1 Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ through God’s will, and Sosthenes the brother, 2 to the church of :God which is at Corinth, those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all that call in every place upon the name of our :Lord Jesus Christ, theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank :God always concerning you, for the grace of :God :given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all †utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of the Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye are behind in no gift; awaiting the revelation of our :Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end unreprovable in the day of our :Lord Jesus Christ. 9 Faithful the God, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his :Son Jesus Christ our :Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our :Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same, and no †divisions be among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been shown me concerning you, my brethren, by them of Chloe’s house that contentions are among you. 12 Now this I say, that each of you saith, I indeed am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. 13 Christ is divided: was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I give thanks that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest anyone say that ye were baptized into my :name. 16 And I baptized also the house of Stephanas: for the rest, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of the Christ be made void.
18 For the word :of the cross is to the perishing foolishness; but to us who are being saved it is God’s power. 19 For it is written,
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And annul the discernment of the discerning.
20 Where is the wise? where the scribe? where the disputer of this :age? hath not :God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of :God the world through :wisdom knew not :God, it was :God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preachment to save them that believe. 22 Since both Jews ask signs, and Greeks seek wisdom: 23 but WE preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews indeed, but to the nations foolishness; 24 but to the called themselves, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25 Because the foolishness of :God is wiser than :men; and the weakness of :God is stronger than :men. 26 For look at your :calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are chosen; 27 but :God chose the foolish things of the world, that he put to shame the wise; and :God chose the weak things of the world, that he put to shame the strong; 28 and the ignoble things of the world, and the despised, did :God choose, and the things that are not, that he bring to nought those that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before :God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who became to us both wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, Who glorieth in the Lord let him glory.