1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
1 And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirits power,
4 And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 so that your faith might not rest on mens wisdom, but on Gods power.
5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
6 We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nought:
7 No, we speak of Gods secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
7 but we speak Gods wisdom in a mystery, (even) the (wisdom) that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:
8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
8 which none of the rulers of this world hath known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory:
9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
9 but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And (which) entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him.
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
10 But unto us God revealed (them) through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the mans spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
13 Which things also we speak, not in words which mans wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual (words).
14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any mans judgment:
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged of no man.
16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.