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Book 46 1 Corinthians
001:001 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will
of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
001:002 to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all
who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place,
both theirs and ours:
001:003 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
001:004 I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God
which was given you in Christ Jesus;
001:005 that in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech
and all knowledge;
001:006 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
001:007 so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation
of our Lord Jesus Christ;
001:008 who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
001:009 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship
of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
001:010 Now I beg you, brothers,{The word for "brothers" here and
where context allows may also be correctly translated
"brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} through the name
of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing
and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be
perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
001:011 For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers,
by those who are from Chloe's household, that there are
contentions among you.
001:012 Now I mean this, that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," "I
follow Apollos," "I follow Cephas," and, "I follow Christ."
001:013 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?
001:014 I thank God that I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius,
001:015 so that no one should say that I had baptized you into
my own name.
001:016 (I also baptized the household of Stephanas; besides them,
I don't know whether I baptized any other.)
001:017 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News -
not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Christ wouldn't
be made void.
001:018 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying,
but to us who are saved it is the power of God.
001:019 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will
bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing."{Isaiah 29:14}
001:020 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the lawyer
of this world? Hasn't God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
001:021 For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its
wisdom didn't know God, it was God's good pleasure through
the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe.
001:022 For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom,
001:023 but we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews,
and foolishness to Greeks,
001:024 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is
the power of God and the wisdom of God.
001:025 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness
of God is stronger than men.
001:026 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise
according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble;
001:027 but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put
to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world,
that he might put to shame the things that are strong;
001:028 and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things
that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might
bring to nothing the things that are:
001:029 that no flesh should boast before God.
001:030 But of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom
from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption:
001:031 that, according as it is written, "He who boasts, let him
boast in the Lord."{Jeremiah 9:24}
002:001 When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come with excellence
of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
002:002 For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.
002:003 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
002:004 My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of
human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
002:005 that your faith wouldn't stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.
002:006 We speak wisdom, however, among those who are full grown;
yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world,
who are coming to nothing.
002:007 But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom that has
been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds
for our glory,
002:008 which none of the rulers of this world has known. For had they
known it, they wouldn't have crucified the Lord of glory.
002:009 But as it is written, "Things which an eye didn't see,
and an ear didn't hear, which didn't enter into the heart of man,
these God has prepared for those who love him."{Isaiah 64:4}
002:010 But to us, God revealed them through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
002:011 For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit
of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things
of God, except God's Spirit.
002:012 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
which is from God, that we might know the things that were
freely given to us by God.
002:013 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches,
but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things
with spiritual things.
002:014 Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit,
for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
002:015 But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself
is judged by no one.
002:016 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct
him?"{Isaiah 40:13} But we have Christ's mind.
003:001 Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly,
as to babies in Christ.
003:002 I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready.
Indeed, not even now are you ready,
003:003 for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy,
strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't
you walk in the ways of men?
003:004 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos,"
aren't you fleshly?
003:005 Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom
you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him?
003:006 I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.
003:007 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters,
but God who gives the increase.
003:008 Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each
will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
003:009 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming,
God's building.
003:010 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise
master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it.
But let each man be careful how he builds on it.
003:011 For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has
been laid, which is Jesus Christ.
003:012 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver,
costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble;
003:013 each man's work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it,
because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test
what sort of work each man's work is.
003:014 If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will
receive a reward.
003:015 If any man's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself
will be saved, but as through fire.
003:016 Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit
lives in you?
003:017 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him;
for God's temple is holy, which you are.
003:018 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is
wise among you in this world, let him become a fool,
that he may become wise.
003:019 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it
is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."{Job 5:13}
003:020 And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it
is worthless."{Psalm 94:11}
003:021 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,
003:022 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world,
or life, or death, or things present, or things to come.
All are yours,
003:023 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
004:001 So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards
of God's mysteries.
004:002 Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they
be found faithful.
004:003 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
by you, or by man's judgment. Yes, I don't judge my own self.
004:004 For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified
by this, but he who judges me is the Lord.
004:005 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes,
who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness,
and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get
his praise from God.
004:006 Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred
to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might
learn not to think beyond the things which are written,
that none of you be puffed up against one another.
004:007 For who makes you different? And what do you have that you
didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast
as if you had not received it?
004:008 You are already filled. You have already become rich.
You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you
did reign, that we also might reign with you.
004:009 For, I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last of all,
like men sentenced to death. For we are made a spectacle
to the world, both to angels and men.
004:010 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ.
We are weak, but you are strong. You have honor,
but we have dishonor.
004:011 Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked,
are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place.
004:012 We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless.
Being persecuted, we endure.
004:013 Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world,
the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.
004:014 I don't write these things to shame you, but to admonish you
as my beloved children.
004:015 For though you have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet not
many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, I became your father
through the Good News.
004:016 I beg you therefore, be imitators of me.
004:017 Because of this I have sent Timothy to you, who is my
beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who will remind you
of my ways which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere
in every assembly.
004:018 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
004:019 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing.
And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up,
but the power.
004:020 For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
004:021 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love
and a spirit of gentleness?
005:001 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you,
and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles,
that one has his father's wife.
005:002 You are puffed up, and didn't rather mourn, that he who had
done this deed might be removed from among you.
005:003 For I most certainly, as being absent in body but present
in spirit, have already, as though I were present, judged him
who has done this thing.
005:004 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together,
and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
005:005 are to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,
that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
005:006 Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast
leavens the whole lump?
005:007 Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump,
even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover,
has been sacrificed in our place.
005:008 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast,
neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with
the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
005:009 I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners;
005:010 yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world,
or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters;
for then you would have to leave the world.
005:011 But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone
who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous,
or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner.
Don't even eat with such a person.
005:012 For what have I to do with also judging those who are outside?
Don't you judge those who are within?
005:013 But those who are outside, God judges. "Put away the wicked man
from among yourselves."{Deuteronomy 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21; 24:7}
006:001 Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor,
go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
006:002 Don't you know that the saints will judge the world?
And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge
the smallest matters?
006:003 Don't you know that we will judge angels? How much more,
things that pertain to this life?
006:004 If then, you have to judge things pertaining to this life,
do you set them to judge who are of no account in the assembly?
006:005 I say this to move you to shame. Isn't there even one wise man
among you who would be able to decide between his brothers?
006:006 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers!
006:007 Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you
have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged?
Why not rather be defrauded?
006:008 No, but you yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that
against your brothers.
006:009 Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom
of God? Don't be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals,
006:010 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers,
nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God.
006:011 Such were some of you, but you were washed. But you were sanctified.
But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and in the Spirit of our God.
006:012 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are expedient.
"All things are lawful for me," but I will not be brought
under the power of anything.
006:013 "Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods,"
but God will bring to nothing both it and them.
But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord;
and the Lord for the body.
006:014 Now God raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up
by his power.
006:015 Don't you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then
take the members of Christ, and make them members of a prostitute?
May it never be!
006:016 Or don't you know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body?
For, "The two," says he, "will become one flesh."{Genesis 2:24}
006:017 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
006:018 Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin that a man does is outside
the body," but he who commits sexual immorality sins against
his own body.
006:019 Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own,
006:020 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God
in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
007:001 Now concerning the things about which you wrote to me:
it is good for a man not to touch a woman.
007:002 But, because of sexual immoralities, let each man have his
own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
007:003 Let the husband render to his wife the affection owed her,
and likewise also the wife to her husband.
007:004 The wife doesn't have authority over her own body, but the husband.
Likewise also the husband doesn't have authority over his
own body, but the wife.
007:005 Don't deprive one another, unless it is by consent for a season,
that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer,
and may be together again, that Satan doesn't tempt you
because of your lack of self-control.
007:006 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.
007:007 Yet I wish that all men were like me. However each man has his
own gift from God, one of this kind, and another of that kind.
007:008 But I say to the unmarried and to widows, it is good for them
if they remain even as I am.
007:009 But if they don't have self-control, let them marry.
For it's better to marry than to burn.
007:010 But to the married I command - not I, but the Lord - that the wife
not leave her husband
007:011 (but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled
to her husband), and that the husband not leave his wife.
007:012 But to the rest I - not the Lord - say, if any brother has
an unbelieving wife, and she is content to live with him,
let him not leave her.
007:013 The woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he is content
to live with her, let her not leave her husband.
007:014 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife,
and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the husband.
Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
007:015 Yet if the unbeliever departs, let there be separation.
The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases,
but God has called us in peace.
007:016 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?
Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
007:017 Only, as the Lord has distributed to each man, as God has called each,
so let him walk. So I command in all the assemblies.
007:018 Was anyone called having been circumcised? Let him not
become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision?
Let him not be circumcised.
007:019 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing,
but the keeping of the commandments of God.
007:020 Let each man stay in that calling in which he was called.
007:021 Were you called being a bondservant? Don't let that bother you,
but if you get an opportunity to become free, use it.
007:022 For he who was called in the Lord being a bondservant is
the Lord's free man. Likewise he who was called being free
is Christ's bondservant.
007:023 You were bought with a price. Don't become bondservants of men.
007:024 Brothers, let each man, in whatever condition he was called,
stay in that condition with God.
007:025 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,
but I give my judgment as one who has obtained mercy from
the Lord to be trustworthy.
007:026 I think that it is good therefore, because of the distress
that is on us, that it is good for a man to be as he is.
007:027 Are you bound to a wife? Don't seek to be freed.
Are you free from a wife? Don't seek a wife.
007:028 But if you marry, you have not sinned. If a virgin marries,
she has not sinned. Yet such will have oppression in the flesh,
and I want to spare you.
007:029 But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on,
both those who have wives may be as though they had none;
007:030 and those who weep, as though they didn't weep; and those
who rejoice, as though they didn't rejoice; and those who buy,
as though they didn't possess;
007:031 and those who use the world, as not using it to the fullest.
For the mode of this world passes away.
007:032 But I desire to have you to be free from cares.
He who is unmarried is concerned for the things of the Lord,
how he may please the Lord;
007:033 but he who is married is concerned about the things of the world,
how he may please his wife.
007:034 There is also a difference between a wife and a virgin.
The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord,
that she may be holy both in body and in spirit.
But she who is married cares about the things of the world -
how she may please her husband.
007:035 This I say for your own profit; not that I may ensnare you,
but for that which is appropriate, and that you may attend
to the Lord without distraction.
007:036 But if any man thinks that he is behaving inappropriately
toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of her age,
and if need so requires, let him do what he desires.
He doesn't sin. Let them marry.
007:037 But he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity,
but has power over his own heart, to keep his own virgin, does well.
007:038 So then both he who gives his own virgin in marriage does well,
and he who doesn't give her in marriage does better.
007:039 A wife is bound by law for as long as her husband lives;
but if the husband is dead, she is free to be married to whoever
she desires, only in the Lord.
007:040 But she is happier if she stays as she is, in my judgment,
and I think that I also have God's Spirit.
008:001 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we
all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
008:002 But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet
know as he ought to know.
008:003 But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.
008:004 Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols,
we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there
is no other God but one.
008:005 For though there are things that are called "gods,"
whether in the heavens or on earth; as there are many "gods"
and many "lords;"
008:006 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things,
and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom
are all things, and we live through him.
008:007 However, that knowledge isn't in all men. But some,
with consciousness of the idol until now, eat as of
a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience,
being weak, is defiled.
008:008 But food will not commend us to God. For neither, if we don't eat,
are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.
008:009 But be careful that by no means does this liberty of yours
become a stumbling block to the weak.
008:010 For if a man sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol's temple,
won't his conscience, if he is weak, be emboldened to eat
things sacrificed to idols?
008:011 And through your knowledge, he who is weak perishes, the brother
for whose sake Christ died.
008:012 Thus, sinning against the brothers, and wounding their conscience
when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
008:013 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat
no meat forevermore, that I don't cause my brother to stumble.

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