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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS.
1 PAUL, [called] an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified through Christ Jesus, called saints, and to all who in every place are called by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord, and ours : 3 favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I THANK my God always, on your account, for his favour, which is given you through Jesus Christ: 5 for ye have been enriched by him in every thing, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 (according as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed among you :) 7 so that ye are inferior in no gift; looking for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also establish you irreproachable to the end, even in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into a fellowship with his son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
10 NOW I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared to me, concerning you, my brethren, by those who are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I mean this; (since every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I, of Apollos ; and I, of Peter;" and I, of Christ;) 13 is Christ divided ? was Paul crucified for you ? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul ? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius : 15 so that no one can say that I baptized into mine own name. 16 Now I baptized also the household of Stephanas : besides, I know not that I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel; though not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is, to those who are lost, foolishness; but, to us,
* Gr. Cephas, i. e. Peter.
who are saved, it is the power things which are not, to bring
of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of those who are wise, and will bring to nothing the knowledge of those who are knowing.” 20 Where is the wise 2 where is the scribe 2 where is the disputer of this age 2 hath not God made foolish the wisdom of [this] world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God to save, through the foolishness of preaching, those who believe. 22 For the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified ; to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the gentiles foolishness; 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and 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 ye see, brethren, those of you who are called ; that not many of you are wise men, according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble : 27 but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to shame those who are wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world, to shame the things which are mighty ; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, [and] the
to nought the things which are: 29 so that no one should boast in the presence of God.” 30 Now of him ye are in Christ Jesus, who hath been made to us wisdom from God, even justification, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 so that, as it is written, “He who boasteth, let him boast in the Lord.” CH. II. 1 NOW I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech, nor of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in much fear and trembling. 4 And my speech, and my preaching, were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit, and power: 5 that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 How EveR, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the princes of . this age, who will come to nought : 7 but we speak of divine wisdom which was hidden in a mystery, which God predetermined before the ages, for our glory : 8 which none of the princes of this age knew ; (for, if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory :) 9 but as it
* “And ignoble and despised persons, and
thing, [Deut. xxxii. 21 ; 1 Pet. ii. i0.] to substitute th
even o regarded by the Jews as nom in the place of the people of God.”
is written, “ Things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, God hath prepared for those who love him.” 10 But God hath revealed them to us through [his] spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man, which is in him? In like manner also, no one knoweth the things of God, but the spirit of God. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of God: 13 which things we speak also, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 Now an animal man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God : for to him they are foolishness; nor can he know them, because they are to be spiritually examined. 15 But the spiritual man examineth, [indeed, all things; yet he himself is examined by no one. 16 For who knoweth the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him f* But we have the mind of Christ. CH. III. 1 NOW I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual; but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not with meat: for ye were not then able to bear it, nor indeed are ye now able ;
3 for ye are still carnal : for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, [and divisions,] are ye not carnal, and walk according to the manner of men ; 4 For when one saith, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are ye not carnal : 5 WHo then is Paul, and who is Apollos ? Ministers by whom ye have believed, even as the Lord hath given to each of us. 6 I planted; Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So that, neither is he who planteth, any thing, nor he who watereth ; but God who giveth the increase. 8 Now he who planteth, and he who watereth, are one ; and each will receive his own reward, according to his own labour. 9 For we are workers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10 According to the favour of God, which hath been given to me, I laid the foundation, as a wise master-builder ; and another buildeth thereon. But let every one take heed how he buildeth thereon ; 11 for no other foundation can any one lay, than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if any one build upon [this] foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, 13 every one’s work will be manifest: for the day will show it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will try every one’s work, of what kind it is. 14 If the work
* i. e. the spiritual man.
of any one which he hath built thereon, remaineth, he will receive a reward. 15 If the work of any one be burnt, he will suffer loss : himself, however, shall be saved ; yet so as through a fire. 16 Know ye not, that ye are the temple of God; and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you ? 17 If any one corrupt the temple of God, God will corrupt him : for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18 Let no one deceive himself. If any among you seem to be wise in this age, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” 20 And again, “The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.” 21 Let no one, therefore, boast in men: for all things are yours: 22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,” or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to cone; all things [are] yours: 23 and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God’s. CH. IV. 1 So then, let a man consider us, only as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Now it is required in stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or
by human inquiry; because I do not condemn myself; 4 (for I am conscious to myself of nothing evil ; yet I am not hereby justified;) but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Judge nothing, therefore, before the time; until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then every one will have praise from God.
6 NOW these things, brethren, I have transferred to myself, and to Apollos, for your sakes; that ye may learn in us not to think of men above that which is here written ; that no one of you be puffed up in behalf of one another. 7 For who maketh thee to differ from another ? and what hast thou which thou didst not receive : But if thou didst only receive it, why dost thou boast as if thou hadst not received it 2
8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned without us ; and I wish ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For I think [that] God hath brought forth us apostles, last,f as devoted to death ; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for the sake of Christ, but ye are wise in Christ ; we are weak, but ye are strong ; ye are honourable, but we are disgraced.
* i. e. Peter.
t “Alluding to those last exposed on the theatre, to fight with wild beasts, or with each other, and who were devoted to certain destruction. Or, we may render, ‘hath appointed us apostles the lowest of men, and as devoted to death.” Newcome.
11 To this present hour, we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are beaten, and have no certain abode ; 12 and labour, working with our own hands being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we bear it; 13 being evil spoken of, we exhort: we are made as the vilest of the world, as the offscouring of all things, until now. 14 I write not these things to shame you ; but I admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For if ye have ten thousand guides in Christ, yet ye have not many fathers: for I am your father in Christ Jesus, by fireaching to you the gospel. 16 Wherefore I exhort you, be ye imitators of me. 17 For this cause I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 18 But some have been puf. fed up, as though I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you, shortly, if the Lord be willing; and I will know, not the speech of those who are puffed up, but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power. 21 What will ye? that I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness. Ch. V. J. Fortnication is
certainly heard of among you, and such fornication as is not even among the gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 2 And are ye puffed up 2 and have ye not rather mourned? so that he who hath wrought out this work might be taken away from among you. 3 For I truly, [as] absent in body, but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, him who hath done this ; 4 that, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (when ye and I, are gathered together, in spirit,) with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 ye deliver such an one to the adversary,” for the sufferingt of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved, in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your boasting is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump 2 7 Take away thoroughly the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, inasmuch as ye are unleavened : for even our passover, Christ, hath been slain [for us]. 8 Let us therefore keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of wickedness and maliciousness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I have written to you, in this epistle, not to associate with fornicators: 10 [yet] not wholly with the fornicators, or
* q. d. Disown him as a christian brother. Expel him from the community of believers. Let him be regarded as a heathen: no longer a subject to Christ, but a vassal of his own vile appe
tites and passions, which destroy the mind, and render a man a pest to society.
one over in this solemn manner, is done as a last remedy, to make him ashamedof his vices, and,
if possible, to bring him to sincere repentance.
f Gr. oxe6?ov violent death, destruction, or ruin of one.