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1  PAUL, an apostle, called of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2  Unto the church which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,
   Called to be saints, with all that in every place,
   Call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours;
3  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you of Jesus Christ;
5  That in every thing ye are enriched of him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
   Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you;
7  So that ye fall behind in no gift,
   Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8  Who shall also sustain you in the faith of God to the end;
   That ye may also be found blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   That ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;
   But that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren,
   By them which are of the house of Chloe,
   That there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say unto you, that many of you have said,
   I am of Paul; and I am of Apollos; and I of am Cephas; and I am of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, except for Crispus and Gaius,
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 However I did baptize the household of Stephanas;
   But I know not whether I baptized others.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize,
   But to preach; and not with wisdom of words,
   Lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to them that perish;
   But unto us who are saved, the cross is the power of God.
19 For it is written: I destroy the wisdom of the wise,
   And bring to nothing the wisdom of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe?
   Where is the debater of this world?
   Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world knew not God by its wisdom,
   It pleased God by the foolishness of what we preach to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews demand a sign, and the Greeks seeketh their wisdom,
23 But we preach Christ crucified for the sins of men,
   Who is unto the Jews a stumbling block,
   And unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them who believe,
   Both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God,
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom;
   And the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren,
   How that not many wise men after the flesh,
   And not many mighty, and not many noble, are ever chosen;
27 For God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
   And God hath chosen the weak things of the world to shame all those which are mighty;
28 And humble things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen,
   Yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught those which are;
29 So that no flesh should glory in the presence of God.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus,
   Who of God has given unto us our wisdom,
   And righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption;
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.


1  AND I, brethren, when I came unto you,
   Came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom,
   Declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2  For I determined not to know,
   Anything among you,
   Save 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 was not with enticing words of man's wisdom,
   But in demonstration unto you of the Spirit and of the power of Christ Jesus our Lord;
5  That your faith should not stand upon the wisdom of men but upon the power of God.
6  Yet we speak wisdom among the mature; but not the wisdom of this world,
   Nor of the princes of this world, which shall come to naught;
7  But we speak of the secret wisdom of God,
   Even the hidden wisdom,
   Which God ordained unto our glory before the world was;
8  Which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known,
   They would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but 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 all them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit;
   For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?
   Even so the things of God knoweth no man, except he has the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
   But the spirit which is of God,
   That we might know the things freely given unto us by God.
13 Which things we speak not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
   But which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 For the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God;
   For they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them,
   Because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual,
   Judgeth all things,
   Yet he himself is judged by no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord,
   That he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.


1  AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual things,
   But as unto carnal things, even as unto babes in Christ.
2  For I have fed you with milk, and not with meat;
   For hitherto ye were not able to bear it,
   And neither yet now are ye able.
3  For ye are yet carnal;
   For whereas there is among you envying,
   And strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal?
5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers whom ye believed, as the Lord gives to every man?
6  I have planted, and Apollos has watered; but God gave the increase.
7  So then neither is he that planteth anything,
   Neither he that watereth;
   But God that giveth the increase.
8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are as one;
   And every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9  For we are laborers together with God; ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder,
   I have laid the foundation, and yet another buildeth thereon.
   But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For another foundation can no man lay than is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it,
   Because it shall be revealed by fire;
   And the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work is burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself may be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;
   For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself.
   If any man among you,
   Seemeth to be wise in this world,
   Let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
   For it is written: He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men; for all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world,    
   Or life, or death, or things present,
   Or things to come; all are yours;
23 And ye are Christ's;
   And Christ is God's.


1  LET a man so account of us as the ministers of Christ,
   And also the stewards of the mysteries of God.
2  Moreover it is required of stewards,
   That they be found faithful.
3  But with me it is a very small thing,
   That I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment;
   Yea, I judge not mine own self; for I know nothing against myself;
   Yet am I not hereby justified of myself because he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5  Therefore I judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who both will bring to light,
   The hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the purposes of the hearts;
   And then shall every man have his praise from God.
6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure,
   Transferred unto myself and unto Apollos for your sakes;
   That ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written,
   That no one of you be puffed up in favor of one against another.
7  For who is he that maketh thee to differ from any other?
   And what hast thou that thou didst not receive?
   Now if thou didst receive it,
   Why dost thou glory,
   As if thou hadst not received it as a gift?
8  Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us;
   And I would to God ye did reign, that we also might share thy reign with you.
9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death;
   For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and unto angels, and unto men.
10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ;
   We are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable,
   But we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour,
   We both hunger and thirst, and are in rags;
   And we are buffeted about and have no certain dwelling place;
12 And labor, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted,
   We suffer it; being defamed, we entreat; we are made as filth of the world,
   And are the refuse of all things unto this day.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers;
   For in Christ Jesus I have become your father through the gospel.
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
17 For this cause I send unto you Timothy,
   Who is my beloved son and faithful in the Lord,
   Who shall bring you into remembrance of all my ways,
   Which be in Christ--as I teach every where in every church.
18 Now some of you are puffed up, as though I would not come unto you.
19 But I will come unto you shortly, if the Lord wills it; and I will then know,
   Not from the talk of them which are puffed up, but in their power.
20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of words, but power.
21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod,
   Or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?


1  IT is reported commonly that there is fornication among you,
   And such fornication as is not known among the pagans;
   That a man is living with his father's wife.
2  And ye are puffed up! Should ye have not rather mourned,
   That he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you?
   For verily, though absent in body, I am present in spirit,
   And I have judged him that hath done this deed,
   As though I were present.
4  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   When ye are gathered together with the Spirit,
   And the power of our Lord Jesus Christ is also present,
5  Deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh,
   That his spirit may be saved along with us in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6  Your glorying is not good; know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7  Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
   For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
8  Therefore let us keep the feast,
   Not with old leaven,
   Neither with leaven of malice and wickedness;
   But with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators;
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous,
   Or extortioners, or with idolaters; for to do that ye must needs leave this world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother,
   Be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner;
   Not even to eat with such an one; for what have I to do to judge them that are without?
   Do not they judge that are within? But them that are without God judgeth.
   Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.


1  DARE any of you, having a matter against another,
   Go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?
   And if the world shall be judged by you,
   Are ye unworthy,
   To judge the smallest matters?
3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
   How much more things that pertain to this life?
4  If ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life,
   Set them up to judge those who are least esteemed in the church.
5  I speak to your shame; is it so that there is not a wise man among you?
   Not one that shall be able to judge righteously between his brethren?
6  For brother goeth to law with brother before the unbelievers.
7  Now therefore this is utterly a fault among you,
   Because ye go to law one with another.
   Why do ye not rather take wrong?
   Why do ye not suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that unto your brethren.
9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
   Be not deceived; for neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
   Nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
   Nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you; but ye are washed clean,
   But ye are sanctified, but ye are justified,
   In the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God.
12 All these things are not lawful unto me, and all these things are not expedient;
   All things are not lawful for me; therefore I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats are for the belly, and the belly is for meats; but God shall destroy both it and them.
   Now the body is not for fornication, but is for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.
14 And God hath raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?
   Shall I then take the members of Christ,
   And make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?
   For two, saith he, shall be one flesh; but he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Flee fornication; every sin that a man committeth is against the body of Christ;
   And he who committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple,
   Of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
   Which ye have of God,
   And ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price;
   Therefore glorify God in your body,
   And in your spirit, which are both God's.


1  NOW concerning the matter whereof ye have wrote unto me,
   Saying, It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2  Nevertheless, I say, to avoid fornication,
   Let every man have his own wife,
   And let every woman have her own husband.
3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence;
   And likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4  The wife hath not power of her own body,
   But the husband has the power; and likewise also,
   The husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife does.
5  Depart ye not one from the other, except it be with consent for a time,
   That ye may give yourselves unto fasting and prayer; and then come together again,
   That Satan tempt you not for your lack of control.
6  And now what I speak is by permission,
   And not of commandment;
7  For I would that all men were even as I am myself.
   But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner,
   And another after that; I say therefore to the unmarried and widows,
   It is good for them if they abide even as I; but if they cannot abide,
   Let them marry; for it is better to marry than that any should commit sin.
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord:
   Let not the wife depart from her husband;
11 But if she depart,
   Let her remain unmarried,
   Or be reconciled to her husband;
   And let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I myself, and not the Lord;
   If any brother hath a wife that believeth not in the Lord,
   And she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that also believeth not the Lord,
   And if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified with the wife,
   Or an unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband;
   Else would your children be unclean; but now holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let them depart.
   A brother or a sister is not under bondage;
   In such cases as this God hath called us to peace.
16 For how knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband?
   Or thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? for as God hath distributed unto every man,
   As the Lord hath called everyone, so let him walk; and so ordain I in all the churches.
18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised.
   Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing,
   But keeping the commandments of God is everything.
20 Let every man abide in the calling he is called.
21 Art thou called a servant? think not of it;
   But if thou mayest be made free, use it.
22 For he that is called in the Lord,
   To be a servant, is the Lord's free man;
   Likewise he that is a free man, is Christ's servant.
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment of the Lord yet I give my judgment,
   As one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful in judgment.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress,
   For so a man should remain that he may do greater good.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed.
   Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But if thou marry, thou hast not sinned;
   And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.
   Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh; for I spare not.
29 But I speak unto you who are called unto the ministry; for this I say, brethren,
   The time that remaineth is but short, that ye shall be sent forth unto the ministry.
   Even they who have wives be as though they had none; for ye are called and chosen to do the Lord's work.
30 And it shall be with them who weep, as though they wept not; and them who rejoice,
   As though they rejoiced not; and them who buy, as though they possessed not;
31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it;
   For the fashion of this world passeth away.
32 But I would, brethren, that ye magnify your calling.
   I would have you without carefulness; for he that is unmarried,
   Careth for the things that belong to the Lord, and how he may please the Lord;
   Therefore he prevaileth; but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world,
   How he may please his wife; therefore there is a difference; for he is hindered.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a unmarried woman.
   The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord,
   That she may be holy both in body and spirit;
   But she that is married careth for the things of the world,
   How she may please her husband; and this I speak for your own profit;
   Not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely,
   And that ye may attend upon the Lord without any distraction.
36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely,
   Toward his virgin whom he hath espoused,
   If she pass the flower of her age,
   And need so require,
   Let him do what he has promised,
   For he sinneth not; and so let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart,
   And having no necessity, but hath the power over his own will,
   And hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
38 So then he that giveth himself to his betrothed in marriage doeth well;
   But he that giveth himself not to her in marriage doeth even better.
39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth;
   But if her husband be dead, she is at liberty,
   To be married to whomever she will;
   Only in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she so abide,
   After my judgment; and I think I have the Spirit of God.


1  NOW as touching things offered unto idols:
   We know that we all have knowledge.
   Knowledge puffeth up a man,
   But charity edifieth.
2  And if any man knoweth anything,
   He knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3  But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4  As concerning therefore the eating of any of those things,
   That are offered in sacrifice upon alters unto idols,
   We know that an idol is nothing in this world,
   And that there is none other God but one.
5  For though there be many things which are called gods,
   Whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many),
6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;
   And one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
7  Although there is not in every man that knowledge;
   For some with conscience of the idol,
   Unto this hour eat it,
   As a thing offered unto an idol;
   And their conscience being weak is defiled.
8  But meat commendeth us not to God; for neither, if we eat,
   Are we made the better; neither, if we eat not, are we made the worse.
9  But take heed lest by any means this liberty become a stumbling block to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple,
   Shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened,
   To eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth,
   Lest I make my brother to offend.


1  AM I not an apostle? am I not free?
   Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
2  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am unto you;
   For ye are the seal of mine apostleship in the Lord.
3  Mine answer to them that do examine me is this:
4  Have we not the right to eat and drink?
5  Have we not the right to be joined,    
   To a believing wife, as the other apostles,
   And as the brethren of the Lord, and also Cephas?
6  Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7  Who goeth to warfare anytime at his own expense? who planteth a vineyard,
   And eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk?
8  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same thing? for it is written in the law of Moses:
   Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he this altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt; for this is also written:
   He that ploweth in hope, and he that thresheth in hope, should both partake in the harvest.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this claim over you, are not we rather more?
   Nevertheless we have not used this right;
   But suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister holy things live off the things of the temple?
   And they which serve at the altar are partakers of the sacrificial offerings from the altar?
14 In the same way, the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things; neither have I written these things,
   That it should be so done unto me; for it were better for me to die,
   Than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I have preached the gospel,    
   I have nothing to glory of;
   For necessity has been laid upon me;
   Yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, then I will have a reward;
   But if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily, that when I preach the gospel,
   I may make the gospel of Christ without charge,
   that I abuse not my power; for though I be free from all men,
   Yet have I made myself servant unto everyone, that I might win the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win the Jews;
   To them that are under the law (being not under the law),    
   That I might win them that are under the law;
21 And to them that are without the law,
   As one without the law,
   (being not one without the law,
   Unto God, but under the law unto Christ,)
   That I might win them that are without the law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might win the weak;
   I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race all run, but only one receiveth the prize?
   So run, that ye may obtain; and every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
   Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we do it that we obtain an incorruptible crown.
26 I therefore so run, but not uncertainly; so fight I, but not as one that beateth the air;
27 But I keep under control my body, and bring it into subjection;
   Lest by any means, when I have preached,
   I myself should be a castaway.


1  MOREOVER, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant,
   How that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink;
   For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them;
   And that Rock was Christ; but with many of them God was not well pleased;
   And they were overthrown while still in the wilderness.
6  Now these things were our examples,
   To the intent we should not lust after evil things,
   As they also lusted; neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them;
   As it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to dance.
8  Neither let us commit immoralities, as some of them did and fell in one day three and twenty thousand;
9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted and were destroyed of serpents;
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples;
   And they are written for our admonition also,
   For all those upon whom the end of the world has come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath been no temptation over taken you but such as is common to all man;
   For God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which ye are able;
   But will, with the temptation, make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless,
   Is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
   The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread and one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh; are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19 What say I then? that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to devils,
   And not to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils;
   Ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table,
   And also of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 For all things are not lawful, and neither are all things expedient;
   For all things are not lawful, and all things edify not.
24 Let no man therefore seek only his own good,
   But every man another's good.
25 Whatsoever is sold in the markets, eat,
   Asking no questions for your conscience sake;
26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.
27 If any that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to eat,
   Whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience' sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols,
   Eat not for his sake that informed you, and for conscience sake;
   For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof;
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other;
   For why should my liberty be judged by another man's conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for what I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give no offence, either to the Jews, or to the Gentiles, or to the church of God;
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit,
   But of the many, that they may be saved.


1  BE ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things,
   And keep the ordinances as I delivered them unto you.
3  But I would have you know,
   That the head of every man is Christ;
   And the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered dishonoreth his head.
5  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head;
   For then it would be even the same as if she were shaven.
6  For if the woman be not covered,
   Let her also be shorn;
   But if it be a shame for a woman,
   To be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
7  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head,
   Forasmuch as he is in the image and glory of God;
   But the woman is in the image of the glory of the man.
8  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman is of the man.
9  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless, in the Lord the man is not without the woman, neither the woman without the man;
   For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God;
   Judge yourselves; is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you,
   That, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering.
16 And if any man wants to be contentious, we have no other practice, neither do the churches of God.
17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together,
   Not for the better, but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church,
   I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be divisions, that they which are approved may be made manifest.
20 And when ye come together therefore into one place, is it not to eat the Lord's supper.
21 But in eating everyone taketh before his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 What? have ye not houses to eat in, and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God,
   And shame them that have not? What shall I say unto you?
   Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
23 For I have received of the Lord that which I delivered unto you,
   That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread;
24 And when he had given thanks for it, he brake it, and said, Here, take, eat;
   This is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, and when he had supped,
   Said, This cup is the new testament in my blood;
   This do ye, as oft as ye drink of it,
   In remembrance of me; for as often as ye eat this bread,
   And drink of this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he comes.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord,
   And do it unworthily, he shall also be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself for his own guilt, and then so let him eat of that bread,
   And drink of that cup; for he that eateth and drinketh of the Lord's supper unworthily,
   Eateth and drinketh damnation unto himself, in not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord,
   That we should not be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat,
   Tarry one for another; and if any man hunger, let him eat at home;
   That ye come not together unto condemnation; and the rest will I set in order when I come.


1  NOW concerning spiritual things, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2  Ye know that ye were Gentiles carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3  Wherefore I give you to understand that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed;
   And that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost.
4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8  For to one is given by the Spirit the gift of the word of wisdom;
   To another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9  To another faith by the same Spirit;
   To another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits;
   To another diverse kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues;
11 But all these worketh by that one and the selfsame Spirit,
   Dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one body,
   And hath many members,
   And all the members of that body,
   Being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
   Whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;
   We have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand,
   I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body;
   Is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?
   And if the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members,
   Every one of them,
   In the body as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand,
   I have no need of thee;
   Nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members which seem to be more feeble are necessary;
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, upon these,
   We bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need; but God hath tempered the body together,
   Having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked;
25 That there should be no schism in the body;
   But the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the other members suffer with it;
   Or whether one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers,
   After that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 I say unto you, Nay; for I have shown unto you a more excellent way,
   Therefore covet earnestly the best gifts;


1  THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity,
   I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
2  And though I have the gift of prophecy,
   And understand all mysteries,   
   And all knowledge;
   And though I have all faith,
   Even that I could remove mountains,
   And have not charity, I am as unto nothing.
3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
   And though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity,
   It will profiteth me nothing; for charity suffereth long and is kind;
   And charity envieth not; and charity vaunteth not itself, and is not puffed up,
5  Doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
   Beareth all things, and believeth all things,
   Hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8  Charity never faileth;
   But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;    
   Whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge,
   It shall vanish away; for now we know in part, and now we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;
   But when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass dimly; but then face to face;
   Now I know in part;  but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
   But the greatest of these is charity.


1  FOLLOW after charity and desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
2  For he that speaketh in another tongue speaketh not unto men but unto God;
   For no man understandeth, even though in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4  He that speaketh in another tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5  I would that ye should all speaketh with tongues, but rather that ye would prophesy;
   For greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues,
   Except he interprets, that the church may receive edifying.
6  Now, brethren, if I come speaking with tongues,
   What shall I profit you,
   Except I shall bring revelation,
   Or knowledge, or prophesying, or doctrine unto you?
7  And even those things without life giving sounds, whether pipe or harp,
   Except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known if it is piped or harped?
8  For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9  So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood,
   How shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak to the air.
10 There are, no doubt, many kinds of languages in the world,
   And none of them is without signification;
11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the words,
   I shall be unto him that speaketh like unto a barbarian,
   And he that speaketh it shall be like unto a barbarian unto me.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of receiving spiritual gifts,
   Seek that ye may excel in your speaking unto the edifying of all the church.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in another tongue pray that he may also interpret.
14 For if I pray in another tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What shall I do then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also;
   I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit,
   How shall he that visiteth the room,
   Or the unlearned, say Amen at thy giving of thanks,
   Seeing he shall understandeth not what thou shall sayest?
17 For thou may givest thanks well, but the others are not edified.
18 I thank my God, therefore, that I speak with tongues more than ye all;
19 Yet within the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding,
   (that by my voice I might teach others) than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding; nevertheless in malice be children,
   But in understanding be men; for in the law it is written,
   With men of other tongues and other lips,
   Will I speak unto this people;
   And yet for all that will they not hear me,
   Saith the Lord; wherefore tongues are for a sign,
   Not unto them that believe, but unto all them that believe not;
   But prophesying serveth not them that believe not, but them which do believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place and all speak with tongues,
   And there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers,
   Will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if ye all prophesy,
   And there come in one that believeth not,
   Or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, is judged of all;
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest unto you all;
   And so falling down on his face he will worship God,
   And report that God is really among you.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together,
   Every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue,
   Hath a revelation, hath an interpretation; let all things be done unto edifying.
27 If any man speak in another tongue, let it be by two, or at the most,
   By three, and one at a time; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter,
   Let him keep silence in the church;
   And let him speak unto himself, and unto God.
29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others judge.
30 If any thing be revealed unto another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and be comforted,
32 And the spirits of prophets are subject unto prophets;
33 For God is not the author of confusion,
   But of peace,
   As in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches;
   For it is not permitted unto them to rule in the churches;
   But they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask it of their husbands at home;
   For it is a shame for women to rule in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge,
   That the things I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy,
   And forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.


1  MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I have preached unto you,
   Which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved,
   If ye keep in memory what I preached, unless ye have believed in vain.
3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
   How Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again,
   The third day, according to the scriptures;
5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve;
6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once;
   Of whom the greater part remain unto this time, but some are fallen asleep.
7  After that he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8  And last of all he was seen of me also,
   As of one born out of time;
9  For I am the least of the apostles,
   That am not meet to be called an apostle,
   Because I have persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, his servant;
   And his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;
   For I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I,
   But the grace of God which was placed within me.
11 Therefore whether it were I or they,
   So we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now if Christ be preached he rose from the dead,
   How say some among you there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen;
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found to be false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God,
   That he raised up Christ whom he raised not up if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then Christ is not raised;
17 And if Christ be not raised,
   Your faith is vain and ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If only in this life we have hope in Christ, we are all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead and has become the first-fruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order; Christ the first-fruits;
   Afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom unto God,
   Even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he saith, When it is manifest,
   That he hath put all things under his feet, and all things are under,
   He is accepted of the Father who put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?
   Why are they then baptized for the dead? and why toil we in jeopardy every hour?
31 I protest unto you the resurrection of the dead; for this is my rejoicing,
   Which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord daily, even though I die daily.
32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus,
   What advantageth it me, if the dead rise not at all?
   Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.
33 Be not deceived; for evil company,
   Corrupts good character.
34 Awake to righteousness and sin not;
   For some have not the knowledge of God;
   I speak this to your shame; but some man will say,
   How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool; that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die;
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body which shall be,
   But a seed, it may be of wheat or of some other grain;
38 But God giveth it a body as it pleaseth him,
   And unto every seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same;
   But there is one kind of flesh of men,
   Another of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There is also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial, and bodies telestial;
   But the glory of the celestial is one, the terrestrial another, and the telestial another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars;
   For as one differeth from another in glory, so also differeth the resurrection of the dead.
   What is sown in corruption is raised up in incorruption;
43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory;
   It is sown in weakness; it is raised up in power;
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
   For there is a natural body, and there is also a spiritual body.
45 So it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;
   And at the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit.
46 Nevertheless that which is natural first,
   And not that which is spiritual;,
   But afterwards, that which is spiritual.
47 The first man was of the earth, a man of dust;
   But the second man is from the Lord, from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy;
   And as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 As we have borne the earthy image, we shall bear the heavenly image.
50 Now this I say, brethren, Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
   Neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I show you a mystery:
   We shall not all sleep,
   But we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
   At the sound of the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound,
   And the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
   Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
   Forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


1  NOW concerning the contributions for the Jerusalem saints,
   As I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in storage,
   As God hath prospered him, that there be no contributions when I come.
3  And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters,
   Them will I send to bring your gifts unto Jerusalem.
4  And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
5  Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia;
   For I do pass through Macedonia; and it may also be that I will abide,
   Yea, and winter with you, that ye may speed me on my journey whithersoever I go.
7  For I will not see you now as I just pass by; but I trust to tarry, if the Lord permit.
8  But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost; for a great door of effectual work is opened unto me,
9  But there are many who oppose me.
10 Now when Timotheus comes,
   See that he may be with you without fear;
   For he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
11 Let no man therefore despise him; but speed him away in peace,   
   So that he may come unto me; for I will look for him with the brethren.
12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come with the brethren;
   But his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he has opportunity.
13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, be men of courage, be strong;
14 Let all your things be done with charity.
15 I beseech you, brethren,
   (ye know the house of Stephanas,
   That it is the first-fruits of Achaia,
   And that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboreth.
17 I am glad of the coming here of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus;
   For that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and also yours;
   Therefore acknowledge them that are such.
19 The churches of Asia send greetings.
   Aquila and Priscilla,
   Send you much greetings in the Lord,
   Together with the church that meets in their house.
20 All the brethren send greetings; greet ye one another with an holy salutation.
21 This is my salutation unto you of me, Paul, written with mine own hand.
22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed;
   Come O Lord; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.



1  PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
   Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia;
2  Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,   
   The Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
   That we may be able to comfort them which are in trouble,
   By the very same comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6  And whether we be afflicted with suffering, it is for your consolation and salvation,
   Which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;
   Or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7  And our hope of you is steadfast,
   Knowing that as ye are partakers of the sufferings,
   So shall ye be also of the consolation; for we would not, brethren,
   Have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia,
   That we were pressed out of measure, above strength,
   Insomuch that we despaired even of life;
9  But that we had the sentence of death within ourselves,
   That we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead;
10 He delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver; in whom we trust he will again deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us,
   By the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this: The testimony of our conscience,
   That in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom,
   But by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world,
   And more abundantly to you-ward; for we write none other things unto you,
   Than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing,
   Even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I was minded,
   To come unto you before,
   That ye might have a second benefit;
16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again,
   Out of Macedonia unto you, and to be brought on my way toward Judea.
17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose,
   Do I purpose according to the flesh, that there should be Yes Yes, and No No?
18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not Yes and No.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us,
   Even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not Yes and No, but in him was Yes.
20 For all the promises of God in him are Yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which hath established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you,
   I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not that we have dominion over your faith,
   But are helpers of your joy; for by faith ye stand firm.


1  BUT I determined this with myself,
   That I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2  For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad,
   But the same which is made sorry by me?
3  And I wrote this same unto you,
   Lest, when I came,
   I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice;
   Having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears;
   Not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know of the love,
   Which I have more abundantly unto you.
5  But if any have caused grief,
   He hath not grieved me;
   But in some measure--
   Not to put it to severely--to you all.
6  Sufficient unto such a man is this punishment,
   Which was inflicted of the majority; so contrariwise,
   Ye ought rather to forgive him, and ye ought to comfort him,
   Lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with excessive sorrow.
8  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him always.
9  For unto this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you,
   Whether ye be obedient in all things; and any one whom ye forgive,
   I forgive also; for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it,
   For your sakes forgave I it in the presence of Christ;
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage over us;
   For we are not ignorant of his schemes.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas,
   To preach the gospel of Christ,
   And a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no peace of mind, because I found not Titus my brother;
   So I took my leave of them, and I went from thence into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,
   And maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved,
   And in them that perish; to the one we are the savor of death,
   Unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life.
   And who is equal to such a task?
17 For we are not as many as those which corrupt the word of God;
   But as men of sincerity, and of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.


1  DO we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we as others,
   Epistles of recommendation to you, or letters of recommendation from you?
2  Ye are our epistle or recommendation written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
3  Ye show that ye are manifestly declared to be an epistle of Christ,
   Ministered by us, written down not with ink and pen,
   But with the Spirit of the living God;
   Not in tablets of stone,
   But in fleshy tablets of the heart.
4  And such confidence have we through Christ toward God;
5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves;
   But our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able ministers of the new covenant;
   Not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraven into stones, came with glory,
   So that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses,
   Because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was fading away,
8  How shall the ministration of the spirit not be more glorious?
9  For if the ministry of condemnation be glorious,
   How much more doth the ministry of righteousness exceed that in glory.
10 For even that which was glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth;
   For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech;
13 And not as Moses, which had to put a veil over his face,
   That the children of Israel could not stedfastly,
   Look at the end of that which was fading;
14 But their minds were blinded;
   For until this day remaineth the same veil,
   In reading of the old testament; which is done away in Christ.
15 And even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their hearts.
16 Nevertheless when their hearts shall turn back to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
   Are changed into the same image we see, from glory to glory,
   Even as by the Spirit of the Lord.


1  THEREFORE seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness,
   Nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth,
   Commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost;
4  In whom god hath blinded the minds of unbelievers,   
   Lest light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
   Who is in the image of God,
   Should shine unto them.
5  For we preach not ourselves,
   But Christ Jesus, who is the Lord;
   And ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
   Hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God,
   In the face of Jesus Christ; but we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
   That the excellency of the power is from God and not of us.
8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
   We are perplexed, but not in despair;
9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
   That the life of Jesus might also be made manifest in our bodies.
11 For we which live are always as delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
   So that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh unto us, but life unto you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith,
   According as it is written,
   I believed, therefore have I spoken;
   We also believe, and therefore we also speak;
14 Knowing that he which hath raised up the Lord Jesus,
   Shall also raise us up by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For we bear all things for your sakes, that the abundant grace might,
   Through the thanksgiving of many, redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not;
   But though our outward man perish,
   Yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
   Worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 For we look not to the things which are seen, but to the things which are not seen;
   For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


1  FOR we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
   We have a building with God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is in heaven;
3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan,
   Being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed,
   But clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God,
   Who also hath given us the earnest of the Spirit.
6  Therefore we are always confident,
   Knowing that whilst we are at home in the body,
   We are absent from the Lord (for we walk by faith, not by sight);
8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body,
   To be present with the Lord; wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent,
   We may be accepted of him; for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
   That every one may receive a reward of deeds done in the body, according to what he hath done,
   Whether it be good or bad; knowing therefore the terror of punishment of the Lord, we persuade men;
   But we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also we are made manifest in your consciences.
12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf,
   That ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
13 For we are not beside ourselves; for whether we glory, it is to God,
   Or whether we be sober, it is for your cause;
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us;
   Because we judge that if one man died for all, then all were dead;
15 And he died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,
   But unto him which died for them, and rose again the third day.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh;
   Yea, though we have known Christ in the flesh,
   Yet henceforth we shall know him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ,
   He is a new creature;
   Old things are passed away;
   Behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God,
   Who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
   And hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
   Not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us;
   We pray that you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled unto God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us,
   Who knew no sin;
   That we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


1  WE then, as workers together with Christ,
   Beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, In an acceptable time have I heard thee,
   And in the day of salvation have I helped thee;
   Behold, now is the accepted time;
   And behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3  We put no stumbling block in the way of anyone,,
   So that our ministry will not be found discredited;
4  But in all things approving ourselves as ministers of God,
   Though much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5  In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;
6  By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left;
8  By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; treated as deceivers, and yet true;
9  As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, yet, behold, we live;
   As chastened by beatings, and yet not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
   As poor, yet making many rich;
   As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open, our heart is enlarged.
12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.
13 And now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) enlarge your hearts also.
   Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers of the truth;
   For what partnership hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
   And what communion hath the light with darkness?
15 And what accord hath Christ with Belial?
   Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with their dumb idols?
   For ye are the temple of the living God; as God said: I will dwell in them,
   And walk with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord,
   And touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you.
   And I will be a Father unto you,
   And ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


1  HAVING therefore these promises, dearly beloved,
   Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
   Perfecting our holiness out of our reverence of God.
2  Receive us; for we have wronged no man,
   We have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
3  I speak not this to condemn you; for I have said before,
   That ye are in our hearts, to die and live with you.
4  Great is my boldness of speech toward you,
   Great is my glorying of you;
   And I am filled with comfort in you,
   I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
5  For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest,
   But we were troubled on every side: without were fightings, within were fears.
6  Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7  And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you,
   When he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind towards me;
   So that I rejoiced the more; for though I made you sorry with a letter,
   I do not repent, though I did repent;
   For I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry,
   Though it were but for a season; now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
   But that ye sorrowed unto repentance; for ye were made sorry after a godly manner,
   That ye might receive no damage by us; for godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation,
   Not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the worldly worketh to their death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, ye sorrowed after a godly sort,
   What carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves,
   Yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal,
   Yea, what revenge; for in all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done wrong,
   Nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you,
   In the sight of God, might appear more clear unto you.
13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort;
   Yea, and exceedingly the more joyed,
   We are for the joy of Titus,
   Because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
14 For if I have boasted of anything unto him of you,
   I am not ashamed; for we spoke all things unto you in truth,
   Even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found in truth.
15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you,
   Whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all,
   How with fear and trembling ye received him.
16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.


1  MOREOVER, brethren, we would have you to know of the grace of God,
   Which has been bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2  How that in a great trial of affliction,
   And the abundance of their joy,
   And their deep poverty,
   Abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
3  For to their power, I bear record, yea, beyond their power,
   They were willing of themselves to pray us with much earnestness,
   That we would receive the gift, and take upon us the ministering of the saints.
5  And this they did, not as we required, but they first gave their own selves unto the Lord,
   And unto us by the will of God; insomuch that we desired of Titus, that,
   Since he had begun, he would finish among you this gracious work.
7  Therefore, as ye excel in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge,
   And in all diligence, and in your love unto us, see that ye excel in this grace also.
8  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the earnestness of others,
   And to prove the sincerity of your love.
9  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   That, though rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
   And that ye, through his poverty, might also become rich.
10 And herein I give my advice; for this is most expedient for you,
   Who began before not only to do, but also had a desire to do a year ago.
11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness of will,
   So there may be a performance also out of that which ye have received of the gospel;
12 For if there be first a willing mind, the gift is accepted according to what a man hath,
   And not according to what he hath not; I mean not that other men be eased, and ye be burdened,
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want,
   That their abundance also may be a supply for your want; that there may be equality;
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over;
   And he that had gathered little had no lack.
16 But thanks be to our God, who,
   Put the same earnest care,
   Into the heart of Titus for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation;
   But being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18 We have sent a brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace,
   Which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind;
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us;
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord,
   But also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother,
   Whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things,
   But now much more diligent upon the great confidence which I have in you.
23 Therefore we send him unto you in consequence of the great confidence which we have in you,
   That you will receive the things concerning you, to the glory of Christ;    
   Whether we send the hand of Titus, my partner and fellow-laborer,
   Or our brethren, the messengers of the churches.
24 Wherefore show to them, and the churches,
   The proof of your love,
   And of our boasting on your behalf.


1  FOR as touching the ministering unto the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you;
2  For I know the eagerness of your mind, for which I boast of you to those of Macedonia,   
   Saying that Achaia was ready a year ago; your zeal hath stirred up very many.
3  Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you,
   Should be in vain in this matter; that ye be ready, as I said,
4  Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me and find you unprepared,
   That we (and I say not, ye) should be ashamed in this boasting.
5  Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren,
   That they would go before me unto you,
   And make up beforehand your gift, whereof ye made notice before,
   That the same might be ready as a generous gift, and not given grudgingly.
6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
   And he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart,
   So let him give; but not grudgingly,
   Or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8  And God is able to make all his grace abound toward you;
   That ye may always have all sufficiency in all,
   And may give freely to every good work;
9  As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad,
   His gift to the poor; his righteousness remaineth forever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food,
   And multiplies your seed that is sown, and increases the fruits of your righteousness;
11 You will be enriched in everything for your generosity,
   Which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service,
   Not only supplieth the wants of the saints,
   But is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the test of this ministration you proved yourselves,
   You glorify God for your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ,
   And for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And in their prayers their hearts will go out for you,
   For the exceeding grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.


1  NOW I, Paul, myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,
   Who in your presence am humble when among you,
   But being absent am bold toward you;
2  But I beseech you,
   That I may not be bold with you,
   When I am present with that confidence,
   Wherewith I think to become bold against some,
   Which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh;
4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God,
   To the pulling down of strong holds, and casting down of vain imaginations,
   And every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
   And bringing into captivity every thought in obedience of Christ;
6  And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience,
   When your obedience is complete.
7  Do ye look upon things,
   After the outward appearance?
   If any man trusts that he is Christ's,
   Let him of himself think through this again,
   That, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
8  For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority,
   Which the Lord hath given us for edification, not for destruction,
   I should not be ashamed; that I may not seem I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak,
   And his speech contemptible; let such an one think this: that,
   Such as we are in word by letters when we are absent,
   Such will we be also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not make ourselves a comparison,
   With some that commend themselves;
   But they, measuring themselves by themselves,
   And comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 But we, however, will not boast of things without proper limits,
   But according to the limits of the rule which God distributed unto us,
   A limit to reach even unto you; for we stretch not ourselves beyond our limit,
   As though we reached not unto you; for we are come as far,
   As to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ;
15 Not boasting of things beyond our limits,
   That is, of other men's labors;
   For we have hope,
   That when your faith is increased,
   That our field among you shall be greatly enlarged,
16 So that we might preach the gospel in the regions beyond you,
   And not boast in another man's work that is already done.
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For it us not he that commendeth himself,
   That is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.


1  WOULD to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly; indeed bear with me.
2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy;
   For I have espoused you to one husband,
   That I may present you as a chaste virgin unto Christ.
3  But I fear, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety,
   So your minds could be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached,
   Or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received,
   Or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,
   Ye might well bear with it.
5  But I suppose I was not a whit,    
   Behind the very chiefest of the apostles.
6  Though I be untrained in speech, yet not in knowledge,
   We have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.
7  Have I committed an offence in abasing myself, so that ye might be exalted,
   Because I have preached unto you the gospel of God freely?
8  I robbed other churches by taking support of them, to serve you.
9  And when I was present with you and in want, I was chargeable to no man;
   For that which was lacking to me, the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied;
   And in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boast in the regions of Achaia.
11 And why? because I love you not? God knoweth I do; and what I do, that I will do,
   That I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion,
   Wherein they glory that they may be found even as we.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
   Even masquerading themselves as the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no strange thing if his ministers shall also masquerade,
   As ministers of righteousness; but their end shall be according to their works.
16 I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if they do,
   Receive me as foolish,
   That I may boast myself a little.
17 That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord,
   But, as it were, foolishly in this confidence of boasting.
18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I also will glory with them.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
20 And ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage,
   If a man preys on you, if a man take of you,
   If a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
21 I speak as concerning our reproach, as though we had been that weak.
   Nevertheless whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I.
   Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ?
   (I speak as a fool.)
   So am I;
   In labors more abundant,
   In stripes received above measure,
   In prisons more frequent, and in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned;
   Thrice I suffered shipwreck,
   A night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,
   In perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by heathen, in perils in the city,
   In perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst,
   In fastings often, both in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without,
   That which cometh upon me daily--
   The care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak?
   Who is offended, and I anger not?
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory,
   Of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 The God and also the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   Which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I have lied not.
32 In the city of Damascus, the governor, who was under Aretas the king,
   Kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me;
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.


1  Doubtless it is not expedient for me to boast,
   But I go to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2  I knew a man in Christ more than fourteen years ago,
   (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell;
   God knoweth;) such an one was caught up to the third heaven.
3  And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body,
   I cannot tell; God knoweth;) how that he was caught up into paradise,
   And heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for any man to utter.
5  Of such will I boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
6  For though I would desire to boast, I would not be a fool; for I would say the truth;
   But now I forbear, lest anyone should think of me above that which he seeth of me,
   Or that he heareth of me; and lest I should be exalted above measure,
   Because of the abundance of revelations I have witnessed,
   There was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
   A messenger of Satan to buffet me, and to torment me.
8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart;
9  But he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee;
   For my power is made perfect in weakness.
   Most gladly therefore,
   Will I glory in my infirmities,
   That the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
   In persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me; for I ought to have been commended of you;
   For in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought,
   Among you in all patience,
   With signs and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches,
   Except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come unto you, and I will not be burdensome to you;
   For I seek not yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents,
   But the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;
   And though I love you more abundantly, will I be loved the less by you?
16 But be it so, I did not burden you; and being crafty, you say, I caught you with guile.
17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother.
   Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit?
   Walked we not in the same steps? again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you?
   We speak before God in Christ; but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would desire,
   And that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not desire;
   Lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes,
   Backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;
21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you,    
   And I shall bewail many who have sinned already, and have not repented,
   Of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.


1  THIS is the third time I am coming to you.
   In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
2  I told you before, and tell you again, as when I were present the second time;
   And being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned,
   And to all others, that, if I come unto you again, I will not spare them;
3  And since ye seek proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak,
   But is mighty in you; for though he was crucified through weakness,
   Yet he liveth by the power of God; for we also are weak in him,
   But we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
   Prove your own selves; know ye not your own selves,
   How that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
6  But I trust in you that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
7  Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved,
   But that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.
9  For we are glad, when we are weak and ye are strong;
   This also we pray for, even for your perfection.
10 I write these things while being absent,
   Lest being present I use sharpness,
   According to the power,
   Which the Lord hath given me,
   Unto edification, and not unto destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell; be perfect, be of good comfort,
   Be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
12 Greet one another with an holy salutation; all the saints salute you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
   And the communion of the Holy Ghost,
   Be with you all. Amen.