2:1So when I came to you, sisters and brothers, I did not come with high-sounding words of wisdom as I announced the hidden secret of God to you;2:2I resolved to stay focused on Jesus the Anointed, the Crucified One.2:3I came to you in weakness, with sincere concern.12:4And my word and proclamation was not delivered with persuasive words of wisdom, but with the evidence of spirit and power,2:5so that your faith would not be in people’s wisdom but in God’s power.
2:6Yet we do use wisdom among the mature— not the wisdom of this age nor of its rulers, which will amount to nothing—2:7but the wisdom of God, a hidden secret that God set up beforehand for our honor, before the ages.2:8Not one of the rulers of this age knew about this, or they would never have crucified the honorable Master.2:9As it is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to anyone what God prepared for those who love him.”2:10But God reveals this to us by means of the Spirit, for the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even to the very depths of God.2:11Who can know what is in a person, except that person’s own spirit? Likewise, no one can come to know what is in God except his Spirit.
2:12Now we did not receive the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we can come to know what God has graciously given us.2:13And the words we speak were not taught to us in human wisdom but spiritual; spiritual words must match spiritual wisdom.2:14Now the soulish person does not accept what comes from the Spirit of God, because such things sound ridiculous to them; they cannot fathom them because they are spiritually examined.2:15But the spiritual one examines everything, while others cannot examine the spiritual one.2:16And who has come to know the mind of the Master or been his equal? But we have the mind of the Anointed.
- 1“with sincere concern” is an accurate rendering of the Greek idiom (lit. “fear and trembling”).