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1 Corinthians

1 CORINTHIANS

GREETING

Paul,a called as an apostleb of Christ Jesus by God’s will,c and Sosthenes our brother:d

To the church of God at Corinth,e to those sanctifiedf in Christ Jesus, calledg as saints, with all those in every place who call on the nameh of Jesus Christ our Lord—both their Lord and ours.

Grace to you and peace from God our Fatheri and the Lord Jesus Christ.

THANKSGIVING

I always thankj my God for you because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in himk in every way, in all speech and all knowledge.l In this way, the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you,m so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly waitn for the revelationo of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end,p so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.q God is faithful;r you were called by hims into fellowship with his Son,t Jesus Christ our Lord.

DIVISIONS AT CORINTH

10 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction. 11 For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, by members of Chloe’s people, that there is rivalryu among you. 12 What I am saying is this: One of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”v or “I belong to Cephas,”w or “I belong to Christ.”x 13 Is Christ divided?y Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name? 14 I thank GodA,B that I baptized none of you except Crispusz and Gaius,aa 15 so that no one can say you were baptized in my name. 16 I did, in fact, baptize the householdab of Stephanas;ac beyond that, I don’t recall if I baptized anyone else. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with eloquent wisdom, so that the crossad of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.

CHRIST THE POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD

18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.ae 19 For it is written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent.C,af

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the teacher of the law?D Where is the debater of this age?ag Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? 21 For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of what is preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signsah and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified,ai a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.E 24 Yet to those who are called,aj both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, 25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

BOASTING ONLY IN THE LORD

26 Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective,F not many powerful,ak not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosenal what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the worldam—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29 so that no oneG may boast in his presence.an 30 It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us—our righteousness,ao sanctification,ap and redemption,aq 31 in order that, as it is written:a Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.A,b

PAUL’S PROCLAMATION

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mysteryB of God to you, I did not come with brilliancec of speechd or wisdom. I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.e I came to you in weakness,f in fear,g and in much trembling.h My speechi and my preaching were not with persuasivej words of wisdomC but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.k

SPIRITUAL WISDOM

We do, however, speak a wisdom among the mature,l but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulersm of this age, who are coming to nothing.n On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestinedo before the ages for our glory.p None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, because if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.q But as it is written,

What no eye has seen, no ear has heard,

and no human heart has conceived—

God has prepared these things for those who love him.D,r

10 Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything,s even the depths of God.t 11 For who knows a person’s thoughtsE except his spiritu within him? In the same way, no one knowsv the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak these things, not in wordsw taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.F 14 But the person without the SpiritG does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated* spiritually. 15 The spiritual person, however, can evaluateI everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. 16 For

who has known the Lord’s mind,

that he may instruct him?J,x

But we have the mind of Christ.y

THE PROBLEM OF IMMATURITY

For my part, brothers and sisters, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.z I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, since you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still worldly. For since there is envyaa and strifeK,ab among you, are you not worldly and behaving like mere humans? For whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,”ac are you not acting like mere humans?

THE ROLE OF GOD’S SERVANTS

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted,ad Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one,L and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s coworkers.M You are God’s field, God’s building.ae

10 According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder,N and another builds on it. But each one is to be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay any other foundationaf than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver,ag costly stones,ah wood, hay, or straw, 13 each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire;ai the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.aj 14 If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experienceO loss, but he himself will be savedak—but only as through fire.al

16 Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s templeam and that the Spirit of God lives in you?an 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him;ao for God’s temple is holy,ap and that is what you are.

THE FOLLY OF HUMAN WISDOM

18 Let no one deceivea himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age,b let him become a foolc so that he can become wise.d 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishnesse with God, since it is written,f He catches the wise in their craftiness;A,g 20 and again, The Lord knows that the reasoningsh of the wise are futile.B,i 21 So let no one boast in human leaders, for everything is yoursj22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephask or the world or lifel or deathm or things present or things to comen—everything is yours, 23 and you belong to Christ,o and Christ belongs to God.

THE FAITHFUL MANAGER

A person should think of us in this way: as servantsp of Christ and managersq of the mysteries of God.r In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful.s It is of littlet importance to me that I should be judgedu by you or by any human court.C In fact, I don’t even judge myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justifiedv by this. It is the Lord who judges me. So don’t judgew anything prematurely, before the Lord comes,x who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.y

THE APOSTLES’ EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY

Now, brothers and sisters,z I have applied these things to myself and Apollosaa for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another. For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it? You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us—and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you! For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: We have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ!ab We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless; 12 we labor, workingac

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