Amplified Bible

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多前书 1


1我是按上帝旨意蒙召做基督耶稣使徒的保罗,同所提尼弟兄, 写信给在哥林多的上帝的教会,就是在基督耶稣里得以圣洁、蒙召做圣徒的,以及各地求告我们主耶稣基督之名的人。基督是他们的主,也是我们的主。



我常常为你们感谢我的上帝,因为祂在基督耶稣里赐给了你们恩典, 使你们在基督里凡事富足,有全备的口才和知识。 这样,我为基督所做的见证就在你们身上得到了证实。 因此,你们在殷切等候我们主耶稣基督再来的期间,并不缺少任何属灵的恩赐。 我们的主耶稣基督必扶持你们到底,使你们在祂再来的日子无可指责。 上帝是信实的,祂呼召你们是要你们与祂的儿子——我们的主耶稣基督相交。


10 亲爱的弟兄姊妹,我奉主耶稣基督的名劝你们,要同心合意,不可结党纷争,要团结一致, 11 因为革来家的人把各位弟兄姊妹的事情告诉了我,说你们中间有纷争。 12 我的意思是你们有人说:“我是跟随保罗的”,有人说:“我是跟随亚波罗的”,有人说:“我是跟随彼得的”,有人说:“我是跟随基督的”。 13 难道基督是分成几派的吗?替你们钉十字架的是保罗吗?你们是奉保罗的名受洗的吗?

14 感谢上帝,除了基利司布和该犹以外,我没有为你们任何人施洗, 15 所以没有人能说是奉我的名受洗的。 16 不错,我也曾为司提法纳的家人施洗,除此以外,我不记得还为谁施洗了。 17 基督不是差遣我去为人施洗,而是去传扬福音,而且不用高言大智,免得基督十字架的能力被抹杀。


18 因为十字架之道在将要灭亡的人看来是愚昧的,但对我们这些得救的人来说却是上帝的大能, 19 正如圣经上说:“我要摧毁智者的智慧,废弃明哲的聪明。”

20 这个世代所谓的智者、学者、雄辩家在哪里?上帝岂不是把这世上的智慧都变成愚昧了吗? 21 上帝运用自己的智慧不让世人凭自己的智慧去认识祂,祂乐意采用世人看为愚昧的道理去拯救那些相信的人,这就是上帝的智慧。

22 犹太人要看神迹,希腊人寻求智慧, 23 但我们传讲被钉十字架的基督。这对犹太人来说是绊脚石,对外族人来说是愚昧的。 24 但对于蒙召的人,无论是犹太人还是希腊人,基督是上帝的能力、上帝的智慧。 25 因为上帝的“愚昧”也胜过世人的智慧,上帝的“软弱”也胜过世人的刚强。

26 弟兄姊妹,想想你们蒙召时的情形。按人的标准来衡量,你们当中称得上有智慧的不多,有能力的不多,出身名门望族的也不多。 27 但上帝拣选了世人看为愚昧的,要使智者羞愧;上帝拣选了世上软弱的,要使强者蒙羞; 28 上帝拣选了世上卑贱的、被藐视的和无足轻重的,要使世人看为举足轻重的变得无足轻重。 29 这样,谁都不能在上帝面前自夸了。

30 上帝使你们活在基督耶稣里,祂使基督耶稣成为我们的智慧、公义、圣洁和救赎。 31 所以,正如圣经上说:“要夸耀,就当夸耀主的作为。”