1 Corinthians 1:22
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New International Version
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,

New Living Translation
It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.

English Standard Version
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,

Berean Study Bible
Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom,

Berean Literal Bible
Forasmuch as both Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom,

New American Standard Bible
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

King James Bible
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom,

International Standard Version
Jews ask for signs, and Greeks look for wisdom,

NET Bible
For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom,

New Heart English Bible
For Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the Jews ask for signs and the Aramaeans seek philosophy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jews ask for miraculous signs, and Greeks look for wisdom,

New American Standard 1977
For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom,

King James 2000 Bible
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

American King James Version
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

American Standard Version
Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Darby Bible Translation
Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom;

English Revised Version
Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek wisdom:

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing that Jews demand miracles, and Greeks go in search of wisdom,

World English Bible
For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom,

Young's Literal Translation
Since also Jews ask a sign, and Greeks seek wisdom,
Study Bible
The Message of the Cross
21For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:3
Then he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which the LORD has spoken, 'Behold, the altar shall be split apart and the ashes which are on it shall be poured out.'"

Matthew 12:38
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."

John 4:48
Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe."
Treasury of Scripture

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

the Jews.

Matthew 12:38,39 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, …

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

Mark 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking …

Luke 11:16,20 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven…

John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said to him, What sign show you to us, …

John 4:28 The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, …

the Greeks.

Acts 17:18-21 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

(22) For.--This is a further unfolding of the fact of the simplicity of the preaching of the Cross. It pandered neither to Jewish-minded persons (not in the Greek "the Jews," "the Gentiles," but simply "Jews," "Gentiles") who desired visible portents to support the teaching, nor to those of Greek taste who desired an actual and clear philosophic proof of it. (See Matthew 12:38; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; John 4:48.)

Verse 22. - Jews ask for signs; rather, Jews demand signs. This had been their incessant demand during our Lord's ministry; nor would they be content with any sign short of a sign from heaven (Matthew 12:38: 16:1; John 2:18; John 4:48, etc.). This had been steadily refused them by Christ, who wished them rather to see spiritual signs (Luke 17:20, 21). Greeks seek after wisdom. St. Paul at Athens had found himself surrounded with Stoics and Epicureans, and the same new thing which every one was looking for mainly took the shape of philosophic novelties (Acts 17:21). For the Jews require a sign,.... The Jews had always been used to miracles, in confirmation of the mission of the prophets sent unto them, and therefore insisted on a sign proving Jesus to be the true Messiah; except signs and wonders were wrought, they would not believe; and though miracles were wrought in great numbers, and such as never man did, they remained incredulous, and persisted in demanding a sign from heaven, and in their own way; and it was told them that no other sign should be given them, but that of the prophet Jonah, by which was signified the resurrection of Christ from the dead; this was given them, and yet they believed not, but went on to require a sign still; nothing but miracles would do with them, and they must be such as they themselves pleased: the Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin version, read "signs", in the plural number:

and the Greeks seek after wisdom; the wisdom of the world, natural wisdom, philosophy, the reason of things, the flowers of rhetoric, the ornaments of speech, the beauties of oratory, the justness of style and diction; as for doctrines they regarded none, but such as they could comprehend with, and account for by their carnal reason, everything else they despised and exploded. Hence we often read (l) of , "the Grecian wisdom", or wisdom of the Greeks; which, the Jews say (m), lay in metaphors and dark sayings, which were not understood but by them that were used to it; the study of it was forbidden by them, though some of their Rabbins were conversant with it (n),

(l) T. Bab Menachot, fol 99. 2. Bava Kama, fol. 82. 2.((m) Maimon & Bartenora in Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 14. (n) Shalshelet Hakabala, fol. 25. 1. Ganz. Tzemach David, par. 3. fol. 31. 2.22. For—literally, "Since," seeing that. This verse illustrates how the "preaching" of Christ crucified came to be deemed "foolishness" (1Co 1:21).

a sign—The oldest manuscripts read "signs." The singular was a later correction from Mt 12:38; 16:1; Joh 2:18. The signs the Jews craved for were not mere miracles, but direct tokens from heaven that Jesus was Messiah (Lu 11:16).

Greeks seek … wisdom—namely, a philosophic demonstration of Christianity. Whereas Christ, instead of demonstrative proof, demands faith on the ground of His word, and of a reasonable amount of evidence that the alleged revelation is His word. Christianity begins not with solving intellectual difficulties, but with satisfying the heart that longs for forgiveness. Hence not the refined Greeks, but the theocratic Jews were the chosen organ for propagating revelation. Again, intellectual Athens (Ac 17:18-21, etc.) received the Gospel less readily than commercial Corinth.1:17-25 Paul had been bred up in Jewish learning; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, was more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of the heathen world. This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of all our hopes, the fountain of all our joys. And by his death we live. The preaching of salvation for lost sinners by the sufferings and death of the Son of God, if explained and faithfully applied, appears foolishness to those in the way to destruction. The sensual, the covetous, the proud, and ambitious, alike see that the gospel opposes their favourite pursuits. But those who receive the gospel, and are enlightened by the Spirit of God, see more of God's wisdom and power in the doctrine of Christ crucified, than in all his other works. God left a great part of the world to follow the dictates of man's boasted reason, and the event has shown that human wisdom is folly, and is unable to find or retain the knowledge of God as the Creator. It pleased him, by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe. By the foolishness of preaching; not by what could justly be called foolish preaching. But the thing preached was foolishness to wordly-wise men. The gospel ever was, and ever will be, foolishness to all in the road to destruction. The message of Christ, plainly delivered, ever has been a sure touchstone by which men may learn what road they are travelling. But the despised doctrine of salvation by faith in a crucified Saviour, God in human nature, purchasing the church with his own blood, to save multitudes, even all that believe, from ignorance, delusion, and vice, has been blessed in every age. And the weakest instruments God uses, are stronger in their effects, than the strongest men can use. Not that there is foolishness or weakness in God, but what men consider as such, overcomes all their admired wisdom and strength.
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