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and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive [words of] wisdom,[a] but with a demonstration of spirit and power,(A)

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  1. 2:4 Among many manuscript readings here the best is either “not with the persuasion of wisdom” or “not with persuasive words of wisdom,” which differ only by a nuance. Whichever reading is accepted, the inefficacy of human wisdom for salvation is contrasted with the power of the cross.