Paul, called to be an apostle(A) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(B) and our brother Sosthenes,(C)

To the church of God(D) in Corinth,(E) to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called(F) to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name(G) of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(H)


I always thank my God for you(I) because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched(J) in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge(K) God thus confirming our testimony(L) about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift(M) as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.(N) He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless(O) on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.(P) God is faithful,(Q) who has called you(R) into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.(S)

A Church Divided Over Leaders

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a](T) in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you,(U) but that you be perfectly united(V) in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household(W) have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”;(X) another, “I follow Apollos”;(Y) another, “I follow Cephas[b]”;(Z) still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?(AA) 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus(AB) and Gaius,(AC) 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household(AD) of Stephanas;(AE) beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize,(AF) but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom(AG) and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness(AH) to those who are perishing,(AI) but to us who are being saved(AJ) it is the power of God.(AK) 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c](AL)

20 Where is the wise person?(AM) Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age?(AN) Has not God made foolish(AO) the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world(AP) through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save(AQ) those who believe.(AR) 22 Jews demand signs(AS) and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified:(AT) a stumbling block(AU) to Jews and foolishness(AV) to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called,(AW) both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God(AX) and the wisdom of God.(AY) 25 For the foolishness(AZ) of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness(BA) of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.(BB) Not many of you were wise(BC) by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose(BD) the foolish(BE) things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not(BF)—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.(BG) 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,(BH) who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,(BI) holiness(BJ) and redemption.(BK) 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d](BL)

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom(BM) as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[e] For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(BN) I came to you(BO) in weakness(BP) with great fear and trembling.(BQ) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,(BR) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,(BS) so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.(BT)

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,(BU) but not the wisdom of this age(BV) or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.(BW) No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery(BX) that has been hidden(BY) and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age(BZ) understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.(CA) However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[f]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—(CB)

10 these are the things God has revealed(CC) to us by his Spirit.(CD)

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts(CE) except their own spirit(CF) within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit(CG) of the world,(CH) but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom(CI) but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[g] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God(CJ) but considers them foolishness,(CK) and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit(CL) makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”[h](CM)

But we have the mind of Christ.(CN)

The Church and Its Leaders

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit(CO) but as people who are still worldly(CP)—mere infants(CQ) in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food,(CR) for you were not yet ready for it.(CS) Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling(CT) among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,”(CU) are you not mere human beings?

What, after all, is Apollos?(CV) And what is Paul? Only servants,(CW) through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed,(CX) Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.(CY) For we are co-workers in God’s service;(CZ) you are God’s field,(DA) God’s building.(DB)

10 By the grace God has given me,(DC) I laid a foundation(DD) as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.(DE) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is,(DF) because the Day(DG) will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.(DH) 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.(DI) 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.(DJ)

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple(DK) and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?(DL) 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise(DM) by the standards of this age,(DN) you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness(DO) in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[i];(DP) 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[j](DQ) 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders!(DR) All things are yours,(DS) 22 whether Paul or Apollos(DT) or Cephas[k](DU) or the world or life or death or the present or the future(DV)—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ,(DW) and Christ is of God.

The Nature of True Apostleship

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants(DX) of Christ and as those entrusted(DY) with the mysteries(DZ) God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience(EA) is clear, but that does not make me innocent.(EB) It is the Lord who judges me.(EC) Therefore judge nothing(ED) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(EE) He will bring to light(EF) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(EG)

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.”(EH) Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.(EI) For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?(EJ) And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich!(EK) You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die(EL) in the arena. We have been made a spectacle(EM) to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ,(EN) but you are so wise in Christ!(EO) We are weak, but you are strong!(EP) You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.(EQ) 12 We work hard with our own hands.(ER) When we are cursed, we bless;(ES) when we are persecuted,(ET) we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage(EU) of the world—right up to this moment.

Paul’s Appeal and Warning

14 I am writing this not to shame you(EV) but to warn you as my dear children.(EW) 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father(EX) through the gospel.(EY) 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.(EZ) 17 For this reason I have sent to you(FA) Timothy,(FB) my son(FC) whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.(FD)

18 Some of you have become arrogant,(FE) as if I were not coming to you.(FF) 19 But I will come to you very soon,(FG) if the Lord is willing,(FH) and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of(FI) talk but of power.(FJ) 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline,(FK) or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

Dealing With a Case of Incest

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.(FL) And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning(FM) and have put out of your fellowship(FN) the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.(FO) As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus(FP) on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over(FQ) to Satan(FR) for the destruction of the flesh,[l][m] so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.(FS)

Your boasting is not good.(FT) Don’t you know that a little yeast(FU) leavens the whole batch of dough?(FV) Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.(FW) Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread(FX) of sincerity and truth.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate(FY) with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world(FZ) who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[n](GA) but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater(GB) or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.(GC)

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside(GD) the church? Are you not to judge those inside?(GE) 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[o](GF)

Lawsuits Among Believers

If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?(GG) Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world?(GH) And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? I say this to shame you.(GI) Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?(GJ) But instead, one brother(GK) takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!(GL)

The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?(GM) Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.(GN) Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?(GO) Do not be deceived:(GP) Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers(GQ) nor men who have sex with men[p](GR) 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers(GS) will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were.(GT) But you were washed,(GU) you were sanctified,(GV) you were justified(GW) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Sexual Immorality

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.(GX) “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”(GY) The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord,(GZ) and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead,(HA) and he will raise us also.(HB) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?(HC) Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[q](HD) 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[r](HE)

18 Flee from sexual immorality.(HF) All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.(HG) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples(HH) of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;(HI) 20 you were bought at a price.(HJ) Therefore honor God with your bodies.(HK)

Concerning Married Life

Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”(HL) But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife,(HM) and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time,(HN) so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan(HO) will not tempt you(HP) because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command.(HQ) I wish that all of you were as I am.(HR) But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.(HS)

Now to the unmarried[s] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.(HT) But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry,(HU) for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.(HV) 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.(HW) And a husband must not divorce his wife.

12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord):(HX) If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.(HY)

15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.(HZ) 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save(IA) your husband?(IB) Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Concerning Change of Status

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.(IC) This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.(ID) 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.(IE) 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing.(IF) Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.(IG)

21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person;(IH) similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.(II) 23 You were bought at a price;(IJ) do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.(IK)

Concerning the Unmarried

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord,(IL) but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy(IM) is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is.(IN) 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife.(IO) 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned;(IP) and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short.(IQ) From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.(IR)

32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs(IS)—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.(IT) But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided(IU) devotion to the Lord.

36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong[t] and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning.(IV) They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right,(IW) but he who does not marry her does better.[u]

39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives.(IX) But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.(IY) 40 In my judgment,(IZ) she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols

Now about food sacrificed to idols:(JA) We know that “We all possess knowledge.”(JB) But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something(JC) do not yet know as they ought to know.(JD) But whoever loves God is known by God.[v](JE)

So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols:(JF) We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world”(JG) and that “There is no God but one.”(JH) For even if there are so-called gods,(JI) whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God,(JJ) the Father,(JK) from whom all things came(JL) and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord,(JM) Jesus Christ, through whom all things came(JN) and through whom we live.

But not everyone possesses this knowledge.(JO) Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak,(JP) it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God;(JQ) we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block(JR) to the weak.(JS) 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?(JT) 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed(JU) by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them(JV) in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.(JW) 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.(JX)

Paul’s Rights as an Apostle

Am I not free?(JY) Am I not an apostle?(JZ) Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?(KA) Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?(KB) Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal(KC) of my apostleship in the Lord.

This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. Don’t we have the right to food and drink?(KD) Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife(KE) along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers(KF) and Cephas[w]?(KG) Or is it only I and Barnabas(KH) who lack the right to not work for a living?

Who serves as a soldier(KI) at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard(KJ) and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”[x](KK) Is it about oxen that God is concerned?(KL) 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us,(KM) because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.(KN) 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?(KO) 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right.(KP) On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder(KQ) the gospel of Christ.

13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?(KR) 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.(KS)

15 But I have not used any of these rights.(KT) And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast.(KU) 16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach.(KV) Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;(KW) if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.(KX) 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge,(KY) and so not make full use of my rights(KZ) as a preacher of the gospel.

Paul’s Use of His Freedom

19 Though I am free(LA) and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,(LB) to win as many as possible.(LC) 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.(LD) To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),(LE) so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law(LF) (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law),(LG) so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.(LH) I have become all things to all people(LI) so that by all possible means I might save some.(LJ) 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

The Need for Self-Discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?(LK) Run(LL) in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown(LM) that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.(LN) 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;(LO) I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.(LP) 27 No, I strike a blow to my body(LQ) and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.(LR)

Warnings From Israel’s History

10 For I do not want you to be ignorant(LS) of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud(LT) and that they all passed through the sea.(LU) They were all baptized into(LV) Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food(LW) and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock(LX) that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.(LY)

Now these things occurred as examples(LZ) to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters,(MA) as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[y](MB) We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.(MC) We should not test Christ,[z](MD) as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.(ME) 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did(MF)—and were killed(MG) by the destroying angel.(MH)

11 These things happened to them as examples(MI) and were written down as warnings for us,(MJ) on whom the culmination of the ages has come.(MK) 12 So, if you think you are standing firm,(ML) be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[aa] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful;(MM) he will not let you be tempted[ab] beyond what you can bear.(MN) But when you are tempted,[ac] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper

14 Therefore, my dear friends,(MO) flee from idolatry.(MP) 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break(MQ) a participation in the body of Christ?(MR) 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,(MS) for we all share the one loaf.

18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices(MT) participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?(MU) 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,(MV) not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.(MW) 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy?(MX) Are we stronger than he?(MY)

The Believer’s Freedom

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.(MZ) “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.(NA)

25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,(NB) 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”[ad](NC)

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you(ND) without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.(NE) 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom(NF) being judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?(NG)

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.(NH) 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble,(NI) whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God(NJ) 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way.(NK) For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many,(NL) so that they may be saved.(NM) 11 Follow my example,(NN) as I follow the example of Christ.(NO)

On Covering the Head in Worship

I praise you(NP) for remembering me in everything(NQ) and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.(NR) But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ,(NS) and the head of the woman is man,[ae](NT) and the head of Christ is God.(NU) Every man who prays or prophesies(NV) with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies(NW) with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.(NX) For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

A man ought not to cover his head,[af] since he is the image(NY) and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;(NZ) neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.(OA) 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own[ag] head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.(OB)

13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?


  1. 1 Corinthians 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 11 and 26; and in 2:1; 3:1; 4:6; 6:8; 7:24, 29; 10:1; 11:33; 12:1; 14:6, 20, 26, 39; 15:1, 6, 50, 58; 16:15, 20.
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:12 That is, Peter
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:19 Isaiah 29:14
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:31 Jer. 9:24
  5. 1 Corinthians 2:1 Some manuscripts proclaimed to you God’s mystery
  6. 1 Corinthians 2:9 Isaiah 64:4
  7. 1 Corinthians 2:13 Or Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual
  8. 1 Corinthians 2:16 Isaiah 40:13
  9. 1 Corinthians 3:19 Job 5:13
  10. 1 Corinthians 3:20 Psalm 94:11
  11. 1 Corinthians 3:22 That is, Peter
  12. 1 Corinthians 5:5 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
  13. 1 Corinthians 5:5 Or of his body
  14. 1 Corinthians 5:11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 8:11, 13.
  15. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7
  16. 1 Corinthians 6:9 The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.
  17. 1 Corinthians 6:16 Gen. 2:24
  18. 1 Corinthians 6:17 Or in the Spirit
  19. 1 Corinthians 7:8 Or widowers
  20. 1 Corinthians 7:36 Or if she is getting beyond the usual age for marriage
  21. 1 Corinthians 7:38 Or 36 If anyone thinks he is not treating his daughter properly, and if she is getting along in years (or if her passions are too strong), and he feels she ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. He should let her get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind to keep the virgin unmarried—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who gives his virgin in marriage does right, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
  22. 1 Corinthians 8:3 An early manuscript and another ancient witness think they have knowledge do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves truly knows.
  23. 1 Corinthians 9:5 That is, Peter
  24. 1 Corinthians 9:9 Deut. 25:4
  25. 1 Corinthians 10:7 Exodus 32:6
  26. 1 Corinthians 10:9 Some manuscripts test the Lord
  27. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
  28. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
  29. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.
  30. 1 Corinthians 10:26 Psalm 24:1
  31. 1 Corinthians 11:3 Or of the wife is her husband
  32. 1 Corinthians 11:7 Or Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering of hair dishonors her head—she is just like one of the “shorn women.” If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair; but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. A man ought not to have long hair
  33. 1 Corinthians 11:10 Or have a sign of authority on her

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