1 Corinthians 8:2
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New International Version
Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.

New Living Translation
Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much.

English Standard Version
If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.

New American Standard Bible
If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know;

King James Bible
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it.

International Standard Version
If anyone thinks he really knows something, he has not yet learned it as he ought to know it.

NET Bible
If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if a man thinks that he knows something, he does not yet know anything as he ought to know.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who think they know something still have a lot to learn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if anyone thinks that they know anything, they know nothing yet as they ought to know.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

American King James Version
And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

American Standard Version
If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he hath not yet known as he ought to know.

Darby Bible Translation
If any one think he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know [it].

English Revised Version
If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know;

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man thinketh that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one imagines that he already possesses any true knowledge, he has as yet attained to no knowledge of the kind to which he ought to have attained;

World English Bible
But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know.

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one doth think to know anything, he hath not yet known anything according as it behoveth him to know;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-6 There is no proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge. Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those who think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likely to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders him confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many, and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religious worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointed Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, and through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence and working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many who are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whether we really come to God by faith in Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - If any man think that he knoweth anything. Humility is the test of true knowledge, and love the inevitable factor in all Christian knowledge. The conceit of knowledge is usually the usurped self assertion of an imaginary infallibility. We only know "in part," and our knowledge, having at the best a purely relative value, is destined to vanish away (1 Corinthians 13:8). As he ought to know. True knowledge has in it an element of moral obligation, and saintliness is knowledge and supersedes the necessity for formal knowledge. Love is knowledge which has passed into heavenly wisdom. The student may say to the mystic, "All that you see I know;" but the mystic may retort," All that you know, I see."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if any man think that he knows anything,.... Whoever has an opinion of himself, or is conceited with his own knowledge, and fancies that he knows more than he does; which is always the case of those that are elated with their knowledge, and treat others with contempt, and have no regard to their peace and edification:

he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know; if he did, he would know this, that he ought to consult the peace, comfort, and edification of his brother; and therefore whatever knowledge he may fancy he has attained to, or whatever he may be capable of, and hereafter obtain, for the present he must be put down for a man that knows nothing as he should do; for he knows neither his duty to God nor man; if he knew the former, he would know the latter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. And—omitted in the oldest manuscripts The absence of the connecting particle gives an emphatical sententiousness to the style, suitable to the subject. The first step to knowledge is to know our own ignorance. Without love there is only the appearance of knowledge.

knoweth—The oldest manuscripts read a Greek word implying personal experimental acquaintance, not merely knowledge of a fact, which the Greek of "we know" or are aware (1Co 8:1) means.

as he ought to know—experimentally and in the way of "love."

1 Corinthians 8:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Food Sacrificed to Idols
1Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 2If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:18
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:9
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

1 Timothy 6:4
they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
Treasury of Scripture

And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

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Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

1 Timothy 1:5-7 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

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