1 Corinthians 1:26-29
For consider your calling, brothers: m not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
But n God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; o God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even p things that are not, to q bring to nothing things that are,
so r that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
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1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
1 Corinthians 1:20
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?
At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children.
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
As it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" - in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
1 Corinthians 2:6
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
Who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?
He shatters the mighty without investigation and sets others in their place.
Not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.