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17 And I beseech you, brethren, to observe those who cause divisions and stumblingblocks, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them : 18 for, such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and, by their fair and plausible words, seduce the hearts of the guileless: 19 for, your obedience is come to the knowledge of all: I rejoice, therefore, on your behalf; for I would have you wise in that which is good, and simple, in that which is evil: 20 and the God of peace, will shortly bruise Satan under your feet. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Amen! 22 Timothy, my fellow-labourer, and my kinsmen, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, salute you. 23 I myself, (and Tertius
who wrote this epistle,) salute you in the Lord: 24 Gaius, my host and that of the whole church, saluteth you: Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you ; also, the brother Quartus. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, be with you all! Amen 26 Now, to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ; according to the revelation of the mystery which, in former times, hath been kept secret, 27 but is now manifested, and made known to all nations, through the writings of the prophets, for the obedience of faith; according to the ordinance of the ever-living God; 28 to God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever ! Amen
Written to the Romans from Corinth.
THE CORINT HIANS.
PAUL, (called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God,) and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the sanctified in Christ Jesus, in the church of God which is in Corinth; called to be saints, together with all who, in every place, call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours; 3 grace and peace be to you, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank God always, on your behalf, for the grace of God which hath been given you by Jesus Christ; 5 that ye are enriched by him in every thing, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ hath been confirmed in you : 7 so that ye are wanting in no gift; while ye wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus
FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
8 who will also keep you blameless to the end, in the day of our Lord Jesus. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 And I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same word; and that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly united in the same mind, and in the same opinion: 11 for, it hath been made known to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you : 12 and I mean this; that each of you saith, I am of Paul; but I of Apollos ; but I of Kephas. 13 But I am of Christ: is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul ? 14 I am thankful, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus
Rom. i. 16.
Is... xxix. 14.
Ib. xxxiii. 18.
and Gaius; lest any one should say, that I had baptized in my OWin name : 15 and I baptized, also, the household of Stephanas; besides, I know not that I baptized any other of you : 16 for, Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel; not with wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be rendered void. 17 For, to them that perish, the doctrine of the cross is indeed foolishness; but, to us who are saved, it is the power of God : 18 for it is written, “I will “ destroy the wisdom of the “wise, and will bring to no“thing the understanding of “ the prudent:” 19 “ where is the wise 2 “ where is the learned 2’’ where is the disputant of this world? hath not God stupified the wisdom of this world ! 20 for, since the world, with its wisdom, knew not God by the wisdom of God, it pleased God to save them that believe, by the foolishness of our preaching: 21 for, while the Jews demand a sign, and the Greeks require wisdom; 22 we preach Christ crucified; to the Jews a stumblingblock, and to the Greeks foolishness; 23 but, to those who are the
called, both Jews and Gentiles, we preach Christ, the power of God, and the wisdom of God: 24 for, the foolishness of God is wiser than men: and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 25 Wherefore, ye see your calling, brethren; that ye are not many wise, nor many mighty, nor many noble, according to the flesh: 26 yea, God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, that he might confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world, that he might confound those that are mighty; 27 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that were not, God hath chosen, that he might bring to nothing the things that are; that no flesh should glory before Him. 28 But ye are chosen by Him in Christ Jesus, who is made, by God, our wisdom, and justification, and sanctification, and redemption; 29 so that, according as it is
God with excellency of speech, or of wisdom; 2 for, I determined not to know any thing among you but Jesus Christ, and him crucified: 3 and I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling : 4 and my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but with demonstration of the Spirit and of power; 5 that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 6 Nevertheless, we speak wisdom, among them that are perfect; not indeed the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, who come to nought: 7 but, we speak the wisdom of God which hath been hidden in mystery; which wisdom God ordained, before the world, for our glory: 8 (which none of the rulers of this world knew, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 yea, as it is written, “Eye “ hath not seen, nor ear heard, “neither have entered into “ the heart of man, the things “which God hath prepared “ for them that love him :”)
the Spirit searcheth all things, even the depths of God. 11 For, what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of the man which is in him? so, also, no one knoweth the things of God, but the Spirit of God: 12 but we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we may know the things that are bestowed on us by God : 13 which things we also declare, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But, the animal man apprehendeth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they must be spiritually discerned : 15 but, he that is spiritual discerneth them all, though he himself is discerned by
persons, but only as to carnal; as to infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, and not with solid food, for ye were not able to receive it; neither are ye even now able, for ye are yet carnal: 3 for, while jealousy, and strife, and division, are among you, are ye not carnal, and walk according to men? 4 for, when one saith, I am of Paul, but another, I am of Apollos; are ye not walking as men 2 5 What, then, is Apollos, and what is Paul ? but ministers through whom ye believed, and, as the Lord assigned to each of us : 6 I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase: 7 so that, neither he that planteth, nor he that watereth, is any thing, but God only who giveth the increase: 8 both he that planteth, and he that watereth, are as one : and each will receive his own reward, according to his own labour: 9 for, we are only joint-labourers of God; ye, are God's soil, God's building. 10 As a skilful architect, according to the grace of God given to me, I laid a foundation; and another buildeth upon it: 11 but, let each of us take care how he buildeth upon it; for,
other foundation no one can lay than that which is laid, Matt. xv.1. which is, that Jesus is Christ: ś
12 and, if either of us build on this foundation, gold, and silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and stubble; the work of each will be made manifest:
13 for, the day will expose it, because it will be revealed as by fire; and the fire will prove of what quality the work of each is :
14 if the work of either remain, which he hath built thereon, he will receive a reward:
15 if the work of either be consumed, he will suffer the loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not, that ye are a sanctuary of God, and that c. vi. 21. the Spirit of God dwelleth in you ?
17 if any one defile the sanctuary of God, him God will destroy; for, the sanctuary of God is holy, which sanctuary ye are.
18 Let no one deceive himself: if any one among you esteemeth himself to be wise c. viii. s. in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise;
19 for, the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, “He taketh Job, v.13. “ the wise by their own crafti“ness :”