1 Corinthians 2 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I didn't speak about God's mystery as if it were some kind of brilliant message or wisdom. 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 While I was with you, I decided to deal with only one subject--Jesus Christ, who was crucified. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 When I came to you, I was weak. I was afraid and very nervous. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 I didn't speak my message with persuasive intellectual arguments. I spoke my message with a show of spiritual power 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 would not be based on human wisdom but on God's power. 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 However, we do use wisdom to speak to those who are mature. It is a wisdom that doesn't belong to this world or to the rulers of this world who are in power today and gone tomorrow. 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 We speak about the mystery of God's wisdom. It is a wisdom that has been hidden, which God had planned for our glory before the world began. 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 Not one of the rulers of this world has known it. If they had, they wouldn't have crucified the Lord of glory. 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 Scripture says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love 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 God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially 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 After all, who knows everything about a person except that person's own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God's Spirit. 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 Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us. 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 We don't speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit's teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have 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 A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the teachings of God's Spirit. He thinks they're nonsense. He can't understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them. 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 Spiritual people evaluate everything but are subject to no one's evaluation. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
16 "Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can teach him?" However, 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.