1 Corinthians 4:19

19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

1 Corinthians 4:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 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.
ESV
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
NLT
19 But I will come—and soon—if the Lord lets me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power.
MSG
19 But I'll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we'll see if they're full of anything but hot air.
CSB
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk but the power of those who are inflated with pride.

1 Corinthians 4:19 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 4:19

But I will come to you shortly
This he said as threatening them, but not by way of prophecy; for it is not certain that he ever did come to them after this; but by way of promise, as it was then the real intention, inclination, and resolution of his mind, though with this condition,

if the Lord will;
which is rightly put, and what the apostle had a continual regard unto, in all things he was concerned; see ( Romans 1:10 ) ( Hebrews 6:3 ) and though it is not absolutely necessary that this should be expressed by us always in so many words; though should it, as the sentence is short and full, there would be no impropriety in it; yet this should always be the sense of our minds and conduct in all the affairs of life; see ( James 4:13-15 )

and will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the
power;
meaning chiefly the false teachers; and that his concern would be, not so much to observe their masterly language, the eloquence of their speech, the quaintness of their expressions, the cadency of their words, how nicely they were put together, and how fitly pronounced; but what life there was in their ministry, what power went forth with their words, and how effectual their preaching was to the, conversion of sinners, and the edifying of the church of God.

1 Corinthians 4:19 In-Context

17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
18 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 16:5,6; 2 Corinthians 1:15,16
  • 2. S Acts 18:21