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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 2:1


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 2:1

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

    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.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 2:1

    AND I, brethren, when I came to you, came not in loftiness of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of Christ.

    Webster's Bible Translation

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

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (1) -
    Ac 18:1-4

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:1

    ¶ Así que, hermanos, cuando fui a vosotros, no fui con altivez de palabra, o de sabiduría, a anunciaros el testimonio de Dios.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 2:1

    Verse 1. When I came to you] Acting suitably to my mission, which was to
    preach the Gospel, but not with human eloquence, 1 Cor. i. 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, sect. ii.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 1. And I,
    brethren, when I came to you , etc.] This account the apostle gives of himself is occasioned, either by what he had said in the latter part of the preceding chapter, concerning the choice God has made of the foolish, weak, base, and despicable things of the world, and of his calling them by his grace both to fellowship with the saints in common, and therefore he accommodated his ministry unto them, and in particular to the ministry of the word, of which he himself was a like instance and an example; or else by what he had declared in ( 1 Corinthians 1:17) of the same chapter, that he was sent to preach the Gospel, not with wisdom of words ; which he here reassumes, and affirms agreeably, that when he first came to Corinth, he came not with excellency of speech, or of wisdom ; for though he was not only versed in Jewish learning, being brought up at the feet of Gamaliel; but had also a good share of Grecian literature, and was capable, upon proper occasions, to cite the Greek poets, as he does Aratus, ( Acts 17:28) and Menander, ( Titus 1:12,13) and so could, had he thought fit, have adorned his discourses with pompous language, with the flowers of rhetoric, and the eloquence of the Grecians; yet he chose not such a high and florid style, and which savoured so much of human wisdom and art; for the subject he treated of required no such dress, nor any great swelling words of vanity, or a bombast style to set it off, and gain the applause and assent of men: for what he delivered were plain matters of fact, attested by God himself, declaring unto you the testimony of God ; that is, the Gospel, which bears a testimony to the love, grace, and mercy of God, his kindness and good will to the sons of men, in giving and sending his only begotten Son to be the Saviour and Redeemer of them; and in which God bears a testimony of his Son, of his sonship, deity, mediation, incarnation, obedience, sufferings, and death, of his resurrection, ascension to heaven, session at his right hand, intercession for his people, and his second coming to judgment, and of eternal life and salvation by him. All which being matter of fact, and depending upon the witness of God, which is greater than that of men, needed no art nor oratory of men to recommend it: it was enough in plain words, and easy language, to declare it, with the evidence by which it was supported. The Alexandrian copy, and some others, read, the mystery of God: and so the Syriac version ahlad azr , the mystery of God one of Stephenss copies reads, the mystery of Christ; and the Vulgate Latin version, the testimony of Christ.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-5 -
    Christ, in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is the sum an substance of the gospel, and ought to be the great subject of a gospe minister's preaching, but not so as to leave out other parts of God' revealed truth and will. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. Fe know the fear and trembling of faithful ministers, from a deep sense of their own weakness They know how insufficient they are, and are fearfu for themselves. When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached the success must be entirely from Divine power accompanying the word and thus men are brought to believe, to the salvation of their souls.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    1. With excellency (kaq uperochn). Lit., according to elevation or superiority. The noun occurs only here and
    1 Tim. ii. 2, where it is rendered authority. The phrase expresses the mode of his preaching. For similar adverbial phrases, see kaq uJperbolhn exceedingly or according to excess, Rom. viii. 13; kata kratov mightily or according to might, Acts xix. 20. Construe with declaring.

    Declaring (kataggellwn). Rev., proclaiming. See on 1 John i. 5; Acts xvii. 23. Authoritative proclamation is implied. The word is found only in the Acts and in Paul.

    Testimony (marturion). Some of the best texts read musthrion mystery. So Rev. See on Rom. xi. 25.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    2:1 {Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom} (ou kaq' huperocen logou e sofias). huperoce is an old word from the verb huperecw (#Php 4:7) and means preeminence, rising above. In N.T. only here and #1Ti 2:2 of civil officers. It occurs in inscriptions of Pergamum for persons of position (Deissmann, _Bible Studies_, p. 255). Here it means excess or superfluity, "not in excellence of rhetorical display or of philosophical subtlety" (Lightfoot). {The mystery of God} (to musterion tou qeou). So Aleph A C Copt. like #2:7, but B D L P read marturion like #1:6. Probably {mystery} is correct. Christ crucified is the mystery of God (#Col 2:2). Paul did not hesitate to appropriate this word in common use among the mystery religions, but he puts into it his ideas, not those in current use. It is an old word from muew, to close, to shut, to initiate (#Php 4:12). this mystery was once hidden from the ages (#Col 1:26), but is now made plain in Christ (#1Co 2:7; Ro 16:25f.). The papyri give many illustrations of the use of the word for secret doctrines known only to the initiated (Moulton and Milligan's _Vocabulary_).


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