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Paul exhorteth

Chap. i.

to unity, foc. 6 Even as the testimony of tized none of you, but Crispus Christ was confirmed in you: and Gaius ;

way so that ye come be 15 Lest any should say that hind in no gift; waiting for I had baptized in mine own the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ :

16 And I baptized also the 8 Who shall also confirm household of Stephanas; beyou unto the end, that ye may sides, I know not whether I be blameless in the day of our baptized any other. Lord Jesus Christ :

17 For Christ sent me not 9 God is faithful, by whom to baptize, but to preach the ye were called unto the fel. Gospel; not with wisdom of lowship of his Son Jesus Christ words, lest the cross of Christ b our Lord.

should be made of none effect. 10 Now I beseech you, 18 For the preaching of the brethren, by the name of our cross is to them that perish, Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all foolishness; but unto us which speak the same thing, and are saved, it is the power of that there be no divisions a God. mong you ; but that ye


19 For it is written,c I will fectly joined together in the destroy the wisdom of the same mind, and in the same wised and will bring to nojudgment.

thing the understanding of the 11 For it hath been declar- prudent.e ed unto me of you, my

breth 20 Where is the wise ? ren, by them which are of the where is the scribe ? where house of Chloe, that there are is the disputer of this world? contentions among you.

hath not God made foolish 12 Now this I say, That the wisdom of this world.f every one of you saith, I am 21 For after that, in the of Paul, and I of Apollos, and wisdom of God, the world by I of Cephas, and I of Christ. wisdom knew not God, it

13 Is Christ divided ? was pleased God by the foolishness Paul crucified for you ? or

of preaching to save them that were ye baptized in the name believe. of Paul Ia

b Cross of Christ. The doctrine of 14 I thank God that I bap- salvation through the cross, or the

sufferings and death of Christ. a To be baptized into the name of c It is written, Isaiah, xxix. 14. any person, or into a person, signifies, to def The Wisdom of the wise, the enter one's self a disciple of him, into wisdom of this world, and the understandwhose name he is baptized, and to ing of the prudent, are expressions of profess that he submits himself im. singular import, and signify the false plicitly to his authority, and receives doctrines of the Jewish teachers, and his doctrines and rules.

Gentile philosophers.

The power

I. Corinthians.

of God, &c. 22 For the Jews require a

CHAP. II. sign, and the Greeks seek af. Paul declareth that his preachter wisdom :

ing far excelleth all human 23 But we preach Christ wisdom. crucified, unto the Jews a AND I, brethren, when I stumbling-block, and unto the came to you, came not with Greeks foolishness;

excellency of speech, or of 24 But unto them which are wisdom, declaring unto you called, both Jews and Greeks, the testimony of God. Christ the power of God, and 2 For I determined not to the wisdom of God.

know any thing among you,a 25 Because the foolishness save Jesus Christ, and him of God is wiser than men; crncified. and the weakness of God is 3. And I was with you in stronger than men.

weakness, and in fear, and in 26 For ye see your calling, much trembling. brethren, how that not many 4 And my speech and my wise men after the flesh, not preaching was not with enticmany mighty, not many noble, ing words of man's wisdom, are called :

but in demonstration of the 27 But God hath chosen Spirit and of power; the foolish things of the world 5 That your faith should to confound the wise; and not stand in the wisdom of God hath chosen the weak men, but in the power of God. things of the world to confound 6 Howbeit, we speak wisthe things which are mighty; dom among them that are per.

28 And base things of the fect;b yet not the wisdom of world, and things which are this world, nor the princes of despised, hath God chosen, this world, that come to nought; yea, and things which are not, 7 But we speak the wisdom to bring to nought things that of Godcia a mystery, even the are;

hidden wisdom, which God or29 That no flesh should glo- dained before the world unto presence.

our glory; 30 But of him are ye in 8 Which none of the prinChrist Jesus, who of God is ces of this world knew; for made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctifica a Not to know any thing: not to make tion, and redemption;

known or teach any thing among you. 31 That, according as it is b Them, that are perfect, those who written, He. that glorieth, let

were fully instructed in the doctrines him glory in the Lord.

of the Gospel, and were become sincere disciples of Jesus Christ.

c The wisdom of God, salvation by Jesus Christ.

ry in his

Of Paul's


Chap. iii.

preaching had they known it, they would 16 For who hath known not have crucified the Lord of the mind of the Lord, that he glory.

may instruct him? But we 9 But as it is written,d Eye have the mind of Christ. hath not seen, nor ear heard,

CHAP. III. neither have entered into the 1 Milk is fit for children. 16 heart of man, the things which Men the temples of God: 17 God hath prepared for them which must be kept holy. that love him.

AND I, brethren, could not 10 But God hath revealed speak unto you as unto spiritthem unto us by his Spirit; for ual, but as unto carnal,d even the Spirit searcheth all things, as unto babes in Christ. yea, the deep things of God. 2 I have fed you with milk,

11 For what man knoweth and not with meat; for hiththe things of a man, save the erto ye were not able to bear it, spirit of man which is in him ? neither yet now are able. even so, the things of God 3 For ye are yet carnal ; knoweth no man, but the Spir- for whereas there is among it of God.

you envying and strife, and 12 Now we have received, divisions, are ye not carnal, not the spirit of the world, but and walk as mens the Spirit which is of God; 4 For while one saith, I am that we might know the things of Paul; and another, I am that are freely given to us of of Apollos s are ye not carnal? God.

5 Who then is Paul, and 13 Which things also we who is Apollos, but ministers speak, not in the words which by wliom je belieyerl, even as man's wisdom teacheth, but the Lord gave to every man? which the Holy Ghost teacheth; 6 I have planted; Apollos comparing spiritual things watered; but God gave the with spiritual.

increase. 14 But the natural man e re. hy So then, neither is lie that ceiveth not the things of the planteth any thing, neither be Spirit of God; for they are that watereth; but God that foolishness unto him; neither giveth the increase. can he know them, because 8 Now he that planteth and they are spiritually discerned. he that watereth are one ; and

15 But be that is spiritual every man shall receive his judgeth all things, yet he him- own reward, according to his self is judged of no man.

own labour.

9 For we are labourers (0d It is written, Isaiah lxiv. 4,

e The natural man, one who makes gether with God; ye are his senses, passions, and prejudices the a Carnal, fleshly, weak or stupid, measure of truth, and the rule of his and under the influence of the pasa conduct.


Of strife and division. I. Corinthians. Of worldly wisdom. God's husbandry; ye are God's be burnt, he shall suffer loss; building.

but he himself shall be saved; 10 According to the grace yet so as by fire. of God, which is given unto 16 Kuow ye not that ye are me, as a wise master-builder, the temple of God, and that I have laid the foundation, & the Spirit of God dwelleth in another buildeth thereon. But you ? let every man take heed how 17 If any man defile the be buildeth thereupon.

temple of God, him shall God 11 For other foundation can destroy; for the temple of God no man lay than that is laid, is holy, whieh temple ye are. which is Jesus Christ.

18 Let no man deceive him. 12 Now, if any man build self; if any man among you upon this foundation, gold, seemeth to be wise in this silver,b precious stones, wood, world, let him become a fool, hay, stubble;

that he may be wise. 13 Every man's work shall 19 For the wisdom of this be made manifest ; for the day world is foolishness with God; shall deelare it, becanse it shall for it is written, He taketh be revealed by fire;c and the the wise in their own crafti. fire shall try every man's work ness. of what sort it is.

20 And again, The Lord 14 If any man's work abide, knoweth the thoughts of the which he bath built thereup- wise, that they are vain. on,d he shall receive a reward. 21 Therefore let no man 15 If any man's work shall glory in men; for all things

are yours ; 6 If any man, upon this foundation,

22 Whether Paul, or Apolbuild gold, silver, &c. As the Christian church consists of believers of all los, or Cephas, or the world, nations, the materials here called or life, or death, or things pregold, silver, &c. must be the disciples sent or things to come; all are of Christ, converted by the preachers yours ; of the Gospel. The disciples, whom

23 And ye are Christ's; any one converted, are in the next verse called his work.

and Christ is God's. c It is supposed, that by fire here is

CHAP. IV. meant persecution, which was about 1 How to account of ministers. to try the Christians, and would re 7 We have nothing which veal or manifest who were the true, we have not received. 15 and who the false professors.

The apostles are our fathers d If any man's work abide, &c. If any man's or teacher's disciples,

in Christ. whom he has added to the church of endure not the fiery trial, he will lose Christ, abide the trial of persecution, his reward; however, he himself he shall receive the reward of a faithe shall be saved, yet not without perful servant; (15th verse,) but if they secution.


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Of ministers, &c.

Chap. iv. Of the apostles. LET a man so account of 9 For I think that God hath

as of the ministers of set forth us the apostles last, Christ, and stewards of the as it were appointed to death; mysteries of God.

for, we are made a spectacle 2 Moreover, it is required unto the world, and to angels, in stewards, that a man be and to men. found faithful.

10 We are fools for Christ's 3 But with me it is a very sake, but ye are wise in Christ; small thing, that I should be we are weak, but ye are strong; judged of you, or of man's ye are honourable, but we are judgment; yea, I judge not despised. mine own self.

11 Even unto this present 4 For I know nothing by hour we both hunger, and myself; yet am I not hereby thirst, and are naked, and are justified; but he that judgeth buffeted, and have no certain me is the Lord.

dwelling-place; 5 Therefore judge nothing

12 And labour, working before the time, until the Lord with our own hands ; being recome, who both will bring to viled, we bless; being perselight the hidden things of cuted, we suffer it; darkness, and will make mani. 13 Being defamed, we infest the counsels of the hearts; treat; we are made as the and then shall every man have filth of the world, and are the praise of God.

off-scouring of all things unto 6 And these things, breth- this day. ren, I have in a figure trans 14 I write not these things ferred to myself and to Apollos to shame you, but, as my befor your sakes; that ye might loved sons, I warn you. learn in us pot to think of men 15 For though ye have ter above that which is written, thousand instructors in Christ, that no one of you be puffed yet have ye

fathers; up for one against another. for in Christ Jesus I have be

7 For who maketh thee gotten you through the Gosto differ from another and pel. what hast thou that thou didst 16 Wherefore, I besecch not receive ?

if thou



followers of me. didst receive it, why dost thou 17 For this cause have I glory as if thou hadst not re sent unto you Timotheus, who ceived it?

is my beloved son, and faithful 8 Now ye are full, now ye in the Lord, who shall bring are rich, ye have beigned as you into remembrance of my kings without us; and I would ways which be in Christ, as I to God ye did reign, that we teach every where in every also might reign with you. church.

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