1 Corinthians 1

Greeting

1Paul a  called b  by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

2To 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.

Thanksgiving

4I g  give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way h  you were enriched in him in all i  speech and all knowledge 6even as j  the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you 7so 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 Church

10I 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, 26
by 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.
11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is t  quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that u  each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” orI follow v  Apollos,” orI follow w  Cephas,” orI follow Christ.” 13 x  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you y  baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except z  Crispus and aa  Gaius, 15so 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.) 17For 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 God

18For 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. 19For 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? 21For 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 preaching
to save those who believe.
22For al  Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ am  crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ an  the power of God and ao  the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For consider your calling, brothers: ap  not many of you were wise according to worldly standards
Greek  according to the flesh
not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27But 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; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even at  things that are not, to au  bring to nothing things that are, 29so av  that no human being
Greek  no flesh
might boast in the presence of God.
30And because of him
Greek  And from him
you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us ay  wisdom from God az  righteousness and ba  sanctification and bb  redemption,
31so that, as it is written, bc  “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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