THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Corinthians 1 ©
1 In the preamble, which lasts to the 10thth verse, the apostle places his name first, as writer of this epistle, and the name of those to whom he writes, with the usual apostolic salutations. 4 Further thanks God for the benefits which He had already bestowed upon this congregation. 8 And assures them of Christ’s faithfulness in finishing the work He had begun. 10 Comes afterwards to the matter itself, and declares how he has understood that there was division among them, and that the one said I am of Paul, the other I am of Cephas, etc. 13 Reprehends them for it with divers reasons, and shows that for a sign of unity they were baptized in the name of Christ alone. 18 Afterwards deals against them who boasted of worldly eloquence, and declares that God had by that not been powerful amongst them, but by the simplicity of the preaching of a crucified Christ. 26 And that this power had manifested itself in the conversion, not of many wise and mighty among them, but of the inconsiderable and unwise according to the world. 29 That they might not boast in themselves, but only in Christ, in Whom they had all that was needful to salvation.
PAUL,1 called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and 2Sosthenes our 3brother,
Unto the church of God which is at 4Corinth, to them thata are 5sanctified in Christ Jesus, 6calledbto be saints, withc all that 7in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
8Gracedbe unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank 9my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you 10by Jesus Christ;
Thate11in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and 12in all knowledge;
Even as 13the testimony of Christ was 14confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind 15in no gift; 16waitingf for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Whog shall also 17confirm you unto the end, that ye may be 18blameless 19in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Godhis 20faithful, by whom ye were called untoi21the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now 22I beseech you, brethren, 23by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, thatj ye all speak 24the same thing, and that there be no 25divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly 26joined together in the same 27mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house 28of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, Ik am of 29Paul; and I ofl30Apollos; and I of 31Cephas; and I of 32Christ.
33Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized 34in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispusm and Gaius;n
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas:o besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me 35not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: 36notp with wisdom of 37words, lest 38the cross of Christ should be made of 39none effect.
For 40the preaching of the cross is to them that perish 41foolishness; butq unto us which are saved it is 42the power of God.
For it is written, Ir will destroy the wisdom 43of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Wheresis 44the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made 45foolish 46the wisdom of this world?
Fort after that 47in the wisdom of God the world 48by wisdom 49knew not God, it pleased God by 50the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For theu Jews require 51a sign, and the Greeks seek after 52wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto thev Jews 53a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks 54foolishness;
But unto them 55which are called, both Jews and Greeks, 56Christ the power of God, and thew wisdom of God.
Because 57the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and 58the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For 59ye see your calling, brethren, how thatx not many wise men 60after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God 61hath chosen 62the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world 63to confound the things which are mighty;
And basey things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things 64which are not, to bring 65to nought things 66that are:
That 67no flesh should glory in his presence.
But 68of him are ye 69in Christ Jesus, whoz of God is made unto us 70wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and 71redemption:
That, according as it is written, Heaa that glorieth, let him 72glory in the Lord.