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1 Paul, appointed an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 to the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs 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 to you in Christ Jesus,
5 that you were enriched in everything in Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, patiently waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I exhort you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be completely fitted together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now I say this, that each of you says, 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 you immersed into the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I immersed none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 that no one should say that I had immersed into my name.
16 Yes, I also immersed the household of Stephanas. Besides that, I do not know whether I immersed any others.
17 For Christ did not send me to immerse, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the intelligent.
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who are believing.
22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23 but we preach Christ crucified, truly to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24 but to those who 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 you see your calling, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many of nobility.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the low-born of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29 that no flesh should boast in His presence.
30 But out of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who was made for us from God wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
31 that, as it is written, He who exults, let him exult in the Lord.