Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 (A)And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; (B)for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I say to you, (C)whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He (D)took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

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17 (A)For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, (B)not in [a]cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

The Wisdom of God

18 For the word of the cross is (C)foolishness to (D)those who [b]are perishing, but to us who [c]are being saved it is (E)the power of God. 19 For it is written,

(F)I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

20 (G)Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of (H)this age? Has not God (I)made foolish the wisdom of (J)the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God (K)the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, (L)God was well-pleased through the (M)foolishness of the [d]message preached to (N)save those who believe. 22 For indeed (O)Jews ask for [e]signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach [f](P)Christ crucified, (Q)to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles (R)foolishness, 24 but to those who are (S)the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ (T)the power of God and (U)the wisdom of God. 25 Because the (V)foolishness of God is wiser than men, and (W)the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For [g]consider your (X)calling, brethren, that there were (Y)not many wise according to [h]the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but (Z)God has chosen the foolish things of (AA)the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of (AB)the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of (AC)the world and the despised God has chosen, (AD)the things that are not, so that He may (AE)nullify the things that are, 29 so that (AF)no [i]man may boast before God. 30 But [j]by His doing you are in (AG)Christ Jesus, who became to us (AH)wisdom from God, [k]and (AI)righteousness and (AJ)sanctification, and (AK)redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “(AL)Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit

And when I came to you, brethren, I (AM)did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you (AN)the [l]testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except (AO)Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in (AP)weakness and in (AQ)fear and in much trembling, and my [m]message and my preaching were (AR)not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of (AS)the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not [n]rest on the wisdom of men, but on (AT)the power of God.

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are (AU)mature; a wisdom, however, not of (AV)this age nor of the rulers of (AW)this age, who are (AX)passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a (AY)mystery, the hidden wisdom which God (AZ)predestined before the (BA)ages to our glory; the wisdom (BB)which none of the rulers of (BC)this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified (BD)the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,

(BE)Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 [o](BF)For to us God revealed them (BG)through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the (BH)depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the (BI)spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we (BJ)have received, not the spirit of (BK)the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, (BL)not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, [p]combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

14 But [q]a (BM)natural man (BN)does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are (BO)foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually [r]appraised.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:17 Lit wisdom
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or perish
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or are saved
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:21 Lit preaching
  5. 1 Corinthians 1:22 Or attesting miracles
  6. 1 Corinthians 1:23 I.e. Messiah
  7. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Lit see
  8. 1 Corinthians 1:26 I.e. human standards
  9. 1 Corinthians 1:29 Lit flesh
  10. 1 Corinthians 1:30 Lit of Him
  11. 1 Corinthians 1:30 Or both
  12. 1 Corinthians 2:1 One early ms reads mystery
  13. 1 Corinthians 2:4 Lit word
  14. 1 Corinthians 2:5 Lit be
  15. 1 Corinthians 2:10 One early ms reads But
  16. 1 Corinthians 2:13 Or interpreting spiritual things for spiritual men
  17. 1 Corinthians 2:14 Or an unspiritual
  18. 1 Corinthians 2:14 Or examined