1 Corinthians (Author Paul)

1:1Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ, by God's will, and Sosthenes the brother,

1:2to the assembly of God which is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all that in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both theirs and ours:

1:3Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4I thank my God always about you, in respect of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus;

1:5that in everything ye have been enriched in him, in all word of doctrine, and all knowledge,

1:6(according as the testimony of the Christ has been confirmed in you,)

1:7so that ye come short in no gift, awaiting the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1:8who shall also confirm you to the end, unimpeachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:9God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

1:10Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind and in the same opinion.

1:11For it has been shewn to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are strifes among you.

1:12But I speak of this, that each of you says, *I* am of Paul, and *I* of Apollos, and *I* of Cephas, and *I* of Christ.

1:13Is the Christ divided? has Paul been crucified for you? or have ye been baptised unto the name of Paul?

1:14I thank God that I have baptised none of you, unless Crispus and Gaius,

1:15that no one may say that I have baptised unto my own name.

1:16Yes, I baptised also the house of Stephanas; for the rest I know not if I have baptised any other.

1:17For Christ has not sent me to baptise, but to preach glad tidings; not in wisdom of word, that the cross of the Christ may not be made vain.

1:18For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God's power.

1:19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones.

1:20Where is the wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1:21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching to save those that believe.

1:22Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom;

1:23but *we* preach Christ crucified, to Jews an offence, and to nations foolishness;

1:24but to those that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God's power and God's wisdom.

1:25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1:26For consider your calling, brethren, that there are not many wise according to flesh, not many powerful, not many high-born.

1:27But God has chosen the foolish things of the world, that he may put to shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world, that he may put to shame the strong things;

1:28and the ignoble things of the world, and the despised, has God chosen, and things that are not, that he may annul the things that are;

1:29so that no flesh should boast before God.

1:30But of him are *ye* in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption;

1:31that according as it is written, He that boasts, let him boast in the Lord.

2:1And *I*, when I came to you, brethren, came not in excellency of word, or wisdom, announcing to you the testimony of God.

2:2For I did not judge it well to know anything among you save Jesus Christ, and *him* crucified.

2:3And *I* was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling;

2:4and my word and my preaching, not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

2:5that your faith might not stand in men's wisdom, but in God's power.

2:6But we speak wisdom among the perfect; but wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who come to nought.

2:7But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, that hidden wisdom which God had predetermined before the ages for our glory:

2:8which none of the princes of this age knew, (for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;)

2:9but according as it is written, Things which eye has not seen, and ear not heard, and which have not come into man's heart, which God has prepared for them that love him,

2:10but God has revealed to us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

2:11For who of men hath known the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? thus also the things of God knows no one except the Spirit of God.

2:12But *we* have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of God:

2:13which also we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, communicating spiritual things by spiritual means.

2:14But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned;

2:15but the spiritual discerns all things, and *he* is discerned of no one.

2:16For who has known the mind of the Lord, who shall instruct him? But *we* have the mind of Christ.

3:1And *I*, brethren, have not been able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly; as to babes in Christ.

3:2I have given you milk to drink, not meat, for ye have not yet been able, nor indeed are ye yet able;

3:3for ye are yet carnal. For whereas there are among you emulation and strife, are ye not carnal, and walk according to man?

3:4For when one says, *I* am of Paul, and another, *I* of Apollos, are ye not men?

3:5Who then is Apollos, and who Paul? Ministering servants, through whom ye have believed, and as the Lord has given to each.

3:6*I* have planted; Apollos watered; but God has given the increase.

3:7So that neither the planter is anything, nor the waterer; but God the giver of the increase.

3:8But the planter and the waterer are one; but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

3:9For we are God's fellow-workmen; ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

3:10According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise architect, I have laid the foundation, but another builds upon it. But let each see how he builds upon it.

3:11For other foundation can no man lay besides that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

3:12Now if any one build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw,

3:13the work of each shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire shall try the work of each what it is.

3:14If the work of any one which he has built upon the foundation shall abide, he shall receive a reward.

3:15If the work of any one shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss, but *he* shall be saved, but so as through the fire.

3:16Do ye not know that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

3:17If any one corrupt the temple of God, *him* shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are *ye*.

3:18Let no one deceive himself: if any one thinks himself to be wise among you in this world, let him become foolish, that he may be wise.

3:19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, He who takes the wise in their craftiness.

3:20And again, The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.

3:21So that let no one boast in men; for all things are yours.

3:22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things coming, all are yours;

3:23and *ye* are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

4:1Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

4:2Here, further, it is sought in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

4:3But for me it is the very smallest matter that I be examined of you or of man's day. Nor do I even examine myself.

4:4For I am conscious of nothing in myself; but I am not justified by this: but he that examines me is the Lord.

4:5So that do not judge anything before the time, until the Lord shall come, who shall also both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and shall make manifest the counsels of hearts; and then shall each have his praise from God.

4:6Now these things, brethren, I have transferred, in their application, to myself and Apollos, for your sakes, that ye may learn in us the lesson of not letting your thoughts go above what is written, that ye may not be puffed up one for such a one against another.

4:7For who makes thee to differ? and what hast thou which thou hast not received? but if also thou hast received, why boastest thou as not receiving?

4:8Already ye are filled; already ye have been enriched; ye have reigned without us; and I would that ye reigned, that *we* also might reign with you.

4:9For I think that God has set us the apostles for the last, as appointed to death. For we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men.

4:10*We* are fools for Christ's sake, but *ye* prudent in Christ: *we* weak, but *ye* strong: *ye* glorious, but *we* in dishonour.

4:11To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are in nakedness, and buffeted, and wander without a home,

4:12and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer it;

4:13insulted, we entreat: we are become as the offscouring of the world, the refuse of all, until now.

4:14Not as chiding do I write these things to you, but as my beloved children I admonish you.

4:15For if ye should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus *I* have begotten you through the glad tidings.

4:16I entreat you therefore, be my imitators.

4:17For this reason I have sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in mind of my ways as they are in Christ, according as I teach everywhere in every assembly.

4:18But some have been puffed up, as if I were not coming to you;

4:19but I will come quickly to you, if the Lord will; and I will know, not the word of those that are puffed up, but the power.

4:20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

4:21What will ye? that I come to you with a rod; or in love, and in a spirit of meekness?

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