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1 Corinthians 1:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul";1 another, "I follow Apollos";2 another, "I follow Cephasa ";3 still another, "I follow Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized intob the name of Paul?4 14 I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus5 and Gaius,6 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household7 of Stephanas;8 beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,9 but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom,10 lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness11 to those who are perishing,12 but to us who are being saved13 it is the power of God.14 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."c15 20 Where is the wise man?16 Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?17 Has not God made foolish18 the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world19 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save20 those who believe.21 22 Jews demand miraculous signs22 and Greeks look for wisdom,
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