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1 Corinthians 1:24-28

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1:24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, 1  and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 2 

1:26 Think about the circumstances of your call, 3  brothers and sisters. 4  Not many were wise by human standards, 5  not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. 6  1:27 But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. 1:28 God chose 7  what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something,

1 tn Grk “than men.”

2 tn Grk “than men.”

3 tn Grk “Think about your calling.” “Calling” in Paul’s writings usually refers to God’s work of drawing people to faith in Christ. The following verses show that “calling” here stands by metonymy for their circumstances when they became Christians, leading to the translation “the circumstances of your call.”

4 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:10.

5 tn Grk “according to the flesh.”

6 tn The Greek word ευγενής (eugenh") refers to the status of being born into nobility, wealth, or power with an emphasis on the privileges and benefits that come with that position.

7 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.



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