1 Corinthians 1

1 Paul, [a] called apostle of Jesus Christ, by God's will, and Sosthenes the brother,
2 to the assembly of God which is in Corinth, to [those] sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, [a] with all that in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always about you, in respect of [b] the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus;
5 that in everything ye have been enriched in him, in all word [c] [of doctrine], and all knowledge,
6 (according as the testimony of the Christ has been confirmed in you,)
7 so that ye come short in no gift, awaiting [d] the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ;
8 who shall also confirm you to [the] end, unimpeachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God [is] faithful, by whom ye have been called into [the] fellowship [e] of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I exhort [f] you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that there be not among you divisions; but that ye be perfectly united [g] in the same mind and in the same opinion.
11 For it has been shewn to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of [the house of] Chloe, that there are strifes among you.
12 But I speak of this, that each of you says, *I* am of Paul, and *I* of Apollos, and *I* of Cephas, and *I* of Christ.
13 Is the Christ divided? has Paul been crucified for you? or have ye been baptised unto the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I have baptised none of you, unless Crispus and Gaius,
15 that no one may say that I have baptised unto my own name.
16 Yes, I baptised also the house of Stephanas; for the rest I know not if I have baptised any other.
17 For Christ has not sent me to baptise, but to preach glad tidings; not in wisdom of word, that the cross of the Christ may not be made vain.
18 For the word [h] of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God's power.
19 For it is written, [i] I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones.
20 Where [is the] wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? [j] has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world [k] by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching [l] to save those that believe.
22 Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom;
23 but *we* preach Christ crucified, to Jews an offence, [m] and to nations foolishness;
24 but to those that [are] called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God's power and God's wisdom.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For consider your calling, brethren, that [there are] not many wise according to flesh, not many powerful, not many high-born.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world, that he may put to shame the wise; [n] and God has chosen the weak things of the world, that he may put to shame the strong things;
28 and the ignoble things of the world, and the despised, has God chosen, [and] things that are not, that he may annul the things that are;
29 so that no flesh should boast before God.
30 But of him are *ye* in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, [o] and redemption;
31 that according as it is written, [p] He that boasts, let him boast in [the] Lord. [q]

Footnotes 17

  • [a]. Saints by [divine] calling.
  • [b]. I am not quite satisfied with 'in respect of.' It is epi with the dative, which has the force of 'the occasion of,' or condition under which anything happens, not its cause.
  • [c]. Logos, whatever is the expression of a thought formed in the mind, and otherwise unknown; hence used for the thing expressed, or the expression of it: hence 'word.' Here it is the communication of the mind of God in the gospel of Christ. (See ch. 2.1.) I retain 'word' in the expression 'all word, and all knowledge,' adding 'of doctrine' in brackets, because 'in all word' is scarcely English, and the 'word of doctrine' is, I believe, the sense here. 'Utterance' gives the sense imperfectly. It is the matter and form of thought and expression, as well as the utterance of it. It is a word so large in sense as to be very hard to express. Whatever expresses the mind is logos. Nous (ch. 2.16, 'mind') is the intelligent faculty: whatever expresses the thought formed in it is logos. There is thus the intelligent and the intelligible. Thus all that communicates the divine mind (the intelligible) is logos, and first of all Christ himself. But we are said, having the Holy Spirit, to have also the 'mind' of Christ, the intelligent faculty with its thoughts (ch. 2.16).
  • [d]. 'Awaiting' expresses actual expectation.
  • [e]. Koinonia: as ch. 10.16: see Notes, Heb. 2.14.
  • [f]. Or 'beseech,' as Acts 16.40.
  • [g]. Where all the members have each its own place, or make a whole; or, if broken, are restored to one complete whole, as 'mending,' Matt. 4.21.
  • [h]. Or 'the word (logos) which [speaks] of the cross.'
  • [i]. See Isa. 29.14.
  • [j]. Aion: age, or course of this world, see chs. 2.6 (twice), 3.18.
  • [k]. Kosmos, the usual word for world: see chs. 3.19; 6.2; Heb. 9.1.
  • [l]. 'The preaching' gives a different sense from 'preaching.' Without the article it is the instrument, the foolishness of such a means. Here 'the preaching' is the actual thing preached; and such is the force of the Greek.
  • [m]. Lit. 'fall-trap,' as Matt. 13.57.
  • [n]. Or 'those that are wise,' alluding to ver. 26: the word is masculine.
  • [o]. Hagiasmos. See Note i at Rom. 1.4.
  • [p]. See Isa. 45.25; Jer. 9.24.
  • [q]. Kurios without the article, for 'Jehovah.'

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