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1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Boasting Only in the Lord

26 Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective,[a] not many powerful, not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29 so that no one[b] can boast in His presence. 30 But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.[c]

Paul’s Proclamation

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony[d] of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom[e] but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Lit wise according to the flesh
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:29 Lit that not all flesh
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:31 Jr 9:24
  4. 1 Corinthians 2:1 Other mss read mystery
  5. 1 Corinthians 2:4 Other mss read human wisdom

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