The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (Author Paul)

13:1¤ If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

13:2And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

13:3And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

13:4Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,

13:5Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil:

13:6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:

13:7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

13:8Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.

13:9For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.

13:10But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

13:11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.

13:12We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.

13:13And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

14:1¤ Follow after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.

14:2For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.

14:3But he that prophesieth speaketh to men unto edification and exhortation and comfort.

14:4He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church.

14:5And I would have you all to speak with tongues, but rather to prophesy. For greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues: unless perhaps he interpret, that the church may receive edification.

14:6But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either in revelation or in knowledge or in prophecy or in doctrine?

14:7Even things without life that give sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction of sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

14:8For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

14:9So likewise you, except you utter by the tongue plain speech, how shall it be known what is said? For you shall be speaking into the air.

14:10There are, for example, so many kinds of tongues in this world: and none is without voice.

14:11If then I know not the power of the voice, I shall be to him to whom I speak a barbarian: and he that speaketh a barbarian to me.

14:12So you also, forasmuch as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church.

14:13And therefore he that speaketh by a tongue, let him pray that he may interpret.

14:14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth: but my understanding is without fruit.

14:15What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, I will pray also with the understanding, I will sing with the spirit, I will sing also with the understanding.

14:16Else, if thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that holdeth the place of the unlearned say, Amen, to thy blessing? Because he knoweth not what thou sayest.

14:17For thou indeed givest thanks well: but the other is not edified.

14:18I thank my God I speak with all your tongues.

14:19But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also: than ten thousand words in a tongue.

14:20Brethren, do not become children in sense. But in malice be children: and in sense be perfect.

14:21In the law it is written: In other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people: and neither so will they hear me, saith the Lord.

14:22Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to believers but to unbelievers: but prophecies, not to unbelievers but to believers.

14:23If therefore the whole church come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in unlearned persons or infidels, will they not say that you are mad?

14:24But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not or an unlearned person, he is convinced of all: he is judged of all.

14:25The secrets of his heart are made manifest. And so, falling down on his face, he will adore God, affirming that God is among you indeed.

14:26How is it then, brethren? When you come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation: let all things be done to edification.

14:27If any speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in course: and let one interpret.

14:28But if there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace in the church and speak to himself and to God.

14:29And let the prophets speak, two or three: and let the rest judge.

14:30But if any thing be revealed to another sitting, let the first hold his peace.

14:31For you may all prophesy, one by one, that all may learn and all may be exhorted.

14:32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

14:33For God is not the God of dissension, but of peace: as also I teach in all the churches of the saints.

14:34Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak but to be subject, as also the law saith.

14:35But if they would learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

14:36Or did the word of God come out from you? Or came it only unto you?

14:37If any seem to be a prophet or spiritual, let him know the things that I write to you, that they are the commandments of the Lord.

14:38But if any man know not, he shall not be known.

14:39Wherefore, brethren, be zealous to prophesy: and forbid not to speak with tongues.

14:40But let all things be done decently and according to order.

15:1¤ Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received and wherein you stand.

15:2By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.

15:3For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures:

15:4And that he was buried: and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

15:5And that he was seen by Cephas, and after that by the eleven.

15:6Then he was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once: of whom many remain until this present, and some are fallen asleep.

15:7After that, he was seen by James: then by all the apostles.

15:8And last of all, he was seen also by me, as by one born out of due time.

15:9For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

15:10But by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his grace in me hath not been void: but I have laboured more abundantly than all they. Yet not I, but the grace of God with me:

15:11For whether I or they, so we preach: and so you have believed.

15:12Now if Christ be preached, that he arose again from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

15:13But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again.

15:14And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain: and your faith is also vain.

15:15Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God: because we have given testimony against God, that he hath raised up Christ, whom he hath not raised up, if the dead rise not again.

15:16For if the dead rise not again, neither is Christ risen again.

15:17And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain: for you are yet in your sins.

15:18Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

15:19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

15:20But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep:

15:21For by a man came death: and by a man the resurrection of the dead.

15:22And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.

15:23But every one in his own order: the firstfruits, Christ: then they that are of Christ, who have believed in his coming.

15:24Afterwards the end: when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God and the Father: when he shall have brought to nought all principality and power and virtue.

15:25For he must reign, until he hath put all his enemies under his feet.

15:26And the enemy, death, shall be destroyed last:

15:27For he hath put all things under his feet. And whereas he saith: All things are put under him; undoubtedly, he is excepted, who put all things under him.

15:28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

15:29Otherwise, what shall they do that are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not again at all? Why are they then baptized for them?

15:30Why also are we in danger every hour?

15:31I die daily, I protest by your glory, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.

15:32If (according to man) I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit me, if the dead rise not again? Let us eat and drink, for to morrow we shall die.

15:33Be not seduced: Evil communications corrupt good manners.

15:34Awake, ye just, and sin not. For some have not the knowledge of God. I speak it to your shame.

15:35But some man will say: How do the dead rise again? Or with what manner of body shall they come?

15:36Senseless man, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die first.

15:37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be: but bare grain, as of wheat, or of some of the rest.

15:38But God giveth it a body as he will: and to every seed its proper body.

15:39All flesh is not the same flesh: but one is the flesh of men, another of beasts, another of birds, another of fishes.

15:40And there are bodies celestial and bodies terrestrial: but, one is the glory of the celestial, and another of the terrestrial.

15:41One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars. For star differeth from star in glory.

15:42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption: it shall rise in incorruption.

15:43It is sown in dishonour: it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness: it shall rise in power.

15:44It is sown a natural body: it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body,

15:45As it is written: The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit.

15:46Yet that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural: afterwards that which is spiritual.

15:47The first man was of the earth, earthly: the second man, from heaven, heavenly.

15:48Such as is the earthly, such also are the earthly: and such as is the heavenly, such also are they that are heavenly.

15:49Therefore, as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the heavenly.

15:50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption.

15:51Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed.

15:52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed.

15:53For this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality.

15:54And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.

15:55O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

15:56Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law.

15:57But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable: always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

16:1¤ Now concerning the collections that are made for the saints: as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, so do ye also.

16:2On the first day of the week, let every one of you put apart with himself, laying up what it shall well please him: that when I come, the collections be not then to be made.

16:3And when I shall be with you, whomsoever you shall approve by letters, them will I send to carry your grace to Jerusalem.

16:4And if it be meet that I also go, they shall go with me.

16:5Now I will come to you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia. For I shall pass through Macedonia.

16:6And with you perhaps I shall abide, or even spend the winter: that you may bring me on my way whithersoever I shall go.

16:7For I will not see you now by the way: for I trust that I shall abide with you some time, if the Lord permit.

16:8But I will tarry at Ephesus, until Pentecost.

16:9For a great door and evident is opened unto me: and many adversaries.

16:10Now if Timothy come, see that he be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.

16:11Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct ye him on his way in peace, that he may come to me. For I look for him with the brethren.

16:12And touching our brother Apollo, I give you to understand that I much entreated him to come unto you with the brethren: and indeed it was not his will at all to come at this time. But he will come when he shall have leisure.

16:13Watch ye: stand fast in the faith: do manfully and be strengthened.

16:14Let all your things be done in charity.

16:15And I beseech you, brethren, you know the house of Stephanas, and of Fortunatus, and of Achaicus, that they are the firstfruits of Achaia, and have dedicated themselves to the ministry of the saints:

16:16That you also be subject to such and to every one that worketh with us and laboureth.

16:17And I rejoice in the presence of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: because that which was wanting on your part, they have supplied.

16:18For they have refreshed both my spirit and yours. Know them, therefore, that are such.

16:19The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house, with whom I also lodge.

16:20All the brethren salute you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.

16:21The salutation of me Paul, with my own hand.

16:22If any man love not our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema, maranatha.

16:23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

16:24My charity be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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