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1 Corinthians 1 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, called to be an apostle1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,2 and our brother Sosthenes,3 2 To the church of God4 in Corinth,5 to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called6 to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name7 of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.8


4 I always thank God for you9 because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched10 in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge11-- 6 because our testimony12 about Christ was confirmed in you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift13 as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.14 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless15 on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.16 9 God, who has called you17 into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,18 is faithful.19

Divisions in the Church

10 I appeal to you, brothers,20 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you21 and that you may be perfectly united22 in mind and thought. 11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household23 have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul";24 another, "I follow Apollos";25 another, "I follow Cephasa ";26 still another, "I follow Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized intob the name of Paul?27 14 I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus28 and Gaius,29 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household30 of Stephanas;31 beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,32 but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom,33 lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness34 to those who are perishing,35 but to us who are being saved36 it is the power of God.37 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."c38 20 Where is the wise man?39 Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?40 Has not God made foolish41 the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world42 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save43 those who believe.44 22 Jews demand miraculous signs45 and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified:46 a stumbling block47 to Jews and foolishness48 to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called,49 both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God50 and the wisdom of God.51 25 For the foolishness52 of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness53 of God is stronger than man's strength. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.54 Not many of you were wise55 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose56 the foolish57 things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not58--to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.59 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,60 who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness,61 holiness62 and redemption.63 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."d64
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