1 Corinthians 2:7
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New International Version
No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

New Living Translation
No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God--his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.

English Standard Version
But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

Berean Study Bible
No, we speak of the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began.

Berean Literal Bible
But we speak in a mystery, the wisdom of God having been hidden, which God foreordained before the ages for our glory,

New American Standard Bible
but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;

King James Bible
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On the contrary, we speak God's hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory.

International Standard Version
Instead, we speak about God's wisdom in a hidden secret, which God destined before the world began for our glory.

NET Bible
Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory.

New Heart English Bible
But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God foreordained before the ages for our glory,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, that which was kept secret and God had consecrated before the world for our glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We speak about the mystery of God's wisdom. It is a wisdom that has been hidden, which God had planned for our glory before the world began.

New American Standard 1977
but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;

Jubilee Bible 2000
but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages unto our glory,

King James 2000 Bible
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

American King James Version
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory:

American Standard Version
but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, a wisdom which is hidden, which God ordained before the world, unto our glory :

Darby Bible Translation
But we speak God's wisdom in [a] mystery, that hidden [wisdom] which God had predetermined before the ages for our glory:

English Revised Version
but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:

Webster's Bible Translation
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world to our glory:

Weymouth New Testament
But in dealing with truths hitherto kept secret we speak of God's wisdom--that hidden wisdom which, before the world began, God pre-destined, so that it should result in glory to us;

World English Bible
But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds for our glory,

Young's Literal Translation
but we speak the hidden wisdom of God in a secret, that God foreordained before the ages to our glory,
Study Bible
Spiritual Wisdom
6Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom—but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.…
Cross References
Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:30
And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified.

Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not be conceited: A hardening in part has come to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

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.

Ephesians 3:10
His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

Hebrews 1:2
But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Treasury of Scripture

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory:

even.

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Isaiah 48:6,7 You have heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, …

Romans 16:25,26 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Ephesians 3:4-9 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery …

Colossians 1:26,27 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

unto.

1 Peter 5:1,10 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

(7) In a mystery.--The writer explains in these words the plan on which his speaking of God's wisdom proceeded, that he dealt with it as the ancient mysteries were dealt with, explaining certain truths only to the initiated, and not to all (1Corinthians 4:1; Colossians 1:26).

Hidden.--Heretofore unrevealed, but now made manifest in Christ and by His teachers (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:10). And this has been in accordance with what God ordained "before the beginning of time," to our glory, as distinct from the humiliation of the world's teaching, which is coming to nought.

Verse 7. - In a mystery; that is, "in a truth, once hidden, now revealed." The word is now used for what is dark and incomprehensible, but it has no such meaning in the New Testament, where it means "what was once secret, but has now been made manifest" (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:4, 9; Colossians 1:26; 1 Timothy 3:16). It implies the very reverse of any esoteric teaching. Hidden. It was "hidden from the wise and prudent, but revealed to babes" (Matthew 11:25). Before the worlds; literally, before the ages; before time began. Unto our glory. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews clearly states that "the future age" is in God's counsels subjected, not to the angels, but to man. But "our glory" is that we are "called to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus" (1 Peter 5:10). But we speak the wisdom of God,.... Not of men, not of the wise politicians, the learned philosophers and Rabbins; that which human wisdom has no hand in forming, nor in revealing, nor in propagating, and which is disliked and disapproved of by it: the Gospel is the sole produce of divine wisdom, and in which there is a glorious display of it; even in those doctrines which are the most charged with folly, as salvation by a crucified Christ, justification by his righteousness, pardon by his blood, satisfaction by his sacrifice, &c.

in a mystery; it is mysterious wisdom. The Gospel is full of mysteries; there is the mystery of God, of a trinity of persons in the divine essence; the mystery of Christ, of his person, as God manifest in the flesh, of his divine sonship, and incarnation in the womb of a virgin; the mystery of the Spirit's grace in regeneration, of the saints' union to Christ, and communion with him, the resurrection of the same body, the change of living saints at Christ's coming, with many others:

even the hidden wisdom; the Gospel lay hid in God, in the thoughts of his heart, in the deep things of his mind, the counsels of his will, and purposes of his grace; it was hid in Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it was hid under the types and shadows of the ceremonial law; and is hid in the Scriptures, which must be diligently searched for it, as for hidden treasures. It was hid from angels, and from Adam, until revealed; it was in some measure hid from the Jews under the former dispensation, to whom it was made known; and in some sense from believers, under the present dispensation, who as yet know it but in part; and is entirely hid from natural men, even from the most wise and prudent among them. This epithet expresses the preciousness, secrecy, and also security of the Gospel; hidden things being commonly of value, and being kept secret, are also safe; hidden and secret wisdom has been always esteemed, both by Greeks and Jews: hence that saying (u) of the latter,

"he that would be rich in learning of the law, "and that wisdom which is hidden", in a hidden and secret place, should hide and secrete himself from the children of men.''

The apostle adds,

which God ordained before the world. The Egyptians and Grecians boasted much of the "earliness" of their wisdom, but neither of them are to be mentioned with the Gospel for the antiquity of it; it is the birth of God's counsels of old, the produce of his purposes, which he purposed in Christ before the world was; a scheme of things he drew in his eternal mind; it is a transcript of the council of peace and covenant of grace, which were from everlasting; what the Jews (w) say of the law, is much more true of the Gospel,

"that it was treasured up with God (they say two thousand years, and sometimes nine hundred and seventy four ages), before the world was created;''

and often speak of it as one of the seven things created before the world was (x). Moreover, this was to our glory; under the present dispensation, which by reason of the Gospel has a glory in it surpassing the former; it is to the glory both of the ministers of it, whose honour it is to be employed in preaching it, and in being by it the instruments of converting such who will be their glory another day, and to the glory of all believers who are by it called to the obtaining of the glory of Christ Jesus.

(u) Caphtor, fol. 81. (w) T. Bab. Zebacbim, fol. 116. 1. Zohar. in Exod. fol. 20. 4. & 35. 1, 2. & 66. 3. & in Numb. fol. 66. 3.((x) T. Bab. Pesachim. fol. 54. 1. Nedarim, fol. 39. 2. Zohar. in Lev. fol. 14. 4. Targum Jon. ben Uzziel in Genesis 3.24. 7. wisdom of God—emphatically contrasted with the wisdom of men and of this world (1Co 2:5, 6).

in a mystery—connected in construction with "we speak": We speak as dealing with a mystery; that is not something to be kept hidden, but what heretofore was so, but is now revealed. Whereas the pagan mysteries were revealed only to a chosen few, the Gospel mysteries were made known to all who would obey the truth. "If our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (2Co 4:3), "whom the God of this world hath blinded." Ordinarily we use "mystery" in reference to those from whom the knowledge is withheld; the apostles, in reference to those to whom it is revealed [Whately]. It is hidden before it is brought forward, and when it is brought forward it still remains hidden to those that are imperfect [Bengel].

ordained—literally, "foreordained" (compare 1Co 2:9), "prepared for them that love Him."

before the world—rather, "before the ages" (of time), that is, from eternity. This infinitely antedates worldly wisdom in antiquity. It was before not only the wisdom of the world, but eternally before the world itself and its ages.

to our glory—ours both now and hereafter, from "the Lord of glory" (1Co 2:8), who brings to naught "the princes of this world."2:6-9 Those who receive the doctrine of Christ as Divine, and, having been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, have looked well into it, see not only the plain history of Christ, and him crucified, but the deep and admirable designs of Divine wisdom therein. It is the mystery made manifest to the saints, Col 1:26, though formerly hid from the heathen world; it was only shown in dark types and distant prophecies, but now is revealed and made known by the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of glory; a title much too great for any creature. There are many things which people would not do, if they knew the wisdom of God in the great work of redemption. There are things God hath prepared for those that love him, and wait for him, which sense cannot discover, no teaching can convey to our ears, nor can it yet enter our hearts. We must take them as they stand in the Scriptures, as God hath been pleased to reveal them to us.
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