2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom, in proclaiming the testimony of God to you.

2:2  For I decided not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

2:3  And I was in weakness and in fear and in much trembling when I was with you;

2:4  And my message and my preaching was not in persuasive words of human wisdom; rather, it was in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

2:5  So that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

2:6  Now we speak wisdom among the spiritually mature; however, it is not the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing.

2:7  Rather, we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom that God foreordained before the ages unto our glory

2:8  Which not one of the rulers of this world has known (for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory);

2:9  But according as it is written, "The eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

2:10  But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things—even the deep things of God.

2:11  For who among men understands the things of man except by the spirit of man which is in him? In the same way also, the things of God no one understands except by the Spirit of God.

2:12  Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is of God, so that we might know the things graciously given to us by God;

2:13  Which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit in order to communicate spiritual things by spiritual means.

2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

2:15  However, the one who is spiritual discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.

2:16  For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who shall instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.