1 Corinthians


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    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.

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    1 And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of word or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of :God. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my :words and my :preachment were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of Spirit and power: 5 that your :faith be not in men’s wisdom, but in God’s power. 6 We speak wisdom, however, among the fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this :age, nor of the rulers of this :age, who are coming to nought: 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in mystery, the hidden wisdom which God foreordained before the ages unto our glory: 8 which none of the rulers of this :age hath †known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of :glory:

    9 but as it is written,
    Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not,
    And entered not into heart of man,
    Whatsoever things :God prepared for them that love him. 10 For to us :God revealed through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the depths of :God. 11 For who among men †knoweth the things of the man, save the spirit of the man :in him? even so the things of :God none knoweth, save the Spirit of :God. 12 But WE received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from :God; that we might †know the things :freely given to us of :God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in words taught of man’s wisdom, but in Spirit-taught words; interpreting spiritual things to spiritual men. 14 Now man natural receiveth not the things of the Spirit of :God: for they are foolishness to him; and know he cannot, because they are spiritually judged. 15 But the spiritual man judgeth indeed all things, but himself is judged of none. 16 For who hath known the Lord’s mind, that he should instruct him? But we have Christ’s mind.

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    1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I †fed you milk, not meat; for ye were not yet able to bear it. Nay, even now are ye yet unable; 3 for ye are yet carnal: for whereas jealousy is among you and strife, are ye not carnal, and walk ye not after man’s manner? 4 For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I, of Apollos; are ye not men? 5 What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed, and as the Lord gave to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered; but :God gave increase. 7 So then neither is who planteth aught nor who watereth; but God that giveth increase. 8 Now who planteth and who watereth are one: but each shall receive his own :reward according to his own :toil. 9 For we are God’s fellow-workers: ye are God’s †husbandry, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of :God :given me, as a wise masterbuilder I laid a foundation; and another buildeth thereon. But let each look how he buildeth thereon. 11 For other foundation can no one lay than what is laid, who is Jesus Christ. 12 But if any buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, †hay, stubble; 13 the work of each shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is being revealed in fire; and the fire itself shall prove the work of each of what sort it is. 14 If the work of any shall abide which he built thereon, he shall receive reward. 15 If the work of any shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but himself shall be saved; yet so as through fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are God’s sanctuary, and the Spirit of :God dwelleth in you? 17 If any corrupteth the sanctuary of :God, him shall :God corrupt; for the sanctuary of God is holy, which ye are.

    18 Let no one deceive himself. If any thinketh he is wise among you in this :age, let him become a fool, that he become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this :world is foolishness with :God. For it is written, Who taketh the wise in their :craftiness: 20 and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Wherefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or world, or life, or death, or things present, or coming; all are yours; 23 and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

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    1 Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2 Here, moreover, it is required in the stewards, that one be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s day: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing against myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but who judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Wherefore judge nothing before the season, until the Lord come, who will both light up the hidden things of the darkness, and manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each have the praise from :God. 6 Now these, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn the Not to go beyond the things written; that ye be not puffed up for the one against the other. 7 For who maketh thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? but if thou didst receive, why gloriest thou as if thou hadst not received? 8 Already are ye filled? already ye are become rich? have ye come to reign without us? yea and I would indeed ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9 For, I think, :God hath set forth us the apostles last, as doomed to death: for we are become a spectacle unto the world and to angels and men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye strong; ye have glory, but we dishonor. 11 Unto the present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place: 12 and we toil, working with our :own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we beseech: we are become as filth of the world, offscouring of all things, even until now. 14 I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though ye may have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel. 16 I beseech you therefore, become imitators of me. 17 For this cause have I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved child and faithful in the Lord, who shall remind you of my :ways which are in Christ Jesus, even as I teach everywhere in every church.

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

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    1 Fornication is actually reported among you, and such fornication as is not even among the nations, that one hath his :father’s wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that who had done this deed be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, being absent in :body but present in :spirit, have already as if present judged him that hath so wrought this, 4 in the name of our :Lord Jesus, ye being gathered, and my :spirit, with the power of our :Lord Jesus, 5 to deliver the such to :Satan for destruction of the flesh, that the spirit be saved in the day of the Lord. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out the old leaven, that ye be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened. For our :passover also hath been sacrificed, Christ: 8 wherefore let us keep festival, not with old leaven, neither with leaven of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote you in the epistle not to mingle with fornicators; 10 not at all meaning with the fornicators of this :world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; since ye must then go out of the world: 11 but now I write you not to mingle with, if any that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with the such no, not to eat. 12 For what have I to do with judging those without? Do not YE judge those within, 13 and those without :God judgeth? Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.

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    1 Dare any of you, having a matter against the other, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Or know ye not that the saints shall †judge the world? and if the world is judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

    3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things pertaining to this life? 4 If then ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do ye set them to judge who are of no account in the church? 5 I say this to move you to shame. Thus is there not among you one wise man who shall be able to decide between his :brothers, 6 but brother goeth to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 Nay, already it is altogether a defect in you, that ye have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather take wrong? why not rather be defrauded? 8 But YE wrong and defraud, and that brethren. 9 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit God’s kingdom? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of our :Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our :God.

    12 All things are lawful for me; but not all are expedient. All are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 :Meats for the belly, and the belly for :meats: but :God shall bring to nought both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body: 14 and :God both raised the Lord, and will raise up us through his :power. 15 Know ye not that your :bodies are members of Christ? shall I then take away the members of the Christ, and make them members of a harlot? Be it not so. 16 Or know ye not that who is joined to the harlot is one body? for, The two, saith he, shall become one flesh. 17 But who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee :fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but who committeth fornication sinneth against his :own body. 19 Or know ye not that your :body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom ye have from God? and ye are not your own; 20 for ye were bought with a price: glorify :God therefore in your :body.

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    1 Now concerning whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But, because of fornications, let each have his †own :wife, and let each have her :own husband. 3 Let the husband render to the wife her :due: and likewise also the wife to the husband. 4 The wife hath not power over her own :body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own :body, but the wife. 5 Defraud not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves to :prayer, and be together again, that :Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency. 6 But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment. 7 Yet I would all men were even as I myself. But each hath his :own gift from God, one this wise, and another thus wise.

    8 But I say to the unmarried and the widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 10 But to the married I give charge, not I, but the Lord, That a wife depart not from a husband 11 (but and if she depart, let her remain un married, or be reconciled to the husband); and that a husband leave not his wife. 12 But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her. 13 And a woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with her, let her not leave the husband. 14 For the unbelieving :husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving :wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your :children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 Yet if the unbelieving departeth, let him depart: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in :such cases: but God hath called you in peace. 16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save the husband? or how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save the wife? 17 Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each, as :God hath called each, thus let him walk. And thus I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was any called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 :Circumcision is nothing, and :uncircumcision is nothing; but keeping of God’s commandments. 20 Let each abide in the calling wherein he was called. 21 Wast thou called as a bondman? care not for it: nay, even if thou canst become free, use it rather. 22 For who was called in the Lord being a bondman, is the Lord’s freedman: likewise who was called free, is Christ’s bondman. 23 Ye were bought with a price; become not bondmen of men. 24 Brethren, let each, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.
    25 Now concerning the virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful. 26 I think therefore that this is good because of the distress :upon us: that it is good for a man to be as he is. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But shouldest thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if the virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I am sparing you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the season is shortened, that henceforth both those having wives may be as though not having; 30 and the weeping, as though not weeping; and the rejoicing, as though not rejoicing; and the buying, as though not possessing; 31 and those using the world, as not using it to the full: for the †fashion of this :world passeth away. 32 But I would have you to be free from cares. The unmarried careth for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 but the married careth for the things of the world, how he may please the wife, 34 and is divided. Also the unmarried :woman and the virgin careth for the things of the Lord, that she be holy both in :body and in :spirit: but the married careth for the things of the world, how she may please the husband. 35 And this I say for your own :profit; not that I may cast a †snare upon you, but for what :is seemly, and assiduous toward the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any thinketh he behaveth unseemly toward his :virgin, if she be past the flower of age, and if need so requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry. 37 But who standeth steadfast in his :heart, having no necessity, but hath power as touching his †own :will, and hath decided this in his own :heart, to keep his own :virgin, he shall do well. 38 So then both who giveth his own :virgin in marriage doeth well; and who giveth not in marriage shall do better. 39 A wife is bound for so long time as the husband liveth; but if the husband be fallen asleep, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is more blessed if she abide as she is, after my :judgment: and I think that I also have God’s Spirit.

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    1 Now concerning the things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. :Knowledge puffeth up, but :love buildeth up. 2 If any thinketh he †knoweth aught, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know; 3 but if any loveth :God, the same is known by him. 4 Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5 For though there be so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth; just as gods are many, and lords many; 6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are :all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all the things, and we through him. 7 But not in all is the knowledge: but some, :being used until now to the idol, eat as of a thing sacrificed to idols; and their :conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat will not present us to :God: neither, if we eat not, do we lack; nor, if we eat, do we abound. 9 But look ye lest by any means this :power of yours become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if one see thee who hast knowledge sitting at meat in an idol’s temple, will not his :conscience, if he is weak, be †emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11 For by thy :knowledge the weak perisheth, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 And thus, sinning against the brethren, and smiting their :conscience when weak, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat stumbles my :brother, I will eat no flesh unto the age, that I cause not my :brother to stumble.

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    1 Am I not free? am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus our :Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine :apostleship are YE in the Lord. 3 My :defense to them that examine me is this. 4 Have we not authority to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not authority to lead about a wife that is a sister, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not authority to forbear working? 7 Who is ever a soldier at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Do I speak these things after man’s manner? or saith not the law also the same? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle an ox threshing. Or careth God for the oxen, 10 or saith he it altogether for us? Yea, for us it was written: because who ploweth ought to plow in hope; and who thresheth, to thresh in hope of partaking. 11 If we sowed for you :spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your :carnal things? 12 If others partake of this :authority over you, do not we yet more? But we did not use this :authority; but we †bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of the Christ. 13 Know ye not that who minister about the holy things eat of the things of the holy place; they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar? 14 Thus also the Lord ordained those proclaiming the gospel to live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: and I write not these that it be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to die, than—none shall make my :glorying void. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is me, if I should not preach the gospel. 17 For if I do this of my will, I have reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What then is my :reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may give the gospel without charge, so as not to use to the full my :authority in the gospel. 19 For though I was free from all, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. 20 And 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; 21 to those without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain those without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to :all men, that I may by all means save some. 23 And I do all things for the gospel, that I may become joint partaker thereof. 24 Know ye not that who run in a †racecourse run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run ye that ye may apprehend. 25 And every one that striveth in games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it therefore to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I accordingly so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating air: 27 but I bruise my :body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be disapproved.

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    1 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our :fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: now the rock was the Christ. 5 But with the greater part of them :God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evils, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be idolaters as some of them; even as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day twenty-three thousand. 9 Neither let us make severe trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents. 10 Neither murmur, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer. 11 Now these happened to them as a †figure; and were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth look lest he fall. 13 Only human temptation hath overtaken you: but :God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way out, that ye be able to endure it.
    14 Wherefore, my beloved, flee from :idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge what I say. 16 The cup of the blessing which we bless, is it not communion of the blood of the Christ? The bread which we break, is it not communion of the body of the Christ? 17 Because we the many are one loaf, one body: for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Observe the Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar? 19 What say I then? that aught sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 But I say, that the things which the nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons. 21 Ye cannot drink the Lord’s cup and a cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of a table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 23 All things are lawful; but not all are expedient. All are lawful; but not all build up. 24 Let no man seek his own, but the good of the other. 25 Everything :sold in shambles, eat, asking no question for :conscience’ sake; 26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. 27 If one of the unbelieving invite you to a feast, and ye wish to go; eat whatever is :set before you, asking no question for :conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone say to you, This hath been offered in sacrifice, eat not, for :his sake that showed it, and for :conscience: 29 conscience, I say, however, not :thine own, but the :other’s; for why is my :liberty judged by another conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I evil spoken of for what I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of :God: 33 even as I also please all in all things, not seeking mine own :profit, but that of the many, that they be saved.

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    1 Become imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.
    2 Now I praise you that ye remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is :Christ; and the head of woman is the man; and the head of the Christ is :God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, with head covered, dishonoreth his :head. 5 But every woman praying or prophesying with :head unveiled dishonoreth her :head; for it is one and the same as if :shaven. 6 For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled. 7 For a man ought not indeed to have the head veiled, he being God’s image and glory: but the woman is the man’s glory. 8 For man is not of woman; but woman is of man: 9 for neither was man created for the woman; but woman for the man: 10 for this cause ought the woman to have a sign of authority on the head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is woman without man, nor man without woman in the Lord. 12 For just as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but :all things are of :God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray to :God unveiled? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is glory to her: for the hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if any seemeth to be contentious, WE have no such custom, neither the churches of :God.
    17 But in giving this charge, I praise not because ye come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first, when ye come together in church, I hear divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For factions must be also among you, that the approved be also manifest among you. 20 When therefore ye come together in meeting, it is not possible to eat the Lord’s supper: 21 for in :eating each taketh his :own supper before; and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22 What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of :God, and put them to shame that have nothing? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not. 23 For I received of the Lord what also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was delivered up took bread; 24 and when he gave thanks he brake it, and said, This is my :body, which is for you: this do in :remembrance of me. 25 In like manner also the cup, after :supper, saying, This :cup is the new covenant in my :blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in :remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this :bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the death of the Lord till he come. 27 So that whoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man prove himself, and thus let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29 For who eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, if he discern not the body. 30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 31 But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when judged of the Lord, we are chastened, that we be not condemned with the world. 33 So then, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one for another. 34 If any is hungry, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto judgment. And the rest will I set in order whenever I come.

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    1 Now concerning the spirituals, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that as nations ye were led away unto those dumb :idols, howsoever ye might be led. 3 Wherefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by God’s Spirit saith, Jesus is anathema; and no one can say, Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all the things in all. 7 But to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit to :profit. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit a word of wisdom; and to another a word of know- ledge, according to the same Spirit: 9 to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit; 10 and to another workings of powers; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits: to another kinds of tongues; and to another interpretation of tongues; 11 but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each severally even as he willeth. 12 For even as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also the Christ. 13 For in one Spirit also were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body also is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 17 If the whole body were eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where the smelling? 18 But now hath :God set the members each of them in the body even as he willed. 19 And if all were one member, where were the body? 20 But now the members are many, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much rather, the members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary: 23 and what parts of the body we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor; and our :uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness; 24 whereas our comely parts have no need: but :God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that which is lacking; 25 that no schism be in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or a member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now ye are Christ’s body, and severally members thereof. 28 And :God hath set some in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then powers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all power workers? 30 have all gifts of healings? speak all in tongues? do all interpret?
    31 But desire earnestly the greater :gifts.
    And I show you moreover an excellent way.

  • 13

    1 If with the tongues of :men I speak, and of :angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if prophecy I have, and all the mysteries I know and all knowledge; and if all faith I have, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And if I dole out all my :goods, and if I give my :body that I may glory, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 4 :Love suffereth long, is kind; :love envieth not, vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 is not unseemly, seeketh not its :own, is not provoked, taketh not account of :evil; 6 rejoiceth not in :unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 covereth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 :Love never †faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether tongues, they shall cease; whether knowledge, it shall be done away. 9 For we know in part, and prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect is come, what is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, thought as a child, reasoned as a child: when I became a man, I put away the things of the child. 12 For now we see by a mirror †darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. 13 But now abideth faith, hope, love, these :three; and the greater of these is love.

  • 14

    1 Follow after :love; yet desire earnestly the spirituals, but rather that ye prophesy. 2 For who speaketh in a tongue speaketh not to men, but to God; for no one heareth; but in spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But who prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation. 4 Who speaketh in a tongue buildeth up himself; but who prophesieth buildeth up the church. 5 Now I would you all to speak in tongues, but rather that ye prophesy: and greater he that prophesieth than who speaketh in tongues, except he interpret, that the church receive edification. 6 But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophecy, or of teaching? 7 Even the things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give no distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 8 For if also the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war? 9 So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue distinct speech, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and nothing is voiceless. 11 If then I know not the force of the voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and who speaketh will be a barbarian in my mind. 12 So ye also, since ye are zealots for spirits, seek that ye may abound unto the edification of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my :spirit prayeth, but my :understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it 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. 16 Else if thou bless in spirit, how shall who filleth the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy :giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not built up. 18 I thank :God, I speak with a tongue more than you all: 19 but in church I would rather speak five words with my :understanding that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brethren, be not children in your :minds, but in :malice be babes; in your :minds however be perfect. 21 In the law it is written, [that] By strange-tongued and by lips of strangers will I speak to this :people; and not even thus will they hearken to me, saith the Lord. 22 So that the tongues are for a sign, not to the believing, but to the unbelieving: but prophecy is not to the unbelieving, but to the believing. 23 If therefore the whole church come together in meeting and all should speak with tongues, and men ungifted or unbelieving come in, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all prophesy, and one unbelieving or ungifted come in, he is †reproved by all, judged by all; 25 the secrets of his :heart have become manifest; and so he will fall on his face and worship :God, declaring that :God is among you indeed. 26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be unto edifying. 27 If any speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret: 28 but if there be no interpreter, let him be silent in church; and let him speak to himself, and to :God. 29 And let prophets speak by two or three, and let the others discern. 30 But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first be silent. 31 For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; 32 (and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33 for :God is not a God of confusion, but of peace), as in all the churches of the saints.

    34 Let the women be silent in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. 35 And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in church. 36 What, is it from you that the word of :God went forth, or came it unto you alone? 37 If any thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of what things I write you, that it is the Lord’s commandment. 38 But if any is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39 So then, my brethren, †desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 But let all things be done decently and in order.

  • 15

    1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also ye received, in which also ye stand, 2 by which also ye are being saved, if ye hold fast to the word which I preached to you, except ye believed to no purpose. 3 For I delivered to you among first things what also I received: that Christ died for our :sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third :day according to the scriptures; 5 and that he was seen of Cephas; then of the twelve; 6 thereupon was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the more remain until now, but some are fallen asleep; 7 thereupon was seen of James; then of all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as of the untimely birth, he was seen of me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called apostle, because I persecuted the church of :God. 10 But by God’s grace I am what I am: and his :grace :unto me was not found void; but I toiled more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of :God with me. 11 Whether then I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

    12 Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been raised: 14 and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching void, and our faith also is void. 15 Yea, we are found false witnesses of :God; because we witnessed for :God that he raised the Christ: whom he raised not, if so be that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, neither hath Christ been raised: 17 and if Christ hath not been raised, your :faith is vain; ye are yet in your :sins. 18 Then also those fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have in this :life only hoped in Christ, we are of all men rather pitiable. 20 But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, first fruit of those asleep. 21 For since by man is death, by man is also resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in :Adam all die, so also in the Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his :own order: Christ a first fruit; then they that are the Christ’s, at his :presence. 24 Then the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to the God and Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he put all his :enemies under his :feet. 26 The enemy to be abolished last is :death. 27 For, He subjected all things under his :feet. But when he saith that all the things are subjected, it is evident that he is excepted who did subject :all things to him. 28 And when all the things have been subjected to him, then also the Son shall himself be subjected to him that did subject all the things to him, that :God be all in all. 29 Else what shall they do that are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 why are WE also in peril every hour? 31 I protest by your glorying, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our :Lord, I die daily. 32 If :after man’s manner I fought beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good †morals. 34 Awake to soberness righteously, and sin not; for some have no knowledge of God: I speak to shame you.

    35 But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what sort of body do they come? 36 Foolish one, what THOU sowest is not made alive except it die: 37 and what thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but †bare grain, it may chance of †wheat, or of some of the rest; 38 but :God giveth it a body even as he would, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but one is of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes. 40 There are also bodies heavenly, and bodies earthly: but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 One glory of sun, and another glory of moon, and another glory of stars; for star differeth from star in glory. 42 So also the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; raised in incorruption: 43 sown in dishonor; raised in glory: sown in weakness; raised in power: 44 sown a natural body; raised a spiritual. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual. 45 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam a lifegiving spirit. 46 Howbeit not the spiritual is first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is of earth, of dust; the second man is of heaven. 48 As is the †earthy, such are also the earthy ones: and as is the heavenly, such are also the heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the dust, let us also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Lo, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorrupt ible, and WE shall be changed. 53 For this :corruptible must put on incorruption, and this :mortal must put on immortality.

    54 But when this :mortal shall have put on :immortality, then shall come to pass the saying :written, :Death is swallowed up unto victory. 55 O death, where is thy :victory? O death, where thy :sting? 56 Now the sting of :death is :sin; and the power of :sin is the law: 57 but thanks be to :God, who giveth us the victory through our :Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your :toil is not vain in the Lord.

  • 16

    1 Now concerning the collection :for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of :Galatia, so also do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let each of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that when I come no collections be then made. 3 And when I arrive whomsoever ye shall approve with letters, them will I send to carry your :bounty to Jerusalem: 4 and if it be meet for me to go also, they shall go with me. 5 But I will come unto you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia; for I pass through Macedonia; 6 but it may be that I shall abide with you; or winter, that ye may set me forward on my journey whithersoever I go. 7 For I do not wish to see you now by the way; for I hope to tarry some time with you, if the Lord permit. 8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until :Pentecost; 9 for a great door and effectual is opened to me, and adversaries are many. 10 Now if Timothy come, see that he be with you without fear; for he worketh the Lord’s work, as I also: 11 let no one therefore despise him. But set him forward on his journey in peace, that he come unto me: for I expect him with the brethren. 12 But as touching Apollos the brother, I besought him much to come unto you with the brethren: and it was not at all the will to come now; but he will come when he shall have opportunity. 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 14 Let all ye do be in love. 15 Now I beseech you, brethren (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is a first fruit of Achaia, and they have set themselves to minister to the saints), 16 that ye also submit to :such, and to every one that helpeth in the work and toileth. 17 And I rejoice at the presence of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for what was lacking on your :part THEY supplied. 18 For they refreshed my :spirit and :yours: acknowledge ye therefore :such.

    19 The churches of :Asia salute you. Aquila and †Prisca salute you much in the Lord, with the church in their house. 20 All the brethren salute you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 greeting of me Paul with my :hand. 22 If any loveth not the Lord, let him be anathema. †Maranatha. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My :love with you all in Christ Jesus.