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11For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.12What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.Christ the Power and Wisdom of God 18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.25For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,29so that no one might boast in the presence of God.30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”Chapter 2Proclaiming Christ Crucified 1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom.2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.3And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.4My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power,5so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.The True Wisdom of God 6Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish.7But we speak God's wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.8None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”—10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.11For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God's except the Spirit of God.12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.13And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.14Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.15Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else's scrutiny.16“For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.Chapter 3On Divisions in the Corinthian Church 1And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,3for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?4For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.8The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.9For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—13the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.14If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward.15If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.16Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.18Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”20and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”21So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours,22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you,23and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.Chapter 4The Ministry of the Apostles 1Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.2Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.4I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.5Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.6I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another.