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1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters:[a] not many of you were wise by human standards,[b] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29 so that no one[c] might boast in the presence of God. 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in[d] the Lord.”

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

When I came to you, brothers and sisters,[e] I did not come proclaiming the mystery[f] of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom,[g] but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Gk brothers
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:26 Gk according to the flesh
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:29 Gk no flesh
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:31 Or of
  5. 1 Corinthians 2:1 Gk brothers
  6. 1 Corinthians 2:1 Other ancient authorities read testimony
  7. 1 Corinthians 2:4 Other ancient authorities read the persuasiveness of wisdom
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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