1. Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of
God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, [even] them that are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that call upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their [Lord] and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was
given you in Christ Jesus;
5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our
Lord Jesus Christ;
8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye be] unreproveable in
the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, 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 thing and [that] there be no divisions
among you; but [that] ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the
11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by
them [that are of the household] of Chloe, that there are contentions among
12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of
Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized
into the name of Paul?
14. I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius;
15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, 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 Christ should be made void.
18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us who are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the
discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this
world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew
not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the
preaching to save them that believe.
22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto
24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power
of God, and 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 behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:
27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to
shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that
he might put to shame the things that are strong;
28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised,
did God choose, [yea] and the things that are not, that he might bring to
nought the things that are:
29 that no flesh should glory before God.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from
God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption:
31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in
1. And I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of
speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
6. We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom
not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who are coming to
7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, [even] the [wisdom] that hath
been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory:
8 which none of the rulers of this world 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
[which] entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared
for them that love him.
10 But unto us God revealed [them] through the Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the
man, which is 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 that were freely given to us of
13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual
14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, and he himself is judged
of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
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
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 fellow-workers: ye are God's husbandry, God's
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
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 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
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 of God, and [that] the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?
17 If any man destroyeth the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, and such are ye.
18. Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among
you in this world, 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
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.
1. Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of
the mysteries of God.
2 Here, moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or
of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing against myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but
he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will
both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the
counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God.
6 Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself
and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not [to go] beyond
the things which are written; that no one of you be 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 it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst
not received it?
8 Already are ye filled, already ye are become rich, ye have come to
reign without us: yea and I would that ye did reign, that we also might
reign with you.
9 For, I think, God hath set forth us the apostles last of all, as men
doomed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, both to angels
10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are
weak, but ye are strong; ye have glory, but we have dishonor.
11 Even unto this 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 entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the
offscouring of all things, even until now.
14. I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my
15 For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet [have ye] not
many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel.
16 I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.
17. For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved and
faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in remembrance of my ways
which are in Christ, 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 to you shortly, if the Lord will; and I will know, not
the word of them that are 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?
1. It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such
fornication as is not even among the Gentiles, that one [of you] hath his
2 And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he that had done
this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, being absent in body but present in spirit, have already
as though I were present judged him that hath so wrought this thing,
4 in the name of our Lord Jesus, ye being gathered together, and my
spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that
the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
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 may be a new lump, even as ye are
unleavened. For our passover also hath been sacrificed, [even] Christ:
8 wherefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the
leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity
9. I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators;
10 not at all [meaning] with the fornicators of this world, or with the
covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out
of the world:
11 but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is
named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler,
or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat.
12 For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not ye
judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Put away the wicked man from
1. Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor, 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 that
pertain 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. What, cannot there be [found] among
you one wise man who shall be able to decide between his brethren,
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 Nay, but ye yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren.
9. Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
God? 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 the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the
Spirit of our God.
12. All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All
things 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 as through his power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ? shall I then take
away the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? God forbid.
16 Or know ye not that he that is joined to a harlot is one body? for,
The twain, saith he, shall become one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but
he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is
in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;
20 for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.
1. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to
touch a woman.
2 But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let
each woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the
wife unto 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 ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season,
that ye may give yourselves unto prayer, and may 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 that all men were even as I myself. Howbeit each man hath
his own gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to 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 unto the married I give charge, [yea] not I, but the Lord, That
the wife depart not from her husband
11 (but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be
reconciled to her husband); and that the 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
13 And the woman that hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to
dwell with her, let her not leave her 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 us in
16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or
how knowest thou, O husband, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
17. Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man, as God hath called
each, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all the churches.
18 Was any man called being circumcised? Let him not become
uncircumcised. Hath any been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the
keeping of the commandments of God.
20 Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called.
21 Wast thou called being a bondservant? Care not for it: nay, even if
thou canst become free, use [it] rather.
22 For he that was called in the Lord being a bondservant, is the Lord's
freedman: likewise he that was called being free, is Christ's bondservant.
23 Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men.
24 Brethren, let each man, wherein he was called, therein abide with God.
25. Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give
my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.
26 I think therefore that this is good by reason of the distress that is
upon us, [namely,] 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 a virgin marry,
she hath not sinned. Yet such shall have tribulation in the flesh: and I
would spare you.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both
those that have wives may be as though they had none;
30 and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice,
as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed
31 and those that use 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. He that is unmarried is
careful for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 but he that is married is careful for the things of the world, how he
may please his wife,
34 and is divided. [So] also the woman that is unmarried and the virgin
is careful for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body
and in spirit: but she that is married is careful for the things of the
world, how she may please her husband.
35 And this I say for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon
you, but for that which is seemly, and that ye may attend upon the Lord
36. But if any man thinketh that he behaveth himself unseemingly toward
his virgin [daughter], if she be past the flower of her age, and if need so
requireth, let him do what he will; he sinneth not; let them marry.
37 But he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but
hath power as touching in his own heart, to keep his own virgin [daughter],
shall do well.
38 So then both he that giveth his own virgin [daughter] in marriage
doeth well; and he that giveth her not in marriage shall do better.
39. A wife is bound for so long time as her husband liveth; but if the
husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the
40 But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I
think that I also have the Spirit of God.
1. Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have
knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.
2 If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he
ought to know;
3 but if any man 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 that are called gods, whether in heaven or on
earth; as there are gods 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 things, and we
7. Howbeit there is not in all men that knowledge: but some, being used
until now to the idol, eat as [of] a thing sacrificed to an idol; and their
conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But food will not commend us to God: neither, if we eat not, are we the
worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a
stumblingblock to the weak.
10 For if a man 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 through thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for
whose sake Christ died.
12 And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience
when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh
for evermore, that I cause not my brother to stumble.
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 defence to them that examine me is this.
4 Have we no right to eat and to drink?
5 Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, even as the
rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?
7 What soldier ever serveth 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 the manner of men? or saith not the law
also the same?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox
when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth,
10 or saith he it assuredly for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was
written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that
thresheth, [to thresh] in hope of partaking.
11 If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we
shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others partake of [this] right over you, do not we yet more?
Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may
cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
13 Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat [of] the
things of the temple, [and] they that wait upon the altar have their
portion with the altar?
14 Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should
live of the gospel.
15. But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things
that it may be so done in my case; for [it were] good for me rather to die,
than that any man should make my glorifying void.
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity
is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.
17 For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine
own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
18 What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may make the
gospel without charge, so as not to use to the full my right in the gospel.
19. For though I was free from all [men,] 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 them
that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law,
that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to
God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are 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's sake, that I may be a joint
24. Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.
25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in
all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an
26 I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the
27 but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means,
after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
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 food;
4 and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a
spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.
5 Howbeit with most 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 evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The
people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell
in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us make trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and
perished by the serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the
11 Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: 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 of escape, that ye may be
able to endure it.
14 Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
15. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood
of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of
17 seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all
partake of the one bread.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices
communion with the altar?
19 What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that
an idol is anything?
20 But [I say], that the things which the Gentiles 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 cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons: ye cannot
partake of the table of the Lord, and of the 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 things are expedient. All things
are lawful; but not all things edify.
24 Let no man seek his own, but [each] his neighbor's [good].
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for
26 for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
27 If one of them that believe not biddeth you [to a feast], and ye are
disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for
28 But if any man say unto you, This hath been offered in sacrifice, eat
not, for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake:
29 conscience, I say, 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 that for
which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God.
32 Give no occasions of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to
the church of God:
33 even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own
profit, but the [profit] of the many, that they may be saved.
1. Be ye 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 them to you.
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and
the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth
5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled
dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were
6 For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a
shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled.
7 For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is
the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man:
9 for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the
10 for this cause ought the woman to have [a sign of] authority on her
head, because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man
without the woman, in the Lord.
12 For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but
all things are of God.
13 Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair,
it is a dishonor to him?
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is
given her for a covering.
16 But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom,
neither the churches of God.
17. But in giving you this charge, I praise you not, that ye come together
not for the better but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that
divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be also factions among you, that they that are approved
may be made manifest among you.
20 When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to
eat the Lord's supper:
21 for in your eating each one taketh before [other] his own supper; 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 not? What shall I say to
you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not.
23. For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that
the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread;
24 and when he had given 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
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the
Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord
in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the
28 But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and
drink of the cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto
himself, if he discern not the body.
30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few
31 But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we may not
be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one for
34 If any man is hungry, let him eat at home; that your coming together
be not unto judgment. And the rest will I set in order whensoever I come.
1. Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you
2 Ye know that when ye were Gentiles [ye were] led away unto those dumb
idols, howsoever ye might led.
3 Wherefore I make known unto you, that no man speaking in the Spirit of
God saith, Jesus is anathema; and no man can say, Jesus is Lord, but in the
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 things in all.
7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit
8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to
another the word of knowledge, 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 miracles; and to another prophecy; and to
another discernings of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; and
to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each
one severally even as he will.
12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of
the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
13 For in one Spirit 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 is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the 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 the eye, I am not of the
body; it is not therefore not of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole
were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as
it pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now they are many members, 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, those members of the body which seem to be more
feeble are necessary:
23 and those [parts] of the body, which we think to be less honorable,
upon 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 [part] which lacked;
25 that there should be no schism 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
[one] member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly
prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps,
governments, [divers] kinds of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all [workers
30 have all gifts of healings? do all speak with tongues? do all
31 But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent
way show I unto you.
1. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I
am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have [the gift of] prophecy, and know all mysteries and all
knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing.
3 And if I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and if I give my body
to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4. Love suffereth long, [and] is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up,
5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked,
taketh not account of evil;
6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
8. Love never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall be
done away; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be]
knowledge, it shall be done away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
10 but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought
as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.
12 For now we see in 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 greatest of
these is love.
1. Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual [gifts], but rather
that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God;
for no man understandeth; but in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation,
4 He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth
edifieth the church.
5 Now I would have you all speak with tongues, but rather that ye should
prophesy: and greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with
tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
6. But now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall
I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of
knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching?
7 Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they
give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself
9 So also ye, unless ye utter by the tongue speech easy to understood,
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 no
[kind] is without signification.
11 If then I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him that
speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh will be a barbarian unto me.
12 So also ye, since ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye
may abound unto the edifying of the church.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in a tongue pray that he may
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is
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
16 Else if thou bless with the spirit, how shall he that 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 edified.
18 I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all:
19 howbeit in the church I had 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 mind: yet in malice be ye babes, but in
mind be men.
21. In the law it is written, By men of strange tongues and by the lips of
strangers will I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they hear
me, saith the Lord.
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to the
unbelieving: but prophesying [is for a sign], not to the unbelieving, but
to them that believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with
tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say
that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned,
he is reproved by all, he is judged by all;
25 the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so he will fall down
on his face and worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed.
26. What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a
psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an
interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
27 If any man speaketh in a tongue, [let it be] by two, or at the most
three, and [that] in turn; and let one interpret:
28 but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church;
and let him speak to himself, and to God.
29 And let the prophets speak [by] two or three, and let the others
30 But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep
31 For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be
32 and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the 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 keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto 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 shameful for a woman to speak in the church.
36. What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto
37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him
take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the
commandment of the Lord.
38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and forbid not
to speak with tongues.
40 But let all things be done decently and in order.
1. Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto
you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,
2 by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached
unto you, except ye believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which 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 appeared to Cephas; then to the twelve;
6 then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the
greater part remain until now, but some are fallen asleep;
7 then he appeared to James; then to all the apostles;
8 and last of all, as to the [child] untimely born, he appeared to me
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an
apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was
bestowed upon me was not found vain; but I labored more abundantly than
they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Whether then [it be] 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
14 and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your
faith also is vain.
15 Yea, we are found false witnesses of God; because we witnessed of God
that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead are
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
18 Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most
20. But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them
that are asleep.
21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of
22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then they that are
Christ's, at his coming.
24 Then [cometh] the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God,
even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.
27 For, He put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he
saith, All things are put in subjection, it is evident that he is excepted
who did subject all things unto him.
28 And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son
also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that
God may 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 do we also stand in jeopardy every hour?
31 I protest by that glorifying in you, brethren, which I have in Christ
Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
32 If after the manner of men I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what doth
it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for
to-morrow 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 [this] to move you to shame.
35. But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what manner
of body do they come?
36 Thou foolish one, that which thou thyself sowest is not quickened
except it die:
37 and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be,
but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind;
38 but God giveth it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a
body of its own.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one [flesh] of men, and
another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory
of the celestial is one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and
another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it
is raised in incorruption:
43 it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness;
it is raised in power:
44 it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is
a natural body, there is also a spiritual [body].
45 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The
last Adam [became] a life-giving spirit.
46 Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; then that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.
54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
56 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
58. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is
not vain in the Lord.
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 one of you lay by him in store,
as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.
3 And when I arrive, whomsoever ye shall approve, them will I send with
letters to carry your bounty unto 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 with you it may be that I shall abide, or even 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 a
while with you, if the Lord permit.
8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost;
9 for a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many
10. Now if Timothy come, see that he be with you without fear; for he
worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do:
11 let no man therefore despise him. But set him forward on his journey
in peace, that he may 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 all [his] will to come now; but he
will come when he shall have opportunity.
13. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
14 Let all that ye do be done in love.
15 Now I beseech you, brethren (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it
is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to minister
unto the saints),
16 that ye also be in subjection unto such, and to every one that helpeth
in the work and laboreth.
17 And I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus:
for that which was lacking on your part they supplied.
18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours: acknowledge ye therefore them
that are such.
19. The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Prisca salute you much in
the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
20 All the brethren salute you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.
21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
22 If any man loveth not the Lord, let him be anathema. Maranatha.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.