1 Corinthians 4:20
New International Version
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

New Living Translation
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

English Standard Version
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Berean Study Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Berean Literal Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

King James Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

New King James Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

New American Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in words, but in power.

NASB 1995
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.

NASB 1977
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

Amplified Bible
For the kingdom of God is not based on talk but on power.

Christian Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

American Standard Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Contemporary English Version
God's kingdom isn't just a lot of words. It is power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power.

English Revised Version
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Good News Translation
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's kingdom is not just talk, it is power.

International Standard Version
for the kingdom of God isn't just talk, but also power.

Literal Standard Version
for not in word is the Kingdom of God, but in power.

NET Bible
For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.

New Heart English Bible
For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Weymouth New Testament
For Apostolic authority is not a thing of words, but of power.

World English Bible
For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Young's Literal Translation
for not in word is the reign of God, but in power?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Paul Warns his Children
19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have. 20For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

2 Corinthians 10:8
For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed.


Treasury of Scripture

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.









Verse 20. - The kingdom of God. The Christian life, with all its attainments and all its hopes. Is not in word, but in power. It is not a matter of profession, or of eloquence, or of phrases, but of transforming efficacy. St. Paul always appeals for the corroboration of his authority to the signs and power of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 10:45; Romans 15:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:5), to the "demonstration" of which he has already referred (1 Corinthians 2:4).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of God [is]
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

a matter of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

talk
λόγῳ (logō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

power.
δυνάμει (dynamei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1411: From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.


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