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1 Corinthians 3:11

    1 Corinthians 3:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ.

    Webster's Revision

    For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    World English Bible

    For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:11

    Other foundation can no man lay - I do not speak particularly concerning the foundation of this spiritual building; it can have no other foundation than Jesus Christ: there cannot be two opinions on this subject among the true apostles of our Lord. The only fear is, lest an improper use should be made of this heavenly doctrine; lest a bad superstructure should be raised on this foundation.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 3:11

    For other foundation - It is "implied" by the course of the argument here, that This was the foundation which had been laid at Corinth, and on which the church there had been reared. And it is affirmed that no other foundation can be laid. A foundation is that upon which a building is raised; the foundation of a church is the doctrine on which it is established; that is, the doctrines which its members hold - those truths which lie at the basis of their hopes, and by embracing which they have been converted to God.

    Can no man lay - That is, there is no other true foundation.

    Which is Jesus Christ - Christ is often called the foundation; the stone; the cornerstone upon which the church is reared; Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 2:6. The meaning is, that no true church can be reared which does not embrace and hold the true doctrines respecting him - those which pertain to his incarnation, his divine nature, his instructions, his example, his atonement, his resurrection, and ascension. The reason why no true church can be established without embracing the truth as it is in Christ is, that it is by him only that people can be saved; and where This doctrine is missing, all is missing that enters into the essential idea of a church. The fundamental doctrines of the Christian religion must be embraced, or a church cannot exist and where those doctrines are denied no association of people can be recognized as a church of God. Nor can the foundation be modified or shaped so as to suit the wishes of people. It must be laid as it is in the Scriptures; and the superstructure must be raised upon that alone.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 3:11

    3:11 For other foundation - On which the whole church: and all its doctrines, duties, and blessings may be built. Can no man lay than what is laid - In the counsels of divine wisdom, in the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, in the preaching of the apostles, St. Paul in particular. Which is Jesus Christ - Who, in his person and offices, is the firm, immovable Rock of Ages, every way sufficient to bear all the weight that God himself, or the sinner, when he believes, can lay upon him.