1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I have been chosen to be an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Sosthenes joins me in writing.
2We are sending this letter to you, the members of God’s church in Corinth. You have been made holy because you belong to Christ Jesus. God has chosen you to be his holy people. He has done the same for all people everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is their Lord and ours.
3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul Gives Thanks
4I always thank my God for you. I thank him because of the grace he has given to you who belong to Christ Jesus. 5You have been blessed in every way because of him. You have been blessed in all your speech and knowledge. 6God has shown that what we have spoken to you about Christ is true. 7There is no gift of the Holy Spirit that you don’t have. You are full of hope as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again. 8God will also keep you strong in faith to the very end. Then you will be without blame on the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9God is faithful. He has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Taking Sides in the Church
10Brothers and sisters, I make my appeal to you. I do this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that all of you agree with one another in what you say. I ask that you don’t take sides. I ask that you are in complete agreement in all that you think. 11My brothers and sisters, I have been told you are arguing with one another. Some people from Chloe’s house have told me this. 12Here is what I mean. One of you says, “I follow Paul.” Another says, “I follow Apollos.” Another says, “I follow Peter.” And still another says, “I follow Christ.”
13Does Christ take sides? Did Paul die on the cross for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15No one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16It’s true that I also baptized those who live in the house of Stephanas. Besides that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. 17Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to preach the good news. He commanded me not to preach with wisdom and fancy words. That would take all the power away from the cross of Christ.
Christ Is God’s Power and Wisdom
18The message of the cross seems foolish to those who are lost and dying. But it is God’s power to us who are being saved. 19It is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of those who are wise.
I will do away with the cleverness of those who think they are so smart.” (Isaiah 29:14)
20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where are the great thinkers of our time? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21God wisely planned that the world would not know him through its own wisdom. It pleased God to use the foolish things we preach to save those who believe. 22Jews require signs. Greeks look for wisdom. 23But we preach about Christ and his death on the cross. That is very hard for Jews to accept. And everyone else thinks it’s foolish. 24But there are those God has chosen, both Jews and Greeks. To them Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25The foolish things of God are wiser than human wisdom. The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when God chose you. Not many of you were considered wise by human standards. Not many of you were powerful. Not many of you belonged to important families. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the things of this world that are common and looked down on. God chose things considered unimportant to do away with things considered important. 29So no one can boast to God. 30Because of what God has done, you belong to Christ Jesus. He has become God’s wisdom for us. He makes us right with God. He makes us holy and sets us free. 31It is written, “The one who boasts should boast about what the Lord has done.” (Jeremiah 9:24)
11:1 Arom 1:1; 2Akor 1:1; Atũm 8:17Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, o niĩ ndeetirwo nduĩke mũtũmwo wa Kristũ Jesũ nĩ ũndũ wa kwenda kwa Ngai, ndĩratũma ngeithi ici tũrĩ hamwe na mũrũ wa Ithe witũ Sosithene,1:1 Warĩ mũtugo wa Ayunani kwambĩrĩria marũa na rĩĩtwa rĩa mwandĩki.
21:2 1Akor 10:32; Atũm 18:1; Arom 1:7Twandĩkĩra kanitha wa Ngai ũrĩa ũrĩ Korinitho, kũrĩ arĩa othe maamũrĩtwo thĩinĩ wa Kristũ Jesũ na magetwo matuĩke andũ atheru, o hamwe na arĩa othe marĩ kũndũ guothe makayagĩra rĩĩtwa rĩa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ, o we Mwathani wao na witũ:
3Wega na thayũ irogĩa kũrĩ inyuĩ ciumĩte kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ na Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ.
41:4 Arom 1:8Nĩnjookagĩria Ngai ngaatho hĩndĩ ciothe nĩ ũndũ wanyu, nĩ ũndũ wa wega wake ũrĩa mũheetwo thĩinĩ wa Kristũ Jesũ. 51:5 2Akor 9:11Nĩgũkorwo thĩinĩ wake nĩmũtongetio maũndũ-inĩ mothe, mũgatongio ũhoro-inĩ wa mĩario yanyu yothe o na ũhoro-inĩ wothe wa kũmenya maũndũ, 61:6 Kũg 1:2tondũ-rĩ, ũira witũ ũkoniĩ Kristũ nĩwekĩrirwo hinya thĩinĩ wanyu. 71:7 Math 16:7; 2Pet 3:12Nĩ ũndũ ũcio gũtirĩ kĩheo gĩa kĩĩroho o na kĩmwe mũtarĩ nakĩo, o mũgĩetagĩrĩra na kĩyo kũguũranĩrio kwa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ. 8Nake nĩarĩmũikaragia mũrĩ na hinya nginya mũthia, nĩguo mũtikanakorwo mũrĩ na ũcuuke mũthenya ũrĩa wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ. 91:9 Arom 8:28; 1Joh 1:3; Isa 49:7Ngai nĩ mwĩhokeku, o we ũrĩa wamwĩtire nĩguo mũkorwo na ngwatanĩro na Mũriũ Jesũ Kristũ, Mwathani witũ.
Nyamũkano thĩinĩ wa Kanitha
10Atĩrĩrĩ, inyuĩ ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, ndamũthaitha thĩinĩ wa rĩĩtwa rĩa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ, atĩ inyuothe mũiguane o mũndũ na ũrĩa ũngĩ, nĩguo mũtikagĩe na nyamũkano gatagatĩ-inĩ kanyu, no mũikare mũiguanĩte, na mũrĩ na meciiria o mamwe, na ngoro o ĩmwe. 11Tondũ rĩĩrĩ ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, nĩmenyithĩtio nĩ andũ amwe a kuuma nyũmba ya Kiloe atĩ nĩ kũrĩ na ngũĩ gatagatĩ-inĩ kanyu. 12Ũrĩa ndĩroiga nĩ atĩrĩ: Ũmwe wanyu oigaga atĩ, “Niĩ nũmagĩrĩra Paũlũ”; ũngĩ akoiga atĩ, “Niĩ nũmagĩrĩra Apolo”; nake ũngĩ akoiga atĩ, “Niĩ nũmagĩrĩra Kefa”; o na ningĩ ũngĩ akoiga atĩ, “Niĩ nũmagĩrĩra Kristũ.”
131:13 Math 28:19Kaĩ Kristũ agayanĩtio? Paũlũ-rĩ, nĩwe waambirwo mũtĩ igũrũ nĩ ũndũ wanyu? Mwabatithirio thĩinĩ wa rĩĩtwa rĩa Paũlũ? 141:14 Atũm 18:8; Atũm 19:29Nĩngũcookia ngaatho nĩ ũndũ gũtirĩ o na ũmwe wanyu niĩ ndaabatithirie, o tiga Kirisipo na Gayo. 15Nĩ ũndũ ũcio gũtirĩ mũndũ o na ũmwe ũngiuga atĩ mwabatithirio thĩinĩ wa rĩĩtwa rĩakwa. 161:16 Atũm 11:14; 1Akor 16:15Ĩĩ, o na ningĩ nĩndabatithirie andũ a nyũmba ya Stefana; no tiga acio, ndingĩririkana kana nĩ kũrĩ mũndũ ũngĩ ndaabatithirie. 17Nĩ gũkorwo Kristũ ndaandũmire ngabatithanie, no aandũmire ngahunjie Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega, no ti ndĩũheane na ũũgĩ wa mũndũ, nĩgeetha mũtharaba wa Kristũ ndũkae kwagithio kĩene.
Kristũ nĩwe Ũũgĩ na Ũhoti wa Ngai
181:18 2Athe 2:10; Arom 1:16Nĩgũkorwo ndũmĩrĩri ya mũtharaba nĩ ũrimũ kũrĩ arĩa maroora, no kũrĩ ithuĩ arĩa tũrahonokio-rĩ, ũndũ ũcio nĩ hinya wa Ngai. 191:19 Isa 29:14Nĩgũkorwo kwandĩkĩtwo atĩrĩ:
“Ũũgĩ wa andũ arĩa oogĩ nĩkũniina ngaaũniina;
naguo ũmenyo wa andũ arĩa imenyi ndĩkĩũtue wa tũhũ.”
20Mũndũ ũrĩa mũũgĩ-rĩ, akĩrĩ kũ? Mũndũ ũrĩa mũthomu-rĩ, akĩrĩ kũ? Arĩ ha mũciiri ũrĩa ũũĩ gũciira maũndũ ma mahinda maya tũrĩ? Githĩ Ngai ndatuĩte ũũgĩ wa thĩ ĩno ũrimũ? 211:21 Arom 11:14Nĩgũkorwo Ngai na ũndũ wa ũũgĩ wake nĩonire atĩ andũ a thĩ ĩno na ũũgĩ wao matikaamũmenya, akĩona kwagĩrĩire ahũthĩre maũndũ ma ũrimũ marĩa tũhunjagia nĩgeetha ahonokie arĩa mamwĩtĩkagia. 221:22 Math 12:38; Joh 2:11Ayahudi metagia ciama, nao Ayunani macaragia ũũgĩ, 23no ithuĩ tũhunjagia ũhoro wa Kristũ arĩ mwambe mũtĩ igũrũ: maũndũ macio nĩ mũhĩnga kũrĩ Ayahudi na ũrimũ kũrĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ, 241:24 Arom 1:16; Akol 2:3no kũrĩ arĩa Ngai etĩte, Ayahudi o na Ayunani, Kristũ nĩwe hinya wa Ngai na ũũgĩ wa Ngai. 25Nĩgũkorwo ũrimũ wa Ngai nĩ mũũgĩ gũkĩra ũũgĩ wa mũndũ, naguo ũhũthũ wa Ngai nĩ mũritũ gũkĩra hinya wa mũndũ.
26Ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, ta gĩciiriei ũrĩa mwatariĩ rĩrĩa mwetirwo. Ti aingĩ anyu oogĩ na ũũgĩ wa andũ a gũkũ thĩ; na ti aingĩ mangĩaguucĩrĩirie andũ; o na ti aingĩ maciarĩirwo mĩciĩ ĩrĩa ĩrĩ igweta. 271:27 Arom 1:22No Ngai aathuurire maũndũ marĩa ma ũrimũ ma thĩ ĩno nĩguo aconorithie andũ arĩa oogĩ; ningĩ Ngai aathuurire maũndũ marĩa matarĩ hinya ma thĩ ĩno nĩguo aconorithie arĩa marĩ hinya. 28Agĩthuura maũndũ marĩa mahũthũ ma thĩ ĩno, na marĩa matarĩ ma gũtĩĩka, o gwata marĩa matarĩ maũndũ kũrĩ, nĩgeetha amaagithie bata, 291:29 Aef 2:9nĩgeetha mũndũ o na ũ ndakanetĩĩe mbere ya Ngai. 30No rĩrĩ, nĩwe ũtũmĩte mũkorwo mũrĩ thĩinĩ wa Kristũ Jesũ, ũrĩa ũtuĩkĩte ũũgĩ uumĩte kũrĩ Ngai nĩ ũndũ witũ, ũguo nĩ kuuga, ũthingu witũ, na ũtheru, na gũkũũrwo. 311:31 Jer 9:23, 24Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, o ta ũrĩa kwandĩkĩtwo atĩrĩ: “Mũndũ ũrĩa ũkwĩraha, nĩerahage nĩ ũndũ wa Mwathani.”