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1 Corinthians 1 - Complete Apostles' Bible

1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2. to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all those who in every place are calling on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


4. I thank my God always on your behalf for the grace of God which was given to you in Christ Jesus,

5. that in everything you were enriched by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,

6. just as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,

7. so that you come short in no gift, eagerly awaiting the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,

8. who will also confirm you until the end, that you may be unimpeachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10. Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same opinion.

11. For it was shown to me concerning you, my brothers, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.

12. Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ."

13. Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

15. lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.

16. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.

17. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ should be deprived of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18. For 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.

19. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the understanding of the prudent I will annul."

20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, God was well pleased, through the foolishness of our preaching, to save those that believe.

22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;

23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness,

24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26. For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many powerful, not many noble, are called.

27. But God chose the foolish things of the world in order that He might humiliate the wise, and God chose the weak things of the world in order that He might humiliate the mighty.

28. And the base things of the world, and the things having been despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, in order that He might nullify the things which are,

29. so that no flesh may boast before God.

30. But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;

31. that, as it is written, "He that boasts, let him boast in the LORD."

The Complete Apostles' Bible

Translated by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton. Revised and Edited by Paul W. Esposito, and, The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible, New Testament. Copyright © 2002-2004 Paul W. Esposito.