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16 Now I gave Moshiach’s tevilah also to Stephanas’ household; as to the rest, I do not know if I gave Moshiach’s tevilah to anyone else.

17 For Moshiach did not send me to give Moshiach’s tevilah in the mikveh mayim, but to preach the Besuras HaGeulah, not by means of the lomdes (cleverness, erudition) of the rhetoric of Bnei Adam, lest the gevurah (power) of HaEtz HaKelalat Hashem (the Tree of the Curse of G-d—Dt 21:23) of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach be buttel (cancelled out).

18 For the message of HaEtz HaKelalat Hashem (the Tree of the Curse of G-d—Dt 21:23) is narrishkait to the ones perishing. But to us who are being delivered in Yeshu’at Eloheinu, it is the gevurat Hashem (the power of G-d).

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