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

 
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18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the 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 For it is written , I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 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 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that 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 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 But we preach Christ crucified , unto the Jews a stumblingblock , and unto the Greeks foolishness; 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the 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 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 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 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 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 And base things of the world, and things which are despised , hath God chosen , yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are : 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,