(Yes, I also baptized the household1 of Stephanas;2 beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)
For Christ did not send me to baptize,3 but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom,4 lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
For the message of the cross is foolishness5 to those who are perishing,6 but to us who are being saved7 it is the power of God.819
For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."a920
Where is the wise man?10 Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?11 Has not God made foolish12 the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God the world13 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save14 those who believe.1522
Jews demand miraculous signs16 and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified:17 a stumbling block18 to Jews and foolishness19 to Gentiles,
but to those whom God has called,20 both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God21 and the wisdom of God.2225
For the foolishness23 of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness24 of God is stronger than man's strength.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.25 Not many of you were wise26 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.