His preaching was not in loftiness of words: but in spirit
and power. And the wisdom he taught was not to be understood by the worldly wise, or sensual man, but only by the spiritual
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, *came not in loftiness of speech
or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of Christ.
2 For I judged not myself to know any thing among you, but Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.
3 *And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling:
4 *And my speech, and my preaching was not in the persuasive words
of human wisdom, but in shewing of the spirit and power:
5 That your faith might not stand on the wisdom of men, but on the power
6 Howbeit, we speak wisdom among the perfect: yet not the wisdom of this
world, neither of the princes of this world, who are destroyed:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which is hidden, which God
predestinated before the world, unto our glory,
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.
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:
10 But to us God hath revealed by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth
all things, even the profound things of God.
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.
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:
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.
14 But the sensual man perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit
of God: for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand: because it is spiritually examined.
15 But the spiritual man judgeth all things: and he himself is judged of
16 *For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
1: 1 Corinthians i. 17.
3: Acts xviii. 3.
4: 2 Peter i. 16.
9: Isaias lxiv. 4.
13: 1 Corinthians i. 17. and ii. 1. and 4.; 2 Peter i. 16.
16: Wisdom ix. 13.; Isaias xl. 13.; Romans xi. 34.