1 Corinthians 1

Appeal to Unity

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

To 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:

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

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,
that in everything you were n enriched in Him, in all o speech and p all knowledge, even as q the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed
Or among
in you,
so that you are not lacking in any gift s awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, t who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in u the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. v God is faithful, through whom you were w called into x fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 Now 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.
11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now 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,
15 so that no one would say you were baptized
Lit into
in my name.
16 Now 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

18 For 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.
19 For 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? 21 For 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.
22 For indeed bj Jews ask for
Or attesting miracles
signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
23 but we preach
I.e. Messiah
bm Christ crucified bn to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles bo foolishness,
24 but to those who are bp the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ bq the power of God and br the wisdom of God. 25 Because the bs foolishness of God is wiser than men, and bt the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For
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;
27 but 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, 28 and 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, 29 so that ce no
Lit flesh
man may boast before God.
30 But
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,
31 so that, just as it is written cn Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
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