1 Corinthians 2:4
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New International Version
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

New Living Translation
And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Berean Study Bible
My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

Berean Literal Bible
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

New American Standard Bible
and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

King James Bible
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit,

International Standard Version
My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit's power,

NET Bible
My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And my message and my preaching were not in the persuasiveness of the words of philosophy, but in the demonstration of The Spirit and power,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I didn't speak my message with persuasive intellectual arguments. I spoke my message with a show of spiritual power

New American Standard 1977
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

King James 2000 Bible
And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

American King James Version
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

American Standard Version
And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And my speech and my preaching was not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in shewing of the Spirit and power;

Darby Bible Translation
and my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of [the] Spirit and of power;

English Revised Version
And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Webster's Bible Translation
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power:

Weymouth New Testament
And my language and the Message that I proclaimed were not adorned with persuasive words of earthly wisdom, but depended upon truths which the Spirit taught and mightily carried home;

World English Bible
My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

Young's Literal Translation
and my word and my preaching was not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power --
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-5 Christ, in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is the sum and substance of the gospel, and ought to be the great subject of a gospel minister's preaching, but not so as to leave out other parts of God's revealed truth and will. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. Few know the fear and trembling of faithful ministers, from a deep sense of their own weakness They know how insufficient they are, and are fearful 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.
Study Bible
Paul's Message by the Spirit's Power
3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith would not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.…
Cross References
Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:19
by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, lest the cross of the Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 2:1
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

1 Corinthians 2:13
And this is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

2 Corinthians 6:6
in purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
Treasury of Scripture

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

my speech.

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.

not.

1 Corinthians 2:1,13 And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of …

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not …

Judges 14:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's …

Judges 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, …

2 Samuel 14:17-20 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be …

2 Samuel 15:2-6 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: …

1 Kings 22:13,14 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, …

2 Chronicles 18:19-21 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he …

Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Ezekiel 13:6,10,11 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD said: …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

Colossians 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

enticing. or, persuasible.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

but.

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

John 16:8-15 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, …

Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; …

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

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