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1 Corinthians 2 1 Corinthians 2 New International Version (NIV) When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence

or superior wisdom 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. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Telling about Christ and the Cross

King James Version (KJV) And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

The Message (MSG) You'll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God's master stroke, I didn't try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did— Jesus crucified.

New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Crucified

Friends, when I came and told you the mystery [a] that God had shared with us, I didn't use big words or try to sound wise. 2In fact, while I was with you, I made up my mind to speak only about Jesus Christ, who had been nailed to a cross. 3 At first, I was weak and trembling with fear. 4 When I talked with you or preached, I didn't try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God's Spirit show his power. 5That way you would have faith because Wisdom From the Spirit of God's power and not because of human 6 We do, however, speak wisdom. a message of wisdom 6 among the mature, but We do use wisdom when speaking to people not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this who are mature in their faith. But it isn't the age, who are coming to 7 nothing. No, we speak of wisdom of this world or of

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the 2 testimony[a] of God. 2 For For I determined not to know any thing among I determined not to know you, save Jesus Christ, anything among you except Jesus Christ and and him crucified. Him crucified. 3 I was with 3-5 3 I was unsure of how to you in weakness, in fear, And I was with you in go about this, and felt and in much trembling. 4 weakness, and in fear, totally inadequate—I was And my speech and my and in much trembling. scared to death, if you preaching were not with 4 persuasive words of And my speech and my want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could human[b] wisdom, but in preaching was not with have impressed you or demonstration of the enticing words of man's anyone else. But the Spirit and of power, 5 that wisdom, but in Message came through your faith should not be demonstration of the anyway. God's Spirit and in the wisdom of men but Spirit and of power: God's power did it, which in the power of God. 5 made it clear that your That your faith should life of faith is a response Spiritual Wisdom not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power to God's power, not to some fancy mental or of God. emotional footwork by me 6 However, we speak 6 or anyone else. wisdom among those Howbeit we speak who are mature, yet not wisdom among them that 6-10 We, of course, have the wisdom of this age, are perfect: yet not the

God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"[b]— 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world 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 wisdom but in words taught by the

plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it's not popular wisdom, the 7 fashionable wisdom of But we speak the high-priced experts that wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden will be out-of-date in a year or so. God's wisdom wisdom, which God ordained before the world is something mysterious that goes deep into the unto our glory: interior of his purposes. 8 You don't find it lying Which none of the around on the surface. princes of this world knew: for had they known It's not the latest message, but more like it, they would not have the oldest—what God "What God has crucified the Lord of determined as the way to planned glory. bring out his best in us, for people who love him 9But as it is written, Eye long before we ever arrived on the scene. The hath not seen, nor ear experts of our day is more than eyes have heard, neither have haven't a clue about what entered into the heart of seen this eternal plan is. If they man, the things which had, they wouldn't have God hath prepared for or ears have heard. killed the Master of the them that love him. God-designed life on a It has never even 10 But God hath revealed cross. That's why we have this Scripture text: them unto us by his entered our minds!" Spirit: for the Spirit 10 No one's ever seen or searcheth all things, yea, God's Spirit has heard anything like this, the deep things of God. shown you everything. Never so much as His Spirit finds out 11 imagined anything quite For what man knoweth everything, even what is deep in the mind of God. the things of a man, save like it— 11 What God has the spirit of man which is You are the only one arranged for those who in him? even so the who knows what is in things of God knoweth no love him. your own mind, and its rulers, who will soon disappear. 7We speak of God's hidden and mysterious wisdom that God decided to use for our glory long before the world began. 8The rulers of this world didn't know anything about this wisdom. If they had known about it, they would not have nailed the glorious Lord to a cross. 9 But it is just as the Scriptures say,

wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written:

“ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[c] But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the

Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.[c] 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?"[d] But we have the mind of Christ. New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it 12 Now we have received, all out into the open not the spirit of the world, before you. but the spirit which is of God; that we might know 10-13The Spirit, not the things that are freely content to flit around on the surface, dives into the given to us of God. depths of God, and 13 brings out what God Which things also we 13 Every word we speak speak, not in the words planned all along. Who was taught to us by ever knows what you're which man's wisdom God's Spirit, not by thinking and planning teacheth, but which the human wisdom. And this Holy Ghost teacheth; except you yourself? The same Spirit helps us comparing spiritual things same with God—except teach spiritual things to that he not only knows with spiritual. spiritual people. [b] what he's thinking, but he 14 14 That's why only lets us in on it. God offers But the natural man someone who has God's receiveth not the things a full report on the gifts of Spirit can understand life and salvation that he of the Spirit of God: for spiritual blessings. they are foolishness unto is giving us. We don't Anyone who doesn't him: neither can he know have to rely on the have God's Spirit thinks world's guesses and them, because they are these blessings are opinions. We didn't learn spiritually discerned. 15 this by reading books or foolish. People who are 15 going to school; we guided by the Spirit can But he that is spiritual make all kinds of judgeth all things, yet he learned it from God, who taught us person-tojudgments, but they himself is judged of no person through Jesus, cannot be judged by man. and we're passing it on to others. 16The Scriptures 16 you in the same ask, "Has anyone ever For who hath known known the mind of the Lord, that firsthand, personal way. he may instruct him? but 14-16 The unspiritual self, the thoughts of the Lord we have the mind of just as it is by nature, Christ. can't receive the gifts of or given him advice?" God's Spirit. There's no King James Version God's Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God's mind. 12But God has given us his Spirit. That's why we don't think the same way that the people of this world think. That's also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us. man, but the Spirit of God.

Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[d] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?”[e] But we have the mind of Christ. New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

But we understand what Christ is thinking. [c]

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capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit— God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing, and can't be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah's question, "Is there anyone around who knows God's Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?" has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ's Spirit.