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1 Corinthians 2 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I did not come preach- ing God's secret with fancy words or a show of human 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 I decided that while I was with you I would forget about everything except Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 So when I came to you, I was weak and fearful and trembling. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 My teaching and preaching were not with words of human wisdom that persuade people but with proof of the power that the Spirit gives. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 This was so that your faith would be in God's power and not in human wisdom. 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 However, I speak a wisdom to those who are mature. But this wisdom is not from this world or from the rulers of this world, who are losing their power. 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 I speak God's secret wisdom, which he has kept hidden. Before the world began, God planned this wisdom 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 None of the rulers of this world understood it. If they had, they would not 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 it is written in the Scriptures: "No one has ever seen this, and no one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what 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 But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit searches out all things, even the deep secrets 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 Who knows the thoughts that another person has? Only a person's spirit that lives within him knows his thoughts. It is the same with God. No one knows the thoughts of God except 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 Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but we received the Spirit that is from God so that we can know all that God has 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 And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom but with words taught us by the Spirit. And so we explain spiritual truths to spiritual people. 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 does not have the Spirit does not accept the truths that come from the Spirit of God. That person thinks they are foolish and cannot understand them, because they can only be judged to be true by 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 The spiritual person is able to judge all things, but no one can judge him. The Scripture says: 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? Who has been able to teach him?" 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.