Revised English Version

The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians  

1 Corinthians Chapter 1  

1Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes, the brother, 2to the congregation of God that is at Corinth, to those who have been made holy in Christ Jesus, called ones, holy ones, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—theirs and ours: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus, 5because in union with him you were enriched in everything, in all speech and all knowledge, 6(even as the testimony about the Christ was confirmed in you), 7so that you are not trailing behind the others in any gift, as you are eagerly awaiting the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will also sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 10Now I urge you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete by having the same mind and by the same judgment. 11For I have been informed about you, my brothers, by Chloe’s followers, that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: that each one of you says, “I am of Paul,” “But I of Apollos,” “But I of Cephas,” “But I of Christ.” 13Has the Christ been divided up? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(But I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other). 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to tell the Good News—not with clever words, lest the cross of Christ should be emptied of its power. 18For 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. 19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will bring to nothing.a 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the expert in the law? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God by its wisdom, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, which is a deathtrap to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to the called ones (both Jews and Greeks), Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26For consider your calling, brothers, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many powerful, not many of noble birth, are called, 27but God chose the no-good things of the world to put to shame those who are wise, and God chose the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are strong, 28and the low-born things of the world, and the things that are treated with contempt—God has chosen these—and the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29so that no flesh can boast before God. 30And it is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God—and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption, 31so that, according as it is written, The one who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.b

a[19]
From Isa. 29:14.
b[31]
From Jer. 9:24.