1 Corinthians 4:19
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New International Version
But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

New Living Translation
But I will come--and soon--if the Lord lets me, and then I'll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God's power.

English Standard Version
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.

Berean Study Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have.

Berean Literal Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of those being puffed up, but their power.

New American Standard Bible
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.

King James Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk but the power of those who are inflated with pride.

International Standard Version
But I will come to you soon if it's the Lord's will. Then I'll discover not only what these arrogant people are saying but also what power they have,

NET Bible
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power.

New Heart English Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing. And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if THE LORD JEHOVAH is willing, soon I shall come to you and I shall know, not the words of those whose souls are lifted up, but their power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it's the Lord's will, I'll visit you soon. Then I'll know what these arrogant people are saying and what power they have.

New American Standard 1977
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and will know not the words of those who are puffed up, but the virtue.

King James 2000 Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and will know, not the speech of them who are puffed up, but the power.

American King James Version
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

American Standard Version
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of them that are puffed up, but the power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will: and will know, not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power.

Darby Bible Translation
but I will come quickly to you, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of those that are puffed up, but the power.

English Revised Version
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of them which are puffed up, but the power.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them who are puffed up, but the power.

Weymouth New Testament
But, if the Lord is willing, I shall come to you without delay; and then I shall know not the fine speeches of these conceited people, but their power.

World English Bible
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing. And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.

Young's Literal Translation
but I will come quickly unto you, if the Lord may will, and I will know not the word of those puffed up, but the power;
Study Bible
Paul's Warns his Children
18Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. 19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have. 20For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.…
Cross References
Acts 18:21
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

Acts 19:21
After these things had happened, Paul purposed in spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must see Rome as well."

Acts 20:2
After traveling through that area and speaking many words of encouragement, he arrived in Greece,

1 Corinthians 4:6
Brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written. Then you will not take pride in one man over another.

1 Corinthians 11:34
If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you come together it will not result in judgment. And when I come, I will give instructions about the remaining matters.

1 Corinthians 16:5
After I go through Macedonia, however, I will come to you; for I will be going through Macedonia.

1 Corinthians 16:7
For I do not want to see you now only in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.

2 Corinthians 1:15
Confident of this, I planned to visit you first, so that you might receive a double blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

I.

1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that you all spoke with tongues but rather that you prophesied…

Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when …

2 Corinthians 1:15,17,23 And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you …

2 Corinthians 2:1,2 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to …

if.

Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast …

Romans 15:32 That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may with …

Hebrews 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

James 4:15 For that you ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do …

not.

1 Corinthians 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

2 Corinthians 13:1-4 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or …

but.

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Verse 19. - I will come to you shortly (Philippians 2:24; 2 Timothy 4:9). He came soon after writing the Second Epistle. At this time he was preparing to leave Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:8); his actual departure was precipitated by the tumult (Acts 20. l, 2). If the Lord will. The apostolic use of the phrase was something more than a mere form (Romans 15:32; Hebrews 6:3; James 4:15); it expressed a real and humble spirit of dependence. Not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. He will use his gift of spiritual discernment to discover whether the haughty self assertion and sounding phraseology of these inflated partisans would not collapse when confronted with real authority. The "speech" was there in abundance; but was there anything genuine, any real spiritual force, behind it? But I will come to you shortly,.... This he said as threatening them, but not by way of prophecy; for it is not certain that he ever did come to them after this; but by way of promise, as it was then the real intention, inclination, and resolution of his mind, though with this condition,

if the Lord will; which is rightly put, and what the apostle had a continual regard unto, in all things he was concerned; see Romans 1:10 and though it is not absolutely necessary that this should be expressed by us always in so many words; though should it, as the sentence is short and full, there would be no impropriety in it; yet this should always be the sense of our minds and conduct in all the affairs of life; see James 4:13

and will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power; meaning chiefly the false teachers; and that his concern would be, not so much to observe their masterly language, the eloquence of their speech, the quaintness of their expressions, the cadency of their words, how nicely they were put together, and how fitly pronounced; but what life there was in their ministry, what power went forth with their words, and how effectual their preaching was to the, conversion of sinners, and the edifying of the church of God. 19. Alford translates, "But come I will"; an emphatical negation of their supposition (1Co 4:18).

shortly—after Pentecost (1Co 16:8).

if the Lord will—a wise proviso (Jas 4:15). He does not seem to have been able to go as soon as he intended.

and will know—take cognizance of.

but the power—I care not for their high-sounding "speech," "but" what I desire to know is "their power," whether they be really powerful in the Spirit, or not. The predominant feature of Grecian character, a love for power of discourse, rather than that of godliness, showed itself at Corinth.4:14-21 In reproving for sin, we should distinguish between sinners and their sins. Reproofs that kindly and affectionately warn, are likely to reform. Though the apostle spoke with authority as a parent, he would rather beseech them in love. And as ministers are to set an example, others must follow them, as far as they follow Christ in faith and practice. Christians may mistake and differ in their views, but Christ and Christian truth are the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Whenever the gospel is effectual, it comes not in word only, but also in power, by the Holy Spirit, quickening dead sinners, delivering persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, renewing them both inwardly and outwardly, and comforting, strengthening, and establishing the saints, which cannot be done by the persuasive language of men, but by the power of God. And it is a happy temper, to have the spirit of love and meekness bear the rule, yet to maintain just authority.
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