21 For since in the wisdom of God the world(A) through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save(B) those who believe.(C) 22 Jews demand signs(D) and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified:(E) a stumbling block(F) to Jews and foolishness(G) to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called,(H) both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God(I) and the wisdom of God.(J) 25 For the foolishness(K) of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness(L) of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.(M) Not many of you were wise(N) by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose(O) the foolish(P) 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(Q)—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.(R) 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,(S) who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,(T) holiness(U) and redemption.(V) 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[a](W)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:31 Jer. 9:24

19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.(A)

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21 For since death came through a man,(A) the resurrection of the dead(B) comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.(C)

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Made Alive in Christ

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,(A) in which you used to live(B) when you followed the ways of this world(C) and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,(D) the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.(E) All of us also lived among them at one time,(F) gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a](G) and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us,(H) God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions(I)—it is by grace you have been saved.(J) And God raised us up with Christ(K) and seated us with him(L) in the heavenly realms(M) in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,(N) expressed in his kindness(O) to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace(P) you have been saved,(Q) through faith(R)—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works,(S) so that no one can boast.(T) 10 For we are God’s handiwork,(U) created(V) in Christ Jesus to do good works,(W) which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

11 Therefore, remember that formerly(X) you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)(Y) 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners(Z) to the covenants of the promise,(AA) without hope(AB) and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once(AC) were far away have been brought near(AD) by the blood of Christ.(AE)

14 For he himself is our peace,(AF) who has made the two groups one(AG) and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh(AH) the law with its commands and regulations.(AI) His purpose was to create in himself one(AJ) new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross,(AK) by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace(AL) to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.(AM) 18 For through him we both have access(AN) to the Father(AO) by one Spirit.(AP)

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,(AQ) but fellow citizens(AR) with God’s people and also members of his household,(AS) 20 built(AT) on the foundation(AU) of the apostles and prophets,(AV) with Christ Jesus himself(AW) as the chief cornerstone.(AX) 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple(AY) in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.(AZ)

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies(A) in your minds(B) because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled(C) you by Christ’s physical body(D) through death to present you(E) holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation(F)

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  1. Colossians 1:21 Or minds, as shown by

Do not lie to each other,(A) since you have taken off your old self(B) with its practices 10 and have put on the new self,(C) which is being renewed(D) in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(E) 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,(F) circumcised or uncircumcised,(G) barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,(H) but Christ is all,(I) and is in all.

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