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1 Corinthians 8:2

    1 Corinthians 8:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If anyone seems to himself to have knowledge, so far he has not the right sort of knowledge about anything;

    Webster's Revision

    If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;

    World English Bible

    But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 8:2

    Ought - Any one; any thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 8:2

    He knoweth nothing yet, etc. - The person who acts in this rash, unfeeling way, from the general knowledge which he has of the vanity of idolatry and the liberty which the Gospel affords from Jewish rites, with all his knowledge does not know this, that though the first and greatest commandment says, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, etc., yet the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. He, then, that can torment his neighbour's weak or tender conscience with his food or his conduct, does not love him as himself, and therefore knows nothing as he ought to know.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 8:2

    And if any think ... - The connection and the scope of this passage require us to understand this as designed to condemn that vain conceit of knowledge, or self-confidence, which would lead us to despise others, or to disregard their interests. "If anyone is conceited of his knowledge, is so vain, and proud, and self-confident, that he is led to despise others, and to disregard their true interests, he has not yet learned the very first elements of true knowledge as he ought to learn them, True knowledge will make us humble, modest, and kind to others. It will not puff us up, and it will not lead us to overlook the real happiness of others." See Romans 11:25.

    Any thing - Any matter pertaining to science, morals, philosophy, or religion. This is a general maxim pertaining to all pretenders to knowledge.

    He knoweth nothing yet ... - He has not known what is most necessary to be known on the subject; nor has he known the true use and design of knowledge, which is to edify and promote the happiness of others. If a man has not so learned anything as to make it contribute to the happiness of others, it is a proof that he has never learned the true design of the first elements of knowledge. Paul's design is to induce them to seek the welfare of their brethren. Knowledge, rightly applied, will promote the happiness of all. And it is true now as it was then, that if a man is a miser in knowledge as in wealth; if he lives to accumulate, never to impart; if he is filled with a vain conceit of his wisdom, and seeks not to benefit others by enlightening their ignorance, and guiding them in the way of truth, he has never learned the true use of science, any more than the man has of wealth who always hoards, never gives. It is valueless unless it is diffused, as the light of heaven would be valueless unless diffused all over the world, and the waters would be valueless if always preserved in lakes and reservoirs, and never diffused over hills and vales to refresh the earth.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 8:2

    8:2 If any man think he knoweth any thing - Aright, unless so far he is taught by God. He knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know - Seeing there is no true knowledge without divine love.