1 And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of word or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of :God. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my :words and my :preachment were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of Spirit and power: 5 that your :faith be not in men’s wisdom, but in God’s power. 6 We speak wisdom, however, among the fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this :age, nor of the rulers of this :age, who are coming to nought: 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in mystery, the hidden wisdom which God foreordained before the ages unto our glory: 8 which none of the rulers of this :age hath †known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of :glory:
9 but as it is written,
Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not,
And entered not into heart of man,
Whatsoever things :God prepared for them that love him. 10 For to us :God revealed through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the depths of :God. 11 For who among men †knoweth the things of the man, save the spirit of the man :in him? even so the things of :God none knoweth, save the Spirit of :God. 12 But WE received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from :God; that we might †know the things :freely given to us of :God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in words taught of man’s wisdom, but in Spirit-taught words; interpreting spiritual things to spiritual men. 14 Now man natural receiveth not the things of the Spirit of :God: for they are foolishness to him; and know he cannot, because they are spiritually judged. 15 But the spiritual man judgeth indeed all things, but himself is judged of none. 16 For who hath known the Lord’s mind, that he should instruct him? But we have Christ’s mind.