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1 Corinthians 2 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Paul’s Proclamation
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When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery[fn] of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.

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I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

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I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

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My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom[fn] but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,

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so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.

Spiritual Wisdom
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We do, however, speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

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On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory.

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None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, because if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

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But as it is written,

What no eye has seen, no ear has heard,

and no human heart has conceived —

God has prepared these things for those who love him.

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Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

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For who knows a person’s thoughts[fn] except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

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Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.

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We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.[fn]

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But the person without the Spirit[fn] does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated[fn] spiritually.

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The spiritual person, however, can evaluate[fn] everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone.

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who has known the Lord’s mind,

that he may instruct him?

But we have the mind of Christ.

CSB Footnotes
Other mss read testimony
Other mss read human wisdom
Or things
Or things with spiritual words
Lit natural person
Or judged, or discerned, also in v. 15
Or judge, or discern

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