New International Version
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
King James Bible
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Darby Bible Translation
This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish.
World English Bible
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.
Young's Literal Translation
this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
This wisdom descendeth not from above - God is not the author of it, because it is bitter - not meek. See at the end of this chapter.
Is earthly - Having this life only in view.
Sensual - Ψυχικη· Animal - having for its object the gratification of the passions and animal propensities.
Devilish - Δαιμονιωδης· Demoniacal - inspired by demons, and maintained in the soul by their indwelling influence.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sensual. or, natural.
LibraryJanuary the Twenty-Sixth the Fire of Envy
"Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work!" --JAMES iii. 13-18. In Milton's "Comus" we read of a certain potion which has the power to pervert all the senses of everyone who drinks it. Nothing is apprehended truly. Sight and hearing and taste are all disordered, and the victim is all unconscious of the confusion. The deadly draught is the minister of deceptive chaos. And envy is like that potion when it is drunk by the spirit. It perverts every moral and spiritual sense. …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Whether Wisdom Should be Reckoned among the Gifts of the Holy Ghost?
Whether Our Atmosphere is the Demons' Place of Punishment?
Whether a Religious Sins More Grievously than a Secular by the Same Kind of Sin?
1 Corinthians 2:6
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
1 Corinthians 2:14
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";
2 Corinthians 1:12
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God's grace.
2 Thessalonians 2:9
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
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