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

New Living Translation
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power.

English Standard Version
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Berean Study Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Berean Literal Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

New American Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.

King James Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Christian Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Contemporary English Version
God's kingdom isn't just a lot of words. It is power.

Good News Translation
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

International Standard Version
for the kingdom of God isn't just talk, but also power.

NET Bible
For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.

New Heart English Bible
For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's kingdom is not just talk, it is power.

New American Standard 1977
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the kingdom of God is not in words, but in virtue.

King James 2000 Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

American King James Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

American Standard Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power.

Darby Bible Translation
For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.

English Revised Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Weymouth New Testament
For Apostolic authority is not a thing of words, but of power.

World English Bible
For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Young's Literal Translation
for not in word is the reign of God, but in power?
Study Bible
Paul Warns his Children
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. 21Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

2 Corinthians 10:8
For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed.

Treasury of Scripture

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of God [is]
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

a matter of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

talk
λόγῳ (logō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

power.
δυνάμει (dynamei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1411: From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.
Verse 20. - The kingdom of God. The Christian life, with all its attainments and all its hopes. Is not in word, but in power. It is not a matter of profession, or of eloquence, or of phrases, but of transforming efficacy. St. Paul always appeals for the corroboration of his authority to the signs and power of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 10:45; Romans 15:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:5), to the "demonstration" of which he has already referred (1 Corinthians 2:4). 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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