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.
2 We 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.
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul Gives Thanks
4 I always thank my God for you. I thank him because of the grace he has given to you who belong to Christ Jesus. 5 You have been blessed in every way because of him. You have been blessed in all your speech and knowledge. 6 God has shown that what we have spoken to you about Christ is true. 7 There 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. 8 God 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. 9 God is faithful. He has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Taking Sides in the Church
10 Brothers 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. 11 My brothers and sisters, I have been told you are arguing with one another. Some people from Chloe’s house have told me this. 12 Here 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.”
13 Does Christ take sides? Did Paul die on the cross for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15 No one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 It’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. 17 Christ 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
18 The 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. 19 It 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)
20 Where 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? 21 God 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. 22 Jews require signs. Greeks look for wisdom. 23 But 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. 24 But there are those God has chosen, both Jews and Greeks. To them Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25 The foolish things of God are wiser than human wisdom. The weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers 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. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God 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. 29 So no one can boast to God. 30 Because 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. 31 It is written, “The one who boasts should boast about what the Lord has done.” (Jeremiah 9:24)
1Kutoka kwa Paulo, aliyeitwa kwa mapenzi ya Mungu kuwa mtume wa Yesu Kristo, na Sosthene ndugu yetu.
2 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. 3 Nawatakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba yetu na Bwana Yesu Kristo.
Baraka Zitokazo Kwa Kristo
4 Ninamshukuru Mungu wakati wote kwa ajili yenu, kwa sababu ya neema aliyowapa ndani ya Kristo Yesu. 5 Kwa kuwa katika Kristo mmetajirishwa kwa kila hali, katika kunena kwenu, katika maarifa yote, 6 kama ushuhuda wetu kumhusu Yesu ulivyothibitishwa ndani yenu. 7 Kwa hiyo hamjapungukiwa na karama yo yote ya kiroho wakati mnangoja kudhihirishwa kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 8 Yeye atawafanya imara mpaka mwisho, ili msiwe na hatia siku ile ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 9 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.”