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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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多前書 1

問候

1我是按上帝旨意蒙召作基督耶穌使徒的保羅,同所提尼弟兄, 寫信給在哥林多的上帝的教會,就是在基督耶穌裡得以聖潔、蒙召做聖徒的,以及各地求告我們主耶穌基督之名的人。基督是他們的主,也是我們的主。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安!

保羅的感恩

我常常為你們感謝我的上帝,因為祂在基督耶穌裡賜給了你們恩典, 使你們在基督裡凡事富足,有全備的口才和知識。 這樣,我為基督所做的見證就在你們身上得到了證實。 因此,你們在殷切等候我們主耶穌基督再來的期間,並不缺少任何屬靈的恩賜。 我們的主耶穌基督必扶持你們到底,使你們在祂再來的日子無可指責。 上帝是信實的,祂呼召你們是要你們與祂的兒子——我們的主耶穌基督相交。

信徒要同心合意

10 親愛的弟兄姊妹,我奉主耶穌基督的名勸你們,要同心合意,不可結黨紛爭,要團結一致, 11 因為革來家的人把各位弟兄姊妹的事情告訴了我,說你們中間有紛爭。 12 我的意思是你們有人說:「我是跟隨保羅的」,有人說:「我是跟隨亞波羅的」,有人說:「我是跟隨彼得的」,有人說:「我是跟隨基督的」。 13 難道基督是分成幾派的嗎?替你們釘十字架的是保羅嗎?你們是奉保羅的名受洗的嗎?

14 感謝上帝,除了基利司布和該猶以外,我沒有為你們任何人施洗, 15 所以沒有人能說是奉我的名受洗的。 16 不錯,我也曾為司提法納的家人施洗,除此以外,我不記得還為誰施洗了。 17 基督不是差遣我去為人施洗,而是去傳揚福音,而且不用高言大智,免得基督十字架的能力被抹摋。

上帝的智慧

18 因為十字架之道在將要滅亡的人看來是愚昧的,但對我們這些得救的人來說卻是上帝的大能, 19 正如聖經上說:「我要摧毀智者的智慧,廢棄明哲的聰明。」

20 這個世代所謂的智者、學者、雄辯家在哪裡?上帝豈不是把這世上的智慧都變成愚昧了嗎? 21 上帝運用自己的智慧不讓世人憑自己的智慧去認識祂,祂樂意採用世人看為愚昧的道理去拯救那些相信的人,這就是上帝的智慧。

22 猶太人要看神蹟,希臘人尋求智慧, 23 但我們傳講被釘十字架的基督。這對猶太人來說是絆腳石,對外族人來說是愚昧的。 24 但對於蒙召的人,無論是猶太人還是希臘人,基督是上帝的能力、上帝的智慧。 25 因為上帝的「愚昧」也勝過世人的智慧,上帝的「軟弱」也勝過世人的剛強。

26 弟兄姊妹,想想你們蒙召時的情形。按人的標準來衡量,你們當中稱得上有智慧的不多,有能力的不多,出身名門望族的也不多。 27 但上帝揀選了世人看為愚昧的,要使智者羞愧;上帝揀選了世上軟弱的,要使強者蒙羞; 28 上帝揀選了世上卑賤的、被藐視的和無足輕重的,要使世人看為舉足輕重的變得無足輕重。 29 這樣,誰都不能在上帝面前自誇了。

30 上帝使你們活在基督耶穌裡,祂使基督耶穌成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔和救贖。 31 所以,正如聖經上說:「要誇耀,就當誇耀主的作為。」