1 Corinthians 1:22
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English Standard Version
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,

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

American Standard Version
Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom:

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:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek wisdom:

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing that Jews demand miracles, and Greeks go in search of wisdom,

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Vincent's Word Studies

The Jews

Omit the article. Among the Jews many had become Christians.

Require (αἰτοῦσιν)

Rev., ask. But it is questionable whether the A.V. is not preferable. The word sometimes takes the sense of demand, as Luke 12:48; 1 Peter 3:15; and this sense accords well with the haughty attitude of the Jews, demanding of all apostolic religions their proofs and credentials. See Matthew 12:38; Matthew 16:1; John 6:30.

Greeks

See on Acts 6:1.

Seek after (ζητοῦσιν)

Appropriate to the Greeks in contrast with the Jews. The Jews claimed to possess the truth: the Greeks were seekers, speculators (compare Acts 17:23) after what they called by the general name of wisdom.

Christ crucified (Χριστὸν ἐσταυρωμένον)

Not the crucified Christ, but Christ as crucified, not a sign-shower nor a philosopher; and consequently a scandal to the Jew and folly to the Gentile.

Unto the Greeks (Ἕλλησι)

The correct reading is ἔθνεσιν to the Gentiles. So Rev. Though Ἕλληνες Greeks, is equivalent to Gentiles in the New Testament when used in antithesis to Jews, yet in this passage Paul seems to have in mind the Greeks as representing gentile wisdom and culture.

1 Corinthians 1:22 Parallel Commentaries

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the Jews.

Matthew 12:38,39 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from you...

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show 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.

Luke 11:16,20 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven...

John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said to him, What sign show you to us, seeing that you do these things?

John 4:28 The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men,

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...

Cross References
1 Kings 13:3
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: 'Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.'"

Matthew 12:38
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

John 4:48
So Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe."

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