18 For the message
about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
20 Where is the
one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this
age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since,
in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom,
God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save
those who believe.
22 For Jews demand
signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
23 but we proclaim
Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those
who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God.
25 For God’s
foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness
is stronger than human strength.
26 Consider your
own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human
standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose
what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is
weak in the world to shame the strong;
28 God chose what
is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce
to nothing things that are,
29 so that no
one might boast in the presence of God.
30 He is the source
of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God,
and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31 in order that,
as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’