NASB — 1 Corinthians 1 — KJV

Appeal to Unity

1 Paul, acalled [as] an apostle of Jesus Christ Iby bthe will of God, and cSosthenes our dbrother,

[1] ILit through aRo 1:1 bRo 1:10; 2Ti 1:1 cAc 18:17 dAc 1:15

2 ¶ To athe church of God which is at bCorinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, Isaints cby calling, with all who in every place dcall on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their [Lord] and ours:

[2] IOr holy ones a1Co 10:32 bAc 18:1 cRo 1:7; 8:28 dAc 7:59

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

[3] aRo 1:7

4aI thank Imy God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were aenriched in Him, in all bspeech and ball knowledge, 6 even as athe testimony concerning Christ was confirmed Iin you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, aawaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 awho will also confirm you to the end, blameless in bthe day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 aGod is faithful, through whom you were bcalled into cfellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

[4] ITwo early mss do not contain my aRo 1:8
[5] a2Co 9:11 bRo 15:14; 2Co 8:7
[6] IOr among a2Th 1:10; 1Ti 2:6; 2Ti 1:8; Rv 1:2
[7] aLk 17:30; Ro 8:19, 23; Php 3:20; 2P 3:12
[8] aRo 8:19; Php 1:6; Col 2:7; 1Th 3:13; 5:23 bLk 17:24, 30; 1Co 5:5; 2Co 1:14; Php 1:6, 10; 2:16; 1Th 5:2; 2Th 2:2
[9] aDt 7:9; Is 49:7; 1Co 10:13; 2Co 1:18; 1Th 5:24; 2Th 3:3 bRo 8:28 c1 Jn 1:3

10 ¶ Now aI exhort you, bbrethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all Iagree and that there be no IIcdivisions among you, but that you be IIImade complete in dthe same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s [people], that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that aeach one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of bApollos,” and “I of cCephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 IHas Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you abaptized IIin the name of Paul? 14 II thank God that I abaptized none of you except aCrispus and bGaius, 15 so that no one would say you were baptized Iin my name. 16 Now I did baptize also the ahousehold of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 aFor Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, bnot in Icleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

[10] ILit speak the same thing IILit schisms IIIOr united aRo 12:1 bRo 1:13 c1Co 11:18 dRo 12:16; Php 1:27
[12] aMt 23:8-10; 1Co 3:4 bAc 18:24; 1Co 3:22 cJn 1:42; 1Co 3:22; 9:5; 15:5
[13] IOr Christ has been divided! or Christ is divided! IILit into aMt 28:19; Ac 2:38
[14] ITwo early mss read I give thanks that aAc 18:8 bRo 16:23
[15] ILit into
[16] a1Co 16:15, 17
[17] ILit wisdom aJn 4:2; Ac 10:48 b1Co 2:1, 4, 13; 2Co 10:10; 11:6

The Wisdom of God

18 ¶ For the word of the cross is afoolishness to bthose who Iare perishing, but to us who IIare being saved it is cthe power of God. 19 For it is written,
  “aI WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
  AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
20 aWhere is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of bthis age? Has not God cmade foolish the wisdom of dthe world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God athe world through its wisdom did not [come to] know God, bGod was well-pleased through the cfoolishness of the Imessage preached to dsave those who believe. 22 For indeed aJews ask for Isigns and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach IaChrist crucified, bto Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles cfoolishness, 24 but to those who are athe called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ bthe power of God and cthe wisdom of God. 25 Because the afoolishness of God is wiser than men, and bthe weakness of God is stronger than men.

[18] IOr perish IIOr are saved a1Co 1:21, 23, 25; 2:14; 4:10 bAc 2:47; 2Co 2:15; 4:3; 2Th 2:10 cRo 1:16; 1Co 1:24
[19] aIs 29:14
[20] aJb 12:17; Is 19:11f; 33:18 bMt 13:22; 1Co 2:6, 8; 3:18, 19 cRo 1:20ff dJn 12:31; 1Co 1:27f; 6:2; 11:32; Jm 4:4
[21] ILit preaching aJn 12:31; 1Co 1:27f; 6:2; 11:32; Jm 4:4 bLk 12:32; Ga 1:15; Col 1:19 c1Co 1:18, 23, 25; 2:14; 4:10 dRo 11:14; Jm 5:20
[22] IOr attesting miracles aMt 12:38
[23] II.e. Messiah a1Co 2:2; Ga 3:1; 5:11 bLk 2:34; 1P 2:8 c1Co 1:18, 21, 25; 2:14; 4:10
[24] aRo 8:28 bRo 1:16; 1Co 1:18 cLk 11:49; 1Co 1:30
[25] a1Co 1:18, 21, 23; 2:14; 4:10 b2Co 13:4

26 ¶ For Iconsider your acalling, brethren, that there were bnot many wise according to IIthe flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but aGod has chosen the foolish things of bthe world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of bthe world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of athe world and the despised God has chosen, bthe things that are not, so that He may cnullify the things that are, 29 so that ano Iman may boast before God. 30 But Iby His doing you are in aChrist Jesus, who became to us bwisdom from God, IIand crighteousness and dsanctification, and eredemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “aLET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

[26] ILit see III.e. human standards aRo 11:29 bMt 11:25; 1Co 1:20; 2:8
[27] aJm 2:5 b1Co 1:20
[28] a1Co 1:20 bRo 4:17 cJb 34:19; 1Co 2:6; 2Th 2:8; He 2:14
[29] ILit flesh aEp 2:9
[30] ILit of Him IIOr both aRo 8:1; 1Co 4:15 b1Co 1:24 cJr 23:5f; 33:16; 2Co 5:21; Php 3:9 d1Co 1:2; 6:11; 1Th 5:23 eRo 3:24; Ep 1:7, 14; Col 1:14
[31] aJr 9:23f; 2Co 10:17


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After his salutation and thanksgiving,

1 ¶ Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes [our] brother, 2 Unto 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: 3 Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

[1] Lk 6:13; Jn 15:16; 20:21; Ac 1:2, 25; 18:17; 22:21; Ro 1:1, 5; 1Co 3:9; 6:16; 9:1; 15:9; 2Co 1:1; 11:5; 12:12; Ga 1:1, 15; 2:7; Ep 1:1; 4:11; Col 1:1; 1Ti 1:1; 2:7.
[2] Gn 4:26; 12:8; 13:4, 8; Ps 45:11; Jn 17:17; Ac 7:59; 9:14, 21; 10:36; 15:9; 18:1, 8; 22:16; 26:18; Ro 1:7; 3:22; 10:12; 14:8; 1Co 1:30; 6:9; 8:6; 2Co 1:1; 4:5; Ga 1:2; Ep 5:26; Php 2:9; 1Th 1:1; 4:7; 2Th 1:1; 2:16; 1Ti 3:15; 2Ti 1:9; 2:22; He 2:11; 10:10; 13:12; 1P 1:15; Jde 1:1; Rv 19:16.
[3] Ro 1:7; 2Co 1:2; Ep 1:2; 1P 1:2.
[4] Jn 10:30; 14:14, 16, 26; 15:26; Ac 11:23; 21:20; Ro 1:8; 6:17; 1Co 1:3; 1Ti 1:14.
[5] Ac 2:4; Ro 11:12; 15:4; 1Co 4:7; 8:11; 12:8, 10; 13:2, 8; 14:5, 26; 2Co 4:6; 8:7; 9:11; Ep 1:17; 2:7; 3:8; 6:19; Php 1:9; Col 1:9; 2:3; 3:10; 4:3; Jm 3:13; 2P 3:18.
[6] Mk 16:20; Ac 11:17, 21; 18:5; 20:21, 24; 22:18; 23:11; 28:23; Ro 15:19; 1Co 2:1; 2Co 12:12; Ga 3:5; 1Ti 2:6; 2Ti 1:8; He 2:3; 1Jn 5:11; Rv 1:2, 9; 6:9; 12:11, 17; 19:10.
[7] Gn 49:18; Mt 25:1; Lk 12:36; 17:30; Ro 8:19; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 12:13; Php 3:20; Col 3:4; 1Th 1:10; 2Th 1:7; 1Ti 6:14; 2Ti 4:8; Tit 2:13; He 9:28; 10:36; Jm 5:7; 1P 1:13; 4:13; 5:4; 2P 3:12; 1Jn 3:2; Jde 1:21.
[8] Ps 37:17, 28; Ro 14:4; 16:25; 2Co 1:21; Ep 5:27; Php 1:6, 10; 2:15, 16; Col 1:22; 1Th 3:13; 5:23, 24; 2Th 3:3; 1P 5:10; 2P 3:10, 14; Jde 1:24.
[9] Nu 23:19; Dt 7:9; 32:4; Ps 89:33; 100:5; Is 11:5; 25:1; 49:7; Lm 3:22; Mt 24:35; Jn 15:4; 17:21; Ro 8:28, 30; 9:24; 11:17; 1Co 1:30; 10:13, 16; Ga 1:15; 2:20; Ep 2:20; 3:6; Col 1:24; 1Th 2:12; 5:23; 2Th 2:14; 3:3; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 1:2; He 2:17; 3:1, 14; 6:18; 10:23; 11:11; 1P 5:10; 1Jn 1:3, 7; 4:13; Rv 19:11.

he exhorteth them to unity,

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. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

[10] Ps 133:1; Jr 32:39; Mt 9:16; Mk 2:21; Jn 7:43; 9:16; 10:19; 13:34; 17:23; Ac 4:32; Ro 12:1, 16; 15:5, 30; 16:17; 1Co 4:16; 11:18; 12:25; 2Co 5:20; 6:1; 10:1; 13:11; Ga 4:12; Ep 4:1, 31; Php 1:27; 2:1; 3:16; 1Th 4:1; 5:13; 2Th 2:1; 1Ti 5:21; 2Ti 4:1; Phm 1:9; Jm 3:13; 1P 2:11; 3:8.
[11] Gn 27:42; 37:2; 1S 25:14; Pv 13:10; 18:6; 1Co 3:3; 6:1; 11:18; 2Co 12:20; Ga 5:15, 20, 26; Php 2:14; 1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 2:23; Jm 4:1.

and reproveth their dissensions.

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. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

[12] Jn 1:42; Ac 18:24; 19:1; 1Co 3:4, 21; 4:6; 7:29; 9:5; 15:5, 50; 16:12; 2Co 9:6; Ga 2:9; 3:17.
[13] Mt 28:19; Ac 2:38; 10:48; 19:5; Ro 14:9; 1Co 1:15; 6:19; 10:2; 2Co 5:14; 11:4; Ga 1:7; Ep 4:5; Tit 2:14.
[14] Ac 18:8; Ro 16:23; 1Co 1:4; 14:18; 2Co 2:14; Ep 5:20; Col 3:15, 17; 1Th 5:18; 1Ti 1:12; Phm 1:4; 3Jn 1:1.
[15] Jn 3:28; 7:18; 2Co 11:2.
[16] Ac 16:15, 33; 1Co 16:15, 17.
[17] Jn 4:2; Ac 10:48; 26:17; 1Co 2:1, 4, 5, 13; 2Co 4:2; 10:3, 10; 2P 1:16.

God destroyeth the wisdom of the wise,

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 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?

[18] Ps 110:2; Ac 13:41; 17:18, 32; Ro 1:16; 1Co 1:21, 23, 24, 25; 2:2, 14; 3:19; 15:2; 2Co 2:15; 4:3; 10:4; Ga 6:12; 1Th 1:5; 2Th 2:10; He 4:12.
[19] Jb 5:12; Is 19:3, 11; 29:14; Jr 8:9; 1Co 3:19.
[20] 2S 15:31; 16:23; 17:14, 23; Jb 12:17, 20, 24; Is 33:18; 44:25; 53:1; Ro 1:22; 1Co 1:19.

by the foolishness of preaching,

21 For after that 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. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which 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.

[21] Dn 2:20; Mt 11:25; Lk 10:21; Ro 1:20, 28; 11:33; 1Co 1:18, 24; Ep 3:10.
[22] Mt 12:38; 16:1; Mk 8:11; Lk 11:16, 20; Jn 2:18; 4:28; Ac 17:18.
[23] Is 8:14; Mt 11:6; 13:57; Lk 2:34; 24:46; Jn 6:53; Ac 7:32; 10:39; Ro 9:32; 1Co 1:18, 28; 2:2, 14; 2Co 4:5; Ga 3:1; 5:11; 6:14; Ep 3:8; 1P 2:8.
[24] Pv 8:1, 22; Lk 7:35; Ro 1:4, 16; 8:28; 9:24; 1Co 1:2, 9, 18, 30; Col 2:3.
[25] Ex 13:17; 14:2; Jsh 6:2; Jg 7:2; 15:15; 1S 17:40; 1K 20:14; Zc 4:6; 12:7; Ro 11:33; 1Co 1:18, 27.

and calleth not for the wise, mighty, and noble,

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:

[26] Zp 3:12; Mt 11:25; Lk 1:3; 10:21; 18:24; Jn 4:46; 7:47; 19:38; Ac 13:7, 12; 17:34; 1Co 1:20; 2:3, 13; 3:18; Php 4:22; Jm 1:9; 2:5; 3:13; 2Jn 1:1.

but the foolish, weak, and men of no account.

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; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

[27] Ps 8:2; Is 26:5; 29:14, 19; Zp 3:12; Mt 4:18; 9:9; 11:25; 21:16; Lk 19:39; 21:15; Ac 4:11; 6:9; 7:35, 54; 17:18; 24:24; 2Co 4:7; 10:4, 10.
[28] Dt 28:63; Jb 34:19, 24; Ps 32:10; 37:35; Is 2:11, 17; 17:13; 37:36; 41:12; Dn 2:34, 44; Ro 4:17; 1Co 2:6; 2Co 12:11; Rv 18:17.
[29] Ps 49:6; Is 10:15; Jr 9:23; Ro 3:19, 27; 4:2; 15:17; 1Co 1:31; 4:7; 5:6; Ep 2:9.
[30] Ps 71:15; Pv 1:20; 2:6; 8:5; Is 45:17, 24; 54:17; Jr 23:5; 33:16; Dn 2:20; 9:24; Ho 13:14; Mt 1:21; Lk 21:15; Jn 1:18; 8:12; 14:6; 15:1; 17:8, 17, 21, 26; Ac 26:18; Ro 1:17; 3:21, 24; 4:6, 25; 5:19, 21; 8:1, 9, 23; 11:36; 12:5; 16:7, 11; 1Co 1:2, 24; 6:11; 12:8, 18, 27; 15:54; 2Co 4:6; 5:17, 18, 21; 12:2; Ga 1:4; 3:13; 5:22; Ep 1:3, 7, 10, 17; 2:10; 3:9; 4:30; 5:26; Php 3:9; Col 1:14; 2:2; 3:16; 2Ti 3:15; Tit 2:14; He 9:12; Jm 1:5; 1P 1:2, 18; 2P 1:1; 1Jn 5:6; Rv 5:9; 14:4.
[31] 1Ch 16:10, 35; Ps 105:3; Is 41:16; 45:25; Jr 4:2; 9:23; 2Co 10:17; Ga 6:13; Php 3:3.


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