1 Corinthians 1

Appeal to Unity

1Paul a  called as an apostle of Jesus Christ
Lit through
by c  the will of God, and d  Sosthenes our e  brother,

2To f  the church of God which is at g  Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
Or holy ones
saints i  by calling, with all who in every place j  call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

3 k  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 l  I thank
Two early mss do not contain my
my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
5that in everything you were n  enriched in Him, in all o  speech and p  all knowledge, 6even as q  the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed
Or among
in you,
7so that you are not lacking in any gift s  awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 t  who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in u  the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 v  God is faithful, through whom you were w  called into x  fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10Now y  I exhort you, z  brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all
Lit speak the same thing
agree and that there be no
Lit schisms
ac  divisions among you, but that you be
Or united
made complete in ae  the same mind and in the same judgment.
11For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that af  each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of ag  Apollos,” and “I of ah  Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13
Or Christ has been divided! or Christ is divided!
Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you aj  baptized
Lit into
in the name of Paul?
Two early mss read I give thanks that
I thank God that I am  baptized none of you except an  Crispus and ao  Gaius,
15so that no one would say you were baptized
Lit into
in my name.
16Now I did baptize also the aq  household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 ar  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel as  not in
Lit wisdom
cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

The Wisdom of God

18For the word of the cross is au  foolishness to av  those who
Or perish
are perishing, but to us who
Or are saved
are being saved it is ay  the power of God.
19For it is written, az  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

20 ba  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of bb  this age? Has not God bc  made foolish the wisdom of bd  the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God be  the world through its wisdom did not come to know God bf  God was well-pleased through the bg  foolishness of the
Lit preaching
message preached to bi  save those who believe.
22For indeed bj  Jews ask for
Or attesting miracles
signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
23but we preach
I.e. Messiah
bm  Christ crucified bn  to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles bo  foolishness,
24but to those who are bp  the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ bq  the power of God and br  the wisdom of God. 25Because the bs  foolishness of God is wiser than men, and bt  the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Lit see
consider your bv  calling, brethren, that there were bw  not many wise according to
I.e. human standards
the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
27but by  God has chosen the foolish things of bz  the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of ca  the world to shame the things which are strong, 28and the base things of cb  the world and the despised God has chosen cc  the things that are not, so that He may cd  nullify the things that are, 29so that ce  no
Lit flesh
man may boast before God.
Lit of Him
by His doing you are in ch  Christ Jesus, who became to us ci  wisdom from God,
Or both
and ck  righteousness and cl  sanctification, and cm  redemption,
31so that, just as it is written cn  Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
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