1 Corinthians 3

Foundations for Living

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to a spiritual men, but as to b men of flesh, as to c infants in Christ. I gave you d milk to drink, not solid food; for you e were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is f jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking
Lit according to man
h like mere men?
For when i one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere j men?

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? k Servants through whom you believed, even l as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. m I planted n Apollos watered, but o God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will p receive his own
Or wages
reward according to his own labor.
For we are God’s r fellow workers; you are God’s
Or cultivated land
t field, God’s u building.

10 According to v the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder w I laid a foundation, and x another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a y foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver
Or costly
precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13  aa each man’s work will become evident; for ab the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test
Lit of what sort each man’s work is
the quality of each man’s work.
14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will ad receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet ae so as through fire.

16  af Do you not know that ag you are a
Or sanctuary
temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If any man destroys the
Or sanctuary
temple of God, God will destroy him, for the
Or sanctuary
temple of God is holy, and
Lit who you are
that is what you are.

18  al Let no man deceive himself. am If any man among you thinks that he is wise in an this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19 For ao the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is ap  the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again aq The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” 21 So then ar let no one boast in men. For as all things belong to you, 22  at whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or au life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, 23 and av you belong to Christ; and aw Christ belongs to God.
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