1 Corinthians 1


1 Paul, a called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ b through the will of God, and c Sosthenes our brother,

2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who d are 1 sanctified in Christ Jesus, e called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ f our Lord, g both theirs and ours:

3 h Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


4 i I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him j in all 2 utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as k the testimony of Christ was confirmed 3 in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly l waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 m who will also confirm you to the end, n that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 o God is faithful, by whom you were called into p the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, q that you all 4 speak the same thing, and that there be no 5 divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are 6 contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that r each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of s Apollos," or "I am of t Cephas," or "I am of Christ." 13 u Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized v none of you except w Crispus and x Gaius, 15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. 16 Yes, I also baptized the household of y Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, z not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

18 For the 7 message of the cross is a foolishness to b those who are perishing, but to us c who are being saved it is the d power of God.

19 For it is written:
e "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 8

20 f Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the 9 disputer of this age? g Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the h wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For i Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, j to the Jews a 10 stumbling block and to the 11 Greeks k foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ l the power of God and m the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For 12 you see your calling, brethren, n that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many 13 noble, are called. 27 But o God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the 14 base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and p righteousness and sanctification and redemption - 31 that, as it is written, q "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD." 15

  1. Cross References
    Romans 1:1
    Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
  2. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:1
    Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
  3. Cross References
    Acts 18:17
    Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 15:9
    And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
  5. Cross References
    Romans 1:7
    To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Ephesians 4:1
    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
    1 Thessalonians 2:12
    That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 8:6
    Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
  7. Cross References
    Romans 3:22
    Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 1:7
    To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 1:8
    First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:8
    For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.
  11. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 1:10
    When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
    1 Timothy 2:6
    Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
    2 Timothy 1:8
    Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.
    Revelation 1:2
    Who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
  12. Cross References
    Luke 17:30
    Even so will it be in the day when the Son of M...
    Romans 8:19
    For the earnest expectation of the creation eag...
    Romans 8:23
    Not only that, but we also who have the firstfr...
    Philippians 3:20
    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we...
    Titus 2:13
    Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appea...
    2 Peter 3:12
    Looking for and hastening the coming of the day...
  13. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 3:13
    So that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
    1 Thessalonians 5:23
    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  14. Cross References
    Philippians 1:6
    Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    Colossians 1:22
    In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight -
    Colossians 2:7
    Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:9
    Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is Go...
    Isaiah 49:7
    Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, the...
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    No temptation has overtaken you except such as ...
    2 Corinthians 1:18
    But as God is faithful, our word to you was not...
    1 Thessalonians 5:24
    He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
    2 Thessalonians 3:3
    But the Lord is faithful, who will establish yo...
  16. Cross References
    John 15:4
    Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
  17. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 13:11
    Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    1 Peter 3:8
    Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 3:8 - 10
    Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
    1 Corinthians 3:4
    For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?
  19. Cross References
    Acts 18:24
    Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
    1 Corinthians 3:22
    Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours.
  20. Cross References
    John 1:42
    And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
    1 Corinthians 3:22
    Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours.
    1 Corinthians 9:5
    Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
    1 Corinthians 15:5
    And that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
  21. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:4
    For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted - you may well put up with it!
  22. Cross References
    John 4:2
    (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples).
  23. Cross References
    Acts 18:8
    Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
  24. Cross References
    Romans 16:23
    Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.
  25. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:15
    I urge you, brethren - you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints -
    1 Corinthians 16:17
    I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
  26. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:1
    And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:4
    And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
    1 Corinthians 2:13
    These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
  27. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:14
    But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  28. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:15
    For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
  29. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:2
    By which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you - unless you believed in vain.
  30. Cross References
    Romans 1:16
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
    1 Corinthians 1:24
    But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
  31. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:14
    Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.
  32. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:12
    Where are they? Where are your wise men? Let them tell you now, And let them know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
    Isaiah 33:18
    Your heart will meditate on terror: "Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?
  33. Cross References
    Job 12:17
    He leads counselors away plundered, And makes f...
    Matthew 13:22
    Now he who received seed among the thorns is he...
    1 Corinthians 2:6
    However, we speak wisdom among those who are ma...
    1 Corinthians 2:8
    Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for ...
    1 Corinthians 3:18
    Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you...
    1 Corinthians 3:19
    For the wisdom of this world is foolishness wit...
  34. Cross References
    Daniel 2:20
    Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
    Romans 11:33
    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
  35. Cross References
    Matthew 12:38
    Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.
    Mark 8:11
    Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.
    John 2:18
    So the Jews answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?
    John 4:48
    Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.
  36. Cross References
    Isaiah 8:14
    He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
    Luke 2:34
    Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
    John 6:60
    Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?
    Galatians 5:11
    And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
    1 Peter 2:8
    And "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
  37. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:14
    But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  38. Cross References
    Romans 1:4
    And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
  39. Cross References
    Colossians 2:3
    In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
  40. Cross References
    John 7:48
    Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 8:2
    Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
    Matthew 11:25
    At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
  42. Cross References
    Jeremiah 23:5
    Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
    Jeremiah 33:16
    In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    Philippians 3:9
    And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.
  43. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:23
    Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches.
    Jeremiah 9:24
    But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
    2 Corinthians 10:17
    But "he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.
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