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8 For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of that are in Judea, and that the oblation of my he circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm service may be acceptable in Jerusalem to the he promises made to the fathers.


9 But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to hee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to hy name.

10 And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

11 And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people.

12 And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse: and he that shall rise up to rule the Geniles, in him the Gentiles shall hope.

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and eace in believing that you may abound in hope, und in the power of the Holy Ghost.

14 And I myself also, my brethren, am assured of you, that you also are full of love, replenished vith all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another.

18 For I dare not speak of any of those things which Christ worketh not by me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and by deeds,

19 By the virtue of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Ghost: so that, from Jerusalem round about as far as to Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

20 And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: but as it is written:

21 They to whom he was not spoken of, shall see; and they that have not heard, shall understand.

15 But I have written to you, brethren, more 4 (Who have for my life exposed their own necks: boldly in some sort, as putting you in mind: because to whom not I only give thanks, but also all the of the grace which is given me from God. churches of the Gentiles)

16 That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus imong the Gentiles: sanctifying the gospel of God, that the oblation of the Gentiles may be made acceptable, and sanctified in the Holy Ghost.

5 And the church which is in their house. Salute Epenetus my beloved, who is the first-fruits of Asia in Christ.

17 I have, therefore, glory in Christ Jesus towards God.

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28 When, therefore, I shall have accomplished this, and consigned to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

32 That I may come to you with joy, by the will of God, and may be refreshed with you.

33 Now, the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

29 And I know, that, when I come to you, I shall come in the abundance of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.


He concludes with salutations, bidding them beware of all that should oppose the doctrine they had learned.

30 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the charity of the Holy Ghost, that you assist me in your prayers for me to God,

31 That I may be delivered from the unbelievers

is in the ministry of the church that is in Cenchrea;

*Minister of the circumcision. That is, executed his office and ministry towards the Jews, the people of the circumcision.

2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints: and that you assist her in whatsoever business she shall have need of you: for she also hath assisted many, and myself also.

3 Salute Prisca and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus,

6 Salute Mary, who hath laboured much among you.

7 Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and fellow-captives, who are renowned among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid Achaia to make some contribution for the poor them. saints who are in Jerusalem.

8 Salute Ampliatus, most beloved to me in the Lord.

9 Salute Urbanus, our helper in Christ Jesus, and Stachys my beloved.

10 Salute Apelles, approved in Christ.

11 Salute them that are of Aristobulus's household. Salute Herodion, my kinsman. Salute them that are of Narcissus's household, who are in the Lord.

12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute Persis, the dearly beloved, who hath much laboured in the Lord.

13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

18 For they that are such serve not Christ our 27 For it hath pleased them: and they are their Lord, but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches, debtors. For if the Gentiles have been made par- and good words, seduce the hearts of the intakers of their spiritual things: they ought also innocent. carnal things to minister to them.

14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.

15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympias: and all the saints who are with them.

16 Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who cause dissensions and offences contrary to

19 For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil.

20 And may the God of peace crush Satan speedily under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

21 Timothy, my fellow-labourer, saluteth you and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

22 1, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

23 Caius, my host, and the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you, and Quartus, a brother.

24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25 Now to him that is able to establish you,

according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus the eternal God, for the obedience of faith; knoWG Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery among all nations; kept secret from eternity,

27 To God the only wise, through Jesus Christ 26 (Which now is made manifest by the scriptures to whom be honour and glory for ever and ever of the prophets, according to the commandment of Amen.




ST. PAUL having planted the faith in Corinth, where|| he had preached a year and a half, and converted a great many, went to Ephesus. After being there three years, he wrote this first Epistle to the Corinthians, and sent it by the same persons; Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, who had brought their letter to him. It was written about twenty-four years after our Lord's Ascension; and contains several matters appertaining to faith and morals, and also to ecclesiastical discipline.


He reproveth their dissensions about their teachers: the world was to be saved by preaching of the cross, and not by human wisdom or eloquence.

4 I give thanks to my God always for you for the grace of God, that is given you in Christ Jesus:

5 That in all things you are made rich in him, in every word, and in all knowledge:

6 As the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

7 So that nothing is wanting to you in any grace, waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ;

8 Who also will confirm you unto the end without crime, in the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 Lest any should say that you were baptized my name.

9 God is faithful; by whom you are called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but t preach the gospel; not with wisdom of speech, les the cross of Christ should be made void


AUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Sosthenes, a brother, 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the 2 To the church of God that is at Corinth, to world by wisdom knew not God; it pleased God by them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be the foolishness of preaching, to save them that saints, with all that invoke the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place of theirs and ours.

3 Grace to you, and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment.

11 For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by those who are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of Paul and I am of Apollo: 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 give God thanks, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Caius:

18 For the word of the cross, to them indee that perish, is foolishness; but to them who ar saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.

19 For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise: and the prudence of the prudent I will reject.

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?


22 For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Gentiles foolishness: 24 But to them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wis dom of God.

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*Foolish, &c. That is to say, what appears foolish to the world, in the ways of God, is indeed most wise: and what appears weak, is indeed above all the strength and comprehension of man.


is preaching was not in loftiness of words, but in spirit and power. And the wisdom he taught was not to be understood by the worldly wise, or sensual man, but only by the spiritual man.

ND I, brethren, when I came to you, came not in loftiness of speech or of wisdom; declang to you the testimony of Christ.


2 For I judged not myself to know any thing mong you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, nd in much trembling:

4 And my speech, and my preaching, was not the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in e showing of the spirit and power:

5 That your faith might not stand on the wisdom f men, but on the power of God. 6 Howbeit, we speak wisdom among the perct: yet not the wisdom of this world, neither of e princes of this world, who are destroyed: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery hich is hidden, which God predestinated before he world, unto our glory,

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: or if they had known it, they would never have rucified the Lord of glory.

9 But, as it is written: The eye hath not seen, or ear heard, neither hath it entered into the eart of man, what things God hath prepared for hem that love him:

10 But to us God hath revealed them by his pirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, even the rofound things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, ut the spirit of a man that is in him? So the hings also that are of God no man knoweth, but he Spirit of God.

14 But the sensual man* perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God: for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand: because it is spiritually examined.

15 But the spiritual man+ judgeth all things and he himself is judged by no one.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

were not able as yet: but neither indeed are you now able for you are yet carnal.

contention, are you not carnal, and walk according 3 For whereas there is among you envying and

to man?


They must not contend about their teachers, who are but God's ministers, and accountable to him. Their works shall be tried by fire.


ND I, brethren, could not speak to you as to in Christ,

2 I gave you milk to drink, not meat: for you

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12 Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we may now the things that are given us from God: 13 Which things also we speak, not in the learn-holy, which you are.

ed words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine 18 Let no man deceive himself: if any man of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spi- among you seem to be wise in this world, let him itual. become a fool, that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written: I will catch the wise in their own craftiness.

16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 But if any man violate the temple of God: him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is

20 And again: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21 Let no man, therefore, glory in men.

22 For all things are yours, whether it be Paul,

Upon this foundation. The foundation is Christ and his doctrine, or the true faith in him, working through charity. The building upon this foundation, gold, silver, and precious stones, signifies the more perfect preaching and practice of the gospel; the wood, hay and stubble, such preaching as was that of the Corinthian teachers, (who affected the

practice as is mixed with much imperfection, and many lesser sins. Now the day of the Lord, and his fiery trial (in the particular judgment imme

*The sensual man- the spiritual man. The diately after death) shall make manifest of what sensual man is either he who is taken up with sen- sort every man's work has been; of which during sual pleasures, with carnal and worldly affections; this life 'tis hard to make a judgment. For then the or he who measureth divine mysteries by natural fire of God's judgment shall try every man's work. reason, sense, and human wisdom only. Now such And they, whose works like wood, hay, and stubble, a man has little or no notion of the things of God. cannot abide the fire, shall suffer loss; these works Whereas the spiritual man, in the mysteries of re- being found to be of no value; yet they themselves, ligion, takes not human sense for his guide: but sub- having built upon the right foundation, (by living mits his judgment to the decisions of the church, and dying in the true faith, and in the state of which he is commanded to hear and obey. For grace, though with some imperfection) shall be saved, Christ hath promised to remain to the end of the yet so as by fire; being liable to this punishment, world with his Church, and to direct her in all by reason of the wood, hay, and stubble, which was things by the spirit of truth. mixed with their building.


or Apollo, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come: for all He excommunicates the incestuous adulterer, and

admonishes them to purge out the old leaven

are yours:

23 And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

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9 For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were, men destinated to death: because we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.

10 We are fools for Christ's sake; but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honourable, but we without honour.

11 Even unto this hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode :

12 And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it:

13 We are ill spoken of, and we entreat: we are made as the refuse of this world, the off-scouring of all even till now.

14 I write not these things to shame you: but I admonish you, as my dearest children:

15 For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel:

16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.


T is heard for certain, that there is fomication among you, and such fornication as the like is not among the heathens; that some one hath has father's wife.

2 And you are puffed up; and have not rather mourned, that he might be taken away from among you, who hath done this deed. 3 indeed absent in

but present in spirit,

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that hath so done :

17 For this cause have I sent to you Timothy, who is my dearest son, and faithful in the Lord; who will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ Jesus, as I teach every where in every

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you be ing gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

5 To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole mass?

7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new mass, as you are unleavened. For Christ, our påsch, is sacrificed.

8 Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators.

10 I mean not with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or the extortioners, or the servers of idols: otherwise you must have gone out of this world.


11 But now I have written to you, not to keep company if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one not so much as to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within? 13 For them that are without, God will judge. Take away the evil one from among yourselves

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7 Already indeed there is plainly a fault among you, that you have law-suits one with another. Why do you not rather take the injury? why do you not rather suffer the fraud?

8 But you do wrong and defraud; and that to your brethren.

9 Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers,

* A fault. Law-suits can hardly ever be without a fault, on one side or the other; and oftentimes on both sides.


10 Nor the effeminate, nor sodomites, nor 9 But if they do not contain themselves, let thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor them marry for it is better to marry than to burn. railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom 10 But to them, that are married, not I, but the of God. Lord commandeth, that the wife depart not from her husband :

11 And such some of you were: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justi- 11 And if she depart, that she remain unmarrified, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and ined, or be reconciled to her husband. And let not the Spirit of our God. the husband put away his wife.


12 All things are lawful* to me; but all things 12 For to the rest I speak, not the Lord. are not expedient. All things are lawful to me:auy brother have a wife that believeth not, and she but I will not be brought under the power of any consent to dwell with him; let him not put her 13 The meat for the belly, and the belly for the away. meats: but God shall destroy both it and them: 13 And if any woman have a husband that bebut the body is not for fornication, but for the lieveth not, and he consent to dwell with her; let Lord, and the Lord for the body. her not put away her husband.

14 Now God hath both raised up the Lord, and will raise us up also by his power.

15 Know you not, that your bodies are the bers of Christ? shall I then, taking the members of Christ, make them the members of a harlot God forbid.

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified¶ by the believing wife; and the unbelieving wife is mem-sanctified by the believing husband: otherwise your children should be unclean: but now they are holy.

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15 But if the unbeliever depart, let him depart. For a brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases but God hath called us in peace.

16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

17 But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him walk: and so I teach in all churches.

18 Is any man called, being circumcised? let him not procure uncircumcision. Is any man called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20 Let every man abide in the same calling in which he was called,

21 Art thou called, being a bondman? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a bondman, is the freeman of the Lord. Likewise he that is called, being free, is the bondman of Christ.

23 You are bought with a price: be not made the bond-slaves of men.

24 Brethren, let every man wherein he was called, therein abide with God.

25 Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give counsel, as having obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful.

26 I think therefore that this is good for the present necessity, that it is good for a man so to be.

27 Art thou bound to a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife?

28 But if thou take a wife, thou hast not sinned. And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned: nevertheless, such shall have tribulation of the flesh. But I spare you.

29 This therefore I say, brethren: The time is

If they do not contain, &c. This is spoken of

*All things are lawful, &c. That is, all indifferent things are indeed lawful, inasmuch as they are not prohibited; but oftentimes they are not ex- such as are free; and not of such as, by vow, have pedient; as in the case of law-suits, &c. And much given their first faith to God: to whom, if they less would it be expedient to be enslaved by an will use proper means to obtain it, God will never irregular affection to any thing, how indifferent refuse the gift of continency. Some translators have corrupted this text, by rendering it, if they cannot contain.


+Have his own wife: That is, keep to his wife, which he hath. His meaning is not to exhort the I speak, not the Lord; viz. By any express unmarried to marry; on the contrary, he would commandment, or ordinance. have them rather continue as they are, v. 8. But ¶ Is sanctified. The meaning is not, that the he speaks here to them that are already married; faith of the husband or the wife is of itself suffiwho must not depart from one another, but live cient to put the unbelieving party, or their chiltogether as they ought to do in the marriage state. dren, in the state of grace and salvation: but that By indulgence: That is, by a condescension to it is very often an occasion of their sanctification, your weakness. by bringing them to the true faith.

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