Berean Literal Bible
Paul's Message by the Spirit's Power
1And I having come to you, brothers, did not come according to excellency of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him having been crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6But we speak wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to naught. 7But we speak in a mystery, the wisdom of God having been hidden, which God foreordained before the ages for our glory, 8which none of the rulers of this age has understood. For if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it has been written:
“What no eye has seen,
and no ear has heard,
and has not entered into heart of man,
what God has prepared for those loving Him.”a
10For God has revealed it to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the things of the man, except the spirit of the man within him? So also, no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, that we may know the things having been granted to us by God, 13which also we speak, not in words taught of human wisdom, but in those taught of the Spirit, communicating spiritual things by spiritual means.
14But the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them, because spiritually they are discerned.
15But he who is spiritual judges all things, but he himself is judged by no one.
16“For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who will instruct Him?”b But we have the mind of Christ.
b 16 Isaiah 40:13