1 Corinthians 1
After his salutation and thanksgiving,
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes [our] brother, 1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. 1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace [be] to you, and peace from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; 1 Corinthians 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 1:8 Who will also confirm you to the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called to the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
he exhorteth them to unity,
1 Corinthians 1:10 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 judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:11 For it hath been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by them [who are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
and reproveth their dissensions.
1 Corinthians 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 1 Corinthians 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name. 1 Corinthians 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ hath not sent me to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
God destroyeth the wisdom of the wise,
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but to us who are saved, it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 1 Corinthians 1:20 Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
by the foolishness of preaching,
1 Corinthians 1:21 For when in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek wisdom: 1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness; 1 Corinthians 1:24 But to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
and calleth not for the wise, mighty, and noble,
1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble [are called]:
but the foolish, weak, and men of no account.
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: 1 Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who from God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.