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1 Corinthians 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:1 - And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:2 - For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:3 - I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:4 - My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:5 - so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:6 - We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:7 - No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:8 - None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:9 - However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[fn]— the things God has prepared for those who love him—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:10 - these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:11 - For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:12 - What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:13 - This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:14 - The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:15 - The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 2:16 - for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”[fn] But we have the mind of Christ.
NIV Footnotes
Some manuscripts proclaimed to you God’s mystery
Isaiah 64:4
Or Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual
Isaiah 40:13

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