1 Corinthians 2

Paul’s Proclamation

1When I came to you,
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, announcing the testimony
Other mss read mystery
of God to you, I did not come with brilliance c of speech d or wisdom.
2 For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. e 3 I came to you in weakness, f in fear, g and in much trembling. h 4 My speech i and my proclamation were not with persuasive j words of wisdom
Other mss read human wisdom
but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit,
5so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. l

Spiritual Wisdom

6 However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, m but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers n of this age, who are coming to nothing. o 7On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a
Mystery: Transliteration of the Greek word mysterion; a secret hidden in the past but now revealed
mystery, a wisdom God predestined q before the ages for our glory. r
8 None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. s 9 But as it is written:

What eye did not see and ear did not hear,
and what never entered the human mind
God prepared this for those who love Him. t , u

10 Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, v even the depths of God. w 11 For who among men knows the thoughts
Or things
of a man except the spirit y of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows z the thoughts
Or things
of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have not received the spirit of the
world: The organized Satanic system that is opposed to God and hostile to Jesus and His followers. The non-Christian culture including governments, educational systems, and businesses
world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.
13We also speak these things, not in words ac taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.
Or things with spiritual words
14 But the unbeliever
Or unspiritual; lit natural
does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated
Or judged, or discerned
15 The spiritual person, however, can evaluate
Or judge, or discern
everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated
Or judged, or discerned
by anyone.
16 For

who has known the Lord’s mind,
that he may instruct Him? ai , aj

But we have the mind of Christ. ak
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