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1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes. 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 We are writing to the church of God in Corinth, you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did all Christians everywhere -- whoever calls upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and theirs. 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours:
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you his grace and peace. 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I can never stop thanking God for all the generous gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
5 He has enriched your church with the gifts of eloquence and every kind of knowledge. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--
6 This shows that what I told you about Christ is true. 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
8 He will keep you strong right up to the end, and he will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
10 Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. 10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
11 For some members of Chloe's household have told me about your arguments, dear brothers and sisters. 11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
12 Some of you are saying, "I am a follower of Paul." Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter, " or "I follow only Christ." 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas "; still another, "I follow Christ."
13 Can Christ be divided into pieces?Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 14 I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 for now no one can say they were baptized in my name. 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.
16 (Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. I don't remember baptizing anyone else.) 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)
17 For Christ didn't send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News -- and not with clever speeches and high-sounding ideas, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
18 I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. 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 As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas." 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe. 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 God's way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. 22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it's all nonsense. 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 This "foolish" plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,
29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
31 As the Scriptures say, "The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done." 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."