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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE

CORINTHIANS.

CHAP. I.

Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all 1 PAUL, [called) an apostle speak the same thing, and that of Jesus Christ, by the will of there be no divisions among God, and Sosthenes our brother, you; but that ye be perfectly 2 to the church of God which I joined together in the same is at Corinth, to those who are inind, and in the same judg. sanctified through Christ Jesus, inent. 11 For it hath been decalled saints, and to all who clared to me, concerning you, in every place are called by my brethren, by those who are the name of our Lord Jesus of the household of Chloe, that Christ, both their Lord, and there are contentions among ours : 3 favour be to yoli, and you. peace, from God our Father, 12 Now I mean this; (since and from the Lord Jesus Christ. every one of you saith, I am of

4 I THANK my God always, Paul; and I, of Apollos; and on your account, for his favour, I, of Peter ;* and I, of Christ;) which is given you through 13 is Christ divided ? was Paul Jesus Christ: 5 for ye have crucified for you? or were ye been enriched by him in every baptized into the name of Paul? thing, in all utterance, and in 14 I thank God that I baptized all knowledge; 6 (according as none of you, but Crispus and the testimony concerning Christ Gaius: 15 so that no one can was confirmed among you :) 7 say that I baptized into mine so that ye are inferior in no own name. 16 Now I baptized gift ; looking for the revela- also the household of Stephation of our Lord Jesus Christ, nas : besides, I know not that 8 who will also establish you I baptized any other. irreproachable to the end, even 17 For Christ sent me not to in the day of our Lord Jesus baptize, but to preach the gos: Christ. 9 God is faithful, by pel; though not in wisdom whom ye have been called into of speech, lest the cross of a fellowship with his son Jesus Christ should be made of none Christ, our Lord.

effect. 18 For the preaching of 10 NOW I beseech you, the cross is, to those who are brethren, by the name of our lost, foolishness; but, tous,

* Gr. Cephas, i. e. Peter.

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who are saved, it is the power things which are not, to bring of God. 19 For it is written, to nought the things which are:

I will destroy the wisdom of 29 so that no one should boast those who are wise, and will in the presence of God.* bring to nothing the knowledge 30 Now of him ye are in Christ of those who are knowing.” 20 Jesus, who hath been made to us Where is the wise? where is wisdom from God, even justihe scribe? where is the dis- ! fication, and sanctification, and puter of this age ? hath not God redemption : 31 so that, as it made foolish the wisdom of is written, “He who boasteth, this world? 21 For since in let him boast in the Lord.” he wisdom of God, the world Ch. II. 1 NOW I, brethren, hrough its wisdom, knew not when I came to you, came not God, it pleased God to save, with excellency of speech, nor hrough the foolishness of of wisdom, declaring to you preaching, those who believe. the testimony of God. 2 For I

22 For the Jews require determined not to know any signs, and the Greeks seek after thing among you, but Jesus wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ, and him crucified. 3 Christ crucified; to the Jews And I was with you in weakI stumbling-block, and to the ness, and in much fear and rentiles foolishness; 24 but to trembling. 4 And my speech, hose who are called, both Jews, and my preaching, were not ind Greeks, Christ the power with persuasive words of wisof God, and the wisdom of God. dom, but with a demonstration 25 For the foolishness of God of spirit, and power: 5 that s wiser than men; and the your faith might not be in the weakness of God is stronger wisdom of men, but in the han men.

power of God. 26 For ye see, brethren, those 6 HOWEVER, we speak wisof you who are called ; that not dom among those who are permany of you are wise men, ac- fect: yet not the wisdom of cording to the flesh, not many this age, nor of the princes of mighty, not many noble : 27 this age, who will come to but God hath chosen the foolish nought : 7 but we speak of things of the world, to shame divine wisdom which was hidthose who are wise ; and God den in a mystery, which God hath chosen the weak things of predetermined before the ages, the world, to shame the things for our glory : 8 which none of which are mighty ; 28 and the the princes of this age knew ; Dase things of the world, and (for, if they had known it, che things which are despised, they would not have crucified nath God chosen, yea, [and] the the Lord of glory :) 9 but as it ,

“ And ignoble and despised persons, and even gentiles, regarded by the Jews as nohing, (Deut. xxxii. 21; 1 Pet. ii. 10.) to substitute them in the place of the people of God." Newcome.

is written, “ Things which eye 3 for ye are still carnal : fog! hath not seen, nor ear heard, whereas there is among yor neither have entered into the envying, and strife, [and divi heart of man, God hath pre-sions,] are ye not carnal, and pared for those who love him." walk according to the manner 10 But God hath revealed them of men ? 4 For when one saithe to us through [his] spirit: for “ I am of Paul," and another, the spirit searcheth all things, “ I am of Apollos,” are ye not even the deep things of God. carnal ?

11 For what man knoweth 5 Who then is Paul, and the things of a man, but the who is Apollos ? Ministers by spirit of a man, which is in him?) whom ye have believed, even as In like manner also, no one the Lord hath given to each of knoweth the things of God, but us. 6 I planted; Apollos waterthe spirit of God. 12 Now we ed; but God gave the increase have not received the spirit of 7 So that, neither is he who. the world, but the spirit which planteth, any thing, nor he who is from God; that we may know watereth ; but God who giveth the things which have been the increase. 8 Now he who freely given to us of God: 13 planteth, and he who watereth, which things we speak also, not are one; and each will receive in the words which man's wis. ( his own reward, according to dom teacheth, but which the his own labour. 9 For we are spirit teacheth; comparing spi-workers together with God: se ritual things with spiritual. are God's husbandry, ye are

14 Now an animal man re-God's building. ceiveth not the things of the 10 According to the favour spirit of God: for to him they of God, which hath been given are foolishness; nor can he know to me, I laid the foundation, as them, because they are to be a wise master-builder : and unspiritually examined. 15 But other buildeth thereon. But let the spiritual man examineth, every one take heed how he [indeed,] all things ; yet he buildeth thereon ; 11 for no himself is examined by no one. I other foundation can any one 16 For who knoweth the mind lay, than what is laid, which is of the Lord, that he may in- Jesus Christ. struct him ?* But we have the 12 But if any one build upon. mind of Christ.

[this] foundation, gold, silver, Ch. III. 1 NOW I, breth- precious stones, wood, hay, ren, could not speak to you as stubble, 13 every one's work to spiritual; but as to carnal, will be manifest: for the day as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed will show it, because it will be you with milk, not with meat : | revealed by fire; and the fire for ye were not then able to bear will try every one's work, of it, nor indeed are ye now able ; ( what kind it is. 14 If the work

* i.e. the spiritual man.

of any one which he hath built by human inquiry ; because I hereon, remaineth, he will re- do not condemn myself; 4 (for eive a reward. 15 If the work I am conscious to myself of of any one be burnt, he will nothing evil ; yet I am not heresuffer loss: himself, however, by justified;) but he that judgeth shall be saved; yet so as me is the Lord. 5 Judge nohrough a fire.

thing, therefore, before the 16 Know ye not,'that ye are time; until the Lord come, he temple of God; and that who both will bring to light the spirit of God dwelieth in the hidden things of darkness, you ? 17 If any one corrupt and will make manifest the the temple of God, God will counsels of the hearts: and corrupt him : for the temple of then every one will have praise God is holy, which temple ye from God. are.

i 6 NOW these things, breth18 Let no one deceive him-/ren, I have transferred to my- self. If any among you seem to self, and to Apollos, for your - be wise in this age, let him sakes; that ye may learn in us become a fool, that he may be- not to think of men above that come wise. 19 For the wisdom which is here written; that no of this world is foolishness with one of you be puffed up in beGod. For it is written, “ He half of one another. 7 For who -taketh the wise in their own maketh thee to differ from an- craftiness.” 20 And again, " The other? and what hast thou Lord knoweth the reasonings of which thou didst not receive ?

the wise, that they are vain." But if thou didst only receive ... 21. Let no one, therefore, it, why dost thou boast as if boast in men: for all things thou hadst not received it? are yours : 22 whether Paul, or 8 Now ye are full, now ye Apollos, or Cephas,* or the are rich, ye have reigned withworld, or life, or death, or out us: and I wish ye did

things present, or things to reign, that we also might reign -come; all things [are] yours: with you. 9 For I think [that]

23 and ye are Christ's; and God hath brought forth us Christ is God's.

apostles, lastyf as devoted to Ch. IV. 1 So then, let a man death; for we have been made consider us, only as servants a spectacle to the world, both of Christ, and stewards of the to angels and to men. 10 We mysteries of God. 2 Now it is are fools for the sake of Christ, required in stewards that they but ye are wise in Christ ; we be found faithful. 3 But with are weak, but ye are strong; me it is a very small thing that ye are honourable, but we are I should be judged by you, or disgraced.

ii. e. Peter. :: † “ 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 a postles the lowest of men, and as devoted to death." Newcome.

11 To this present hour, we, certainly heard of among you, both hunger and thirst, and are and such fornication as is not naked, and are beaten, and have even among the gentiles, that no certain abode; 12 and la- one should have his father's bour, working with our own wife. 2 And are ye puffed up? hands being reviled, we bless; and have ye not rather mournbeing persecuted, we bear it; ed? so that he who hath wrought 13 being evil spoken of, we out this work might be taken exhort: we are made as the away from among you. vilest of the world, as the off 3 For I truly, [asabsent in scouring of all things, until body, but present in spirit, have now. 14 I write not these things already judged, as though to shame you ; but I admonish were present, him who hath you as my beloved children. done this ; 4 that, in the name

15 For if ye have ten thou- of our Lord Jesus Christ, (when sand guides in Christ, yet ye ye and I, are gathered togehave not many fathers : for I ther, in spirit,) with the power am your father in Christ Jesus, of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 ye by preaching to you the gospel. deliver such an one to the ad16 Wherefore I exhort you, be versary, * for the sufferingt of ye imitators of me. 17 For this, the flesh, that the spirit may be cause I have sent to you Timo- saved, in the day of the Lord thy, who is my beloved and / Jesus. faithful son in the Lord, who 6 Your boasting is not good. will remind you of my ways | Know ye not that a little leaven which are in Christ, as I teach leaveneth the whole lump? 7 every where in every church. Take away thoroughly the old

18 But some have been puf-leaven, that ye may be a new fed up, as though I would not lump, inasmuch as ye are uncome to you. 19 But I will leavened : for even our passo. come to you, shortly, if the ver, Christ, hath been slain for Lord be willing; and I will us). 3 Let us therefore keep know, not the speech of those the feast, not with the old who are puffed up, but their leaven, nor with the leaven of power. 20 For the kingdom of wickedness and maliciousness ; God is not in speech, but in but with the unleavened bread power.

of sincerity and truth. 21 What will ye? that I come 9 I have written to you, in to you with a rod, or in love, this epistle, not to associate and in the spirit of meekness. with fornicators : 10 [yet not

CH. V. 1 FORNICATION is I wholly with the fornicators, or

* a. d. Disown him as a christian brother. Expel him from the community of believers. Let hinn 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. To deliver 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.

+ Gr. orepov violent death, destruction, or ruin of one.

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