16 (A)Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone [a]defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Avoid Worldly Wisdom

18 (B)Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, (C)“He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, (D)“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For (E)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 (F)you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

Let a man so consider us, as (G)servants of Christ (H)and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human [b]court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. (I)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to (J)light the hidden things of darkness and (K)reveal the [c]counsels of the hearts. (L)Then each one’s praise will come from God.


  1. 1 Corinthians 3:17 destroys
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:3 Lit. day
  3. 1 Corinthians 4:5 motives

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