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1 Corinthians 2:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But [the] natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know [them] because they are spiritually discerned;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, a man of the soul, doth not welcome the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, and he cannot get to know them, because, spiritually, are they examined;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and the natural man doth not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are foolishness, and he is not able to know [them], because spiritually they are discerned;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it is foolishness to him: and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But the naturall man receiueth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishnesse vnto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For the man who is animal receiveth not spirituals, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot know them, because they by the Spirit are judged of;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For a man in his natural self, receiveth not spirituals; for they are foolishness to him. Neither can he know them; for they are discerned by the Spirit.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
the natural 5591
{5591} Prime
ψυχικός
psuchikos
{psoo-khee-kos'}
From G5590; sensitive that is, animate (in distinction on the one hand from G4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from G5446, which is the lower or bestial nature).
man 444
{0444} Prime
ἄνθρωπος
anthropos
{anth'-ro-pos}
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
receiveth 1209
{1209} Prime
δέχομαι
dechomai
{dekh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
the things 3588
{3588} Prime

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Spirit 4151
{4151} Prime
πνεῦμα
pneuma
{pnyoo'-mah}
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
of God: 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
for 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
they are 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
foolishness 3472
{3472} Prime
μωρία
moria
{mo-ree'-ah}
From G3474; silliness, that is, absurdity.
unto him: 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
neither 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.
3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
can 1410
{1410} Prime
δύναμαι
dunamai
{doo'-nam-ahee}
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
he know 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5629
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
[them], because 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
they are spiritually 4153
{4153} Prime
πνευματικῶς
pneumatikos
{pnyoo-mat-ik-oce'}
Adverb from G4152; non-physically, that is, divinely, figuratively.
discerned. 350
{0350} Prime
ἀνακρίνω
anakrino
{an-ak-ree'-no}
From G0303 and G2919; properly to scrutinize, that is, (by implication) investigate, interrogate, determine.
z5743
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 2:14

_ _ natural man — literally, “a man of animal soul.” As contrasted with the spiritual man, he is governed by the animal soul, which overbears his spirit, which latter is without the Spirit of God (Jude 1:19). So the animal (English Version, “natural”) body, or body led by the lower animal nature (including both the mere human fallen reason and heart), is contrasted with the Spirit-quickened body (1 Corinthians 15:44-46). The carnal man (the man led by bodily appetites, and also by a self-exalting spirit, estranged from the divine life) is closely akin; so too the “earthly.” “Devilish,” or “demon-like”; “led by an evil spirit,” is the awful character of such a one, in its worst type (James 3:15).

_ _ receiveth not — though they are offered to him, and are “worthy of being received by all men” (1 Timothy 1:15).

_ _ they are foolishness unto him — whereas he seeks “wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:22).

_ _ neither can he — Not only does he not, but he cannot know them, and therefore has no wish to “receive” them (Romans 8:7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man — That is, every man who hath not the Spirit; who has no other way of obtaining knowledge, but by his senses and natural understanding. Receiveth not — Does not understand or conceive. The things of the Spirit — The things revealed by the Spirit of God, whether relating to his nature or his kingdom. For they are foolishness to him — He is so far from understanding, that he utterly despises, them Neither can he know them — As he has not the will, so neither has he the power. Because they are spiritually discerned — They can only be discerned by the aid of that Spirit, and by those spiritual senses, which he has not.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 2:14

(13) But the (p) natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are (q) spiritually discerned.

(13) Again he anticipates an offence or stumbling block: how does it come to pass that so few allow these things? This is not to be marvelled at, the apostle says, seeing that men in their natural powers (as they call them) are not endued with that faculty by which spiritual things are discerned (which faculty comes another way) and therefore they consider spiritual wisdom as folly: and it is as if he should say, "It is no marvel that blind men cannot judge of colours, seeing that they lack the light of their eyes, and therefore light is to them as darkness."

(p) The man that has no further light of understanding, than that which he brought with him, even from his mother's womb, as Jude defines it; (Jude 1:19).

(q) By the power of the Holy Spirit.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the natural man:
ψυχικος [Strong's G5591], the animal man, one who lives in a natural state, and under the influence of his animal passions; for ψυχη [Strong's G5590] means the inferior and sensual part of man, in opposition to the νους [Strong's G3563] understanding, or πνευμα [Strong's G4151], the spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
*Gr.

receiveth:

Matthew 13:11-17 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. ... For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].
Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
John 3:3-6 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ... That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word.
John 10:26-27 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. ... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
Romans 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. ... So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

the things:

1 Corinthians 2:12 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.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John 16:8-15 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: ... All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

they:

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
John 8:51-52 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. ... Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
John 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
Acts 17:18 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.
Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this [matter].
Acts 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and [of] your law, look ye [to it]; for I will be no judge of such [matters].
Acts 25:19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
Acts 26:24-25 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. ... But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

neither:

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?
John 6:44-45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. ... It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ... For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
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The natural man can only understand lies;
Why? lies is his version of true until his death.
1.@2thess. 2;8-12. Because the natural love doctrines of demons over the doctrines of Emmanuel. 2jn.9-10
a. Elohim gave them over too believe lies to be religious truth. Roman catholic, church of christ and all protestants
b. What a judgement of justice from ELOHIM, EL, ELOAH,YHWH, HOLY,REVEREND. 2COR.2;13-14.
NOW LIE-LOVERs, DEAF-ADDERs, IRON SHARPEN IRON natural discerner.
DISSANNULLED ELOHIM DEATH AND JUDGEMENT AND He A LIAR.ISA. 40 ;8
- NegOs A-Sir (2/22/2013 11:46:57 AM)
Natural discernment is their love for Roman catholic ,church of christ , and all protestant doctrine of demons. 1tim.4;1;4
Their next doctrine of demon is Easter
Acts 12;4 in most greek interpolated bible are easter.
a. The corrected term is passover.
b. The greek added and take away Elohim word.
c. Now it will come back to make liars out of them. Prov.30;1-4, Matt.10;26
- NegOs A-Sir (2/22/2013 11:35:38 AM)
Who are the spiritually discerned and who are the natural human ?Let Elohim word be lucid on this matter.
a. The natural human are those who think Elohim ways and truth is foolishness.
1. It can,t be the only truth. john 1;17.17;17.
2.It can't have the only religion concepts accepted by Elohim. Not.Matt. 5;18
3. Salvation comes through Emmanuel only. Acts. 4;12.Can,t be Elohim truth.I a natural human will not accept this. Then stop death and Elohim is a liar.If you can,t,
you are a natural human liar.
a. Salvation comes through gog of magog ,jesus, budduist,hinduism, jewish, etc...because of different believes that man has. Not.
b. All roman catholic , church of christ , protestant are natural when it comes too Elohim truth.
1. They propensity are 1tim.1;7, 4;1-4,2tim3;7, rom.10;1-4, Heb. 5;12,
SHERIA YA ELOHIM , ASKARI KUWA ELOHIM KWELI!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- NegOs A-Sir (2/20/2013 6:38:06 PM)
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