1 Corinthians 1-4 New American Standard Bible

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1 1  Paul , called as an apostle of Jesus Christ [1]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 , [2]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 [3]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 [4]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 [5]agree e and that there be no [6] divisions among you, but that you be [7]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  [8]Has Christ been divided ? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized [9]in the name of Paul ?

14  [10]I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius , 15  so that no one would say you were baptized [11]in my name . 16  Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas ; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other .

17  For Christ did not send me to baptize , but to preach the gospel , not in [12]cleverness of speech , so that the cross of Christ would not be made void .

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18  For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [13]are perishing , but to us who [14]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 [15]message preached to save those who believe . 22  For indeed Jews ask for [16]signs and Greeks search for wisdom ; 23  but we preach [17] 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 [18]consider your calling , brethren , that there were not many wise according to [19]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 [20]man may boast before God . 30  But [21]by His doing you are in Christ Jesus , who became to us wisdom from God , [22]and righteousness and sanctification , and redemption , 31  so that, just as it is written , " LET HIM WHO BOASTS , BOAST IN THE Lord ."

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

2 1  And when I came to you, brethren , I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom , proclaiming to you the testimony of God . 2  For I determined to know nothing e among you except Jesus Christ , and Him crucified . 3  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling , 4  and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom , but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power , 5  so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men , but on the power of God .

The Revelation by God's Spirit

6  Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature ; a wisdom , however , not of this age nor of the rulers of this age , who are passing away ; 7  but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery , the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory ; 8  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood ; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory ; 9  but just as it is written , " THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD , AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN , ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." 10  For to us God revealed them through the Spirit ; for the Spirit searches all things , even the depths of God . 11  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God . 12  Now we have received , not the spirit of the world , but the Spirit who is from God , so that we may know the things freely given to us by God , 13  which things we also speak , not in words taught by human wisdom , but in those taught by the Spirit , combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God , for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot e understand them, because they are spiritually appraised . 15  But he who is spiritual appraises all things , yet he himself is appraised by no one . 16  For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE Lord , THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ .

Laborers Together with God

3 1  And I, brethren , could not speak to you as to spiritual men , but as to men of flesh , as to infants in Christ . 2  I gave you milk to drink , not solid food ; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed , even now you are not yet able , 3  for you are still fleshly . For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly , and are you not walking like mere men ? 4  For when one says , "I am of Paul ," and another , "I am of Apollos ," are you not mere men ?

5  What then is Apollos ? And what is Paul ? Servants through whom you believed , even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one . 6  I planted , Apollos watered , but God was causing the growth . 7  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything , but God who causes the growth . 8  Now he who plants and he who waters are one ; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor . 9  For we are God's fellow workers ; you are God's field , God's building . 10  According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation , and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.

11  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid , which is Jesus Christ . 12  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold , silver , precious stones , wood , hay , straw , 13  each man's work will become evident ; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire , and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work . 14  If any man's work which he has built on it remains , he will receive a reward . 15  If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss ; but he himself will be saved , yet so as through fire .

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

18  Let no man deceive himself . If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age , he must become foolish , so that he may become wise . 19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God . For it is written , "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS "; 20  and again , " THE Lord KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise , THAT THEY ARE USELESS ."

21  So then let no one boast in men . For all things belong to you, 22  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come ; all things belong to you, 23  and you belong to Christ ; and Christ belongs to God .

The Ministry of the Apostles

4 1  Let a man regard us in this manner , as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God . 2  In this case , moreover , it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy . 3  But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court ; in fact , I do not even examine myself . 4  For I am conscious of nothing against myself , yet I am not by this acquitted ; but the one who examines me is the Lord . 5  Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time , but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts ; and then each man's praise will come to him from God . 6  Now these things , brethren , I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes , so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written , so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other .

7  For who regards you as superior ? What do you have that you did not receive ? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 8  You are already filled , you have already become rich , you have become kings without us; and indeed , I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9  For, I think , God has exhibited us apostles last of all , as men condemned to death ; because we have become a spectacle to the world , both to angels and to men . 10  We are fools for Christ's sake , but you are prudent in Christ ; we are weak , but you are strong ; you are distinguished , but we are without honor . 11  To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty , and are poorly clothed , and are roughly treated , and are homeless ; 12  and we toil , working with our own hands ; when we are reviled , we bless ; when we are persecuted , we endure ; 13  when we are slandered , we try to conciliate ; we have become as the scum of the world , the dregs of all things , even until now .

14  I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children . 15  For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ , yet you would not have many fathers , for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel . 16  Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.

17  For this reason I have sent to you Timothy , who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord , and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ , just as I teach everywhere in every church . 18  Now some have become arrogant , as though I were not coming to you. 19  But I will come to you soon , if the Lord wills , and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power . 20  For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power . 21  What do you desire ? Shall I come to you with a rod , or with love and a spirit of gentleness ?

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[1] 1:1 Lit "through"

[2] 1:2 Or "holy ones"

[3] 1:4 Two early mss do not contain "my"

[4] 1:6 Or "among"

[5] 1:10 Lit "speak the same thing"

[6] 1:10 Lit "schisms"

[7] 1:10 Or "united"

[8] 1:13 Or "Christ has been divided!" or "Christ is divided!"

[9] 1:13 Lit "into"

[10] 1:14 Two early mss read "I give thanks that"

[11] 1:15 Lit "into"

[12] 1:17 Lit "wisdom"

[13] 1:18 Or "perish"

[14] 1:18 Or "are saved"

[15] 1:21 Lit "preaching"

[16] 1:22 Or "attesting miracles"

[17] 1:23 I.e. Messiah

[18] 1:26 Lit "see"

[19] 1:26 I.e. human standards

[20] 1:29 Lit "flesh"

[21] 1:30 Lit "of Him"

[22] 1:30 Or "both"

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