1 Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God; and brother Sosthenes, 2 to the assembly of God which is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints, together with everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ everywhere, in all their meeting places and ours, 3 grace and peace to you, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank my God on your account for God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were enriched in him in all understanding and speech, 6 just as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift of grace while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also secure you blameless until the end, on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9 for God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 I implore you brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that your speaking be in accord with each other, without divisions among you, so you will be perfectly united in one mind and one purpose, 11 because some of Chloe’s group have told me that there are disputes among you. 12 What I mean is that each of you says: “I am a devotee of Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” “I’m a disciple of Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you! Nor were you baptised in the name of Paul! 14 I thank God that I baptised none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that I baptised in my own name.
16 I also baptised the household of Stephanas; apart from them, I’m not aware of baptising anyone, 17 for Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel – and not with eloquent rhetoric, or the cross of Christ would be nullified. 18 For truly the message of the cross is ludicrous to those who are perishing, but it’s the power of God to us who are being saved; 19 as it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and confound the understanding of the intelligent.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the educated? Where’s today’s man of reason? Hasn’t God shown that the wisdom of this world is stupidity? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world cannot know God by wisdom, God deemed it good to save those who believe through the absurdity of the preaching, 22 since Jews ask for a sign while Greeks seek wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified: truly, to Jews offensive, and to Greeks absurd. 24 But to those who are called, whether Jews or Greeks, Christ, the power of God, and the wisdom of God, 25 since God’s foolishness is wiser than men, and God’s weakness is mightier than men.
26 Look at your own calling brethren – not many were wise in the flesh, not many were powerful, not many of noble birth, 27 but to confound the wise, God chooses the world’s foolish, and to confound those in power, the world’s helpless 28 and low born. God chooses those who are despised and those who are of no account, that he might reduce to nothing those who have influence, 29 so that no one may boast in his presence. 30 Yet it is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who through God has become for us not only wisdom and righteousness, but also sanctification and deliverance, 31 so that, as it is written, “whoever boasts, let him boast of the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 2 1 And when I came to you brethren, I didn’t come with fine speech or learning in proclaiming to you the testimony of God, 2 for I resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified, 3 and to you I proved myself weak, quaking with fear. 4 My speaking and preaching were not with compelling words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit—of power, 5 so your faith would not rest on human wisdom but in the power of God.
6 Yet to spiritual adults we are speaking wisdom; but not the wisdom of this world or its rulers, which is of no value; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom, of the mystery which was hidden, which God appointed for our glory from eternity; 8 which none of the powers of this world understood, for had they known, they’d never have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 As it is written, “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,” 10 but God shows us these things by his Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows what’s in a man apart from the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows what lies within God apart from the Spirit of God. 12 So, we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of God, so that we may understand all that God willingly gives us, 13 of which we speak, not with words taught by human wisdom but with words taught by the Spirit—divinely inspired words to interpret spiritual thoughts. 14 For the natural man cannot receive from the Spirit of God: to him it is nonsense and he is unable to see what must be discerned spiritually. 15 But the spiritual man truly examines all, yet is examined by no one, 16 for who has understood the mind of the Lord to assess him? And we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3 1 Brethren, I could not speak to you as spiritual, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink and not solid food for you weren’t yet able to take it, and even now you still can’t, 3 for you are still in the flesh. For where there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and living like men? 4 For when anyone says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” aren’t you in the flesh? 5 And who are Paul and Apollos, but servants through whom you believed—tasks the Lord provided for each of us? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God brings about the growth, 7 so neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, only God who causes the growth. 8 The one who plants and he who waters are one, yet each will receive his own reward for his own work, 9 for we are God’s fellow labourers; you are cultivated and built up by God.
10 In line with the grace which God, as the wise architect, gives me, I have laid the foundation, and another is building on it. So let everyone take care how they build, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one being laid which is Jesus Christ. 12 Whether anyone builds gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, or stubble on this foundation, 13 the work of each will be disclosed, for the day will make it obvious, since it will be revealed by fire, which will test the value of all that has been done by each one. 14 If anyone’s work in building on it endures, he will be rewarded; 15 if anyone’s work is burned up, he will lose the reward (though he himself will thus be purified by fire).
16 Don’t you know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives within you? 17 If anyone damages the temple of God, God will destroy him; for his temple is holy, which is what you are. 18 Let no one deceive himself—if anyone among you thinks himself wise in this world, he should make himself a fool so he may gain wisdom, 19 for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. As it is written, “he entraps the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “the Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless.” 21 So, let no one boast about people, for all things are yours— 22 whether Paul, Apollos or Cephas, the world, or life or death, the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 4 1 So you should count us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, 2 though it is also required of stewards that they may be found faithful, 3 yet it’s of little concern to me if I am appraised by you or anyone; I don’t even grade myself. 4 I have nothing on my conscience, but that doesn’t justify me: the one who judges me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge no one before the time when the Lord comes. He will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive praise from God.
6 Brethren, these things I have demonstrated for you using Apollos and myself, so that in us you may learn that one cannot think of anyone more highly than what has been written, so no one may boast of one against another. 7 For who are you to discriminate? And what [right] do you have which you didn’t claim for yourself? But if you took it for yourself, why do you boast as though you didn’t? 8 Already you are satisfied, already you are rich! You have claimed your kingship without us! I wish that you really were reigning, so that we would be reigning together with you. 9 For it seems to me that God has disposed us apostles in the last place, as those doomed to die, for we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to all mankind. 10 We are fools on account of Christ, yet you are so wise in Christ; we are weak, yet you are strong; you are esteemed, yet we are despised. 11 Up to now we are hungry, thirsty and ragged; we are beaten and homeless; 12 we toil with our hands; when insulted we bless, when persecuted we endure it; 13 when slandered we implore; we have become the refuse of the world, the dregs of all things, right up till now.
14 I write these things not to shame you, but, as my dear children I’m exhorting you, 15 for though you have countless tutors in Christ, you don’t have many fathers: for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 16 so I implore you to become my imitators. 17 For this reason I’m sending Timothy to you: my beloved and faithful son in the Lord; who will remind you of my conduct in Christ, in line with what I teach everywhere in every assembly. 18 While I have not been coming to you, some have become arrogant, 19 but soon I will come to you if the Lord wills, and I won’t want to know the words of these boasters but their power, 20 for the kingdom of God is not of words but of power. 21 Do you want me to come to you with a rod, or in a spirit of love and meekness?
1 Corinthians 5 1 It is actually reported that among you there is forbidden sexual behaviour, and such immorality that the Gentiles don’t even have a word for it—that someone has his father’s wife— 2 and you are proud! Should you not rather have grieved? The one doing this could have been taken from you, 3 for truly, though absent in body, I am with you in spirit, and I have already judged the one who has done this as though I were present. 4 When you are gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver him to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit might be saved on the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your boasting is not good. Haven’t you noticed it takes very little yeast to leaven all the dough? 7 So, thoroughly cleanse out the old leaven that you may be new dough, since you are unleavened for the Passover—it was for our sake Christ was sacrificed. 8 Consequently, we keep the feast not with the old leaven—the yeast of wickedness and depravity, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I have written in a letter to you, not to consort with the promiscuous. 10 I didn’t mean the promiscuous of the world, or the greedy, the extortionists or idolaters—or you would have to leave the world. 11 So now I’m writing to you not to mix with any so-called brother who is promiscuous or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunk or extortionist: don’t even eat with such a man. 12 My concern is not to judge those outside, but you are to judge those within; 13 God will judge those outside, so remove the wicked from your assembly.
1 Corinthians 6 1 Does any one of you, having a case against another, dare to be judged by the unjust and not by the saints? 2 Don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? If you are to judge the world, are you unworthy to judge matters of such insignificance? 3 Don’t you know we will judge angels, and not at all the things of this life? 4 Indeed, if you have everyday disputes to be judged, you appoint those despised by the assembly. 5 I say this to embarrass you. Is there nobody wise among you, not even one, competent to reconcile his brethren? 6 No—brother goes to law with brother, and this before unbelievers! 7 Truly, you have already suffered loss since you have litigation among you. Why not prefer to be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves wrong and cheat others, even your brethren!
9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived: neither the promiscuous, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunks, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that’s what some of you were, but you’ve been cleansed, sanctified and justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
12 Everything is allowed but not everything is helpful; everything is allowed but I will not be mastered by anything: 13 foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will bring them both to nothing. The body is not for promiscuity but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body; 14 and God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I then take away the members of Christ, by making them members of a prostitute? Of course not! 16 Have you not seen that the one who is joined to the prostitute is one body, for it says, “the two will become one flesh”? 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
18 Run from illicit sexual activity! Every sin a person commits is expressed by the body, but the promiscuous draws sin into his own body. 19 Don’t you realise that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you received from God, and you are not your own? 20 You are bought in honour, so now honour God in your body.
1 Corinthians 7 1 Now, concerning the matters of which you wrote, it’s good for a man to have no contact with a woman, 2 but to avoid sexual sin, let each man have a wife of his own and each woman her own husband. 3 Let the husband fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise, the wife to her husband, 4 as the wife doesn’t have jurisdiction over her own body, the husband does; and just the same, the husband doesn’t have jurisdiction over his body, the wife does. 5 Don’t deprive one another except perhaps by mutual consent for a time that you may be free to fast and pray; coming together again so that Satan won’t tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 I say this as a concession, not a command, 7 for I would like all people to be as I am, but each has his own gifting from God—one has this gift, another has that. 8 So I’m saying to the single and the widows that it would be excellent for them to remain like me, 9 but if they cannot contain themselves let them marry, for it is better to marry than to be inflamed with desire. 10 To those who are married I do command (not I but the Lord) that the wife must not leave her husband, 11 but if she does leave she must remain unmarried or return to her husband—and her husband must not leave her. 12 To everyone else I, not the Lord, am saying, if any brother has an unbelieving wife who is happy to make her home with him, he must not leave her; 13 and if any woman has an unbelieving husband who is happy to make his home with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified in his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified in her husband—otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever chooses to leave, let him go—the brother or sister is not reduced to bondage in such cases, for God has called us to peace. 16 For can you know, wife, if you will save your husband? Or husband, if you will save your wife?
17 In principle however, let everyone continue to live the life assigned to him by God; just as the Lord has called him—this is my rule in all the assemblies. 18 When a circumcised man is called he shouldn’t get uncircumcised. When an uncircumcised man is called he shouldn’t get circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, what counts is following the precepts of God. 20 Everyone should remain in the situation he was in when he was called.
21 If you were a slave when called, don’t let it bother you, but if you are able to become free then do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called is the emancipated of the Lord; just the same, the one who is free when called is the slave of Christ. 23 You were redeemed with inestimable value, so don’t become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, everyone should remain as he was called, drawing close to God.
25 Now, about virgins I have no command from the Lord, but I will give my opinion, as one who by the Lord’s mercy may be relied on. 26 I think it best, because of the present need, to retain your current condition. 27 If you’re pledged to a wife don’t seek to be released; if you’re not don’t seek a wife. 28 Though if you should marry you’ve not sinned, and if the betrothed marries she has not sinned, but may well have troubles in this life which I would spare you. 29 But this I say brethren: the time is short so from now on those who have wives should live as though they don’t; 30 those who weep as though they didn’t; those who rejoice as though they didn’t; those who purchase something as though it were not theirs to use; 31 and they who deal with the world, without using it, for the essence of the world is to deceive.
32 I would like you untroubled by concerns—he that is unmarried is committed to the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord, 33 but he that is married is concerned about his worldly responsibilities—how he may please his wife. 34 This difference also separates a married woman from a virgin—the unmarried woman is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is distracted by the things of the world—how she can please her husband. 35 Again, I’m saying this for your benefit, not to compel your obedience but so that you may honourably and diligently serve the Lord without distraction.
36 But if anyone is being unfair to his betrothed, who feels she is getting too old and so it ought to happen, if he is willing, let him do as she wants, he is not sinning, let them marry! 37 Yet he who stands settled in his heart, feeling no pressure but having control over his own will, and has decided in his heart to retain his chastity, does best. 38 So then, he that marries is doing well, but the one who doesn’t is doing better.
39 A woman is bound by the law as long as her husband lives, but if her husband dies, she is free to marry another—if he belongs to the Lord, 40 but she is more blessed if she remain as she is, in my opinion, and in that I’m sure I have the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 8 1 In the matter of food sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge leads to pride, but love promotes spiritual growth, 2 and if anyone considers himself knowledgeable about anything, he has not known anything yet in the way it must be known, 3 but anyone who loves God is known by him. 4 So, concerning the eating of idol sacrifices, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there are no gods apart from one; 5 for even if some are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, even as there are many gods and many lords, 6 nevertheless, for us there is just one God, the Father, out of whom come all things, and we are in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ through whom is everything and we through him.
7 But not everyone knows this; some, whose conscience is still influenced by idols, eat the sacrifice as something offered to the idol, and, because of the weakness of their conscience, it is defiled. 8 But food cannot get us closer to God; we are no better if we eat, neither are we worse if we don’t. 9 So take care that your freedom doesn’t in some way become a stumbling block for the weak, 10 for if a weak brother sees you who have this knowledge eating in a shrine, won’t his weak conscience be encouraged to eat things [he sees as] offered to idols? 11 Then should the weak brother, for whom Christ died, be lost through your knowledge? 12 In sinning in this manner against the brethren, injuring their weak consciences, you are sinning against Christ, 13 so, if my food snares my brother, I will eat meat no more, in order to spare him.
1 Corinthians 9 1 Aren’t I an apostle? Aren’t I free? Don’t I know Jesus Christ our Lord? And aren’t you my workmanship in the Lord? 2 Even if I’m not an apostle to others, surely I am to you, as you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my answer to those examining me. 4 Don’t we have a claim for food and drink? 5 And don’t we have the right to be accompanied by a believing wife like the other apostles, the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 6 Or are only Barnabas and I excluded from taking a break from working? 7 Who goes to war and provides his own rations? Who plants a vineyard and eats none of its fruit? Or who tends sheep and consumes none of their milk?
8 Do I say these things merely from a human perspective, or does the law not say the same? 9 For in the law of Moses it says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it treads the corn.” Is God really concerned about oxen? 10 Surely he says it for us? Yes, it is written for our sakes, so that he who ploughs and he who treads the corn can both look forward to a share in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed to you, is it too much to reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right over you, do we not have it even more? Nevertheless, we have not claimed this right but endure anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Are you unaware that those who serve in the sanctuary of God eat from the offerings, and those who serve at the altar get their portions from that? 14 In the same way, the Lord ordains that those who announce the gospel will live of the gospel. 15 Yet I have claimed no such privilege; nor have I written these things that it might be done for me—for it would be better to die than have anyone deprive me of this joy. 16 For in preaching the gospel I have nothing to boast of—I am compelled to—woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel! 17 For if I willingly do it I have a reward, but if I were unwilling I am still entrusted with this obligation. 18 What then is my reward? That in preaching the gospel I may offer it without charge and so not claim my rights as a gospel preacher.
19 Though I am free from all men, I become the servant of all in order to win the maximum: 20 I become as a Jew to the Jews to win Jews: as one under the law (though not being under the law) to those under the law, to win those under the law; 21 to those without the law as one without the law (not that I am outside of God’s law but under the law of Christ) in order to gain those outside the law; 22 to the morally weak I became as the weak to win the weak—I have become all things to all people in order to save some. 23 And I’m doing this for the sake of the gospel so that I might be a joint partner in it.
24 Don’t you see that those who race in the stadium all race, but only one obtains the prize? So race for victory! 25 He who competes practices self restraint in all things. All this to win a perishable wreath—but ours is incorruptible! 26 So I don’t run aimlessly; and I fight, but not punching the air; 27 I discipline my body, keeping it in slavery, for fear that somehow, while preaching to others, I might myself be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 10 1 I don’t want you to be ignorant brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, as they drank from the spiritual rock they followed, which rock was Christ. 5 But God was unhappy with most of them, and they were cut down in the desert.
6 These things are examples for us, so that we should not yearn for evil things as they did, 7 nor become idolaters as some of them were: as it is written, “the people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to revel.” 8 We must not commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand died in one day, 9 nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 Nor grumble as some of them did and were killed by the destroyer. 11 All these things happening to them are examples, and were written down to warn us who are facing the ends of the ages. 12 So the one who thinks he stands firm needs to take care that he doesn’t fall. 13 No temptation has taken you which isn’t common to everyone, but God is faithful: he will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear, but will provide, together with the temptation, the way of escape so you can resist it.
14 So, my beloved, flee from idolatry! 15 I’m talking to rational people, judge for yourselves what I say—16 the cup of blessing which we bless, isn’t it sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn’t it sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is just one bread, we many are one body, for we all feed on the same bread. 18 Consider Israel in the flesh: aren’t those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 19 So am I saying that an idol is anything, or that an idol sacrifice is anything? 20 No, but what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I don’t want you to have communion with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons too. 22 Or we will provoke the Lord to jealousy—and we are not stronger than him.
23 Everything is lawful for me, but not everything is desirable; everything is lawful for me, but not everything will edify. 24 No one should seek his own benefit, but the benefit of others. 25 Eat anything sold in the meat market, asking no questions of conscience, 26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and its abundance. 27 If you are invited to dinner by an unbeliever and you are happy to go, eat anything placed before you, asking no questions of conscience; 28 but if anyone says to you, “this meat was offered to an idol,” don’t eat it—for the sake of him that spoke, and for conscience’s sake; 29 the other’s conscience I mean—not your own, for why should my liberty be called into question by another’s conscience? 30 If I’m partaking with gratitude, why am I being vilified because of something for which I give thanks?
31 So whether you are eating or drinking, or doing anything, do all to the glory of God. 32 Don’t become a stumbling block: to Jews, to Gentiles, or to the assembly of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in all I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 11 1 Imitate me, as I imitate Christ. 2 I commend you, brethren, that you recollect all my teachings, and are holding them fast just as I gave them to you. 3 But I want you to know that every man’s head is Christ, the woman’s head is the man, and Christ’s head is God. 4 So any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head, 5 but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head since it is just as if she were shaven. 6 If a woman does not cover her head, let her hair be cut off; but if it’s shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved, let her cover her head.
7 A man should not cover his head, being inherently the image and glory of God; but the woman is man’s glory, 8 since man didn’t come from woman, but woman from man, 9 nor was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 Therefore the woman ought to have a token of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 However, in the Lord the man is not independent of the woman, nor is the woman independent of the man, 12 for just as the woman came out of the man, so man is born of woman, but all are of God.
13 Judge for yourselves, is it acceptable for a woman to pray to God uncovered? 14 And doesn’t even nature itself teach you that if a man grows his hair, it dishonours him? 15 But if a woman’s hair is long it is her glory, as her hair has been given her as a covering? 16 If anyone wants to dispute this, we have no such custom, nor do any of God’s assemblies.
17 Yet this I declare: I cannot commend you, for your meetings together are not for the better but for the worse. 18 Firstly, when you meet together in the assembly I hear there are splits, which I partly believe, 19 for there must be diverse views among you, that those of integrity may be revealed. 20 When you assemble together it’s not to eat the Lord’s supper, 21 for everyone proceeds with their own meal to eat first; so others are left hungry; and another is drunk. 22 Do you not have homes in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the assembly of God by shaming those with nothing?
What can I say to you? Shall I commend you for this? I think not! 23 For I learned from the Lord what I deliver up to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when he was delivered up, took bread, 24 and giving thanks, broke it, saying, “take, eat, this is my body being broken for your sakes, do this to keep me in mind.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup after the meal, saying, “this is the new covenant in my blood, do this every time you drink to keep me in mind.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you are declaring the death of the Lord until he comes 27 so, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord disrespectfully sins against the Lord’s body and blood.
28 Each one should examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks from the cup, 29 for he that eats and drinks without respecting the Lord’s body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 This is why many of you are infirm and sick and many sleep, 31 but if we discerned ourselves we would never be condemned. 32 Yet, when judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so we won’t be condemned with the world, 33 so, brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another; 34 and if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you gather together it won’t lead to judgment. When I come I will sort out the other matters.
1 Corinthians 12 1 Now, concerning spiritual gifts brethren, I wouldn’t want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were unbelievers, you went as you were led, to idols that can’t speak at all, 3 so, I want to assure you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will say that Jesus is cursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are assorted gifts, but the same Spirit, 5 and there are various kinds of service, but the same Lord, 6 and there are different workings, but the same God performs all things in everyone.
7 Now to each one is given the expression of the Spirit to benefit all. 8 To one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to yet another discerning of spirits; to a different one various tongues; to yet another the interpretation of tongues: 11 yet all these gifts are the work of one and the same Spirit, distributing to each person as he chooses.
12 For just as a body is singular with many members, and all those members, though many, form one body; it’s just the same with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we are all baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free men, and we all have to drink into one Spirit, 14 as the body is not a single member, but many. 15 If the foot were to say, “as I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” that wouldn’t mean that it’s not part of the body. 16 and if the ear were to say, “as I am not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” neither would that cancel its membership of the body. 17 If the entire body were an eye, where would hearing be? If the whole body were just hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God places each member in the body as it pleases him, 19 and if they were all a single member, how could they be a body?
20 So there are truly many members and one body, 21 and the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” neither can the head say to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, those members of the body which are considered weaker are essential; 23 and those body parts we consider without honour, these we give greater honour, so those which are indecent we treat with special modesty, 24 whereas our presentable parts don’t need it. And God assembles the body, giving more honour to those members that lack, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members should have a mutual care for one another, 26 and if one member suffers, all the members share their pain; or if one member is honoured, all the members share their joy.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you a member, 28 and in the assembly God has clearly appointed first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miraculous powers, then gifts of healing, assistants, wise counsels, and various tongues. 29 They’re not all apostles, neither are all prophets; not all are teachers, nor all work miracles; 30 not all have gifts of healing, nor do all speak in tongues, nor all interpret; 31 so zealously pursue the greater gifts.
And yet I will now reveal to you the most excellent way. 1 Corinthians 13 1 If I speak with the tongues of men and angels but have no love, I have become like blaring brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have a prophetic gift and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all the faith needed to move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing. 3 And if I donate all my belongings to feed the poor; and if I surrender my body to the flames, but have no love, it gains me nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn’t envy, doesn’t boast, is not proud; 5 it is never rude, is not conceited, is not provoked; keeps no account of evil; 6 it takes no joy in evil, but rejoices with the truth; 7 love bears all things, always believes, always hopes, always endures. 8 Love never fails; but where there are prophecies they will cease; where there are tongues they will pass; where there is knowledge it will vanish. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, then what is partial will be gone.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I had the opinions of a child; but now I have become a man I am done with the ways of childhood. 12 For now we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now faith, hope and love remain—these three; and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 14 1 So chase after love and yearn for spiritual gifts, particularly that you may prophesy, 2 for anyone speaking in a tongue speaks not to people but to God—no one understands since he speaks mysteries in the Spirit, 3 but the one who prophesies speaks to men, edifying, exhorting and comforting them. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but he who prophesies enlightens the assembly. 5 I would like you all to speak in tongues but rather that you prophesy, for prophesying is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the assembly may be enlightened. 6 So, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues; and if I don’t speak by revelation or knowledge, in prophecy or teaching, how will I benefit you?
7 Even with lifeless instruments that produce sounds, like the flute or lyre, if no distinction is given between the notes, how will anyone know what’s being played? 8 And if the trumpet sounds an ambiguous call, who will prepare for battle? 9 It’s the same with you too—unless your tongue speaks intelligibly, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will simply be vocalising into the air. 10 Surely there are many types of speech in the world and none is devoid of meaning. 11 If then I don’t comprehend the meaning of a language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and he to me, 12 and so will you.
Since you are such zealots for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in the edification of the assembly. 13 So let the one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret, 14 for if I pray in a tongue, my spirit is praying but my mind yields nothing. 15 Then what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, but also with my mind; I will sing in the spirit, but also with my mind. 16 Else, when you declare a blessing in the spirit, how can anyone in the place of the uninformed say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he doesn’t know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks perfectly well, but the other is no wiser.
18 I thank my God, I speak more tongues than all of you, 19 but in the assembly I would rather speak five clear words from my mind, in order to instruct others, than endless words in a tongue. 20 Brethren, don’t reason like children—be infants regarding evil, but in reasoning be fully mature. 21 It is written in the law, “with unknown tongues and unfamiliar lips I will speak to this people but they won’t listen to me, says the Lord.” 22 So tongues are not a sign to those who have faith, but to unbelievers; while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for the saints. 23 Therefore if the entire assembly comes together into one place and everyone is speaking in tongues, and the unlearned or unbelievers enter, won’t they say you’re demented? 24 But if all are prophesying when an unbeliever or unlearned soul enters, he is convicted and searched by all that’s said, 25 so the secrets of his heart are revealed; and he will fall on his face and worship God, admitting that God is truly among you.
26 So what’s the conclusion, brethren? When you come together, each person brings a psalm or a teaching; a tongue, an interpretation or a revelation. But let all be done to build each other up. 27 If anyone speaks a tongue, two, or at most three should speak, one at a time; and then someone must interpret, 28 but if there is no one to interpret, the speaker should stay quiet in the assembly, speaking to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and the others weigh their words, 30 and if revelation is made to someone sitting there, the first should yield, 31 for you can all prophesy in turn, so everyone can learn and be encouraged. 32 Prophets’ spirits are under the control of the prophets 33 for God doesn’t bring chaos but peace.
As in all the assemblies of the saints, 34 your women should remain silent, for it is not permitted to them to speak but to subject themselves, as the law says, 35 and if they want to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is shameful for women to speak in the assembly. 36 Or did the word of God come from you, or did it come to you only? 37 If anyone thinks he’s a prophet or spiritual, he must accept that what I’m writing to you are orders from the Lord, 38 but if anyone can’t see that, let him remain ignorant. 39 So brethren, be keen to prophesy but don’t forbid speaking in tongues— 40 just let all things occur respectably and in order.
1 Corinthians 15 1 Now I am clarifying for you, brethren, the gospel I preached to you, which you accepted and in which you stand, 2 and through which you are being saved, if you are holding fast to the gospel I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I gave you to begin with what I received: that Christ died for our sins in fulfilment of the scriptures, 4 that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day, as the scriptures foretold. 5 He was seen by Cephas, later by the twelve, 6 and then he was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once, of whom the majority are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Later he was seen by James, then by all the apostles, 8 and finally he was seen by me, as to one born prematurely. 9 For I am the least of the apostles: not worthy to be called an apostle as I persecuted the assembly of God, 10 but by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace on me is not wasted—I work harder than them all, yet not I but the grace of God which is with me.
11 So then, whether it was I or they, this we preach and this you believed. 12 But since it’s preached that Christ was raised from the dead, how are some of you saying there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either, 14 and if Christ didn’t rise, then our preaching is for nothing, and your faith is also for nothing. 15 Also, we are shown to be false witnesses of God, as we testify that God raised Christ, whom he didn’t raise if the dead are not raised, 16 for if the dead are not raised, Christ was not raised either, 17 and if Christ was not raised, your faith is pointless: you are still in your sins. 18 As a result, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost; 19 if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are more to be pitied than all people.
20 But Christ has been raised from the dead, becoming the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep, 21 for, since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man, 22 so even as in Adam all die, in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: initially Christ the firstfruits, then those of Christ at his coming, 24 then comes the end, when he will give the kingdom to God the Father, having brought the end to every beginning, and to every authority and power, 25 for he must reign until he has put all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For God puts everything beneath his feet; but when it says that all have been subjected, it is clear that he who puts all things under him is excepted, 28 however, when everything is subjected to him, then the Son will also be subject to the one who put all things under him, so that God may be all in all; 29 otherwise, what will those do who are baptised for the dead?
If it’s certain the dead are not raised, why be baptised for them? 30 And why are we in danger all the time 31 despite your boasting? Every day I die in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If, as a mere man, I oppose merciless men in Ephesus, what do I gain if the dead are not raised? “Let’s eat and drink now, because tomorrow we’ll be dead!” 33 Don’t be deceived, degenerate friendships corrupt innocent character. 34 Sober up decently and stop sinning, for to your shame I say, some of you know nothing of God!
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 You fool! What you sow will never grow until it dies, 37 and what you sow is not the body that will be, but the bare grain which may be wheat or something else, 38 but God gives it a body he chooses, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: people have one type of flesh, and animals have another, fish too are different, and so are birds. 40 Then there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, and the glory of the celestial is quite unlike that of the terrestrial. 41 The glory of the sun differs from the splendour of the moon; the stars are different again; and one star is more radiant than the next.
42 The resurrection of the dead is the same: it is sown in corruption and raised incorruptible; 43 it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. Just as there is a natural body, there is a spiritual body too. 45 So, it is written, “the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam a life-giving spirit.” 46 However, the spiritual isn’t first, but the natural; then later the spiritual. 47 The first man was natural, of earthly dust; the second man is the Lord of heaven; 48 as the earthly one was, so are those of the earth; and as the heavenly one is, so are the heavenly ones, 49 and just as we wear the likeness of the earthly, we will also wear the likeness of the heavenly.
50 So I declare, brethren, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God—neither does the corruptible inherit incorruption. 51 Take heed! I am telling you a mystery: not everyone will sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will blow, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 That which is corruptible must be clad with incorruption: the mortal with immortality, 54 so when the corruptible puts on incorruption, when the mortal puts on immortality, then the word which is written will be fulfilled, “death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, o death, is your sting? Where, o death, is your victory?” 56 Death’s sting is sin, and sin’s power is the law, 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So then, my dear brethren, be unwavering and immovable, excelling in the Lord’s work, always aware that your labour in the Lord is not vain.
1 Corinthians 16 1 Now, about the contribution for the saints; do as I directed the Galatian assemblies: 2 on the first day of each week let each one lay up money in store, according to how much he has prospered, so that there need be no collections when I come. 3 Then when I come, whoever you approve, I will send with letters to Jerusalem to deliver your gifts, 4 and if it is appropriate for me to go too, they will go with me.
5 After I have passed through Macedonia, I will come to you; for I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6 and I may stay with you, or even winter there, so you can speed me on toward wherever I may be headed. 7 For I don’t want to just see you in passing—I’m hoping to stay with you for a while, if the Lord permits, 8 but I will stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 as a wide door has opened for me to do effective work, though many oppose it.
10 If Timothy should come to you, see that he has nothing to worry about. He labours for the Lord, just as I do, 11 so let no one look down on him, but send him on with your blessings that he may come to me—I await him with the brethren.
12 Regarding brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the brethren, but he was not willing to go just now: he will go when he gets the opportunity.
13 Stand firm in the faith! Be vigilant! Be valiant! Be strong! 14 Let everything be done in love. 15 Now I urge you, brethren—you know the house of Stephanas, who were the first converts of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to serve the saints— 16 that you may subject yourselves to such as these, and to all those sharing the work and labouring with us.
17 I am glad Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus are here as they have made up for your absence, 18 for they refresh my spirit and yours; so then, recognise such people.
19 The assemblies of Asia send you their greetings.
Aquila and Priscilla, together with the assembly that meets in their home, greet you warmly in the Lord.
20 All the brethren greet you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 Salutations in my own hand: Paul.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, he is accursed. Come, Lord!
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
24 My love to you all in Christ Jesus, Amen.