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1 And when I came to you, my brothers, I did not come with wise words of knowledge, putting before you the secret of God. 1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2 For I had made the decision to have knowledge of nothing among you but only of Jesus Christ on the cross. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 And I was with you without strength, in fear and in doubt. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 And in my preaching there were no honeyed words of wisdom, but I was dependent on the power of the Spirit to make it clear to you: 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 So that your faith might be based not on man's wisdom but on the power of God. 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 But still we have wisdom for those who are complete in knowledge, though not the wisdom of this world, and not of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing: 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we give the news of the secret wisdom of God, which he had kept in store before the world came into existence, for our glory; 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8 Of which not one of the rulers of this world had knowledge: for if they had, they would not have put the Lord of glory on the cross: 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it says in the holy Writings, Things which the eye saw not, and which had not come to the ears or into the heart of man, such things as God has made ready for those who have love for him. 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"--
10 But God has given us the revelation of these things through his Spirit, for the Spirit makes search into all things, even the deep things of God. 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who has knowledge of the things of a man but the spirit of the man which is in him? in the same way, no one has knowledge of the things of God but the Spirit of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 But we have not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may have knowledge of the things which are freely given to us by God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 And these are the things which we say, not in the language of man's wisdom, but in words given to us by the Spirit, judging the things of the spirit by the help of the Spirit. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14 For the natural man is not able to take in the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who has the Spirit, though judging all things, is himself judged by no one. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
16 For who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord, so as to be his teacher? But we have the mind of Christ. 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.