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1 Corinthians 1

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Appeal to Unity
1Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ #Lit throughby the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, #Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s peoplesaints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I thank #Two early mss do not contain mymy God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6just as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed #Or amongin you, 7so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will also #Or strengthenconfirm you to the end, blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all #Lit say the same thingagree and that there be no #Lit schismsdivisions among you, but that you be #Or unitedmade complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For I have been informed concerning you, my brothers and sisters, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am #Lit ofwith Paul,” #Lit andor “I am #Lit ofwith Apollos,” #Lit andor “I am #Lit ofwith #Peter’s Aramaic nameCephas,” #Lit andor “I am #Lit ofwith Christ.” 13#Or Christ has been divided! or Christ is divided!Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized #Lit intoin the name of Paul? 14I am thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one would say you were baptized #Lit intoin my name! 16But I did baptize the household of Stephanas also; beyond that, I do not know if I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with #I.e., persuasive rhetoriccleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made of no effect.
The Wisdom of God
18For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who #Or perishare perishing, but to us who #Or are savedare being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the understanding of those who have understanding, I will confound.”
20Where is the wise person? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God #Or resolvedwas pleased through the foolishness of the #Lit preachingmessage preached to save those who believe. 22For indeed Jews ask for #Or confirming miraclessigns and Greeks search for wisdom; 23but we preach #I.e., the MessiahChrist crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than mankind, and the weakness of God is stronger than mankind.
26For #Lit seeconsider your calling, brothers and sisters, that there were not many wise according to #I.e., human standardsthe flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27but 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, 28and the #Or lowlyinsignificant things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29so that no #Lit fleshhuman may boast before God. 30But it is #Lit from Himdue to Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, #Or bothand righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, just as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1

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Greetings from Paul and Sosthenes
(Acts 18:1–11; 2 Corinthians 1:1–2)
1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving
(Philippians 1:3–11; Colossians 1:3–14)
4I always thank my God for you because of the grace He has given you in Christ Jesus. 5For in Him you have been enriched in every way, in all speech and all knowledge, 6because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
Unity in the Church
(Psalms 133:1–3; Ephesians 4:1–16)
10I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be united in mind and conviction. 11My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: Individuals among you are saying, “I follow Paul,” “I follow Apollos,” “I follow Cephas,”#1:12 That is, Peter or “I follow Christ.”
13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that I do not remember if I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with words of wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
The Message of the Cross
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”#1:19 Isaiah 29:14 (see also LXX)
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,#1:23 BYZ and TR to Greeks 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom,#1:25 Literally than men; twice in this verse and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
Wisdom from God
26Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast in His presence.
30It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”#1:31 Jeremiah 9:24