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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ.
[2]  I fed you with milk, not with meat; for ye were not yet able to bear it: nay, not even now are ye able;
[3]  for ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are ye not carnal, and do ye not walk after the manner of men?
[4]  For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not men?
[5]  What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed; and each as the Lord gave to him.
[6]  I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
[7]  So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
[8]  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
[9]  For we are God’s fellowworkers: ye are God’s husbandry, 1 God’s building.
[10]    According to the grace of God which was given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder I laid a foundation; and another buildeth thereon. But let each man take heed how he buildeth thereon.
[11]  For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
[12]  But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13]  each man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and 2 the fire itself shall prove each man’s work of what sort it is.
[14]  If any man’s work shall abide which he built thereon, he shall receive a reward.
[15]  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as through fire.
[16]    Know ye not that ye are a temple 3 of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
[17]  If any man destroyeth the temple 4 of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple 5 of God is holy, and 6 such are ye.
[18]    Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among you in this world, 7 let him become a fool, that he may become wise.
[19]  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He that 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 the world, or life or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
[23]  and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
Note 1. Gr. tilled land. [back]
Note 2. Or, and each man’s work, of what sort it is, the fire shall prove it [back]
Note 3. Or, sanctuary, [back]
Note 4. Or, sanctuary, [back]
Note 5. Or, sanctuary, [back]
Note 6. Or, which temple ye are. [back]
Note 7. Or, age. [back]


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