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FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL
PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the 2 will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those that are sanctified through Christ Jesus, called to be saints, and to all that in every place are called by* the name of our Lord Jesus
3 Christ, both their Lord, I say, and ours: favour be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always on your account, for his fa
5 vour, which is given you through Jesus Christ: for ye have been enriched by him in every thing, in all utter
6 ance, and in all knowledge; according as the testimony
7 concerning Christ was confirmed among you: so that ye are inferior in no gift; looking for the manifestation
8 of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also establish you irreproachable to the end, even in the day of our Lord
9 Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into a fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord.
* See Mr. Lindiey'i Second Addren, p. 273. "eall on," S. See also Joseph. Antiq. Int. c. 18. sec. 3. vol.ji. p, 90!. edit. Uidson.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judge
11 ment. For it hath been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those that are of the household of Chloe,
12 that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, (forasmuch as* every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I, of Apollos; and I, of Peter; and I, of Christ;)
13 is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were
14 ye baptized into the name of Paul? I thank God that I
15 baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius: so that
16 none can say that I baptized into mine own name. But I baptized the household of Stephanas also: besides, I know not that I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but rather to preach the gospel; though not with wisdom of speech, lest the
18 cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to those that are lost, foolishness;
19 but to us that are saved, it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of those that are wise, and will bring to nothing the knowledge of those
20 that are knowing." Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not
21 God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that, through the wisdom of God, the world by its wisdom knew not God, it pleased God to save by the
22 foolishness of preaching those who believe. For the Jews
23 require signst, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified; to the Jews a stumbling
24 block, and to the gentilesf foolishness; but to those that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of
25 God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of
God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see, brethren, those of you who are called; that not many of you are wise men according to the flesh, not 27 many mighty, not many noble: but God hath chosen the foolish things* of the world, to shame those that are wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world,
28 to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea, and] the things which are not,
29 to bring to nought the things which aret: so that none
30 can glory before God f. And by him ye are in Christ Jesus, whom God hath made unto us wisdom, and justi
3 1 fication, and sanctification, and redemption: so that, as it is written, "He who glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
Ch. Ii. Accordingly|| I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech, or of wisdom,
2 declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, but Jesus Christ,
3 and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness,
4 and in much fear and trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdomlf,
5 but with demonstration of the spirit, and of power: that your faith might not be through the wisdom of men, but through the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among those that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes
7 of this world, who will come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in his mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God predetermined before the world for our glory:
• " That is-persons." Neweome.
t " And ignoble and despised persons, and even gentiles, regarded by the Jews as nothing, tOcut. Mxii. 21; 1 Pet. ii. 10.] to substitute them in the place of the pcople of God." Newcome.
t before him. R. T. * 5 And mwdlngl'i, N. Sce \V.
1 of mans's wisdom, R. T-,
8 which none of the princes of this world knew: (for, if they had known it, they would not have crucified the
9 Lord of glory:) but, as it is written, "Things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, God hath prepared for those
10 who love him." But God hath revealed them to us by [his] spirit*: for the spirit searcheth all things, even the
11 deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man which is in him? In like manner also none knoweth the things of God, but
12 the spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we may know the things which have been freely given to us of
13 God: which things we speak also, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the spiritt teacheth;
14 comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them,
15 because they are spiritually searched out. But the spiritual man searcheth out all things; yet he himself is
16 searched out by no man. For who knoweth the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct the sfiiritual man f? But we have the mind of Christ.
Ch. Iii. Moreover, brethren, I could not speak to you as to
2 spiritual; but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not with meat: for ye were not then able
3 to bear it, nor indeed are ye now able.; for ye are still carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, [and divisions,] are ye not carnal, and walk ye not ac
4 cording to the manner of men? For when one saith, " I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos? Ministers by whom ye believed; and that according as the Lord gave
• Or, the spirit, MSS. N. m. t holy spirit. R. T. t Gr. himN. m
G to each of us. I planted; Apollos watered; but God
7 gave the increase. So that neither is he that planteth, any thing, nor he that watcreth; but God that giveth the
8 increase. Now he that planteth, and he that watereth, are one; and each will receive his own reward, according to
9 his own labour. For we are workers together with God:10 ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the favour of God which hath been given unto me, I laid the foundation as a wise master-builder: and another buildeth on it. But let every man take heed how
11 he buildeth on -it; for none other foundation can any man
12 lay, than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ. But if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, pre
13 cious stones, wood, grass, stubble, every man's work will be manifest: for the great day will shew it, because it will be revealed SVith fire; and the fire will try every
14 man's work, of what kind it is. If any man's work remain, which he hath built on it, he will receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burnt, he will suffer loss: but he himself will be saved; yet so as through the fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God; and that
17 the spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man corrupt the temple of God, God will corrupt him: for the temple
18 of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let none deceive himself. If any among you seem to be wise in this world,
19 let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."
20 And again, "The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the
21 wise, that they are vain." Let none therefore glory in
22 men: for all things are yours: whether Paul, or Apollos, or Peter*, or the world, or life, or death, or things
23 present, or things to come; all things [are] yours: and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
* Or. Copilot. N. m.