For since in the wisdom of God the world1 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save2 those who believe.322
Jews demand miraculous signs4 and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified:5 a stumbling block6 to Jews and foolishness7 to Gentiles,
but to those whom God has called,8 both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God9 and the wisdom of God.1025
For the foolishness11 of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness12 of God is stronger than man's strength.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.13 Not many of you were wise14 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
But God chose15 the foolish16 things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not17--to nullify the things that are,
so that no one may boast before him.1830
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,19 who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness,20 holiness21 and redemption.2231
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."a23