THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Corinthians 2 ©
1 The apostle shows by his own example how the Gospel of Christ must be set forth, namely, not with human wisdom or eloquence, but in simplicity and spiritual power, 6 Declares further what heavenly wisdom is contained therein. 10 And how the same is revealed by God’s Spirit and not by human reason. 13 Relates again with what words they must be uttered. 14 And how it is discerned and judged, not by the natural, but by the spiritual man.
AND I, brethren, when I came to you, camea not with 1excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you 2the testimony of God.
For I 3determined not to know 4any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and 5him crucified.
Andb I was with you 6in weakness,c and in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching wasd not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in 7demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should 8not stand 9in the wisdom of men, bute10in the power of God.
Howbeitf we speak 11wisdom 12among them that are perfect: yet notg the wisdom 13of this world, nor 14of the princes of this world, thath come to 15nought:
But we speak 16the wisdom of God ini a 17mystery, even thej hidden wisdom, 18which God ordained 19before the world unto our glory:
Whichk20none of the princes of this world knew: forl had they known it, they would not have crucified 21the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eyem hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered 22into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Butn God hath revealed them 23unto us by 24his Spirit: for the Spirit 25searcheth all things, yea, 26the deep things of God.
Foro what man knoweth the things of a man, save 27the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth 28no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit 29of the world, butp the spirit 30which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely 31given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, notq in the 32words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost 33teacheth; 34comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But 35the natural man 36receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are 37foolishness unto him: neither 38can he know them, because they are spiritually 39discerned.
Butr40he that is spiritual judgeth 41all things, yet he himself 42is judged of 43no man.
Fors who hath known 44the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have 45the mind of Christ.