1 Paul, who by the Will of God is a called Apostle of the Anointed Jesus, and [your] brother Sosthenes, 2 to the congregation of God in CorinthÉ to you who have been made holy in the Anointed Jesus and who are called to be Holy Ones along with all those who call on the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed everywhere (their Lord and ours); 3 may you receive loving care and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus the Anointed.
4 I always thank God for you, because in His loving care (through the Anointed Jesus), God has given you 5 everything that you need to make you rich in Him. [He has given you] all the words and a complete knowledge, 6 while the testimony about the Anointed One is being made firm in you. 7 Therefore, you havenÕt lagged behind in any gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, 8 who will make you strong to the end and keep you free from any accusations to the Day of our Lord Jesus the Anointed. 9 For God, who called you to have a share with His Son (our Lord Jesus the Anointed), is faithful.
10 Now, through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, I want to encourage you brothers to all teach the same thingsÉ there shouldnÕt be any divisions among you. Rather, you must all learn to think the same way and to share the same opinions. 11 For those of the house of Chloe have told me that you do a lot of arguing, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that some of you are saying, ŌI follow Paul,Õ or ŌI follow Apollos,Õ or ŌI follow Cephas,Õ or ŌI follow the Anointed One.Õ 13 And by this, the Anointed One is being divided. However, Paul wasnÕt hung on a pole for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 IÕm thankful that I didnÕt baptize any of you (other than Crispus and Gaius), 15 so that no one can say that they were baptized in my name.
16 Oh yes, I
also baptized the household of Stephanas; but as for
the rest, I donÕt think that I baptized anyone else, 17 because the Anointed One didnÕt send me
to baptize, but to preach the good news. [And I wasnÕt sent] with many wise
words, because that would make the Anointed OneÕs impaling pole less important.
18 For the message about the
impaling pole is just foolishness to those who are dyingÉ but to those of us
who are being saved, itÕs the power of God. 19
As itÕs written:
ŌIÕll destroy the wisdom of their wise,
And the understanding of their discerning, IÕll hide.Õ
20 So, where are all the wise men? Where are all the writers? Where are all the great debaters of this age? DidnÕt God make the worldÕs wisdom foolish? 21 And since the world doesnÕt understand the wisdom of God, He saw that it was good for us to preach foolishness in order to save those who would believe!
22 So, while the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks look for wisdom, 23 we preach the Anointed One as having been hung on a pole. [Of course], this is a trap to the Jews and a lot of foolishness to the nations. 24 But to those who are called (both Jews and Greeks), the Anointed One is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because, a foolish thing from God is wiser than men, and a weak thing from God is mightier than men.
notice this about your calling, my brothers: Not
many were called who were wise in a fleshly way, not many were called who had
power, and not many were called from important families. 27 Rather, God chose the foolish things of
the world to put its wise men to shame; He chose
the weak things of the world to put the mighty to shame; 28 and He chose the common things of the
world and the things that are looked down on Š the things that arenÕt Š in
order to make the things that are, worthless. 29
The reason why He did this was so that no flesh can boast before God. 30 And because you
are in the Anointed Jesus, he has become GodÕs wisdom to us, as well as His
righteousness, His holiness, and our ransom. 31 As it is written:
ŌWhoever boasts; let him boast about Jehovah!Õ
1 So when I came to you, brothers, I didnÕt bring you the mysteries of God with high-sounding words of wisdom. 2 In fact, I decided not to teach you about anything other than Jesus the Anointed, and about how he was hung on a pole. 3 I came to you as weak, afraid, and trembling. 4 And what I said and preached wasnÕt done with persuasive wise words, but with Spirit and power, 5 so you wouldnÕt believe because of the wisdom of men, but because of the power of God.
6 Yes, we do
use wisdom when weÕre speaking to those who arenÕt matureÉ but not the wisdom
of this age or that of the rulers of this age who
are coming to nothing. 7
Rather, we speak GodÕs wisdom as a mystery (hidden
wisdom), when it comes to the things that God planned for our glory long before
this age arrived. 8 This is the
type of wisdom that none of the rulers of this age understand; because, if they
understood it, they wouldnÕt have hung our glorious Lord on a pole. 9 As itÕs
ŌEyes havenÕt seen and ears havenÕt heard,
Nor have the hearts of men even thought of the things
That God has prepared for those who love Him.Õ
10 Yes, these are the types of things that have been revealed to us by GodÕs Spirit, because His Spirit searches through all thingsÉ even through the deep things of God. 11 For, just as no man really understands another man better than the spirit within him; nobody understands the things of God better than the Spirit of God. 12 And this is why we donÕt really have the spirit of this worldÉ because we have received the Spirit that comes from The God (gr. Tou Theou), through which we can understand the things that He has so kindly given to us.
Therefore, we donÕt speak with words that come from human wisdom. Rather, we
are taught by the Spirit in spiritual ways that communicate spiritual things to
us. 14 For, physical men donÕt
recognize the Spirit of The God, because these are just foolishness to them and
they canÕt understand them, since such things can only be understood
spiritually. 15 However,
because a spiritual man can judge everything, no one can pass judgment on him.
[As the scripture says:]
16 ŌWho can know the mind of Jehovah
And who has become His advisor?Õ
And we now [also] have the mind of the Anointed One.
1 However, brothers, I canÕt talk to you as I would to spiritual men. Rather, [I must speak] as I would to fleshly men (as babies in the Anointed One), 2 for IÕve had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you werenÕt strong enoughÉ and youÕre still not strong enough, 3 since youÕre still men of the flesh! For, whenever youÕre jealous and arguing, arenÕt you fleshlyÉ arenÕt you acting like men of the flesh? 4 And when one of you says, ŌI follow Paul,Õ and another says, ŌI follow Apollos,Õ arenÕt you [proving yourselves] to be men of the flesh?
5 For, what is Apollos and what is Paul? [WeÕre just] servants through whom you became believers, since you were each given to us by the Lord. 6 Yes, though I planted and Apollos watered, it is God who makes it grow! 7 So, the one who plants is nothing and the one who waters is nothing, for itÕs God who makes it all grow! 8 However, those who plant and those who water will each be rewarded for the work that theyÕre doing.
9 Understand that we are just GodÕs field hands, while you are GodÕs field and GodÕs house! 10 And it was only through the loving care of The God that I was assigned to be a wise chief craftsman. So, although I laid the foundation, someone else is actually doing the buildingÉ and he must keep an eye on how heÕs doing his building, 11 because no one can lay a foundation other than the one that has already been laid, Jesus the Anointed.
12 Now, whether someone builds on that foundation using gold, silver, and precious stones, or with wood, hay, and stalks, 13 [the quality of] his work will show up and be seen in the daytime, since it will be exposed by fireÉ and that fire will prove what kind of work each one has done. 14 Then, if his construction remains, heÕll be rewarded. 15 But if his construction burns down, heÕll be damaged by the lossÉ though heÕll still be saved. However, it will be as though he came through fire.
16 DonÕt you know that you are GodÕs Holiest of Holies? For GodÕs Breath is dwelling within you! 17 And if someone should destroy GodÕs Most Holy, God will destroy himÉ yes, youÕre GodÕs Holiest of Holies! 18 Therefore, donÕt try to fool yourselves, for if you are thought of as being wise in this age, then you should become morons in order to be [truly] wise.
that the wisdom of this system of things is just
silliness to God. As it is written:
ŌHe catches the wise in their cunning deeds.Õ
20 And again:
ŌGod knows the ways that men think,
And that the things they ponder are foolish.Õ
21 Therefore, nobody should boast about [being followers of] men, since everything already belongs to you, 22 whether [it came from] Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or from this system of things, or from life, or from death, or from whatÕs here or whatÕs about to comeÉ all of this already belongs to you! 23 Rather, you belong to the Anointed One, and the Anointed One belongs to God.
1 Therefore, you should think of men [like us] as just galley rowers of the Anointed One and as house servants to whom the mysteries of God have been entrusted. 2 And when it comes to house servants; all that is required of them is just to be found faithful.
3 Now, it really isnÕt too important to me if IÕm being judged by you or by some human courtÉ for I donÕt even judge myself, 5 since IÕm unaware of anything against myself. However, this doesnÕt mean that IÕm righteous, because the Lord is my true judge.
4 So, recognize that we shouldnÕt be judging anything before its time. For when the LordÕs Day arrives, the secret things that are done in darkness [will be brought] into the light and the secret thoughts of hearts will be put on public displayÉ then each onesÕ commendations will come from God.
Now brothers; if IÕve overstated these things about Apollos and me, IÕve done
it for your own good so that youÕd learn the rule:
DonÕt go beyond the things that are written!
And donÕt get all puffed up by showing more favor for the one than for the other. 7 [After all,] who really knows usÉ and what do we have that wasnÕt given to us? So, since these things were just given to us; why should you be boasting over things that were given as gifts?
8 Are you already satisfied? Are you already rich? Have you started ruling without us? Oh, I wish that you had already started ruling so that we could be ruling along with you! 9 For I think that God has put us (the Apostles) last on display as men who are condemned to deathÉ yes, weÕve become theatrical spectacles in this world to both men and angels!
10 Yet, while we are viewed as fools because of the Anointed One, you are wise in the Anointed OneÉ weÕre weak, but youÕre strongÉ weÕre dishonorable, but youÕre the glorious ones. 11 Why, down to this very hour, weÕve been hungry, thirsty, almost naked, beaten up, homelessÉ 12 and weÕve had to work for a living. But when weÕre being shouted at, we praise; when weÕre being persecuted, we bear it; 13 and when weÕre being slandered, we offer encouragement. Yet, until now, weÕve been considered the worldÕs refuse and scum!
14 Understand that IÕm not writing this way to shame you, but to teach you as my beloved children. 15 For, though you could have thousands of tutors in the Anointed One, you donÕt have many fathersÉ and since I [am the one who] became your father in the good news through the Anointed One, 16 I beg you to start imitating me!
17 This is why IÕm sending Timothy to you. HeÕs my loved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of the ways that IÕm teaching in all the congregations everywhere, through the Anointed Jesus.
18 Now, I know that some [of you have become] all puffed up as though I werenÕt coming to you. 19 But IÕll be there shortly (if itÕs the LordÕs will), and I wonÕt pay any attention to what those who are puffed up have to say. Rather, [I will pay attention] to their power, 20 because the Kingdom of God doesnÕt have anything to do with words, but with power.
21 So, which would you prefer? Should I come to you with a stick, or with a loving and mild spirit?
1 However, IÕve actually heard that there is sexual immorality among you, and itÕs a type of immorality that isnÕt even [heard of] among the gentilesÉ that someone has taken his fatherÕs woman! 2 Are you proud of this? ShouldnÕt you mourn instead, and shouldnÕt the man who committed this act be removed from your midst?
3 Although IÕm not there physically, I am there in spirit, and IÕve already judged the man who has done this thing as though I were there. 4 My spirit and the power of our Lord Jesus agree that 5 in the name of our Lord Jesus, you should hand such a man over to the Opposer for the destruction of his flesh, so that the spirit within him may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
6 ThereÕs nothing for you to boast about here! DonÕt you know that a little [yeast] ferments the whole ball [of dough]? 7 So, you must clean out the old fermentation in order to become something thatÕs new and unfermented! For, since the Anointed One (who is our Passover) has already been sacrificed, 8 we shouldnÕt be observing this Festival with old fermentation or with the fermentation of badness and wickedness, but with the unfermented bread of sincerity and truth!
9 DidnÕt I write you in my [last] letter and say that you must stop associating with those who are sexually immoral? 10 [Of course, I wasnÕt telling you to] completely avoid the immoral [people] of this system of things, or the greedy, or the extortionists, or the idol worshipersÉ otherwise, youÕd actually have to get out of the world. 11 But IÕm writing to you now to tell you this: Stop associating with anyone called a brother who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idol worshiper, or wshouts insults, or is a drunk, or an extortionistÉ donÕt even eat with people like that!
12 Indeed, how much can the judgment of outsiders mean to us when you arenÕt judging those who are in your midst? 13 For, God is going to judge those on the outsideÉ but you should expel any among you who are wicked!
1 Would any of you who think youÕve been [wronged] by another dare to take it to court [to be tried by] unrighteous men rather than by the Holy Ones? 2 DonÕt you know that the Holy Ones will judge the world? So, if youÕre going to judge the whole world, arenÕt you qualified to judge small matters?
5 IÕm saying this to shame you! For, isnÕt there at least one wise man among you who can [serve as] judge between his brothers? 6 Or must a brother take a brother to court to be judged by unbelievers?
7 Really, if youÕre bringing lawsuits against each other, youÕve already lost the battle! Why wouldnÕt you rather allow yourselves to be mistreated or defrauded? 8 Yet, some of you are in fact mistreating and cheating othersÉ including your own brothers!
9 DonÕt you know that the unrighteous wonÕt inherit the Kingdom of God? DonÕt make any mistakes about this; sexually immoral people, idol worshipers, adulterers, gays, men who have sex with men, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, insulters, and extortionists wonÕt inherit GodÕs KingdomÉ 11 and thatÕs what some of you once were! However, youÕve been washed clean, youÕve been made holy, and youÕve been found righteous through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed and by the Breath of our God.
12 Yes, everything is legal for me, though not everything is good for me. And even though everything is legal for me, I wonÕt allow anything to become my master. 13 For example; food is for the belly and the belly is for food. However, God is going to bring [the belly] and [food] to nothing. The same is true of the bodyÉ the body isnÕt for sexual immorality, itÕs for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 Therefore, just as God raised our Lord, He will use His powers to raise us.
15 DonÕt you know that your bodies are all a part of the Anointed One? [And if this is so,] should I take one of the Anointed OneÕs body parts and give it to a whore? May that never happen! 16 For, whoever joins himself to a whore becomes one with her body, since [God] said, ŌThe two will become one flesh.Õ
Now, every other sin that a man commits is outside of his body; but when he has immoral sex, heÕs sinning against his own body! 19 And donÕt you realize that your bodies are the Divine Habitation of the Holy Spirit within you that you received from God? So, you no longer belong to yourselvesÉ 20 and since you were bought and paid for, you must use your bodies to glorify God!
1 Now, concerning those things that you wrote to me about:
ItÕs best for a man not to even touch a woman. 2 However, because of all the immorality, each man should be allowed to have his own woman and each woman her own man. 3 Then every man should give his woman what sheÕs due, and every woman should do the same for her man.
4 Women donÕt have authority (gr. exousiazei) over their own bodies, their men do. And men donÕt have authority over their own bodies, their women do. 5 So, you shouldnÕt deprive each other, except for set periods that you may agree on to devote time to prayerÉ then you may come together again.
7 I wish that you were all as I am. However, everyone has his own gift from God, and each in a different way. 8 So, IÕm telling unmarried people and widows that itÕs best for them to be like me. 9 But if they donÕt have self-control, let them marry, because itÕs better to marry than to burn [with passion].
10 To married people I give this warning (not really me, but the Lord): A woman shouldnÕt leave her husband. 11 But if she does, she must either remain unmarried or make up with himÉ and the men shouldnÕt leave their wives.
12 To the rest I say this (yes me, not the Lord): If any brother has an unbelieving woman who agrees to live with him, he should never leave her. 13 And if a woman has an unbelieving man who agrees to live with her, she shouldnÕt leave him, 14 because the woman makes [her] unbelieving man holy, and the brother makes [his] unbelieving woman holy. Otherwise, their children would be uncleanÉ but now they are holy.
15 However, if the unbelieving one wants to leave, let him go, because a brother or a sister isnÕt a slave to such matters, since God has called us to peace. 16 But woman; how do you know that you wonÕt save your man? Or man; how do you know that you wonÕt save your woman?
17 Also, as the Lord has given each one his share and as God has called each one; let him follow in that same path. Yes, this is what IÕm teaching in all the congregations.
18 Was any man called when he was circumcised? Then he shouldnÕt act like someone whoÕs uncircumcised. Has any man been called when he was uncircumcised? Then he shouldnÕt be circumcised. 19 For, circumcision doesnÕt mean anything and uncircumcision doesnÕt mean anything; [whatÕs important] is obeying GodÕs commandments! 20 So, it doesnÕt matter what state you were in when you were calledÉ just stay that way.
21 Were you called when you were a slave? DonÕt let that bother youÉ but if you can become free, seize the opportunity, 22 because anyone in the Lord who was called [when he was] a slave has already become a free man in the Lord. And anyone who was free when he was called has become a slave of the Anointed One. 23 So, since youÕve already been bought and paid for; stop becoming slaves to men!
24 Therefore, brothers; it doesnÕt matter what condition each [of you] were in when you were calledÉ just stay that way, living to God.
25 Now, when it comes to virgins, I donÕt have any commands from the Lord. However, IÕll give you my own opinion (as one who by the LordÕs mercy, has been faithful). 26 I think that itÕs best for anyone whoÕs had a reason to stay one way, to continue as he [or she] is. 27 [For example], are you tied to a woman? Stop trying to get free! Are you free from a woman? Stop searching for a woman! 28 However, even if you marry, you arenÕt sinning. And if a virgin marries, she hasnÕt sinned.
Remember that those who [marry] will have fleshly problems, and IÕm just trying to save you [from this].
29 Let me
say this, brothersÉ the season has been shortened! Therefore:
Let those who have women act as though they have none;
30 Let those who are crying act like those who donÕt cry;
Let those who are rejoicing act like those who donÕt rejoice;
Let those who are buying act like those who own nothing;
31 And let those who are using this system of things act like those who donÕt use itÉ because the ways of this world are about to change.
32 [You see], I donÕt want you to worry about anything. A single man worries about the things of the Lord and winning His approval, 33 while a married man worries about worldly things and winning his womanÕs approvalÉ so heÕs divided.
34 Also, single women and virgins just worry about the things of the LordÉ about how they can be holy in their bodies and the type of people that they are on the inside. However, a married woman must worry about worldly things and winning the approval of her man.
35 Now, IÕm just describing the best situationÉ IÕm not trying to hang you, IÕm just trying to move you to do things that work out well and sit well with the Lord, and which wonÕt distract you. 36 But if anyone thinks his virginity isnÕt working out and heÕs past the bloom of youth, this is what should happen: Allow him to do whatever he wishes, for he isnÕt sinning if he marries! 37 However, if someone is settled in heart, doesnÕt have any [sexual] needs, has self-control, and has decided in his heart to keep his virginity, heÕll do better.
38 Yes, though the one who gives up his [or her] virginity and marries does well, the one who doesnÕt marry does better. 39 For a woman is tied down as long as her man is alive. But if her man falls asleep [in death], she can marry whomever she wishes (but only in the Lord). 40 However, itÕs my opinion that sheÕll be happier if she stays [single]É and I consider myself as having GodÕs Spirit.
1 Now, regarding things that have been sacrificed to idols; We realize that everyone knows something [about this]É however, knowledge puffs up, while love builds up. 2 So, if anyone thinks he already knows everything about this, he doesnÕt really understand it as well as he should yetÉ 3 and God knows those who truly love Him.
4 So, when it comes to eating food that has been offered to idols; We know that idols are really nothing in this world, and that there is no God but the One. 5 And though there are some that are called gods, whether heavenly or earthly (for there are many gods and many lords), 6 we have just one God, the Father, through whom everything has come, and we are in Him. There is also just one Lord, Jesus the Anointed, through whom everything came to be, and we are through him.
7 However, not everyone fully understands this yet. For up until now, some have followed the practice of eating food to an idol as a sacrifice to that idolÉ and this has damaged their consciences and made them weak. 8 But understand that what we eat doesnÕt really affect out standing with God; so, if we choose not to eat [food that was sacrificed to idols], we arenÕt sinningÉ nor will we be blest if we eat it.
9 But be careful that this power of yours doesnÕt become a trap to those who are weak. 10 Because, if they see you (the one who knows) dining in a temple; wonÕt the weak oneÕs conscience be built up to the point where he starts eating things as a sacrifice to idols? 11 Then, because of your knowledge, you will have ruined the man who is weakÉ your brother for whom the Anointed One died! 12 And when you sin against your brother in this way and wound his weak conscience, youÕre sinning against the Anointed One.
13 Therefore, if food is a trap to my brother, IÕll not eat the meat [of idols] through [the rest of] the age, so I donÕt turn myself into a snare for my brother.
1 Am I not free? Am I not an Apostle? HavenÕt I seen our Lord Jesus, and arenÕt you my works in the Lord? 2 If I werenÕt an Apostle to all the rest, I certainly am to you, because youÕre the seal that confirms my Apostleship in the Lord! 3 So, I say this in my defense before those who would judge me: 4 I can eat or drink whatever I wish, 5 and I could also take a sister as my woman [if I wished], as did the other Apostles, the LordÕs brothers, and Cephas (Peter).
6 And are BarNabas and I [people] who should have to work for a
living? 7 Who serves as a
soldier at his own expenseÉ who plants a vineyard and doesnÕt eat its fruitÉ
who shepherds a flock and doesnÕt drink some of the [sheepÕs] milk? 8 Is this just human reasoning, or doesnÕt
the Law tell us the same thing? 9
For itÕs written in the Law of Moses:
ŌYou must not muzzle a bull when itÕs threshing the grain.Õ
So, does God just care about bulls, 10 or didnÕt he say that for all of our sakes? Really, it was written for all of us, because the man who plows ought to plow in hope, and the man who threshes ought to do so in hope of eating [the grain].
11 Therefore, if weÕve planted things of the Spirit within you, is it such a big thing for us to harvest things of the flesh from you? 12 And if the people you work for are benefiting from your efforts, shouldnÕt we [benefit] from them even more so? Yet, we havenÕt really used the [full] authority that we have, for weÕve been taking care of ourselves so that we donÕt get in the way of the good news about the Anointed One.
13 DonÕt you know that those who serve in the Temple also eat the things that are [contributed], and that those who serve at the Altar also share in the things that are sacrificed there? 14 So, the Lord meant for those who preach the good news to be provided for by means of this good news. 15 However, I havenÕt used any of these provisions, and IÕm not writing this so that will to happen to meÉ for IÕd rather die than allow someone to take away my reason for boasting!
16 Now, thereÕs no reason for me to boast when it comes to preaching the good news, because itÕs something that I must to doÉ in fact, woe to me if I donÕt preach the good news! 17 For, if I do this willingly, IÕll receive my wages. However, if I donÕt do it willingly, itÕs still my assignment.
18 Therefore, what is my reward? ItÕs my ability to preach the good news free of charge. And by doing this, IÕm not abusing the authority that I have in the good news, 19 which leaves me free from being indebted to anyone.
Yes, IÕve made myself a slave to everyone so that I can gain more. 20 I became a Jew to Jews, so I could gain Jews; I became as under the Law to those who are under the Law (though IÕm not under the Law), so I could gain those who are under the Law; 21 I became as someone who is without the Law to those who arenÕt under the Law (though IÕm not without law toward God and IÕm under the law of the Anointed One), so I could gain those who are without the Law; 22 and I became weak to those who are weak, so I could gain the weak. Yes, IÕve become everything to everyone and used every means to save some of them, 23 doing it all for the sake of the good news, so that I might share it with others!
24 DonÕt you know that though all who [enter a] race in the stadium must run, only one gets the prize? So, run to win! 25 Also, every fighter has to maintain full control of himself just to win a garland that rots awayÉ but we will receive one that doesnÕt rot. 26 As the result, IÕm not running timidly nor am I just swinging my arms, IÕm boxingÉ 27 I beat my body and treat it as a slave so that after IÕve preached to others, I wonÕt be rejected!
1 Now, I donÕt want you to miss this point, brothers: Our ancestors were under the cloud and they all passed through the sea, 2 so they were all baptized into Moses because of the cloud and the sea. 3 Everyone also ate the same food from [GodÕs] Spirit, 4 and they all drank the same spiritual drink, because they drank from the spirit of the rockÉ and that rock was the Anointed One. 5 However, because God wasnÕt pleased with most of them, He left [their bodies] spread across the desert.
6 Now, things like this should serve as examples to us, so we wonÕt become people who desire bad things as they didÉ 7 we donÕt want to become idol worshipers, as some of them did!
Notice that itÕs written:
ŌThe people sat down to eat and drink, and then they got up to play.Õ
8 So we shouldnÕt commit sexual immorality as some of them did, because twenty-three thousand of them fell in just one day! 9 Also, we donÕt want to put Jehovah to the test as some of them did, because they were destroyed by snakes. 10 Nor do we want to complain as some of them did, because they were killed by the destroyer!
11 Recognize that the things that happened to them [should serve as] examples to us, for they were written as warnings to us upon whom the end of the age has arrived.
12 So, let those who think they are standing be careful that they donÕt fall! 13 For none of you have faced any temptations yet, other than the things that are common to all men. And since God is faithful, He wonÕt allow you to be tested beyond what you can bearÉ for with every temptation He provides a way out, so you can hang on.
14 However, my loved ones; Flee from idol worship! 15 And since IÕm talking as I would to people with good sense; figure out for yourselves whether the things that IÕm saying are the truth.
16 Now, when we [say a] blessing over the cup of blessings, arenÕt we sharing in the blood of the Anointed One? And when we break the loaf, arenÕt we sharing in the body of the Anointed One? 17 So, although there are many [of us], thereÕs just one loafÉ therefore, we are all one body, since we all eat from that same loaf. 18 And as in fleshly Israel; donÕt those who eat the sacrifices also share part of it with the Altar?
19 So, what am I sayingÉ [am I saying] that idols are anything, or that things sacrificed to idols are anything? 20 No, IÕm telling you that the things the nations offer as sacrifices are really being offered to the demons, not to GodÉ and I donÕt want you to become sharers with the demons! 21 For, you canÕt drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, nor can you eat at the table of the Lord and at the table of the demons. 22 We arenÕt trying to make the Lord jealous, are we? We arenÕt mightier than he is, are we?
23 Recognize that though everything is legal, not everything is good for usÉ yes, everything is legal, but not everything makes us stronger. 24 So, letÕs not just be watching out for our own interests, but [for the best interests] of others.
25 The fact is; you can eat whatever is sold at the meat markets without it bothering your consciences, 26 for the earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord! 27 And if an unbeliever invites you [for a meal] and you wish to accept, you can eat whatever is set before you and not let it bother your consciences. 28 But if someone should say, ŌThis was offered as a sacrifice,Õ donÕt eat it. You should do this for the sake of the one who said that, because of conscienceÉ 29 not your conscience, but that of the other person.
But [you might ask], ŌWhy should I let anyone else judge my freedom? 30 If IÕm eating thankfully, why should I be slandered over something for which IÕve given thanks?Õ
31 Well, whether youÕre eating, drinking, or doing anything else, you should be doing everything for GodÕs glory. 32 So, you shouldnÕt want to do anything that would stumble Jews, Greeks, or the Called Ones of God. 33 And this is why IÕm trying to please every body in everything and not just doing whatÕs best for myselfÉ IÕm [trying to do] whatÕs best for others, so I can save them!
1 IÕm asking you to imitate me as IÕm [imitating] the Anointed One.
2 I also want to praise you for remembering me and all the things that IÕve given to you, as well as for holding onto the things that I taught you.
3 However, I want you to recognize this: The head of the woman is the man, the head of every man is the Anointed One, and the head of the Anointed One is God. 4 So, every man who prays or prophecies with something on his head shames his head. 5 And every woman who prays or prophecies without something on her head shames her head, for itÕs the same as if she had her head shaved.
6 Indeed, if a woman doesnÕt wish to cover her head, she should have her hair cut off. But if cutting her hair short or shaving her head would shame a woman, then she should cover her head.
7 However, a man shouldnÕt cover his head, since he [was created in] the image and glory of God, while a woman is the glory of man. 8 For the man didnÕt come from the woman, the woman came from the man. 9 Also, the man wasnÕt created for the woman, the woman [was created] for the man. 10 So, thatÕs why the woman should have [a sign of] authority on her headÉ as well as [for the sake of GodÕs] messengers.
11 Yet, there really isnÕt any difference between males and females in the Lord; 12 for, as the female came through the male, the male came through the femaleÉ though everything really comes from God.
13 So, judge it for yourselves; Is it becoming for a woman to pray revealed before God? 14 DoesnÕt physical nature teach us that if a man has long hair it dishonors him, 15 but if a woman has long hair it glorifies her? Yes, thatÕs why women were given longer hair. 16 However if anyone wants to argue about this, we donÕt have any other custom, nor do the congregations of God.
17 But when it comes to your meetings, IÕm not praising anyone, for they seem to be doing more harm than good. 18 First, I hear that when you meet as a congregation, there are divisions among youÉ and I believe thatÕs partly true, 19 because there had to be sects among you so that those who are approved could be clearly identified.
20 However, when we meet in our gatherings, isnÕt it to eat the LordÕs Supper? 21 Yet, [IÕm hearing that] some of you are bringing your own meals and eating, drinking, and getting drunk, while others are going hungry! 22 DonÕt you have homes where you can eat and drinkÉ or are you condemning the congregation of God by shaming those who donÕt have anything?
What should I say to you? Should I praise you for this? No, I donÕt praise you!
23 Let me
tell you something that I received from the Lord, and which I want to share
with youÉ itÕs that the Lord Jesus (on the very night that he was going to be
handed over) took a loaf, 24
and after giving thanks he broke it and said:
ŌThis is my body that IÕm giving for you. Keep on doing this in remembrance of me.Õ
25 And after the meal he did the same thing with the cup, saying:
ŌIn this cup is the blood of my New Sacred Agreement. Keep on doing thisÉ and as often as you drink it, think of me.Õ
26 Therefore, as often as you eat from the loaf and drink from the cup, you will keep proclaiming the death of the Lord until he arrives. 27 But, recognize that anyone who eats the loaf and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy condition will also be judged by the LordÕs body and blood.
28 As the result, each person should examine himself before eating from the loaf or drinking from the cup; 29 for, those who eat and drink are eating and drinking judgment on themselves if they donÕt judge [the worthiness of] their own flesh. 30 And this is why so many of you are weak and unhealthyÉ and quite a few have fallen asleep!
31 Understand that if you would judge yourselves, you wouldnÕt have to be judged. 32 But [if you leave that] judgment to the Lord, youÕll have to be disciplined so that you arenÕt condemned along with this system of things!
33 Therefore, my brothers; when you come together to eat, wait for each other! 34 And if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so you donÕt meet for judgment.
As for the rest of the matters; IÕll straighten them out when I get there.
1 Now brothers; I donÕt want you to be ignorant when it comes to spiritual things. 2 For, you know that when you were Ōgentiles,Õ you were led to be followers of dumb idols. 3 But now I want you to understand that nobody, when theyÕre speaking through the power of GodÕs Breath, can say that Jesus is cursed or that Jesus is Lord, other than by Holy Spirit. 4 For, no matter how many types of gifts there are, they all come from the same Spirit. 5 And no matter how many types of services there are, [they all come from] the same Lord. 6 So, although there are many types of manifestations, they all come from the same God who provides the outworking of everything for each person. 7 And itÕs all these many ways that the Spirit expresses itself through different people that brings it all together.
8 Therefore, through the same Spirit one is given words of wisdom, while another is given words of knowledge. 9 It gives words of faith to some, while others get the gift of healing, 10 or the ability to perform powerful deeds, or of prophesying, or of distinguishing different spirits, or of speaking different languages, or of interpreting the languagesÉ 11 yet they all come from the same Spirit, which works in many ways (as it wishes) through each person.
12 So, just as the body is a single thing that has many members, and all the members (while being many) make up that one bodyÉ this is how the Anointed One is. 13 For through the same Spirit we were all baptized into that one body, whether we are Jews or Greeks, slaves or free menÉ and we were all made to drink from this same Spirit.
14 Therefore, you should understand that this body isnÕt just one part, but many. 15 So if the foot should say, ŌBecause IÕm not a hand, IÕm no part of the body,Õ that doesnÕt mean itÕs no part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, ŌBecause IÕm not an eye, IÕm no part of the body,Õ that doesnÕt mean itÕs no part of the body either. 17 For if the whole body were just an eye, how would it hear? And if it could just hear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 Therefore, God has placed each part in the body as He pleases. 19 For if all parts were the same, how could there be a body?
20 So understand that though there are many body parts, thereÕs just one body; 21 and the eye canÕt say to the hand, ŌI donÕt need you,Õ nor can the head say to the feet, ŌI donÕt need you.Õ 22 And notice that the weaker each body part seems to be, the more it is needed. 23 For the body parts that we consider the least honorable are the ones that we surround with the most honor. And our unattractive parts were made more attractive 24 because our attractive parts donÕt need any help.
When God assembled the body, He gave more honor to the parts that have less 25 so that there would be no divisions in the body, and all the parts would show the same loving care for each other. 26 As the result, if one body part suffers, all the other body parts suffer along with it. Or if a body part is glorified, all the other body parts rejoice along with it.
27 Therefore, you should realize that youÕre all the Anointed OneÕs body and body parts, 28 and that God has designated each of your places in the congregationÉ first the Apostles, second the Prophets, and third the teachers. Then come [those with] powerful works, or the gifts of healing, or performing helpful services, or the ability to direct, or speaking different languages.
29 Not all are Apostles, are they? Not all are Prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all can perform powerful works, can they? 30 And not all have the gift of healing, or can speak different languages, or can serve as translators. 31 However, zealously keep seeking the greater gifts.
But, IÕm now going to show you something thatÕs even better.
1 If I could speak the languages of both men and angels but didnÕt have love, IÕd be the sound of [clanging] brass or of a clashing cymbal. 2 If I could prophesy, understand all the mysteries, had all knowledge and enough faith to move mountains, but didnÕt have love, IÕd be nothing at all. 3 And if I were to give everything that I own to feed others, or hand over my body so that I could boast, but didnÕt have love, none of this would have any value.
4 However, love is patient and kind. It isnÕt envious, it doesnÕt brag, it isnÕt conceited, 5 it doesnÕt scheme, it doesnÕt watch out for just itself, it doesnÕt stir things up, it doesnÕt hold grudges, 6 and it doesnÕt rejoice over unrighteous things; rather, it rejoices over the truth. 7 It covers everything, believes everything, hopes everything, and endures everythingÉ 8 love never fails.
But the [gift of] prophesying will be done away with, the [gift of] speaking [in foreign] languages will end, and the [gift of miraculous] knowledge will pass away, 9 because we now have just a partial knowledge and we can only prophesy partially. 10 However, when the perfect thing arrives, the partial thing will be done away with.
11 Back when I was a baby, I talked like a baby, thought like a baby, and reasoned like a baby. But now that IÕve become a [grown] man, IÕm finished with babyÕs things.
12 So, the things we see here today are like looking into a metal mirrorÉ however, then it will be face to face. And though I can only understand partially nowÉ then I will have a complete understanding and I will be completely understood! 13 And at that time, only these three things will remain: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of them is love.
1 Therefore, we should [all be] pursuing love, as we also zealously seek the [gifts] of the SpiritÉ and I prefer that you prophesy. 2 For, those who speak in tongues arenÕt talking to men but to God, since nobody else is listeningÉ so by the Spirit theyÕre speaking mysteries. 3 On the other hand, those who prophesy are building up, encouraging, and bringing comfort to others.
4 So, while the one who speaks in tongues builds himself up, the one who prophesies builds up [the whole] congregation. 5 And while I would like all of you to [be able to] speak in tongues, I would prefer that you prophesy, because the one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tonguesÉ unless he can also translate, so the whole congregation can be built up.
6 Brothers, if I were to come to you right now and speak to you in a foreign tongue, what good would it do if I didnÕt also speak to you with a revelation, or with knowledge, or with a prophecy, or with something that I can teach you?
7 ItÕs the same as with inanimate things that make sounds, like flutes or harps. If you canÕt distinguish the difference between the notes, how can you tell whatÕs being played? 8 Also, if a trumpet blows an unrecognizable signal, who will prepare for war? 9 So, unless you use your tongues to say things that are easily understood, how will anyone know what youÕre saying? You will for a fact just be speaking into the air!
10 There are many kinds of vocalizations in the world, and they all mean something. 11 However, if I donÕt understand the meaning of the sound, IÕm a foreigner to the one who is speaking, and the one who is speaking will be a foreigner to me.
12 Therefore, if you have a zeal for the Spirit, use it in ways that build up the congregation, so that everyone can prosperÉ 13 let the one who speaks in tongues pray that he can also translate! 14 For when I pray in a foreign language; although my spirit may be praying, my mind isnÕt receiving any benefit.
15 Then, what should we do? If I pray by the Spirit, IÕll also pray in my mind. And if I sing praises by the Spirit, IÕll sing praises in my mind. 16 For if weÕre only offering praise by the Spirit, how will any ordinary man who is there and doesnÕt understand us say, ŌMay it be so,Õ when weÕre giving thanks? 17 For, though it may be true that weÕre giving thanks in a fine way, this person isnÕt being built up.
18 I thank God that I can speak more languages than all of you. 19 However, I would rather speak five words using my mind so that I can teach others when IÕm in a congregation, than ten thousand words in a foreign language.
donÕt be like children when it comes to [using] the power of your mindsÉ be
babies when it comes to badness, as you perfect your abilities to reason! 21 For itÕs
written in the Law:
ŌThough I speak to these people in other tongues and with other lips, they still wonÕt listen to me, says the Lord.Õ
22 Understand that speaking in a foreign tongue isnÕt a sign to unbelievers, but to believers, while prophesying isnÕt for believers, itÕs for unbelievers. 23 For if the whole congregation is speaking in tongues when some ordinary person or unbeliever comes into your meeting place, wonÕt he just think youÕre crazy? 24 However, if everyone is prophesying when an unbeliever or ordinary person enters, he is corrected and judged by them all. 25 Then, as the secrets in his heart are revealed, he will fall to his face before God and say, ŌGod is truly among you!Õ
26 Therefore, what should happen, brothers? When youÕre meeting, one should have a psalm, another should have a teaching, another should have a revelation, and another should speak in a foreign languageÉ that is, as long as someone else interprets it. Because, everything thatÕs done there should be for [the purpose of] building up!
27 So, if some are speaking in tongues; limit it to two or three at the most, and do it in turnsÉ then have someone do the translating. 28 However, if no one can translate it, such people should be silent in the congregation, speaking just to themselves and to God.
29 Let two or three Prophets speak instead, and allow the rest to judge the meaning of what theyÕre saying. 30 Then if someone else has a revelation while heÕs sitting there, the first one should [yield to him]. 31 This way, when each of them prophesy in turns, everyone can learn and be encouraged. 32 For the spirits of the Prophets should be controlled by the Prophets, 33 because God doesnÕt send us confusion, [He sends] peace!
(Disputed Verses) And as [is true] in all the congregations of Holy Ones; 34 the women should remain silent in the congregationÉ they shouldnÕt be allowed to speak out. Rather (as the Law says), they should be submissive. 35 And if they wish to know something, let them ask their men [when they get] home; for itÕs disgraceful for a woman to speak out in a congregation.
36 [Do you think that] the Word of God is coming from just you, and that youÕre the only one who understands it? 37 Well, if someone thinks heÕs a Prophet and that heÕs under the influence of [GodÕs] Spirit, then he should agree with these things that IÕm writing to you, because these are the LordÕs commandments! 38 However, if there are those who choose to be ignorant, let them remain ignorant.
39 My brothers; Keep on zealously seeking the [gift of] prophesying, but donÕt forbid the speaking in tongues. 40 Just make sure that everything is conducted in a tasteful and orderly way.
1 Now brothers; I want you to understand this about the good news that I preached to you (which you received, in which you are standing, 2 and through which you are being saved):
If you are still holding onto this good news that I preached to you, your faith hasnÕt been wasted; 3 because, what I passed along to you was the first thing that I learnedÉ that the Anointed One died for our sins (just as the Scriptures foretold), 4 and he was buried and then raised on the third day, 5 where he appeared first to Cephas (Peter), then to the rest of the twelve. 6 And after that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive today (though some have fallen asleep), 7 and he appeared to James and to all the Apostles. 8 But lastly Š like some miscarriage Š he appeared to meÉ 9 for IÕm the least of the Apostles, and IÕm unfit to even be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Called Ones of God.
10 Yet, through the loving care of God, I am what I am. And the loving-care that He showed me hasnÕt been wasted, because IÕve worked harder than all the restÉ and not just for my own benefit, but because of GodÕs loving care thatÕs now in me. 11 However, whether it was from me or from some other source; we have all preached and you have believed.
12 Now, if weÕre preaching that the Anointed One was raised from the dead; then, why are some of you saying there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 For if there was no resurrection of the dead, then the Anointed One couldnÕt have been raised either. 14 And if the Anointed One hasnÕt been raised, our preaching and our faith is all in vain! 15 Yes, weÕve proven to be false witnesses of God, because weÕve testified concerning God that He raised the Anointed OneÉ who couldnÕt really have been raised at all if the dead wonÕt be raised!
16 Indeed, if the dead wonÕt be raised, the Anointed One hasnÕt been raised either! 17 And if the Anointed One hasnÕt been raised, our faith is useless and weÕre all still sinners. 18 Also, all those who have fallen asleep in the Anointed One are just gone! 19 Then if weÕve been putting our hope in the Anointed One when this life all that there is, weÕre the most pitiable of all men!
20 However, the Anointed One has been raised from the dead, and heÕs the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. 21 For, though death came through a man, resurrection from the dead has also come through a man. 22 And as all are dying because of Adam, all will be made alive in the Anointed OneÉ 23 but each one in his own order, [starting with] the first fruits of the Anointed One, followed by those who belong to the Anointed One when he arrives.
24 Then in the end, after he has brought all governments, authorities, and powers to nothing, he will hand over the Kingdom to his God and Father. 25 For he must rule [as king] until he has put all his enemies under his feet 26 and the final enemy, the death, has been brought to an end.
27 Yes, he will indeed put everything under his feet! However, when it says that everything will be put under his feet, itÕs evident that the exception is the One who put everything under him. 28 For after everything has been put under him, the Son will submit to the One who put everything under him, so that God can be everything to everyone.
29 Also, if none of the dead will be raised, then what good would it do for us to be baptized into [JesusÕ] death? Yes, why [are we] being baptized for that purposeÉ 30 and why are we in danger every hour? 31 For IÕm dying every day just to prove that you are worthy of all my boasting about youÉ you whom I [call] my brothers through the Anointed Jesus our Lord.
32 And if the dead arenÕt going to be raised, and if it was just as a man that I fought wild animals at Ephesus, what good did it do me? Why not say, ŌLetÕs eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die!Õ
33 So, donÕt allow [anyone] to mislead you about thisÉ remember that bad companions spoil worthwhile habits!
34 Brothers, become more serious about your righteousness and stop sinning! For, some [of you actually] know nothing at all about GodÉ yes, IÕm saying this to embarrass you! 35 Because, some have been asking, ŌJust how will the dead be raisedÉ in what sort of bodies will they return?Õ 36 You foolish people! Those who plant seeds know that they canÕt live unless they die first; 37 for, whatever is planted isnÕt the body that itÕs going to becomeÉ itÕs just a naked grain of wheat, or whatever. 38 So, understand that God will give us any [type of] body that He wishes, just as He gives each seed its own body.
that not all flesh is the same! There is one type of flesh of men, another of
cattle, another of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodiesÉ and
the glory of heavenly bodies is different from that of earthly bodies. 41 The glory of the sun is one type, the
glory of the moon is another, and the glory of the stars is yet another. In
fact, stars differ from other stars in their glory. 42 So, thatÕs how it will be with the resurrection of the dead:
ŌItÕs planted in decay and then raised as clean.
43 ItÕs planted without honor, and then raised in glory.
ItÕs planted as weak, and then raised in power.Õ
44 Therefore, whatÕs planted as the body of something that breathes will be raised as a spiritual bodyÉ as thereÕs a breatherÕs body, there is also a spiritual [one].
45 ItÕs written that the first man (Adam) became a living soul. However, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 Thus, the first [body] is human, not spiritual, for the spiritual one comes later.
47 Likewise, as the first man came from the dust of the ground and the second man came from heaven; 48 those that come from the dust are like the one who came from the dust, while those that are heavenly are like the heavenly one. 49 Therefore, as weÕve worn the shape of the one who was made from the dust of the ground, weÕll also wear the image of the Celestial One.
Look, IÕm going to explain a mystery to you:
Not all of us will be laid to rest; rather, we will be changed 52 in a moment Š in the twinkling of an eye Š during the last trumpet! For the trumpet will be blown and the dead will be raised incorruptibleÉ yes, we will be changed. 53 Then that which is corruptible will put on incorruptibility, and that which is dying will put on immortality. 54 But when that which is dying puts on immortality, the words that were written will be fulfilled:
ŌDeath, which prevails, will be swallowed.Õ
55 So, where is your victory, O deathÉ yes, where is your sting, O death? 56 The sting that brings death is sin, and the power for sin comes from the Law. 57 But, thanks to God that each of us will see victory through our Lord Jesus the Anointed One!
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers; become settled, immovable, and always have plenty to do in the work of the Lord, since [you] know that the things you do in the Lord are never done in vain.
regarding the collection for the Holy Ones:
I want you to do the same thing that I told the congregations in Galatia. 2 On each Sabbath day, you should set something aside in your savings, as you are prospering, so we wonÕt have to take up a collection after I arrive. 3 Then when I get there, I can send whichever men you select and write letters about to carry your kind gift to Jerusalem. 4 And if IÕm found worthy to go myself, they can travel with me.
5 I will come and [visit] you after I go to Macedonia, because I have to travel through Macedonia. 6 And if things turn out well, perhaps I can stay [with you] for a while, or even spend the winter with you. Then you can escort me part of the way to wherever IÕll be going.
7 I donÕt want to see you as IÕm passing through right now, because I hope to spend more time with you, if Jehovah allows it. 8 IÕll be staying in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a large door of opportunity has opened to me there. However, there are also many opposers.
10 When Timothy gets there, make sure that he has nothing to fear while heÕs with you, because heÕs doing the LordÕs work the same as I amÉ 11 donÕt allow anyone to treat him disrespectfully! Then, escort him part of the way in peace so that he can come here to me, because IÕm waiting for him with the brothers.
12 Now, regarding our brother Apollos; I begged him to come to you with the brothers, but he doesnÕt want to do that right now. However, he will come when he has the opportunity.
13 So, stay awake, stand firm in the faith, carry on as men, and grow mighty. 14 And may everything you do be accomplished in love.
15 Now, I
want to encourage you to do this, brothers:
You know that the household of Stephanas is the first fruit of Achaia, and that theyÕve been serving the needs of the Holy Ones. 16 Follow the instructions of such people, and all of you should labor and work hard together.
17 IÕm very grateful that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and AchaiKus are here, because theyÕve made up for your not being here. 18 Since they are a breath of fresh air in my life and in yours, give special recognition to such men.
19 The congregations of [the Province of] Asia send you their greetings. Aquila, Priska, and the called ones in their home send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20 In fact, all the brothers send their greetings! So, greet each other with a holy kiss. 21 [Here are] my greetings (PaulÕs), written in my own hand.