1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 11 and 26; and in 2:1; 3:1; 4:6; 6:8; 7:24, 29; 10:1; 11:33; 12:1; 14:6, 20, 26, 39; 15:1, 6, 50, 58; 16:15, 20. in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas1:12 That is, Peter”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”1:19 Isaiah 29:14
20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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 lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”1:31 Jer. 9:24
1Bulus, wanda aka kira domin yă zama manzon Kiristi Yesu, bisa ga nufin Allah, da kuma ɗan’uwanmu Sostenes,
2Zuwa ga ikkilisiyar Allah da take a Korint, da waɗanda aka tsarkake cikin Kiristi Yesu, aka kuma kira domin su zama masu tsarki, tare da dukan waɗanda suke ko’ina da suke kiran sunan Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi, Ubangijinsu da kuma namu.
3Alheri da salama daga Allah Ubanmu, da Ubangiji Yesu Kiristi, su kasance tare da ku.
4Ina gode wa Allah kullum dominku, saboda alherinsa da aka ba ku a cikin Kiristi Yesu. 5Gama a cikinsa kuka sami wadata ta kowace hanya, a cikin dukan maganarku, da kuma cikin dukan saninku 6gama shaidarmu game da Kiristi ta tabbata a cikinku. 7Saboda haka, ba ku rasa kowace baiwa ta ruhaniya ba, yayinda kuke jira da marmari, saboda bayyanuwar Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi. 8Zai ƙarfafa ku har zuwa ƙarshe, domin ku zama marasa aibi a ranar Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi. 9Allah, wanda ya kira ku zuwa ga zumunci tare da Ɗansa Yesu Kiristi Ubangijinmu, shi mai aminci ne.
Tsattsaguwa cikin ikkilisiya
10Ina roƙonku ’yan’uwa, a cikin sunan Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi, dukanku ku yarda da juna, domin kada a sami tsattsaguwa a cikinku, domin kuma ku zama ɗaya, cikakku a cikin halinku da tunaninku. 11’Yan’uwana, waɗansu daga iyalin gidan Kulos sun gaya mini cewa, akwai faɗa a cikinku. 12Abin da nake nufi shi ne, ɗaya daga cikinku na cewa, “Ni ina bin Bulus,” wani na cewa, “Ni ina bin Afollos,” wani kuma, “Ni ina bin Kefas,” har wa yau wani kuma, “Ni ina bin Kiristi.”
13Kiristi a rabe ne? Bulus ne aka gicciye dominku? An yi muku baftisma a cikin sunan Bulus ne? 14Ina godiya domin ban yi wa wani baftisma a cikinku ba, sai dai Kirisbus da Gayus kaɗai. 15Don haka, ba wanda na iya cewa an yi muku baftisma a cikin sunana. 16(I, na kuma yi wa iyalin gidan Istifanas baftisma, ban da wannan, ban tuna da wani da na yi masa baftisma ba.) 17Gama Kiristi bai aike ni yin baftisma ba, sai dai wa’azin bishara ba da kalmomin hikimar mutum ba, domin kada gicciyen Kiristi ya rasa ikonsa.
Kiristi hikima da kuma ikon Allah
18Gama saƙon gicciye wauta ne ga waɗanda suke hallaka, amma a gare mu, mu da ake ceto, ikon Allah ne. 19Gama a rubuce yake cewa,
“Zan rushe hikimar mai hikima,
basirar mai azanci kuma zan rikita shi.”1.19 Ish 29.14
20Ina mai hikima? Ina mai zurfin bincike? Ina masana na wannan zamani? Ashe, Allah bai wofinta hikimar duniya ba? 21Gama tun da a cikin hikimar Allah, duniya a cikin hikimarta ba tă san shi ba, Allah ya ji daɗin ceton waɗanda suka ba da gaskiya ta wurin wautar wa’azin bishara. 22Yahudawa suna so su ga alama, Hellenawa kuma suna neman hikima, 23amma mu, muna wa’azin Kiristi wanda aka gicciye ne, wanda ya zama dutsen tuntuɓe ga Yahudawa, wauta kuma ga Al’ummai, 24amma ga su waɗanda Allah ya kira, Yahudawa da Hellenawa, Kiristi ikon Allah ne, da kuma hikimar Allah. 25Gama wautar Allah ta fi hikimar mutum, kuma rashin ƙarfin Allah ya fi ƙarfin mutum.
26’Yan’uwa, ku tuna yadda kuke sa’ad da aka kira ku. Babu masu hikima da yawa a cikinku, bisa ga ganin mutum; babu masu iko da yawa, babu masu martaba da yawa bisa ga haihuwa. 27Amma Allah ya zaɓi abubuwa masu wautata duniya, don yă kunyata masu hikima. Allah ya zaɓi abubuwa marasa ƙarfi na duniya, domin ya ba wa masu ƙarfi kunya. 28Ya zaɓi abubuwa marasa martaba na wannan duniya da kuma abubuwan da aka rena da abubuwan da ba a ɗauka a bakin kome ba, domin a wofinta abubuwan da ake ganinsu da daraja, 29domin kada wani ya yi taƙama a gabansa. 30Saboda Allah ne kuke cikin Kiristi Yesu, shi wanda ya zama hikima a gare mu daga Allah. Kiristi shi ne adalcinmu, da tsarkinmu, da kuma fansarmu. 31Saboda haka, kamar yadda yake a rubuce cewa, “Duk wanda yake taƙama, ya yi taƙama a cikin Ubangiji.”1.31 Irm 9.24