1 This letter is from Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother.
2 To the congregation of God at Corinth. To you, who are sanctified in Christ Jesus. You who are called to be holy ones, with all whom in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. He is both their Lord and ours.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God that is given you by Jesus Christ. 5 He enriches you in every way, in all speaking, and in all knowledge. 6 The testimony of Christ was confirmed (verified) (established) in you. 7 You do not lack spiritual gifts as you wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also confirm (establish) you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there are no divisions among you. You should be perfectly joined together (united) in the same mind and thought. 11 The house of Chloe told me, my brothers, that there are disputes among you. 12 Concerning that I say, that each one of you said, I follow Paul; and I follow Apollos; and I follow Cephas; and I follow Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul impaled for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius. 15 So no one should say that I baptized in my own name. 16 I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides that I do not know whether I baptized any others. 17 Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the good news: not with wisdom of words, lest the stake of Christ be emptied of its effect.
18 For the preaching of the stake is foolishness to those who perish. It is the power of God to us who are saved. 19 It is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (Isaiah 29:14)
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 This is the wisdom of God that the world through its wisdom did not come to know God. God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 Indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom. 23 We preach Christ impaled. It is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the nations! 24 To those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, it is Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 Consider your calling, brothers. Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 Instead God chose the foolish things of the world to confuse (shame) the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to confuse (shame) the things that are mighty. 28 God also chose the base things of the world, and things which are despised, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are. 29 No human being should boast before God. 30 It is because of him you are united with Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 31 Let it be as it is written, He that boasts, let him boast in Jehovah! (Jeremiah 9:24)