1 1 Paul , called as 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 have been sanctified in Christ Jesus , saints by calling , with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ , their Lord and ours : 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ .
Thanksgiving for Spiritual Gifts
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus , 5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge , 6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift , awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ , 8 who will also confirm you to the end , blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ . 9 God is faithful , through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son , Jesus Christ our Lord .
Divisions in the Church
10 Now I exhort you, brethren , by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ , that you all agree e and that there be no  divisions among you, but that you be made complete in 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 each one of you is saying , "I am of Paul ," and "I of Apollos ," and "I of Cephas ," and "I of Christ ." 13 Has Christ been divided ? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul ?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius , 15 so that no one would say you were baptized in my name . 16 Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas ; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other .
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing , but to us who are being saved it is the power of God . 19 For it is written , " I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE , AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE ." 20 Where is the wise man ? Where is the scribe ? Where is the debater of this age ? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world ? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God , God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe . 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom ; 23 but we preach  Christ crucified , to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness , 24 but to those who are the called , both Jews and Greeks , Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God . 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men , and the weakness of God is stronger than men . 26 For consider your calling , brethren , that there were not many wise according to the flesh , not many mighty , not many noble ; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise , and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong , 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen , the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no e man may boast before God . 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus , who became to us wisdom from God , and righteousness and sanctification , and redemption , 31 so that, just as it is written , " LET HIM WHO BOASTS , BOAST IN THE Lord ."
1:1 Lit "through"
1:2 Or "holy ones"
1:4 Two early mss do not contain "my"
1:6 Or "among"
1:10 Lit "speak the same thing"
1:10 Lit "schisms"
1:10 Or "united"
1:13 Or "Christ has been divided!" or "Christ is divided!"
1:13 Lit "into"
1:14 Two early mss read "I give thanks that"
1:15 Lit "into"
1:17 Lit "wisdom"
1:18 Or "perish"
1:18 Or "are saved"
1:21 Lit "preaching"
1:22 Or "attesting miracles"
1:23 I.e. Messiah
1:26 Lit "see"
1:26 I.e. human standards
1:29 Lit "flesh"
1:30 Lit "of Him"
1:30 Or "both"