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New Living Translation
1 Corinthians 2:12

And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

Bible Study Resources

Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Abbott's New Testament;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Church Pulpit Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Dunagan Commentary;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Gary Hampton Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Alford's Commentary;   Hodge's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Beet's Commentary on the New Testament;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Scofield's Notes;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Burkitt's Notes;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Holy Spirit;   Preaching;   Reasoning;   Regeneration;   Righteous;   Wisdom;   Word of God;   Scofield Reference Index - Holy Spirit;   Thompson Chain Reference - Instruction;   Leaders;   Ministers;   Religious;   The Topic Concordance - Giving and Gifts;   Holy Spirit;   Knowledge;   Mind;   Teaching;   Understanding;   Wisdom;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Holy Spirit, the Teacher, the;   Scriptures, the;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Inspiration;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Gifts of the spirit;   Holy spirit;   Inspiration;   Interpretation;   Mind;   Mission;   Soul;   Teacher;   World;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Corinthians, First and Second, Theology of;   Holy Spirit;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Pastor;   Procession of the Holy Ghost;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Corinthians, Second Epistle to the;   Doors;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Holy Spirit, the;   Tradition;   Holman Bible Dictionary - 1 Corinthians;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Forgiveness;   Grace;   Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved;   Spirit;   World;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Apollos;   Carnal;   Demon;   Holy Spirit;   Inspiration;   Inspiration and Revelation;   Mental Characteristics;   Mystery ;   Perseverance;   Soul ;   Spirit Spiritual ;   Teaching ;   Unity (2);   Winter ;   Wisdom;   World;   Worldliness;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - World, the;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Corinth'ians, First Epistle to the,;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Door;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Corinthians;   Holy Ghost;   Inspiration;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Pauline Theology;   Sanctification;   Spirituality;   Wisdom;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for December 16;   Every Day Light - Devotion for December 9;   My Utmost for His Highest - Devotion for December 21;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.

The Complete Jewish Bible
Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has so freely given us.

American Standard Version
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.

Bible in Basic English
But we have not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may have knowledge of the things which are freely given to us by God.

English Revised Version
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.

Contemporary English Version
But God has given us his Spirit. That's why we don't think the same way that the people of this world think. That's also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us.

English Standard Version
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

Easy-to-Read Version
We did not receive the spirit of the world. But we received the Spirit that is from God. We received this Spirit so that we can know the things that God has given us.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Nowe we haue receiued not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit, which is of God, that we might knowe the thinges that are giuen to vs of God.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
And we haue receaued, not the spirite of the worlde, but the spirite which is of God, that we myght know the thinges that are geuen to vs of God.

Darby's Translation
But *we* have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which [is] of God, that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of God:

King James Version (1611)
Now wee haue receiued, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that wee might know the things that are freely giuen to vs of God.

New Revised Standard
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now, we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God: that we may know the things that are given us from God.

New Century Version
Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but we received the Spirit that is from God so that we can know all that God has given us.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God; that we might know the free gifts, which are given to us by God.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we may know the things which are freely given to us of God.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from God, that we may understand the gifts that are given to us by God.

Good News Translation
We have not received this world's spirit; instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us.

Holman Christian Standard
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been freely given to us by God.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
As for vs, we haue not receaued the sprete of this worlde, but the sprete which cometh of God, so that we ca knowe what is geue vs of God:

Mace New Testament (1729)
now the spirit which we have received, is not the spirit of this world, but that which comes from God; that we might know what he has graciously bestowed upon us.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.

New King James
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

New International Version
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

King James Version
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

New American Standard Version
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

New Life Version
We have not received the spirit of the world. God has given us His Holy Spirit that we may know about the things given to us by Him.

Hebrew Names Version
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.

International Standard Version
Now, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we can understand the things that were freely given to us by God.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
But we not the spirit of this world have received, but the Spirit who is from Aloha, that we might know that the gifts from Aloha are given unto us;

The Emphasised Bible
But, as for us, - not the spirit of the world, have we received, but the Spirit which is of God, - that we might know the things which, by God, have been given in favour unto us: -

Revised Standard Version
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

Tyndale Bible
And we have not receaved the sprete of ye worlde: but the sprete which cometh of god for to knowe the thinges that are geve to vs of god

Updated Bible Version 1.9
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.

The Webster Bible
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.

World English Bible
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.

Weymouth New Testament
But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes forth from God, that we may know the blessings that have been so freely given to us by God.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And we han not resseiued the spirit of this world, but the spirit that is of God, that we wite what thingis ben youun to vs of God.

Young's Literal Translation
And we the spirit of the world did not receive, but the Spirit that [is] of God, that we may know the things conferred by God on us,

The Message
but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us.

Lexham English Bible
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

Contextual Overview

6Yet when I am among mature Christians, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world, and not the kind that appeals to the rulers of this world, who are being brought to nothing. 7No, the wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God, which was hidden in former times, though he made it for our benefit before the world began. 8But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would never have crucified our glorious Lord. 9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 10But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets. 11No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit. 12And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. 14But people who aren't Christians can't understand these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. 15We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can't understand us at all.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
not
6; Romans 8:1,5,6; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; James 4:5; 1 John 4:4,5; 5:19; Revelation 12:9
but
Romans 8:15,16
that
3:22; John 16:14,15; Romans 8:32; 1 John 2:20,27; 5:20; Revelation 22:6

Cross-References

Exodus 28:20
The fourth row will contain a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. All these stones will be set in gold.

Exodus 39:13
In the fourth row were a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. Each of these gemstones was set in gold.

Numbers 11:7
The manna looked like small coriander seeds, pale yellow in color.

Job 28:16
Its value is greater than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx stone or sapphires.

Ezekiel 28:13
You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone – red carnelian, chrysolite, white moonstone, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald – all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Now we have received not the spirit of the world,.... Meaning either Satan, the god of the world, the spirit that is in it, and rules over it; or the sinful carnal disposition of the men of the world, which is a spirit of covetousness, uncleanness, pride, malice, and error; or rather the carnal wisdom of the world, which is common to worldly men, lies in the knowledge of worldly things, and is pursued and exercised for worldly advantages:

but the Spirit which is of God; the Holy Ghost, which proceeds from the Father and the Son, is the gift of God to his people, and whom they receive through the doctrine of faith into their hearts, as a spirit of illumination, faith, comfort, adoption, truth, and as a seal and earnest of future glory:

that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God; who has given himself, his Son, and all things freely along with him, as a justifying righteousness, remission of sins, adoption, and eternal life; all which were provided for them in the council and covenant of peace, and made up that grace given unto them freely in Christ before the world began; for there was not only an eternal purpose to bestow these gifts, in the mind of God, and a promise of them in covenant, but a real donation of them to them, as considered in Christ so early: besides, God gave his Son, and Christ gave himself for them before they knew anything of the matter; and therefore must be unknown, until made known by the Spirit of God, who is sent unto them, and into their hearts, for this purpose, to make them known; which he does, by showing all this grace, and by opening and applying the truths of the everlasting Gospel: and this knowledge is not a mere notional one, but spiritual, experimental, and approbational, joined with affection and admiration; and is a knowledge of interest in these things, and which makes both humble and obedient.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Now we have received - We who are Christians; and especially we, the apostles. The following verse shows that he had himself and the other apostles chiefly in view; though it is true of all Christians that they have received, not the spirit of this world, but the spirit which is of God.

Not the spirit of this world - Not the wisdom and knowledge which this world can give - not the learning and philosophy which were so much valued in Greece. The views of truth which we have, are not such as this world gives, but are such as are communicated by the Spirit of God.

But the Spirit which is of God - We are under the teaching‘s and influence of the Holy Spirit.

That we might know - That we might fully understand and appreciate. The Spirit is given to us in order that we might fully understand the favors which God has conferred on us in the gospel. It was not only necessary that God should grant the blessings of redemption by the gift of His Son, but, such was the hardness and blindness of the human heart, it was needful that he should grant His Holy Spirit also, so that people might be brought fully to see and appreciate the value of those favors. For people do not see them by nature; neither does anyone see them who is not enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God.

The things that are freely given us - That are conferred on us as a matter of grace or favor. He here refers to the blessings of redemption - the pardon of sin, justification, sanctification, the divine favor and protection, and the hope of eternal life - These things we Know; they are not matters of conjecture; but are surely and certainly confirmed to us by the Holy Spirit. It is possible for all Christians to know and be fully assured of the truth of those things, and of their interest in them.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world - We, who are the genuine apostles of Christ, have received this Spirit of God, by which we know the deep things of God; and, through the teaching of that Spirit, we preach Christ crucified. We have not therefore received the spirit of the world - of the Jewish teachers, who are all looking for a worldly kingdom and a worldly Messiah, and interpret all the scriptures of the Old Testament which relate to Him in a carnal and worldly sense.

That we might know the things - We receive this teaching that we may know what those supereminently excellent things are which God has purposed freely to give to mankind. It is evident that, as the apostle means by princes of the world the rulers of the Jews, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, so by spirit of the world he here means Jewish wisdom, or their carnal mode of interpreting the sacred oracles, and their carnal expectation of a worldly kingdom under the Messiah.


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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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