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1 Corinthians 2 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, when I came to you I didn't come with fancy words or great wisdom. I preached to you the truth about God's love. 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 made up my mind to pay attention to only one thing while I was with you. That one thing was 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 When I came to you, I was weak and afraid and trembling all over. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 I didn't preach my message with clever and compelling words. As I preached, the Holy Spirit showed his power. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,
5 That was so you would believe not because of human wisdom but because of God's power. 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
6 The words we speak to those who have grown in the faith are wise. Our words are different from the words of the wise people or rulers of this world. People like that aren't going anywhere. 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 No, we speak about God's secret wisdom. His wisdom has been hidden. But before time began, God planned that his wisdom would bring us heavenly 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 God's wisdom. If they had, they would not have nailed the Lord of glory to 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 It is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known what God has prepared for those who love him." #1(Isaiah 64:4)#2 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 it to us through his Spirit. The Spirit understands all things. He understands 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 Who can know the thoughts of another person? Only a person's own spirit can know them. In the same way, only the Spirit of God knows God's thoughts. 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 We have not received the spirit of the world. We have received the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit helps us understand what 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 That is what we speak about. We don't use words taught to us by people. We use words taught to us by the Holy Spirit. We use the words of the Spirit to teach the truths 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 Some people don't have the Holy Spirit. They don't accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. Things like that are foolish to them. They can't understand them. In fact, such things can't be understood without the Spirit's help. 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 Everyone who has the Spirit can judge all things. But no one can judge those who have the Spirit. It is written, 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
16 "Who can ever know what is in the Lord's mind? Can anyone ever teach him?" #1(Isaiah 40:13)#2 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.