Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.1 Not many of you were wise2 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
But God chose3 the foolish4 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 not5--to nullify the things that are,
so that no one may boast before him.630
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,7 who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness,8 holiness9 and redemption.1031
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."a11