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1 Corinthians 2:4–5

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,r but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,s so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.t

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1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — English Standard Version (ESV)

and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — New Century Version (NCV)

My teaching and preaching were not with words of human wisdom that persuade people but with proof of the power that the Spirit gives. This was so that your faith would be in God’s power and not in human wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

and my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power; that your faith might not stand in men’s wisdom, but in God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

I didn’t speak my message with persuasive intellectual arguments. I spoke my message with a show of spiritual power so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

and my speech and my preaching were not with the persuasiveness of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, in order that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

I didn’t preach my message with clever and compelling words. As I preached, the Holy Spirit showed his power. That was so you would believe not because of human wisdom but because of God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.