17 (A)For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, (B)not with [a]cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made of no effect.

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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.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 1:17 I.e., persuasive rhetoric
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or perish
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or are saved

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