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The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

Full Text The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

I.  

Paul, a called apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother, 2to the church of God which is at Corinth, those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5that in everything ye were made rich in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6according as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; 7so that ye are behind in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8who will also confirm you unto the end, unaccused in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10But I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be made complete in the same mind, and in the same judgment. 11For it was made known to me concerning you, my brethren; by those of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12And I mean this, that each of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye immersed in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I immersed none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15that no one may say that I immersed in my own name. 16And I immersed also the household of Stephanas; besides, I know not whether I immersed any other.

17For Christ did not send me to immerse, but to preach the glad tidings; not with wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 18For the preaching of the cross is to those who perish, foolishness; but to us who are saved, it is the power of God. 19For it is written:

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

And will bring to nothing the prudence of the prudent.

20Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Did not God make foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom knew not God, God was pleased through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe; 22since Jews require signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling-block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For see your calling, brethren, that not many are wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame the wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things which are strong; 28and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, did God choose, and the things which are not, that he might bring to naught things that are; 29that no flesh should glory before God. 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who from God was made wisdom to us, both righteousness and sanctification, and redemption; 31that, according as it is written: He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.

II.  

I also, when I came to you, brethren, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of man's wisdom, but with demonstration of the Spirit and of power; 5that your faith might not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6But we speak wisdom among those who are perfect; but a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who come to naught. 7But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the worlds unto our glory; 8which no one of the rulers of this world has known; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9but (as it is written) things which eye saw not, nor ear heard, and which entered not into the heart of man, which God prepared for those who love him; 10but to us God revealed them by his Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? So also the things of God no one knows, but the Spirit of God. 12And we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God. 13Which things also we speak, not in words taught by man's wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he can not know them, because they are spiritually judged. 15But he that is spiritual judges all things; but he himself is judged by no one. 16For who knew the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

III.  

I also, brethren, was not able to speak to you as spiritual, but as carnal, as babes in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, and not with meat; for ye were not yet able to bear it; nay, nor even now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and do ye not walk as men? 4For when one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to each one? 6I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that plants anything, nor he that waters; but God that gives the increase. 8And he that plants and he that waters are one; and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

9For we are God's fellow-laborers; ye are God's field, God's building. 10According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master-builder I laid a foundation, and another builds thereon. But let each one take heed how he builds thereon. 11For other foundation can no one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12And if any one builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13the work of each one will be made manifest; for the day will show it, because it is revealed in fire, and the fire itself will prove of what sort is each one's work. 14If any one's work which he built thereon remains, he will receive reward. 15If any one's work shall be burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved; yet so as through fire.

16Know ye not that ye are God's temple, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If any one defiles the temple of God, him will God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, the which are ye.

18Let no one deceive himself. If any one seems to be wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written: He that takes the wise in their craftiness. 20And again:

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,

That they are vain.

21So then, let no one glory in men. For all things are yours; 22whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours; 23and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

IV.  

So let a man account us, as ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's day; nay, neither do I judge myself. 4For I am conscious to myself of nothing; yet am I not hereby justified, but he that judges me is the Lord. 5So then judge not anything before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each one have his praise of God.

6And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye may learn not to go beyond that which is written, that ye be not puffed up each for one against another. 7For who makes thee to differ? And what hast thou, that thou didst not receive? But if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 8Already ye are filled full, already ye became rich, without us ye reigned as kings; and I would ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

9For I think that God set forth us the apostles last, as condemned to death; for we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. 11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling-place; 12and labor, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it; 13being defamed, we entreat; we have become as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things unto this day.

14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I admonish you. 15For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begot you through the gospel. 16I beseech you therefore, be followers of me.

17For this cause I sent to you Timothy, who is my child, beloved and faithful in the Lord, who will bring to your remembrance my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

18Now some were puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 21What will ye? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and the spirit of meekness?

V.  

It is commonly reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he who did this deed might be taken away from among you. 3For I verily, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged, as though I were present, concerning him who has so done this; 4in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, ye being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, according as ye are unleavened. For our passover, Christ, was sacrificed for us; 8therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote to you, in my letter, not to keep company with fornicators; 10yet not, altogether, with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters; for then ye must needs go out of the world. 11But as it is, I wrote to you not to keep company, if any one called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such a one not even to eat.

12For what have I to do with judging those also who are without? Do not ye judge those who are within? 13But those who are without God judges. Therefore put away that wicked man from among yourselves.

VI.  

Dare any one of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more the things of this life? 4If then ye have judgments about things of this life, set those to judge who are of no esteem in the church.

5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one that shall be able to judge between his brethren; 6but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7Now therefore, it is altogether a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you; but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of anything. 13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats; but God will destroy both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14And God both raised the Lord, and will also raise up us by his power.

15Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? Far be it! 16Know ye not that he who is joined to a harlot is one body? For the two, says he, shall be one flesh. 17But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man commits is without the body; but he that commits fornication, sins against his own body. 19Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom ye have from God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

VII.  

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman; 2but because of fornication, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render to the wife her due; and in like manner the wife also to the husband. 4The wife has not power over her own body, but the husband; and in like manner the husband also has not power over his own body, but the wife. 5Defraud not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and come again together, that Satan may not tempt you on account of your incontinency.

6But this I say by way of permission, not of command. 7But I would that all men were as myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8And I say to the unmarried and the widows, it is good for them if they remain as I also am. 9But if they have not self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.

10And the married not I command, but the Lord, that the wife depart not from the husband. 11But if she have departed, let her remain unmarried, or let her be reconciled to her husband; and let the husband not put away his wife.

12But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13And a woman who has a husband that believes not, and he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the husband; else your children are unclean; but now they are holy.

15But if the unbelieving departs, let him depart. The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases; but God has called us to peace. 16For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or what knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 17Only, as the Lord apportioned to each one, as God has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.

18Was any one called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has any one been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20Let each one abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21Wast thou called being a servant? Care not for it; but if thou canst become free, use it rather. 22For he that was called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freedman; in like manner also the freeman, being called, is Christ's servant. 23Ye were bought with a price; become not servants of men. 24Brethren, let every man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.

25Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord; but I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26I consider therefore that this is good on account of the present necessity, that it is good for a man so to be. 27Art thou bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. 28But if also thou marry, thou sinnedst not; and if a virgin marry, she sinned not. But such shall have affliction in the flesh; but I spare you.

29But this I say, brethren, the time that remains is short; that both they who have wives may be as though they had none; 30and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31and they that use this world, as not abusing it; for the fashion of this world is passing away.

32But I would have you without cares. He that is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord, how he shall please the Lord; 33but he that is married cares for the things of the world, how he shall please his wife. 34There is a difference also between the wife and the virgin. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but she that is married cares for the things of the world, how she shall please her husband.

35And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is seemly, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36But if any one thinks that he behaves himself unseemly toward his virgin, if she be past the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sins not; let them marry. 37But he that stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has determined this in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well. 38So that both he that gives her in marriage does well, and he that gives her not in marriage does better.

39A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment; and I too think that I have the Spirit of God.

VIII. 

Now concerning the things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2If any one thinks that he knows anything, he has known nothing yet as he ought to know. 3But if any one loves God, the same is known by him.

4As concerning then the eating of the things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5For though there are gods so-called, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are gods many, and lords many), 6yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

7But there is not in all men this knowledge; for some, with a consciousness till now of the idol, eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But food commends us not to God; for neither, if we eat, are we the better; nor, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9But take heed, lest haply this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to the weak. 10For if any one sees thee, who hast knowledge, reclining at table in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat the things offered to idols? 11And through thy knowledge he that is weak perishes, the brother for whom Christ died! 12But when ye so sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13Wherefore, if food cause my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh for ever more, that I may not cause my brother to offend.

IX.  

Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord? 2If I am not an apostle to others, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of my apostleship are ye in the Lord. 3This is my answer to those who examine me. 4Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5Have we not power to lead about a sister as a wife, as well as the other apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6Or have only I and Barnabas not power to forbear working? 7Who ever goes to war at his own charges? Who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? Or who tends a flock, and eats not of the milk of the flock?

8Say I these things as a man? Or does not the law also say these things? 9For it is written in the law of Moses: Thou shalt not muzzle an ox while treading out the grain. Is it for the oxen that God cares? 10Or does he say it altogether for our sakes? For, for our sakes it was written; that he who plows ought to plow in hope; and he who threshes, in hope of partaking. 11If we sowed for you, the things that are spiritual, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12If others partake of this power over you, do not we still more? But we used not this power; but we bear all things, that we may not cause any hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

13Do ye not know that they who minister about the holy things eat of the temple, and they who wait at the altar partake with the altar? 14So also did the Lord appoint to those who preach the gospel, to live by the gospel. 15But I have used none of these things; and I wrote not these things, that it should be so done to me; for it were better for me to die, than that any one should make my glorying void. 16For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for a necessity is laid upon me; for, woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel! 17For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.

18What then is my reward? That, in preaching the gospel, I may make the gospel without charge, that I use not to the full my power in the gospel. 19For being free from all men, I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more. 20And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to those under law, as under law, not being myself under law, that I might gain those under law; 21to those without law, as without law (not being without law to God, but under law to Christ), that I might gain those without law. 22To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all, that I may by all means save some. 23And all things I do for the gospel's sake, that I may become a partaker thereof with others.

24Know ye not that they who run in a race, all indeed run, but one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every one who contends for the prize is temperate in all things; they indeed to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; I so fight, as not beating the air. 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest haply, having preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

X.  

For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2and were all immersed unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5But in the most of them God had no pleasure; for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6Now these things were examples to us, in order that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Nor be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Nor let us commit fornication, as some of them did, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. 10Nor murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer.

11Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall. 13There has no temptation taken you but such as belongs to man; and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted beyond what ye are able, but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

14Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a partaking of the blood of Christ? The loaf which we break, is it not a partaking of the body of Christ? 17Because we, the many, are one loaf, one body; for we all share in that one loaf.

18Behold Israel according to the flesh. Are not they who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19What then do I say? That an idol is anything, or that what is offered to idols is anything? 20Nay; but that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I would not that ye should be partakers of the demons. 21Ye can not drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons; ye can not share in the table of the Lord, and the table of demons.

22Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? 23All things are lawful, but not all things are expedient; all things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24Let no one seek his own, but his neighbor's good.

25Whatever is sold in the market eat, asking no question for conscience sake'; 26for the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.

27If any of the unbelieving bids you to a feast, and ye choose to go, whatever is set before you eat, asking no question for conscience' sake. 28But if any one say to you: This is a thing sacrificed to a god, eat it not, for his sake that showed it, and for conscience' sake. 29Conscience, I say, not thine own, but that of the other; for why is my liberty judged by another's conscience? 30If I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of, for that for which I give thanks?

31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews or Greeks, or to the church of God; 33as I also please all in all things, not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, that they may be saved. 1Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.

2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and, hold fast the traditions, as I delivered them to you.

3And I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5But every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered, dishonors her head; for it is one and the same as if she were shaven. 6For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn; but if it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, being the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man. 8For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9And the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man. 10For this cause ought the woman to have [the token of] authority on her head, because of the angels.

11Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord. 12For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman; but all things of God.

13Judge in your own selves; is it seemly that a woman pray to God uncovered? 14Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him? 15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering.

16But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor the churches of God.

17And while I enjoin this, I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19For there must be also sects among you, that they who are approved may be made manifest among you.

20When therefore ye come together into one place, there is no eating of a supper of the Lord. 21For in eating, each takes without waiting his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22What! have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

23For I received from the Lord, what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was betrayed, took a loaf; 24and having given thanks, he broke it, and said: This is my body, which is for you; this do in remembrance of me. 25In like manner also the cup, after they had supped, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood; this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye show the Lord's death till he come.

27So that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29For he that eats and drinks, eats and drinks condemnation to himself, if he discern not the body.

30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we judged ourselves; we should not be judged. 32But being judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

33Wherefore, my brethren, when coming together to eat, wait for one another. 34If any one is hungry, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

XII.  

Now concerning the spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

2Ye know that ye were Gentiles carried away to the dumb idols, as ye were led. 3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed; and no one can say, Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but the same God who works all in all. 7But to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit, for profiting. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9to another faith, by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healings by the one Spirit; 10to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another diversities of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But all these works the one and self-same Spirit, dividing to each one severally as he will.

12For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot say: Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 16And if the ear say: Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18But now, God set the members each one of them in the body, as it pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye can not say to the hand, I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary; 23and those which we think to be less honorable parts of the body, on these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24And our comely parts have no need; but God attempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that which lacked; 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members each one. 28And God set some in the church, apostles first, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governings, diversities of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30Have all gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But desire earnestly the greater gifts; and moreover, I show to you a more excellent way.

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods in food, and though I give up my body that I may be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

4Love suffers long, is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, 5does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, imputes no evil; 6rejoices not at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails; but whether there are prophesyings, they will be done away; whether tongues, they will cease; whether knowledge, it will be done away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child; but now that I am become a man, I have done away the things of the child. 12For we see now in a mirror, obscurely; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know fully, even as I also am fully known.

13And now remain faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

1Pursue after love; and desire earnestly the spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but with the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But he that prophesies, to men he speaks edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

5I would that ye should all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should prophesy; for greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edification.

6And now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophesying, or in teaching? 7And things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, yet if they give no distinction in the sounds, how shall that be known which is piped or harped? 8For if a trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for battle? 9So also ye, if ye utter not by the tongue words easily understood, how shall that be known which is spoken? For ye will be speaking into the air.

10So many, it may be, are the kinds of speaking sounds in the world, and none is without significance. 11If then I know not the meaning of the sound, I shall be to him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks a barbarian to me. 12So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may abound in them to the edification of the church.

13Wherefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16Else, if thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, since he knows not what thou sayest? 17For thou indeed givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18I thank God, I speak with tongues more than ye all. 19Yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may also instruct others, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20Brethren, be not children in your understandings; but in malice be as children, but in your understandings be men.

21In the law it is written:

For with men of other tongues, and with strange lips,

I will speak to this people;

And not even so will they hearken to me, saith the Lord.

22So that the tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is not for the unbelieving, but for those who believe.

23If therefore the whole church is come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 24But if all prophesy, and there come in one that is an unbeliever, or unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is judged by all. 25The secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so falling on his face he will worship God, reporting that God is in truth among you.

26How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each of you has a psalm, has an instruction, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to edification. 27If any one speaks in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in turn; and let one interpret. 28But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29And of prophets, let two or three speak, and the others judge. 30But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first be silent. 31For ye can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all be comforted. 32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34Let your women keep silence in the churches; for it is not permitted to them to speak, but they are to be in subjection, as the law also says. 35And if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

36Did the word of God come forth from you? Or came it unto you alone? 37If any one thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandments. 38But if any one is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39Wherefore, brethren, desire earnestly the gift of prophecy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40But let all things be done decently and in order.

XV.  

And I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also ye received, in which also ye stand; 2through which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word with which I preached to you, unless ye believed in vain.

3For I delivered to you first of all what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 4and that he was buried, and that he has risen on the third day according to the Scriptures; 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve; 6after that, he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain until now, but some are fallen asleep. 7After that, he appeared to James; then to all the apostles. 8And last of all he appeared to me also, as the one born out of due time. 9For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am; and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

12Now if Christ is preached that he has risen from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has Christ risen; 14and if Christ has not risen, then is our preaching vain, and vain also your faith. 15And we are also found false witnesses of God; because we testified of God, that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not, if it be so that the dead rise not. 16For if the dead rise not, neither has Christ risen; 17and if Christ has not risen, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18Then also they who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20But now Christ has risen from the dead, the first-fruits of those who sleep. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. 23But each in his own order; Christ the first-fruits; afterward they who are Christ's at his coming. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers up the kingdom to God, the Father; when he shall have done away all rule, and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet. 26As the last enemy, Death shall be done away. For he subjected all things under his feet. 27But when he says, All things are subjected, it is manifest that he is excepted, who subjected all things to him. 28And when all things shall be subjected to him, then will also the Son himself be subject to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all.

29Else what shall they do who are immersed for the dead? If the dead rise not at all, why are they then immersed for them? 30Why also are we in peril every hour? 31I protest by my glorying in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32If after the manner of men I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what is the profit to me, if the dead rise not?

Let us eat and drink;

For to-morrow we die.

33Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners. 34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I say it to your shame.

35But some one will say: How do the dead rise? And with what kind of body do they come? 36Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die; 37and what thou sowest, not the body that shall be sowest thou, but bare grain, perchance of wheat, or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as it pleased him, and to each of the seeds its own body.

39All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, another of birds. 40There are also heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies; but the glory of the heavenly is one, and that of the earthly is another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it rises in incorruption. 43It is sown in dishonor, it rises in glory. It is sown in weakness, it rises in power. 44It is sown a natural body, it rises a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual. 45So also it is written: The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam a life-giving spirit. 46But the spiritual is not first, but the natural; and afterward the spiritual. 47The first man was of the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49And as we bore the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

50And this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54And when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying, that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. 55Where, O death, is thy sting? Where, O death, is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

XVI.  

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye. 2On each first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, according as he is prospered, that there may be no collections when I come. 3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve, them I will send with letters to carry your benefaction to Jerusalem. 4And if it be worthy of my going also, they shall go with me.

5And I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia. For I pass through Macedonia; 6and it may be that I will remain, or even pass the winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. 7For I wish not to see you now, in passing; for I hope to remain some time with you, if the Lord permit. 8But I shall remain at Ephesus until the Pentecost. 9For a great and effectual door is open to me, and there are many adversaries.

10Now if Timothy come, see that he may be with you without fear; for he works the work of the Lord, as I also do. 11Let no one therefore despise him; but send him forward in peace, that he may come to me; for I look for him with the brethren.

12And concerning Apollos the brother, I besought him much to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all his will to come at this time, but he will come when he shall have a convenient time.

13Watch, stand fast in the faith, acquit you like men, be strong. 14Let all your acts be done in love.

15And I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they devoted themselves to the service of the saints,) 16that ye also submit yourselves to such, and to every one that works with us, and labors.

17I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus; for what was lacking on your part they supplied. 18For they refreshed my spirit and yours; therefore acknowledge those who are such.

19The churches of Asia salute you.

Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20All the brethren salute you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.

21The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand.

22If any one loves not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. Maran atha!

23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.