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1 Corinthians 2

He declareth that his preaching, though it being not excellency of speech,

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not in loftiness of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I judged not myself to know anything among you, but Jesus Christ: and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

or of human wisdom: yet consisteth in the power of God:

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not in the persuasive words of human wisdom. but in shewing of the Spirit and power: 1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith might not stand on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

and so far excelleth the wisdom of this world,

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among the perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, neither of the princes of this world that come to nought. 1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, a wisdom which is hidden, which God ordained before the world, unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew. For if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

and human sense,

1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard: neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:10 But to us God hath revealed them by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God, no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 Now, we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God: that we may know the things that are given us from God. 1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak: not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

as that the natural man cannot understand it.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it is foolishness to him: and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. 1 Corinthians 2:15 But the spiritual man judgeth all things: and he himself is judged of no man. 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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