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1 Corinthians 1

Appeal to Unity

1Paul, called as an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and our brother [a]Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified (set apart, made holy) in Christ Jesus, who are selected and called as saints (God’s people), together with all those who in every place call on and honor the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, so that in everything you were [exceedingly] enriched in Him, in all speech [empowered by the spiritual gifts] and in all knowledge [with insight into the faith]. In this way our testimony about Christ was confirmed and established in you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift [which comes from the Holy Spirit], as you eagerly wait [with confident trust] for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ [when He returns]. And He will also confirm you to the end [keeping you strong and free of any accusation, so that you will be] blameless and beyond reproach in the day [of the return] of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 But I urge you, believers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in full agreement in what you say, and that there be no divisions or factions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgment [about matters of the faith]. 11 For I have been informed about you, my brothers and sisters, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are quarrels and factions among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you says, “I am [a disciple] of Paul,” or “I am [a disciple] of Apollos,” or “I am [a disciple] of Cephas (Peter),” or “I am [a disciple] of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided [into different parts]? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? [Certainly not!] 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one would say that you were baptized into my name. 16 Now I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know if I baptized anyone else. 17 For Christ did not send me [as an apostle] to baptize, but [commissioned and empowered me] to preach the good news [of salvation]—not with clever and eloquent speech [as an orator], so that the cross of Christ would not be [b]made ineffective [deprived of its saving power].

The Wisdom of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. 19 For it is written and forever remains written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise [the philosophy of the philosophers],
And the cleverness of the clever [who do not know Me] I will nullify.”

20 Where is the wise man (philosopher)? Where is the scribe (scholar)? Where is the debater (logician, orator) of this age? Has God not exposed the foolishness of this world’s wisdom? 21 For since the world through all its [earthly] wisdom failed to recognize God, God in His wisdom was well-pleased through the [c]foolishness of the message preached [regarding salvation] to save those who believe [in Christ and welcome Him as Savior]. 22 For Jews demand signs (attesting miracles), and Greeks pursue [worldly] wisdom and philosophy, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, [a message which is] to Jews a stumbling block [that provokes their opposition], and to Gentiles foolishness [just utter nonsense], 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles), Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 [This is] because the foolishness of God [is not foolishness at all and] is wiser than men [far beyond human comprehension], and the weakness of God is stronger than men [far beyond the limits of human effort].

26 Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth. 27 But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. 28 God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are, 29 so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God. 30 But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], 31 so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “He who boasts and glories, let him boast and glory in the Lord.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:1 This man may have served as secretary to Paul to record his dictation, and may be the synagogue leader mentioned in Acts 18:17.
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul may be referring to the danger that convincing people to become Christians by the use of clever rhetoric would result in false conversions (cf 2:5).
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:21 The straightforward message of salvation seemed foolish to unbelievers.

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1 Korinterne 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Paulus, som efter Guds vilje er kaldet til at være apostel i tjenesten for Jesus, som er Messias. Min medarbejder, Sostenes, sender jer også mange hilsener.

Jeg skriver til jer, som udgør menigheden i Korinth, jer, som ved Kristus er blevet renset og kaldet til at være hans folk sammen med alle de andre kristne rundt omkring i hele verden, der ligesom os tror på og beder til vores Herre, Jesus Kristus.

Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Herren Jesus Kristus.

Paulus takker Gud for dem

Jeg kan aldrig blive træt af at takke Gud for jer og for den rigdom af nådegaver, som I har fået del i gennem Jesus Kristus. I er jo blevet beriget på alle måder, både med guddommeligt inspirerede budskaber og med kundskab om mange ting. Ved disse overnaturlige gaver er sandheden i budskabet om Kristus blevet bekræftet iblandt jer, og det i så høj grad, at I ikke mangler nogen af de åndelige gaver, mens I med forventning ser frem til, at Jesus Kristus, vores Herre, kommer tilbage. Han vil også styrke jer og fortsætte sin gerning i jer til det sidste, så der ikke bliver noget at anklage jer for på den dag, da Jesus Kristus afsiger sin dom. Ja, det vil Gud gøre, fordi han er trofast, og fordi det er ham selv, der har kaldet jer ind i fællesskabet med hans Søn, Jesus Kristus, som er vores Herre.

Persondyrkelse og splittelser hører ikke hjemme i menigheden

10 Med den autoritet, som vores Herre, Jesus Kristus, har givet mig, formaner jeg jer, mine venner, til alle at stå sammen. Der må ikke være splittelser iblandt jer, men I skal arbejde frem mod at have samme sindelag og samme overbevisning.

11 Efter hvad jeg hører fra Kloes folk, er der nemlig stridigheder iblandt jer. 12 Jeg tænker på, at nogle af jer siger: „Vi hører til Paulus”, og andre: „Vi hører til Apollos”, og andre igen: „Vi hører til Peter”, mens nogle siger: „Vi hører til Kristus”. 13 Hvad er det for noget snak? Er Kristus måske delt op i smådele? Det var ikke mig, der blev korsfæstet for jer! Og I er heller ikke blevet døbt til at tilhøre Paulus. 14 Jeg er Gud taknemmelig for, at jeg ikke har døbt nogen af jer, undtagen Krispus og Gajus. 15 Så der er ingen, der kan sige, at de er blevet døbt til at tilhøre mig. 16 For resten har jeg også døbt Stefanasʼ husstand. Ellers mener jeg ikke, at jeg har døbt nogen. 17 Kristus udsendte mig jo ikke for at døbe, men for at forkynde budskabet om Jesus, og det gør jeg uden at bygge på menneskelig visdom, for at Kristi kors ikke skal miste sin kraft.

Ingen kan rose sig af andet end det, Herren har gjort

18 For selvom budskabet om korset lyder tåbeligt for dem, der er på vej til fortabelsen, så er det for os, der er på vej til det evige liv, et udtryk for Guds kraft og visdom. 19 Der står jo skrevet:

„De vises visdom vil jeg sætte til side,
    de kloges klogskab vil jeg gøre til intet.”[a]

20 Jamen, hvad så med alle verdens vismænd? Hvad med alle de lærde, alle filosofferne? Ved I ikke, at Gud har afsløret denne verdens visdom som det, den i virkeligheden er—tåbelighed? 21 Det hører jo med til Guds visdom, at mennesker ikke ad visdommens vej kan nå til erkendelse af ham. Derfor besluttede han ved hjælp af den „tåbelige” forkyndelse at frelse dem, der tager imod budskabet i tro. 22 Jøderne vil se beviser, og grækerne søger filosofisk visdom, 23 men vores budskab er om den korsfæstede Kristus. For jøderne er det en forargelse og for grækerne den rene galskab, 24 men for dem, som er kaldet af Gud, både jøder og grækere, repræsenterer Kristus Guds kraft og Guds visdom. 25 Selv Guds „tåbelighed” er visere end menneskelig visdom, og Guds „svaghed” er stærkere end menneskelig styrke.

26 Tænk bare på, venner, hvor få af jer, der var vise i verdens øjne, dengang I kom til tro, hvor få af jer, der havde indflydelse i samfundet, og hvor få af jer, der kom fra fornemme familier. 27 Nej, Gud valgte at gøre noget, som i verdens øjne ser tåbeligt ud, for at lukke munden på de kloge. Han udvalgte de magtesløse for at gøre magthaverne til skamme. 28 Gud valgte det, som var ubetydeligt og ringeagtet i verden, det som intet var, for at gøre det, som var noget, til intet. 29 Altså har mennesker ikke noget at prale af over for Gud.

30 Det er Gud, der har gjort det sådan, at I nu er noget i Kristus. Og det er Kristus, som har ført os ind i Guds visdom. Det er på grund af ham, at vi nu er accepteret af Gud, at vi er erklæret skyldfri og står rensede ind for Gud. 31 Dermed opfyldes Skriftens ord: „Ingen kan rose sig af andet end det, Herren har gjort.”[b]

Notas al pie

  1. 1,19 Es. 29,14 LXX.
  2. 1,31 Jf. Jer. 9,22-23.