1 Now, when I cam to you, brethren, I came not with excellency of speech, and of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined to make known nothing among you but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I, in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling, was with you.
4 My discourse, also, and my proclamation, were not with persuasive words of human wisdom; but with the demonstration of the Spirit, and of power.
5 That your faith might not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among the perfect: but not the wisdom of this world; neither of the rulers of this world, who are to be brought to nothing.
7 But we speak the mysterious wisdom of God, which has been till now concealed; which God declared before the time of the ages, should be spoken to our glory.
8 Which none of the rulers of this world knew: for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 «For, as it is written,» 'Those things eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and into the heart of man have not entered, which God has prepared for them who love him.'
10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who, of men, knows the thoughts of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him: so, also, the thoughts of God no man knows, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now, we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, that we might know the things which are gifted to us by God.
13 Which things, also, we speak, not in words, taught by human wisdom; but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things in spiritual words.
14 Now, an animal man receives not the thing of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually examined.
15 But the spiritual man examines, indeed, all things, yet he is examined by no one.
16 For what animal man has known the mind of the Lord, who will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.