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CHAP. II. ousness, and sanctification, and redemption: | 1 How Paul dealt with weak believers. 5 The most emi31. That, according as it is written, He

nent preachers only instruments, &c. that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1. ND I, brethren, could not speak CHAP. II.

unto you, as unto spiritual, but as 1 How Paul preached the gospel; 6 which is God's wise unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. counsel for men's salvation.

2. I have sed you with milk, and not 1.

you, came not with excellency of to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you 3. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there the testimony of God:

is among you envying, and strise, and divi. 2. For I determined not to know any sions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and 4. For while one saith, I am of Paul; and him crucified.

another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 3. And I was with you in weakness, 5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apoland in fear, and in much trembling: los, but ministers by whom ye believed,

4. And my speech and my preaching was even as the Lord gave to every man? not withenticing words of man's wisdom, but 6. I have planted, Apollos watered; but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: God gave the increase.

5. That your faith should not stand in the 7. So then neither is he that planteth wisdom of men, but in the power of God. any thing, neither he that watereth; but

6. Howbeit we speak wisdom among God that giveth the increase. them that are perfect : yet not the wisdom 8. Now he that planteth and he that waterof this world, nor of the princes of this eth are one: and every man shall receive his world, that come to nought :

own reward according to his own labour. 7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a 9. For we are labourers together with mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's ordained before the world unto our glory: building.

8. Which none of the princes of this 10. According to the grace of God world knew: for had they known it, they which is given unto me, as a wise masterwould not have crucified the Lord of builder, I have laid the foundation, and an glory.

other buildeth thereon. But let every man 9. But, as it is written, Eye hath not take heed how he buildeth thereupon. seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered 11. For other foundation can no man lay into the heart of man, the things which than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. God hath prepared for them that love him. 12. Now if any man build upon this

10. But God hath revealed them unto us foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all wood, hay, stubble ; things, yea, the deep things of God.

13. Every man's work shall be made 11. For what man knoweth the things manifest: for the day shall declare it, beof a man, save the spirit of man which is cause it shall be revealed by fire; and the in bim? Even so the things of God know- fire shall try every man's work, of what eth no man, but the Spirit of God.

sort it is. 12. Now we have received, not the spi- 14. If any man's work abide which he hath rit of the world, but the Spirit which is of built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. God; that we might know the things that 15. If any man's work shall be burned, are freely given to us of God.

he shall suffer loss : but he himself shall be 13. Which things also we speak, not in saved; yet so as by fire. the words which man's wisdom teacheth, 16. Know ye not that ye are the temple but which the Holy Ghost teacheth ; com- of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth paring spiritual things with spiritual. in you ?

14. But the natural man receiveth not in. If any man defile the temple of God, the things of the Spirit of God: for they are him shall God destroy; for the temple of

1 foolishness unto him; neither can he know God is holy, which temple ye are. them, because they are spiritually discerned. 18. Let no man deceive himself. If any

15. But he that is spiritual judgeth all man among you seemeth to be wise in this things, yet he himself is judged of no man.world, let him become a fool, that he may

16. For who hath known the mind of be wise. the Lord, that he may instruct him ? But 19. For the wisdom of this world is fool. we have the mind of Christ.

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taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 13. Being defamed, we entreat: we are

20. And again, The Lord knoweth the made as the filth of the world, and are the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. offscouring of all things unto this day.

21. Therefore let no man glory in men: 14. I write not these things to shame for all things are yours;

you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, 15. For though ye have ten thousand inor the world, or life, or death, or things pre- || structers in Christ, yet have ye not many sent, or things to come; all are yours; fathers : for in Christ Jesus, I have begot

23. And ye are Christ's; and Christ is ten you through the gospel. God's.

16. Wherefore, I beseech you, be ye folCHAP. IV.

lowers of me. 1 How to account of Christ's ministers. 8 To a self-suffi

17. For this cause have I sent unto you cient vanity Paul opposeth his own afflicted state, fc. Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and 1. ET

ministers of Christ, and stewards of into remembrance of my ways which be the mysteries of God.

in Christ, as I teach every where in every 2. Moreover, it is required in stewards, church. that a man be found faithful.

18. Now some are puffed up, as though 3. But with me it is a very small thing I would not come to you. that I should be judged of you, or of man's 19. But I will come to you shortly, if the judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. Lord will; and will know, not the speech 4. For I know nothing by myself; yet of them which are puffed up, but the

but the power am I not hereby justified: but he that 20. For the kingdom of God is not in ) judgeth me is the Lord.

word, but in power. 5. Therefore judge nothing before the 21. What will ye? shall I come unto time, until the Lord come, who both will you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit bring to light the hidden things of dark- of meekness? ness, and will make manifest the counsels

CHAP. V. of the hearts; and then shall every man 1 of the incestuous person. 6 Of necessity the old leaven have praise of God.

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fornication among you, and such forlos for your sakes; that ye might learn in nication as is not so much as named among us not to think of men above that which is the Gentiles, that one should have his fawritten, that no one of you be puffed up for ther's wife. one against another.

2. And ye are puffed up, and have not 7. For who maketh thee to differ from rather mourned, that he that hath done this another? and what hast thou that thou | deed might be taken away from among you. didst not receive! Now if thou didst re- 3. For I verily, as absent in body, but ceive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou present in spirit, have judged already, as hadst not received it?

though I were present, concerning him that 8. Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye hath so done this deed; have reigned as kings without us: and I 4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, would to God ye did reign; that we also when ye are gathered together, and my might reign with you.

spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus 9. For I think that God hath set forth || Christ, us the apostles last, as it were appointed 5. To deliver such a one unto Satan for to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit the world, and to angels, and to men. may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

10. We are fools for Christ's sake, but 6. Your glorying is not good. Know ye ve are wise in Christ; we are weak, but not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we lump? are despised.

7. Purge ont therefore the old leaven, 11. Éven unto this present hour we both that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unhunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are leavened. For even Christ our passover buffeted, and have no certain dwelling is sacrificed for us. place;

8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not 12. And labour, working with our own with old leaven, neither with the leaven of hands: being reviled, we bless: being per- malice and wickedness; but with the unsecuted, we suffer it:

leavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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9. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to lawful for me, but I will not be brought company with fornicators:

under the power of any. 10. Yet not altogether with the fornica- 13. Meats for the belly, and the belly for tors of this world, or with the covetous, or meats: but God shall destroy both it and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then them. Now the body is not for fornication, must ye needs go out of the world.

but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 11. But now I have written unto you not 14. And God hath both raised up the Lord, to keep company, if any man that is called and will also raise up us by his own power. a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an 15. Know ye not, that your bodies are idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an ex- the members of Christ? shall I then take tortioner; with such a one no not to eat. the members of Christ, and make them the

12. For what have I to do to judge them members of a harlot? God forbid. also that are without ? do not ye judge 16. What! know ye not that he which is them that are within ?

joined to a harlot is one body? For two, 13. But them that are without God judg- saith he, shall be one flesh. eth. Therefore put away from among your- 17. But he that is joined unto the Lord selves that wicked person.

is one spirit. CHAP. VI.

18. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man 1 of bringing controversies before heathen judges. 7 How doeth is without the body: but he that commitlawsuits may be aroided.

teth fornication sinneth against bisown body. 1. ARE any of you, having a matter 19. What! know ye not that your body

against another, go to law before is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in the unjust, and not before the saints ? you, which ye have of God, and ye are not

2. Do ye not know that the saints shall your own ? judge the world? And if the world shall 20. For ye are bought with a price: be judged by you, are ye unworthy to therefore glorify God in your body, and in judge the smallest matters?

your spirit, which are God's. 3. Know ye not that we shall judge an

CHAP. VII. gels ? How much more things that pertain | 1 The use of marriage: 10 Christ hath forbidden to disto this life?

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ye wrote unto me: It is good who are least esteemed in the church. a man not to touch a woman.

5. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that 2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let there is not a wise man among you ? no, every man have his own wife, and let every not one that shall be able to judge between woman have her own husband. his brethren ?

3. Let the husband render unto the wise 6. But brother goeth to law with bro- due benevolence: and likewise also the ther, and that before the unbelievers. wife unto the husband.

7. Now therefore there is utterly a fault 4. The wife hath not power of her own among you, because ye go to law one with body, but the husband : and likewise also another. Why do ye not rather take the husband hath not power of his own wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer body, but the wife. yourselves to be defrauded ?

5. Defraud ye not one the other, except 8. Nay, you do wrong, and defraud, and it be with consent for a time, that ye may that your brethren.

give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and 9. Know ye not that the unrighteous come together again, that Satan tempt you shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not for your incontinency. not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idola- 6. But I speak this by permission, and ters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor not of commandment. abusers of themselves with mankind,

7. For I would that all men were even 10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunk- as I myself: but every man hath his proper ards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall || gift of God, one after this manner, and aninherit the kingdom of God.

other after that. 11. And such were some of you: but ye 8. I say therefore to the unmarried and are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye widows, It is good for them if they abide are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, | even as I. and by the Spirit of our God.

9. But if they cannot contain, let them 12. All things are lawful unto me, but marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. all things are not expedient: all things are 10. And unto the married I command

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yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife | sinned. Nevertheless such shall have troudepart from her husband :

ble in the flesh: but I spare you. 11. But and if she depart, let her remain 29. But this I say, brethren, the time is ) unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: short. It remaineth, that both they that and let not the husband put away his wife. have wives, be as though they had none;

12. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: 30. And they that weep, as though they If any brother hath a wise that believeth wept not; and they that rejoice, as though not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as let him not put her away.

though they possessed not; 13. And the woman which hath a hus- 31. And they that use this world, as not band that believeth not, and if he be pleas- abusing it: for the fashion of this world ed to dwell with her, let her not leave him. passeth away. 14. For the unbelieving husband is sanc- 32. But I would have you

without caretified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife fulness. He that is unmarried, careth for is sanctified by the husband: else were your the things that belong to the Lord, how he children unclean: but now are they holy. may please the Lord :

15. But if the unbelieving depart, let him 33. But he that is married, careth for the depart. A brother or a sister is not under things that are of the world, how he may bondage in such cases : but God hath call- please his wife. ed us to peace.

34. There is difference also between a wife 16. For what knowest thou, O wife, whe- and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth ther thou shalt save thy husband? Or how for the things of the Lord, that she may knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she save thy wife i

that is married, careth for the things of the 17. But as God hath distributed to every world, how she may please her husband. man, as the Lord hath called every one, 35. And this I speak for your own profit; so let him walk. And so ordain I'in all not that I may cast a snare upon you, but churches.

for that which is comely, and that you may 18. Is any man called being circum- attend upon the Lord without distraccised ? let him not become uncircum- tion. cised. Is any called in uncircumcision? 36. But if any man think that he belet him not be circumcised.

haveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, 19. Circumcision is nothing, and uncir- if she pass the flower of her age, and need cumcision is nothing, but the keeping of so require, let him do what he will, he sinthe commandments of God.

neth not: let them marry. 20. Let every man abide in the same 37. Nevertheless, he that standeth steadcalling wherein he was called.

fast in his heart, having no necessity, but 21. Art thou called being a servant ?| hath power over his own will, and hath so care not for it; but if thou mayest be made decreed in his heart that he will keep his free, use it rather.

virgin, doeth well. 22. For he that is called in the Lord, be- 38. So then, he that giveth her in maring a servant, is the Lord's freeman: like- riage doeth well: but he that giveth her wise also he that is called, being free, is not in marriage doeth better. Christ's servant.

39. The wife is bound by the law as 23. Ye are bought with a price; be not long as her husband liveth: but if her husye the servants of men.

band be dead, she is at liberty to be mar24. Brethren, let every man, wherein he ried to whom she will ; only in the Lord, is called, therein abide with God.

40. But she is happier if she so abide, 25. Now concerning virgins, I have no after my judgment: and I think also that I commandment of the Lord: yet I give my have the Spirit of God. judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy

CHAP. VIII. of the Lord to be faithfu).

1 Charity preferable to knowledge. 4 An idol is nothing 26. I suppose therefore that this is good

to those who rightly know God. for the present distress; I say, that it is 1. COW as touching things offered unto good for a man so to be.

idols, we know that we all have 27. Art thou bound unto a wife ? seek knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a charity edifieth. wife? seek not a wife.

2. And if any man think that he know28. But and if thou marry, thou hast not eth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not li he ought to know.

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3. But if any man love God, the same 8. Say I these things as a man? or is known of him.

saith not the law the same also ? 4. As concerning therefore the eating of 9. For it is written in the law of Moses, those things that are offered in sacrifice unto Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God world, and that there is noneother Godbutone. take care for oxen?

5. For though there be that are called 10. Or saith he it altogether for our gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is there be gods many, and lords many,) Written: that he that plougheth should

6. But to us there is but one God, the plough in hope ; and that he that thresheth Father, of whom are all things, and we in in hope should be partaker of his hope. him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom 11. If we have sown unto you spiritual are all things, and we by him.

things, is it a great thing if we shall reap 7. Howbeit, there is not in every man that your carnal things? knowledge: for some, with conscience of 12. Ifothers be partakersofthis powerover the idul, unto this hour, eat it as a thing you, are not we rather ? Nevertheless, we offered unto an idol; and their conscience, have not used this power; but sufferallthings, being weak, is defiled.

lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 8. But meat commendeth us not to God: 13. Do ye not know, that they which for neither, if we eat, are we the better; minister about holy things live of the things neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. of the temple ? and they which wait at the

9. But take heed, lest by any means this altar are partakers with the altar? liberty of yours become a stumbling-block 14. Even so hath the Lord ordained, to them that are weak.

that they which preach the gospel should 10. For if any man see thee, which hast live of the gospel. knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's temple, 15. But I have used none of these things: shall not the conscience of him which is neither have I written these things, that it weak be emboldened to cat those things should be so done unto me: for it were betwhich are offered to idols;

ter for me to die, than that

any man should 11. And through thy knowledge shall the make my glorying void. weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 16. For though I preach the gospel, 1

12. But when ye sin so against the bre- have nothing to glory of: for necessity is thren, and wound their weak conscience, laid upon me; yea, wo is unto me if I ye sin against Christ.

preach not the gospel. 13. Wherefore, if meat make my brother 17. For if I do this thing willingly, I have to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world a reward: but if against my wilt, a dispenstandeth, lest I make my brother to offend.sation of the gospel is committed unto me. CHAP. IX.

18. What is my reward then ? Verily

that, when I preach the gospel, I may 1 Paul asserleth his apostolical character, 3 and right to a mainteinance: 24 he striveth to obtain an incorruptible make the gospel of Christ without charge;

that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 1. AN

M I not an apostle ? am I not free? 19. For though I be free from all men,

have I not seen Jesus Christ our || yet have I made myself servant unto all, Lord ? are not you my work in the Lord that I might gain the more.

2. If I be not an apostle unto others, yet 20. And unto the Jews 1 became as a Jew, cloubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine that I might gain the Jews; to them that apostleship are ye in the Lord.

are under the law, as under the law, that 3. Mine answer to them that do examine I might gain them that are under the law; is this:

21. To them that are without law, as 4. Have we not power to cat and to drink? || without law, (being not without law to

5. Have we not power to lead about a God, but under the law to Christ,) that I sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and might gain them that are without law. as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas ? 22. To the weak became I as weak, that

6. Or I only and Barnabas, have not we I might gain the weak: I arn made all power to forbear working ?

things to all men, that I might by all means 7. Who goeth a warfare any time at liis own charges ? who planteth a vine- 23. And this I do for the gospel's sake, yard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? that I might be partaker thereof with you. or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of 24. Know ye not that they which run the milk of the flock ?

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