1 Corinthians 1:18-28 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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18 I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas." 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe. 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 God's way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it's all nonsense. 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 This "foolish" plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,