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1 Peter 2:15-16For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God.

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2 Corinthians 7-10

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Job chapter 33

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"However now, Job, please hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
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"Behold now, I open my mouth, My tongue in my mouth speaks.
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"My words are [from] the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.
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"The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
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"Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
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"Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.
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"Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
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"Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of [your] words:
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'I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.
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'Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.
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'He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.'
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"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.
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"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?
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"Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, [yet] no one notices it.
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"In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,
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Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,
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That He may turn man aside [from his] conduct, And keep man from pride;
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He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.
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"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
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So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.
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"His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones which were not seen stick out.
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"Then his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death.
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"If there is an angel [as] mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him,
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Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom';
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Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
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Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.
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"He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.
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'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'
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"Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,
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To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
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"Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and let me speak.
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"[Then] if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.
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"If not, listen to me; Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."

1 Corinthians chapter 1

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Paul, called [as] an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
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To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their [Lord] and ours:
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
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that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,
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even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,
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so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
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For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's [people], that there are quarrels among you.
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Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ."
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Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
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I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
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so that no one would say you were baptized in my name.
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Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
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For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.
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For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
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For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."
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Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
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For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not [come to] know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
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For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
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but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
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but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
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For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
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but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
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and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
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so that no man may boast before God.
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But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
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so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."

1 Corinthians chapter 2

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And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
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For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
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I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
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and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
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so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
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Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
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but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
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[the wisdom] which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
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but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND [which] HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
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For to us God revealed [them] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
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For who among men knows the [thoughts] of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the [thoughts] of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
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Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
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which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual [thoughts] with spiritual [words].
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But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
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But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
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For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians chapter 3

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And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.
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I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able [to receive it]. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
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for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?
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For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not [mere] men?
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What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave [opportunity] to each one.
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I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
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So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
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Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
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For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
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According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
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For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
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Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
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each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is [to be] revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.
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If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.
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If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
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Do you not know that you are a temple of God and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you?
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If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
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Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.
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For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "[He is] THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS";
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and again, "THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS."
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So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you,
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whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you,
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and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.