1: Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle
of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sos'thenes,
2: To the church of God
which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints
together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, both their Lord and ours:
3: Grace to you and peace from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4: I give thanks to God always
for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
5: that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all
6: even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among
7: so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you
wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
8: who will sustain
you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord.
10: I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among
you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
11: For it has been reported to me by Chlo'e's people that there is
quarreling among you, my brethren.
12: What I mean is that each one
of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apol'los," or "I belong to
Cephas," or "I belong to Christ."
13: Is Christ divided? Was Paul
crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14: I am
thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Ga'ius;
lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name.
16: (I did
baptize also the household of Steph'anas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I
baptized any one else.)
17: For Christ did not send me to baptize but
to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be
emptied of its power.
18: For the word of the cross is folly to those
who are perishing, but to us who 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 thwart."
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 did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of
what we preach to save those who believe.
22: For Jews demand signs
and Greeks seek wisdom,
23: but we preach Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
24: but to those who
are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of
God is stronger than men.
26: For consider your call, brethren; not
many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth;
27: but God chose what is foolish in
the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the
28: God chose what is low and despised in the world, even
things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
29: so that
no human being might boast in the presence of God.
30: He is the
source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness
and sanctification and redemption;
31: therefore, as it is written,
"Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."
1: When I came to you, brethren, I did not come
proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3: And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling;
4: and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5: that your
faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this
age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages
for our glorification.
8: None of the rulers of this age understood
this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9: But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor
the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,"
10: God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit
searches everything, even the depths of God.
11: For what person
knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no
one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God,
that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
13: And we
impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,
interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.
The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they
are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are
15: The spiritual man judges all things, but
is himself to be judged by no one.
16: "For who has known the mind of
the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
1: But I, brethren, could not address you as
spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
2: I fed
you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you
are not ready,
3: for you are still of the flesh. For while there is
jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like
4: For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another,
"I belong to Apol'los," are you not merely men?
5: What then is
Apol'los? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned
6: I planted, Apol'los watered, but God gave the growth.
7: So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only
God who gives the growth.
8: He who plants and he who waters are
equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor.
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
10: According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master
builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man
take care how he builds upon it.
11: For no other foundation can any
one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12: Now if
any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay,
13: each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will
disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what
sort of work each one has done.
14: If the work which any man has
built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be
saved, but only as through fire.
16: Do you not know that you are
God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
17: If any one
destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that
temple you are.
18: Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you
thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become
19: For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is
written, "He catches the wise in their craftiness,"
20: and again,
"The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."
21: So let
no one boast of men. For all things are yours,
22: whether Paul or
Apol'los or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future,
all are yours;
23: and you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
1: This is how one should regard us, as servants of
Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2: Moreover it is
required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3: But with me
it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I
do not even judge myself.
4: I am not aware of anything against
myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
5: Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the
Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will
disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation
6: I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your
benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written,
that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive?
If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?
8: Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us
you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the
rule with you!
9: For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as
last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to
the world, to angels and to men.
10: We are fools for Christ's sake,
but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in
honor, but we in disrepute.
11: To the present hour we hunger and
thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless,
12: and we labor,
working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13: when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are
now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.
do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved
15: For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do
not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the
16: I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
Therefore I sent to you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to
remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18: Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
19: But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find
out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
21: What do
you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of
1: It is actually reported that there is immorality
among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is
living with his father's wife.
2: And you are arrogant! Ought you not
rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3: For though absent in body I am present in spirit, and as if
present, I have already pronounced judgment
4: in the name of the
Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my
spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5: you are to
deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may
be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6: Your boasting is not good.
Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are
unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of
malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9: I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men;
10: not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and
robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11: But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears
the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater,
reviler, drunkard, or robber -- not even to eat with such a one.
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church
whom you are to judge?
13: God judges those outside. "Drive out the
wicked person from among you."
1: When one of you has a grievance against a
brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
2: Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the
world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
3: Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more,
matters pertaining to this life!
4: If then you have such cases, why
do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?
I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough
to decide between members of the brotherhood,
6: but brother goes to
law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
7: To have lawsuits
at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not
rather be defrauded?
8: But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and
that even your own brethren.
9: Do you not know that the unrighteous
will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
10: nor thieves,
nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the
kingdom of God.
11: And such were some of you. But you were washed,
you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and
in the Spirit of our God.
12: "All things are lawful for me," but not
all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be
enslaved by anything.
13: "Food is meant for the stomach and the
stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is
not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14: And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
15: Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I
therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?
16: Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute
becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one
17: But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with
18: Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is
outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which
you have from God? You are not your own;
20: you were bought with a
price. So glorify God in your body.
1: Now concerning the matters about which you
wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman.
2: But because of
the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman
her own husband.
3: The husband should give to his wife her conjugal
rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4: For the wife does
not rule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not
rule over his own body, but the wife does.
5: Do not refuse one
another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves
to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through lack of
6: I say this by way of concession, not of command.
7: I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special
gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.
8: To the
unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I
9: But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry.
For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
10: To the
married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate
from her husband
11: (but if she does, let her remain single or else
be reconciled to her husband) -- and that the husband should not divorce his
12: To the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a
wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not
13: If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and
he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
14: For the
unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is
consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but
as it is they are holy.
15: But if the unbelieving partner desires to
separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For
God has called us to peace.
16: Wife, how do you know whether you
will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your
17: Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has
assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the
18: Was any one at the time of his call already
circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was any one
at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision.
19: For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision,
but keeping the commandments of God.
20: Every one should remain in
the state in which he was called.
21: Were you a slave when called?
Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.
22: For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the
Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
brethren, in whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God.
25: Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but
I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain
as he is.
27: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are
you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.
28: But if you marry, you
do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will
have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.
29: I mean,
brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who
have wives live as though they had none,
30: and those who mourn as
though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not
rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,
those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the
form of this world is passing away.
32: I want you to be free from
anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to
please the Lord;
33: but the married man is anxious about worldly
affairs, how to please his wife,
34: and his interests are divided.
And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to
be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly
affairs, how to please her husband.
35: I say this for your own
benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to
secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
36: If any one thinks
that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are
strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry -- it is no
37: But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under
no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his
heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.
38: So that he
who marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do
39: A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If
the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the
40: But in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is.
And I think that I have the Spirit of God.
1: Now concerning food offered to idols: we know
that "all of us possess knowledge." "Knowledge" puffs up, but love builds up.
2: If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know
as he ought to know.
3: But if one loves God, one is known by him.
4: Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an
idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one."
For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth -- as indeed
there are many "gods" and many "lords" --
6: yet for us there is one
God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord,
Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
7: However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through being
hitherto accustomed to idols, eat food as really offered to an idol; and their
conscience, being weak, is defiled.
8: Food will not commend us to
God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.
9: Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a
stumbling block to the weak.
10: For if any one sees you, a man of
knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his
conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?
11: And so by your
knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.
12: Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience
when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
13: Therefore, if food is a
cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to
1: Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not
seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord?
2: If to
others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my
apostleship in the Lord.
3: This is my defense to those who would
4: Do we not have the right to our food and drink?
5: Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other
apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
6: Or is it only
Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
7: Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard
without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the
8: Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the
9: For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle
an ox when it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
10: Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our
sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of
a share in the crop.
11: If we have sown spiritual good among you, is
it too much if we reap your material benefits?
12: If others share
this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not
made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in
the way of the gospel of Christ.
13: Do you not know that those who
are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who
serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?
14: In the
same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their
living by the gospel.
15: But I have made no use of any of these
rights, nor am I writing this to secure any such provision. For I would rather
die than have any one deprive me of my ground for boasting.
if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is
laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
17: For if I
do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am
entrusted with a commission.
18: What then is my reward? Just this:
that in my preaching I may make the gospel free of charge, not making full use
of my right in the gospel.
19: For though I am free from all men, I
have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I
became as one under the law -- though not being myself under the law -- that I
might win those under the law.
21: To those outside the law I became
as one outside the law -- not being without law toward God but under the law of
Christ -- that I might win those outside the law.
22: To the weak I
became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men,
that I might by all means save some.
23: I do it all for the sake of
the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
24: Do you not know
that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run
that you may obtain it.
25: Every athlete exercises self-control in
all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26: Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the
27: but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to
others I myself should be disqualified.
1: I want you to know, brethren, that our fathers
were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
2: and all
were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3: and all ate
the same supernatural food
4: and all drank the same supernatural
drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the
Rock was Christ.
5: Nevertheless with most of them God was not
pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6: Now these
things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did.
7: Do not
be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat
and drink and rose up to dance."
8: We must not indulge in immorality
as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
9: We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were
destroyed by serpents;
10: nor grumble, as some of them did and were
destroyed by the Destroyer.
11: Now these things happened to them as
a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of
the ages has come.
12: Therefore let any one who thinks that he
stands take heed lest he fall.
13: No temptation has overtaken you
that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted
beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of
escape, that you may be able to endure it.
14: Therefore, my beloved,
shun the worship of idols.
15: I speak as to sensible men; judge for
yourselves what I say.
16: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it
not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not
a participation in the body of Christ?
17: Because there is one
bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
18: Consider the people of Israel; are not those who eat the
sacrifices partners in the altar?
19: What do I imply then? That food
offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
20: No, I
imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not
want you to be partners with demons.
21: You cannot drink the cup of
the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and
the table of demons.
22: Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are
we stronger than he?
23: "All things are lawful," but not all things
are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.
24: Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
25: Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any
question on the ground of conscience.
26: For "the earth is the
Lord's, and everything in it."
27: If one of the unbelievers invites
you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without
raising any question on the ground of conscience.
28: (But if some
one says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then out of consideration
for the man who informed you, and for conscience' sake --
29: I mean
his conscience, not yours -- do not eat it.) For why should my liberty be
determined by another man's scruples?
30: If I partake with
thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
31: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the
glory of God.
32: Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the
church of God,
33: just as I try to please all men in everything I
do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
1: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
2: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain
the traditions even as I have delivered them to you.
3: But I want
you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is
her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
4: Any man who prays or
prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,
5: but any woman
who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head -- it is the
same as if her head were shaven.
6: For if a woman will not veil
herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman
to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil.
7: For a man ought not to
cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory
8: (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
9: Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.)
10: That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of
11: (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent
of man nor man of woman;
12: for as woman was made from man, so man
is now born of woman. And all things are from God.)
13: Judge for
yourselves; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
14: Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair
is degrading to him,
15: but if a woman has long hair, it is her
pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
16: If any one is
disposed to be contentious, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches
17: But in the following instructions I do not commend you,
because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
18: For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear
that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it,
there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you
may be recognized.
20: When you meet together, it is not the Lord's
supper that you eat.
21: For in eating, each one goes ahead with his
own meal, and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22: What! Do you
not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and
humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you
in this? No, I will not.
23: For I received from the Lord what I also
delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took
24: and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This
is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant
in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
26: For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you
proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
27: Whoever, therefore,
eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be
guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.
28: Let a man
examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks
judgment upon himself.
30: That is why many of you are weak and ill,
and some have died.
31: But if we judged ourselves truly, we should
not be judged.
32: But when we are judged by the Lord, we are
chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another --
34: if any one is hungry, let him eat at home -- lest you come
together to be condemned. About the other things I will give directions when I
1: Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do
not want you to be uninformed.
2: You know that when you were
heathen, you were led astray to dumb idols, however you may have been moved.
3: Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the
Spirit of God ever says "Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord"
except by the Holy Spirit.
4: Now there are varieties of gifts, but
the same Spirit;
5: and there are varieties of service, but the same
6: and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God
who inspires them all in every one.
7: To each is given the
manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8: To one is given
through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of
knowledge according to the same Spirit,
9: to another faith by the
same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to
distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the
interpretation of tongues.
11: All these are inspired by one and the
same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the
body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
13: For by one
Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free --
and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14: For the body does not
consist of one member but of many.
15: If the foot should say,
"Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it
any less a part of the body.
16: And if the ear should say, "Because
I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a
part of the body.
17: If the whole body were an eye, where would be
the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
18: But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of
them, as he chose.
19: If all were a single organ, where would the
20: As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21: The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor
again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22: On the
contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23: and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we
invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with
24: which our more presentable parts do not require.
But God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part,
25: that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members
may have the same care for one another.
26: If one member suffers,
all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27: Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
28: And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second
prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers,
administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
29: Are all
apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30: Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do
31: But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will
show you a still more excellent way.
1: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2: And if
I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if
I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3: If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned,
but have not love, I gain nothing.
4: Love is patient and kind; love
is not jealous or boastful;
5: it is not arrogant or rude. Love does
not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
7: Love bears
all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8: Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for
tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
11: When I was
a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
12: For now we see in a
mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand
fully, even as I have been fully understood.
13: So faith, hope, love
abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1: Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the
spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
2: For one who
speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but
he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
3: On the other hand, he who
prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
4: He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies
edifies the church.
5: Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but
even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in
tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.
6: Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I
benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or
7: If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the
harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is played?
8: And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for
9: So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech that
is not intelligible, how will any one know what is said? For you will be
speaking into the air.
10: There are doubtless many different
languages in the world, and none is without meaning;
11: but if I do
not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and
the speaker a foreigner to me.
12: So with yourselves; since you are
eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the
13: Therefore, he who speaks in a tongue should pray for the
power to interpret.
14: For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays
but my mind is unfruitful.
15: What am I to do? I will pray with the
spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I
will sing with the mind also.
16: Otherwise, if you bless with the
spirit, how can any one in the position of an outsider say the "Amen" to your
thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
17: For you
may give thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.
thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all;
nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order
to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking
21: In the law it is written, "By men of strange tongues
and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they
will not listen to me, says the Lord."
22: Thus, tongues are a sign
not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but
23: If, therefore, the whole church assembles and all
speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you
24: But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider
enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so, falling on his face, he will
worship God and declare that God is really among you.
26: What then,
brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a
tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27: If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three,
and each in turn; and let one interpret.
28: But if there is no one
to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and
29: Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh
what is said.
30: If a revelation is made to another sitting by, let
the first be silent.
31: For you can all prophesy one by one, so that
all may learn and all be encouraged;
32: and the spirits of prophets
are subject to prophets.
33: For God is not a God of confusion but of
peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
34: the women should
keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be
subordinate, as even the law says.
35: If there is anything they
desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a
woman to speak in church.
36: What! Did the word of God originate
with you, or are you the only ones it has reached?
37: If any one
thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am
writing to you is a command of the Lord.
38: If any one does not
recognize this, he is not recognized.
39: So, my brethren, earnestly
desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues;
all things should be done decently and in order.
1: Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms
I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand,
2: by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed
3: For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also
received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures,
4: that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in
accordance with the scriptures,
5: and that he appeared to Cephas,
then to the twelve.
6: Then he appeared to more than five hundred
brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen
7: Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8: Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
9: For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle,
because I persecuted the church of God.
10: But by the grace of God I
am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked
harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with
11: Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you
12: Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how
can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
14: if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and
your faith is in vain.
15: We are even found to be misrepresenting
God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if
it is true that the dead are not raised.
16: For if the dead are not
raised, then Christ has not been raised.
17: If Christ has not been
raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19: If for
this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.
20: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first
fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21: For as by a man came
death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who
belong to Christ.
24: Then comes the end, when he delivers the
kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and
25: For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under
26: The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
"For God has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says,
"All things are put in subjection under him," it is plain that he is excepted
who put all things under him.
28: When all things are subjected to
him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under
him, that God may be everything to every one.
29: Otherwise, what do
people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised
at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?
30: Why am I in
peril every hour?
31: I protest, brethren, by my pride in you which I
have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
32: What do I gain
if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not
raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
33: Do not be
deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
34: Come to your right
mind, and sin no more. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your
35: But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what
kind of body do they come?"
36: You foolish man! What you sow does
not come to life unless it dies.
37: And what you sow is not the body
which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
38: But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of
seed its own body.
39: For not all flesh is alike, but there is one
kind for men, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
40: There are celestial bodies and there are terrestrial bodies; but
the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and
another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is
raised is imperishable.
43: It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in
glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
44: It is sown
a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body,
there is also a spiritual body.
45: Thus it is written, "The first
man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46: But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and
then the spiritual.
47: The first man was from the earth, a man of
dust; the second man is from heaven.
48: As was the man of dust, so
are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are
49: Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we
shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50: I tell you this,
brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the
perishable inherit the imperishable.
51: Lo! I tell you a mystery. We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52: in a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and
the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature
must put on immortality.
54: When the perishable puts on the
imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the
saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?"
sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in
1: Now concerning the contribution for the saints:
as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.
the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it
up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come.
3: And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter
to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
4: If it seems advisable that I
should go also, they will accompany me.
5: I will visit you after
passing through Macedo'nia, for I intend to pass through Macedo'nia,
6: and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that
you may speed me on my journey, wherever I go.
7: For I do not want
to see you now just in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord
8: But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many
10: When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease
among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.
11: So let
no one despise him. Speed him on his way in peace, that he may return to me; for
I am expecting him with the brethren.
12: As for our brother
Apol'los, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brethren, but it was
not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.
13: Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
14: Let all that you do be done in love.
brethren, you know that the household of Steph'anas were the first converts in
Acha'ia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints;
16: I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker
17: I rejoice at the coming of Steph'anas and
Fortuna'tus and Acha'icus, because they have made up for your absence;
18: for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition
to such men.
19: The churches of Asia send greetings. Aq'uila and
Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in
20: All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with
a holy kiss.
21: I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
22: If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our
23: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24: My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.