But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as earthen jars, The work of a potter’s hands!
Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.
and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’
When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.”
He divided the 300 men into three companies, and he put trumpets and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers.
‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!
‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?
“ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.
but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time;
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved),
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.