1 Corinthians 2:1-11 NIV

1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom1 as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.a

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    • a 2:1 - Some manuscripts "as I proclaimed to you God's mystery"
      2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.2

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      3 I came to you3 in weakness4 and fear, and with much trembling.5

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      4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,6 but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,7

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      5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.8

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      Wisdom From the Spirit

      6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,9 but not the wisdom of this age10 or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.11

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      7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom12 that has been hidden13 and that God destined for our glory before time began.

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          8 None of the rulers of this age14 understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.15

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          9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"b16--

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            • b 2:9 - Isaiah 64:4
              10 but God has revealed17 it to us by his Spirit.18 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

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              11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man19 except the man's spirit20 within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

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