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.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

1 Wakorintho 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo, aliyeitwa kwa mapenzi ya Mungu kuwa mtume wa Yesu Kristo, na Sosthene ndugu yetu.

Kwa kanisa la Mungu lililoko Korintho, kwa wote waliota kaswa katika Kristo Yesu, wakaitwa wawe watakatifu, pamoja na wengine wote ambao kila mahali wanalikiri jina la Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, Bwana wao na Bwana wetu. Nawatakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba yetu na Bwana Yesu Kristo.

Baraka Zitokazo Kwa Kristo

Ninamshukuru Mungu wakati wote kwa ajili yenu, kwa sababu ya neema aliyowapa ndani ya Kristo Yesu. Kwa kuwa katika Kristo mmetajirishwa kwa kila hali, katika kunena kwenu, katika maarifa yote, kama ushuhuda wetu kumhusu Yesu ulivyothibitishwa ndani yenu. Kwa hiyo hamjapungukiwa na karama yo yote ya kiroho wakati mnangoja kudhihirishwa kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. Yeye atawafanya imara mpaka mwisho, ili msiwe na hatia siku ile ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. Mungu ni mwaminifu ambaye aliwaita muwe na ushirika na Mwanae, Yesu Kristo, Bwana wetu.

Mgawanyiko Ndani Ya Kanisa

10 Nawasihi ndugu zangu, katika jina la Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, kwamba mpatane ninyi kwa ninyi, na pasiwepo na utengano kati yenu. Muungane pamoja kikamilifu katika kuwaza na katika kuamua. 11 Kwa maana ndugu zangu, nimepata habari kutoka kwa watu wa nyumbani kwa Kloe kwamba kuna ugomvi kati yenu. 12 Maana yangu ni kwamba: mmoja wenu anasema, “Mimi ni wa Paulo,” mwin gine, “Mimi ni wa Apolo,” mwingine, “Mimi ni wa Kefa,” na mwingine, “Mimi ni wa Kristo.”

13 Je, Kristo amegawanyika? Je, ni Paulo aliyewafia msala bani? Au mlibatizwa kwa jina la Paulo? 14 Namshukuru Mungu kwa sababu sikumbatiza mtu ye yote isipokuwa Krispo na Gayo. 15 Kwa hiyo hakuna mtu kati yenu anayeweza kusema kwamba mlibatizwa kwa jina langu. 16 Ndiyo nakumbuka, pia niliwabatiza Stefano na watu wa nyumbani kwake. Lakini zaidi ya hao sikumbuki kama nilimbatiza mtu mwingine. 17 Kwa maana Kristo hakunituma kubatiza bali kuhu biri Injili na nifanye hivyo pasipo kutumia maneno ya hekima ya kibinadamu, ili nguvu ya kifo cha Kristo msalabani iwe dhahiri.

Kristo Ni Hekima Na Nguvu Ya Mungu

18 Kwa maana ujumbe wa msalaba ni upuuzi kwa watu wanaopo tea. Lakini kwetu sisi tunaookolewa ni nguvu ya Mungu. 19 Maan diko yanasema, “Nitaharibu hekima ya watu wenye hekima na kuzi kataa akili za wenye akili.” 20 Yuko wapi mwenye hekima? Yuko wapi mwandishi? Yuko wapi bingwa wa mjadala wa nyakati hizi? Je, Mungu hakufanya hekima ya ulimwengu huu kuwa ni ujinga? 21 Kwa maana katika hekima ya Mungu, wanadamu hawakuweza kumjua Mungu kwa kutumia hekima yao; badala yake, ilimpendeza Mungu kuwaokoa wote waaminio kwa upuuzi wa lile neno linalohubiriwa. 22 Way ahudi wanataka ishara, Wagiriki wanatafuta hekima. 23 Lakini sisi tunamhubiri Kristo aliyesulubiwa msalabani, ujumbe ambao ni kikwazo kwa Wayahudi, na kwa Wagiriki ni upuuzi. 24 Lakini kwa walioitwa, Wayahudi kwa Wagiriki, Kristo ni nguvu ya Mungu na hekima ya Mungu. 25 Kwa maana huu ‘ujinga’ wa Mungu una hekima zaidi kuliko hekima ya wanadamu, na ’udhaifu’ wa Mungu una nguvu ipitayo nguvu ya wanadamu.

26 Ndugu zangu, kumbukeni mlivyokuwa Mungu alipowaita. Si wengi mlikuwa na hekima kwa kipimo cha kibinadamu. Si wengi mli kuwa na vyeo na si wengi mlikuwa wa jamaa za kifahari. 27 Lakini Mungu alichagua vitu ambavyo huhesabiwa kuwa vya kijinga ulimwen guni ili awaaibishe wenye hekima; Mungu alichagua vitu vidhaifu vya ulimwengu huu ili awaaibishe wenye nguvu. 28 Mungu alichagua vitu vya chini na vinavyodharauliwa humu duniani, vitu ambavyo si kitu, ili avibatilishe vile ambavyo vinaonekana kuwa vya maana; 29 ili mtu ye yote asijisifu mbele yake. 30 Mungu ndiye chanzo cha uhai wenu ndani ya Kristo Yesu. Amemfanya yeye kuwa hekima yetu, haki yetu na utakaso na ukombozi 31 Kwa hiyo, kama Maan diko yasemavyo: “Mtu ye yote anayetaka kujisifu, basi ajisifu kwa ajili ya Bwana.”