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1 Corinthians 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Proclaiming Christ Crucified

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:1 - And I, when I came to you, brothers,[fn] did not come proclaiming to you the testimony[fn] of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:2 - For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:3 - And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:4 - and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:5 - so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men[fn] but in the power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:6 - Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:7 - But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:8 - None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:9 - But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:10 - these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:11 - For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:12 - Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:13 - And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:14 - The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:15 - The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:16 - “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters
Some manuscripts mystery (or secret)
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
Or interpreting spiritual truths in spiritual language, or comparing spiritual things with spiritual

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