26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.(A) Not many of you were wise(B) by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose(C) the foolish(D) things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not(E)—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.(F)

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13 But the prince(A) of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael,(B) one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

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20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece(A) will come;

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12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,(A) when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you(B) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.(C) Even angels long to look into these things.

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