1 And as for myself, brethren, when I came to you, it was not with surpassing power of eloquence or earthly wisdom that I came, announcing to you that which God had commanded me to bear witness to.
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
1 When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come and tell you about God's secret with rhetorical language or wisdom.
2 For I determined to be utterly ignorant, when among you, of everything except of Jesus Christ, and of Him as having been crucified.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
2 For while I was with you I resolved to know nothing except Jesus the Messiah, and him crucified.
3 And so far as I myself was concerned, I came to you in conscious feebleness and in fear and in deep anxiety.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
3 It was in weakness, fear, and great trembling that I came to you.
4 And my language and the Message that I proclaimed were not adorned with persuasive words of earthly wisdom, but depended upon truths which the Spirit taught and mightily carried home;
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
4 My message and my preaching were not accompanied by clever, wise words, but by a display of the Spirit's power,
5 so that your trust might rest not on the wisdom of man but on the power of God.
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
5 so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God's power.
6 Yet when we are among mature believers we do speak words of wisdom; a wisdom not belonging, however, to the present age nor to the leaders of the present age who are soon to pass away.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
6 However, when we are among mature people, we do speak a message of wisdom, but not the wisdom of this world or of the rulers of this world, who are passing off the scene.
7 But in dealing with truths hitherto kept secret we speak of God's wisdom--that hidden wisdom which, before the world began, God pre-destined, so that it should result in glory to us;
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
7 Instead, we speak about God's wisdom in a hidden secret, which God destined before the world began for our glory.
8 a wisdom which not one of the leaders of the present age possesses, for if they had possessed it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
8 None of the rulers of this world understood it, because if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But--to use the words of Scripture--we speak of things which eye has not seen nor ear heard, and which have never entered the heart of man: all that God has in readiness for them that love Him.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
9 But as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him."
10 For us, however, God has drawn aside the veil through the teaching of the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, including the depths of the divine nature.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
10 But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.
11 For, among human beings, who knows a man's inner thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? In the same way, also, only God's Spirit is acquainted with God's inner thoughts.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
11 Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner spirit? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God's Spirit.
12 But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes forth from God, that we may know the blessings that have been so freely given to us by God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.
12 Now, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we can understand the things that were freely given to us by God.
13 Of these we speak--not in language which man's wisdom teaches us, but in that which the Spirit teaches--adapting, as we do, spiritual words to spiritual truths.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
13 We don't speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people.
14 The unspiritual man rejects the things of the Spirit of God, and cannot attain to the knowledge of them, because they are spiritually judged.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
14 A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the things of God's Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can't understand them because they are spiritually evaluated.
15 But the spiritual man judges of everything, although he is himself judged by no one.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
15 The spiritual person evaluates everything but is subject to no one else's evaluation.
16 For who has penetrated the mind of the Lord, and will instruct Him? But *we* have the mind of Christ.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
16 For "Who has known the mind of the Lord so that he can advise him?" However, we have the mind of the Messiah.
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