1 Corinthians 1 New American Standard Bible

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Salutation

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 ."

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Footnotes

[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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