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16 Now I baptized also the household of Stephanas. As to the rest, I do not know if I baptized any other.

For I Was Not Sent To Baptize, But To Announce The Gospel Without Wisdom of Speech

17 For Christ did not send me forth to be baptizing, but to be announcing-the-good-news— not in wisdom of speech, in order that the cross of Christ may not be made-empty[a].

For God Intends The Gospel To Be Both Foolishness And Powerful

18 For the speech[b] of the cross is foolishness to the ones perishing, but is the power of God to us being saved.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 1:17 Or, made of no effect.
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or, message, word. That is, the content of our speech about the cross.

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