1 Corinthians 2:1-16, NLT
1 Corinthians 2
Paul’s Message of Wisdom
1When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,*2:1a Greek brothers. I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.*2:1b Greek God’s mystery; other manuscripts read God’s testimony.
6Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”*2:9 Isa 64:4.
10But*2:10 Some manuscripts read For. it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
13When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.*2:13 Or explaining spiritual truths in spiritual language, or explaining spiritual truths to spiritual people.
“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”*2:16 Isa 40:13 (Greek version).
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.