt anything like that, but having another object, 1Cor 1:2.

(3.) In fact, he had not evinced that, but the contrary, 1Cor 2:3, 1Cor 2:4.

(4.) His design was that their conversion should not appear to have been wrought by human wisdom or eloquence, but to have been manifestly the work of God, 1Cor 2:5.


1: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. edit

2: For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. edit

3: And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. edit

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

5: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. edit

6: Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: edit

7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: edit

8: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. edit

9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. edit

10: But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. edit

11: For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. edit

12: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. edit

13: Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. edit

14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. edit

15: But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. edit

16: For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. edit

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