1 PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother,
2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to the sanctified in Jesus Christ, called to be saints, with all that call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours.
4 I thank my God always for you, for the grace of God given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every thing you are enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are behind in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who also will confirm you to the end, without blame, in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful by whom you are called into the society of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 I exhort you, brothers, by 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 perfected in the same mind and the same will. 11 For I have been informed of you, my brothers, by the family of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 I mean this; that each one of you says I indeed 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 baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God I baptized none of you, except Crispus and Gaius; 15 that no one may say that I baptized in my name. 16 And I also baptized the family of Stephanus; besides I do not know that I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the good news, not with a wisdom of speech lest the cross of Christ should be without effect.
18 For the word of the cross is to the lost foolishness, but to the saved the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the intelligent.
20 Where is the wise? where the scribe? where the disputer of this life? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, God was pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save those that believe; 22 and since the Jews seek signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews indeed an offense, and to the gentiles foolishness, 24 but to the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God; 25 for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble [are called]; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world has God chosen to put to shame the mighty, 28 and the ignoble things of the world and things that are despised has God chosen, and things that are not, to destroy things that are, 29 that no flesh may glory in the sight of God. 30 But you are of him in Christ Jesus, who has become to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption, 31 that as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.