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1 Corinthians 3 Darby Translation (DARBY)

And *I*, brethren, have not been able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly; as to babes in Christ.

I have given you milk to drink, not meat, for ye have not yet been able, nor indeed are ye yet able;

for ye are yet carnal. For whereas [there are] among you emulation and strife, are ye not carnal, and walk according to man?

For when one says, *I* am of Paul, and another, *I* of Apollos, are ye not men?

Who then is Apollos, and who Paul? Ministering servants, through whom ye have believed, and as the Lord has given to each.

*I* have planted; Apollos watered; but God has given the increase.

So that neither the planter is anything, nor the waterer; but God the giver of the increase.

But the planter and the waterer are one; but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

For we are God's fellow-workmen; ye are God's husbandry, God's building.

10 According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise architect, I have laid the foundation, but another builds upon it. But let each see how he builds upon it.

11 For other foundation can no man lay besides that which [is] laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any one build upon [this] foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw,

13 the work of each shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare [it], because it is revealed in fire; and the fire shall try the work of each what it is.

14 If the work of any one which he has built upon [the foundation] shall abide, he shall receive a reward.

15 If the work of any one shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss, but *he* shall be saved, but so as through [the] fire.

16 Do ye not know that ye are [the] temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you?

17 If any one corrupt the temple of God, *him* shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, and such are *ye*.

18 Let no one deceive himself: if any one thinks himself to be wise among you in this world, let him become foolish, that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, He who takes the wise in their craftiness.

20 And again, [The] Lord knows the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.

21 So that let no one boast 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 coming, all are yours;

23 and *ye* [are] Christ's, and Christ [is] God's.

1 Corinthians 3 New International Version (NIV)

The Church and Its Leaders

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling 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,” are you not mere human beings?

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, 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. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation 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. 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, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 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.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 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 by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:19 Job 5:13
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:20 Psalm 94:11
  3. 1 Corinthians 3:22 That is, Peter
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