1 Corinthians 1:22
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,

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

New King James Version
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;

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

NASB 1995
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

NASB 1977
For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;

Amplified Bible
For Jews demand signs (attesting miracles), and Greeks pursue [worldly] wisdom and philosophy,

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

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

American Standard Version
Seeing that 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.

Contemporary English Version
Jews ask for miracles, and Greeks want something that sounds wise.

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

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

Good News Translation
Jews want miracles for proof, and Greeks look for wisdom.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Since also Jews ask a sign, and Greeks seek 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,

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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. 22 Jews 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
That day the man of God gave a sign, saying, "The LORD has spoken this sign: 'Surely the altar will be split apart, and the ashes upon it will 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, Master, we would see a sign from thee…

Matthew 16:1-4
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven…

Mark 8:11
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

the Greeks.

Acts 17:18-21
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection…









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Jews
Ἰουδαῖοι (Ioudaioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2453: Jewish. From Iouda; Judaean, i.e. Belonging to Jehudah.

demand
αἰτοῦσιν (aitousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 154: To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

signs
σημεῖα (sēmeia)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4592: Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of semaino; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

Greeks
Ἕλληνες (Hellēnes)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1672: From Hellas; a Hellen or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek-speaking person, especially a non-Jew.

search for
ζητοῦσιν (zētousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

wisdom,
σοφίαν (sophian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4678: Wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence. From sophos; wisdom.


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