1 Corinthians 1:13-23 (English Standard Version)

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13 1Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you 2baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except 3Crispus and 4Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also 5the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and 6not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the word of the cross is 7folly to 8those who are perishing, but to us 9who are being saved it is 10the power of God. 19 For it is written, 11"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." 20 12Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? 13Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For 14Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ 15crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
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