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1 Corinthians 2:1

    1 Corinthians 2:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when I came to you, my brothers, I did not come with wise words of knowledge, putting before you the secret of God.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come with excellence of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:1

    When I came to you - Acting suitably to my mission, which was to preach the Gospel, but not with human eloquence, 1 Corinthians 1:17. I declared to you the testimony, the Gospel, of God, not with excellency of speech, not with arts of rhetoric, used by your own philosophers, where the excellence of the speech recommends the matter, and compensates for the want of solidity and truth: on the contrary, the testimony concerning Christ and his salvation is so supremely excellent, as to dignify any kind of language by which it may be conveyed. See the Introduction, Section 2.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 2:1

    And I, brethren - Keeping up the tender and affectionate style of address.

    When I came unto you - When I came at first to preach the gospel at Corinth. Act 18:1ff.

    Came not with excellency of speech - Came not with graceful and attractive eloquence. The apostle here evidently alludes to that nice ant studied choice of language; to those gracefully formed sentences, and to that skill of arrangement in discourse and argument which was so much an object of regard with the Greek rhetoricians. It is probable that Paul was never much distinguished for these (compare 2 Corinthians 10:10), and it is certain he never made them an object of intense study and solicitude. Compare 1 Corinthians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 2:13.

    Or of wisdom - Of the wisdom of this world; of that kind of wisdom which was sought and cultivated in Greece.

    The testimony of God - The testimony or the witnessing which God has borne to the gospel of Christ by miracles, and by attending it everywhere with his presence and blessing. In 1 Corinthians 2:6, the gospel is called "the testimony of Christ;" and here it may either mean the witness which the gospel bears to the true character and plans of God; or the witnessing which God had borne to the gospel by miracles, etc. The gospel contains the testimony of God in regard to his own character and plans; especially in regard to the great plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Several mss. instead of "testimony of God," here read "the mystery of God." This would accord well with the scope of the argument; but the present reading is probably the correct one. See Mill. The Syriac version has also "mystery."

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 2:1

    2:1 And I accordingly came to you, not with loftiness of speech or of wisdom - I did not affect either deep wisdom or eloquence. Declaring the testimony of God - What God gave me to testify concerning his Son.