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1 Corinthians 1:22 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek wisdom:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Seeing that both, Jews for signs, do ask, and, Greeks for wisdom, do seek,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Since also Jews ask a sign, and Greeks seek wisdom,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For both the Jews require signs: and the Greeks seek after wisdom.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the Iewes require a signe, and the Greekes seeke after wisedome.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For the Jihudoyee demand signs, and the Aramoyee require wisdom;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Because the Jews ask for signs, and the Gentiles demand wisdom.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1894
{1894} Prime
ἐπειδή
epeide
{ep-i-day'}
From G1893 and G1211; since now, that is, (of time) when, or (of cause) whereas.
y2532
[2532] Standard
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
the x2532
(2532) Complement
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
Jews 2453
{2453} Prime
Ἰουδαῖος
Ioudaios
{ee-oo-dah'-yos}
From G2448 (in the sense of G2455 as a country); Judaean, that is, belonging to Jehudah.
require 154
{0154} Prime
αἰτέω
aiteo
{ahee-teh'-o}
Of uncertain derivation; to ask (in generally).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
a sign, 4592
{4592} Prime
σημεῖον
semeion
{say-mi'-on}
Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
the Greeks 1672
{1672} Prime
Ἕλλην
Hellen
{hel'-lane}
From G1671; a Hellen (Grecian) or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek speaking person, especially a non-Jew.
seek y2212
[2212] Standard
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
after x2212
(2212) Complement
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
wisdom: 4678
{4678} Prime
σοφία
sophia
{sof-ee'-ah}
From G4680; wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 1:22

_ _ For — literally, “Since,” seeing that. This verse illustrates how the “preaching” of Christ crucified came to be deemed “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

_ _ a sign — The oldest manuscripts read “signs.” The singular was a later correction from Matthew 12:38; Matthew 16:1; John 2:18. The signs the Jews craved for were not mere miracles, but direct tokens from heaven that Jesus was Messiah (Luke 11:16).

_ _ Greeks seek ... wisdom — namely, a philosophic demonstration of Christianity. Whereas Christ, instead of demonstrative proof, demands faith on the ground of His word, and of a reasonable amount of evidence that the alleged revelation is His word. Christianity begins not with solving intellectual difficulties, but with satisfying the heart that longs for forgiveness. Hence not the refined Greeks, but the theocratic Jews were the chosen organ for propagating revelation. Again, intellectual Athens (Acts 17:18-21, etc.) received the Gospel less readily than commercial Corinth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:17-31.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 1:22

For whereas the Jews demand of the apostles, as they did of their Lord, more signs still, after all they have seen already; and the Greeks, or gentiles, seek wisdom — The depths of philosophy, and the charms of eloquence.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 1:22

(25) For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

(25) A declaration of that which he said: that the preaching of the Gospel is foolish. It is foolish, he says, to those whom God has not endued with new light, that is to say, to all men being considered in themselves: for the Jews require miracles, and the Greeks arguments, which they may comprehend by their intellect and wisdom: and therefore they do not believe the Gospel, and also mock it. Nonetheless, in this foolish preaching there is the great power and wisdom of God, but such that only those who are called perceive: God showing most plainly, that even then when mad men think him most foolish, he is far wiser than they are, and that he surmounts all their might and power, when he uses most vile and abject things, as it has appeared in the fruit of the preaching of the Gospel.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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. ... But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. ... A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
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 And others, tempting [him], sought of him a sign from heaven.
Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith 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, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. ... (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
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Mt 12:38; 16:1. Mk 8:11. Lk 11:16, 20. Jn 2:18; 4:28. Ac 17:18.

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