1Paul, 1called as an apostle of JesusChristaby 2the will of God, and 3Sosthenes our 4brother,
To 5the church of God which is at 6Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in ChristJesus, bsaints7by calling, with all who in everyplace8call on the name of our LordJesusChrist, their Lord and ours:
39Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LordJesusChrist.
410I thankcmy Godalwaysconcerning you for the grace of God which was given you in ChristJesus,
that in everything you were 11enriched in Him, in all12speech and 13allknowledge,
6even as 14the testimony concerning Christ was confirmeddin you,
7so that you are not lacking in anygift, 15awaitingeagerly the revelation of our LordJesusChrist,
816who will alsoconfirm you to the end, blameless in 17the day of our LordJesusChrist.
918God is faithful, throughwhom you were 19called into 20fellowship with His Son, JesusChrist our Lord.
10Now21I exhort you, 22brethren, by the name of our LordJesusChrist, that you alleagree and that there be nof23divisionsamong you, but that you be gmadecomplete in 24the samemind and in the samejudgment.
For I have been informedconcerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are quarrelsamong you.
12Now I meanthis, that 25eachone of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of 26Apollos," and "I of 27Cephas," and "I of Christ."
13hHas Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you 28baptizediin the name of Paul?
14jI thankGod that I 29baptizednone of you except30Crispus and 31Gaius,
15so that noone would say you were baptizedkin my name.
16Now I did baptizealso the 32household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not knowwhether I baptizedanyother.
1733For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, 34not in lcleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be madevoid.
For the word of the cross is 35foolishness to 36those who mare perishing, but to us who nare being saved it is 37the power of God.
For it is written, "38I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SETASIDE."
2039Where is the wiseman? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of 40thisage? Has not God41madefoolish the wisdom of 42the world?
For since in the wisdom of God43the worldthrough its wisdom did not come to knowGod, 44God was well-pleasedthrough the 45foolishness of the omessagepreached to 46savethose who believe.
For indeed47Jewsask for psigns and Greekssearch for wisdom;
but we preachq48Christcrucified, 49to Jews a stumblingblock and to Gentiles50foolishness,
but to those who are 51the called, bothJews and Greeks, Christ52the power of God and 53the wisdom of God.
25Because the 54foolishness of God is wiser than men, and 55the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For rconsider your 56calling, brethren, that there were 57not manywiseaccording to sthe flesh, not manymighty, not manynoble;
but 58God has chosen the foolishthings of 59the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weakthings of 60the world to shame the things which are strong,
and the basethings of 61the world and the despisedGod has chosen, 62the things that are not, so that He may 63nullify the things that are,
29so that 64notman may boastbeforeGod.
But uby His doing you are in 65ChristJesus, whobecame to us 66wisdom from God, vand 67righteousness and 68sanctification, and 69redemption,
31so that, just as it is written, "70LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."