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1 Corinthians 4:19 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of them that are puffed up, but the power.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them who are puffed up, but the power.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— but I will come quickly to you, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of those that are puffed up, but the power.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Howbeit, I will come quickly unto you,—if, the Lord, please,—and will get to know—not the speech of them who are puffed up, but, the power;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— but I will come quickly unto you, if the Lord may will, and I will know not the word of those puffed up, but the power;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will: and will know, not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the power.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But I wil come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will knowe, not the speach of them which are puffed vp, but the power.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But if the Lord will, quickly come I unto you; and I will know not the words of them who exalt themselves, but their power.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But I will come to you speedily, if God be willing: and I will know, not the speech of them who exalt themselves, but their power:

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.
I will come 2064
{2064} Prime
ἔρχομαι
erchomai
{er'-khom-ahee}
Middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred [middle voice] word, ἐλεύθομαι [[eleuthomai]], {el-yoo'-thom-ahee}; or [active] ἔλθω [[eltho]], {el'-tho}; which do not otherwise occur); to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
z5695
<5695> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
to 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
you 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
shortly, 5030
{5030} Prime
ταχέως
tacheos
{takh-eh'-oce}
Adverb from G5036; briefly, that is, (in time) speedily, or (in manner) rapidly.
if 1437
{1437} Prime
ἐάν
ean
{eh-an'}
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
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).
Lord 2962
{2962} Prime
κύριος
kurios
{koo'-ree-os}
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
will, 2309
{2309} Prime
θέλω
thelo
{thel'-o}
In certain tenses θελέω [[theleo]], {thel-eh'-o}; and ἐθέλέω [[etheleo]], {eth-el-eh'-o}, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G0138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in.
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
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.
will 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).
z5695
<5695> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
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).
speech 3056
{3056} Prime
λόγος
logos
{log'-os}
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
of them which are puffed up, 5448
{5448} Prime
φυσιόω
phusioo
{foo-see-o'-o}
From G5449 in the primary sense of blowing; to inflate, that is, (figuratively) make proud (haughty).
z5772
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
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).
power. 1411
{1411} Prime
δύναμις
dunamis
{doo'-nam-is}
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 4:19

_ _ Alford translates, “But come I will”; an emphatical negation of their supposition (1 Corinthians 4:18).

_ _ shortly — after Pentecost (1 Corinthians 16:8).

_ _ if the Lord will — a wise proviso (James 4:15). He does not seem to have been able to go as soon as he intended.

_ _ and will know — take cognizance of.

_ _ but the power — I care not for their high-sounding “speech,” “but” what I desire to know is “their power,” whether they be really powerful in the Spirit, or not. The predominant feature of Grecian character, a love for power of discourse, rather than that of godliness, showed itself at Corinth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 4:17-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 4:19

I will know — He here shows his fatherly authority Not the big, empty speech of these vain boasters, but how much of the power of God attends them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 4:19

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the (k) speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

(k) By words, he means their fancy and elaborate type of eloquence, which he contrasts with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
I:

1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
2 Corinthians 1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
2 Corinthians 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
2 Corinthians 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
2 Corinthians 2:1-2 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. ... For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

if:

Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
Hebrews 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.
James 4:15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

not:

1 Corinthians 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
2 Corinthians 13:1-4 This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. ... For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

but:

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
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