1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 (ESV)  For the word of the cross is folly 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, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  [22]  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,  [23]  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,  [24]  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  [25]  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  [26]  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly 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, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  [29]  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  [30]  And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  [31]  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  [2:1]  And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  [2]  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  [3]  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,  [4]  and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  [5]  so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.