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1 Corinthians 2 (Today's New International Version)

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1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom1 as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.a 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.2 3 I came to you3 in weakness4 with great fear and trembling.5 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,6 but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,7 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power.8

God's Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,9 but not the wisdom of this age10 or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.11 7 No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery12 that has been hidden13 and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age14 understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.15 9 However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived-- these things God has prepared for those who love him"b16-- 10 for God has revealed17 them to us by his Spirit.18 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts19 except that person's own spirit20 within? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit21 of the world22 but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom23 but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.c 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God24 but considers them foolishness,25 and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit26 makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?"d27 But we have the mind of Christ.28
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