1 Corinthians 1
Greeting1 Paul a called b by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those c sanctified in Christ Jesus, d called to be saints together with all those who in every place e call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 f Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving4 I g give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way h you were enriched in him in all i speech and all knowledge— 6 even as j the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you k wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 l who will sustain you to the end m guiltless n in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 o God is faithful, by whom you were called into the p fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Divisions in the Church10 I appeal to you, brothers, ▼
▼ Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verses 11, 26by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no r divisions among you, but that you be united s in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is t quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that u each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow v Apollos,” or “I follow w Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 x Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you y baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except z Crispus and aa Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also ab the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and ac not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God18 For the word of the cross is ad folly to ae those who are perishing, but to us af who are being saved it is ag the power of God. 19 For it is written, ah “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 ai Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? aj Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach ▼
▼ Or the folly of preachingto save those who believe. 22 For al Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ am crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ an the power of God and ao the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: ap not many of you were wise according to worldly standards ▼
▼ Greek according to the fleshnot many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But ar God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; as God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even at things that are not, to au bring to nothing things that are, 29 so av that no human being ▼
▼ Greek no fleshmight boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him ▼
▼ Greek And from himyou are in Christ Jesus, who became to us ay wisdom from God az righteousness and ba sanctification and bb redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, bc “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
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