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1 Corinthians 1:1-31

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.

Thanksgiving

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

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

1 Wakorintho 1:1-31

Salamu

11:1 Rum 1:1; Efe 1:1; 2Kor 1:1; 2Tim 1:1; Mdo 18:17Paulo, niliyeitwa kwa mapenzi ya Mungu kuwa mtume wa Kristo Yesu, na Sosthene ndugu yetu.

21:2 1Kor 10:32; Mdo 2:21; 18:1; Rum 1:17Kwa kanisa la Mungu lililoko Korintho, kwa wale waliotakaswa katika Kristo Yesu na walioitwa kuwa watakatifu, pamoja na wale wote ambao kila mahali wanaliitia Jina la Kristo Yesu Bwana wetu, aliye Bwana wao na wetu pia:

31:3 Rum 1:7; 1Kor 1:2; Efe 1:2; 1Pet 1:2Neema na amani itokayo kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana Yesu Kristo iwe nanyi.

Shukrani

41:4 Rum 1:8Ninamshukuru Mungu siku zote kwa ajili yenu kwa sababu ya neema yake mliyopewa katika Kristo Yesu. 51:5 2Kor 8:7; 1Kor 12:8; 2Kor 9:11Kwa kuwa katika Kristo mmetajirishwa kwa kila hali, katika kusema kwenu na katika maarifa yenu yote, 61:6 2The 1:10; 1Tim 2:6; Ufu 1:2kwa sababu ushuhuda wetu kumhusu Kristo ulithibitishwa ndani yenu. 71:7 Rum 1:11; 1Kor 12:1-3; Mt 16:27; Lk 17:30; Ufu 1:7; 1The 1:10; 2:19; Tit 2:13; Yak 5:7-8; 1Pet 1:13; 2Pet 3:12Kwa hiyo hamkupungukiwa na karama yoyote ya kiroho wakati mnangoja kwa shauku kudhihirishwa kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 81:8 1The 3:13; 5:2; Amo 5:18; 1Kor 5:5; Flp 1:6; 2:16Atawafanya imara mpaka mwisho, ili msiwe na hatia siku ile ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. 91:9 Rum 8:28; 1Yn 1:3; Isa 49:7; Kum 7:9; 1Kor 10:13; 1The 3:3; 1Tim 2:13; Ebr 10:23; 11:11Mungu ambaye mmeitwa naye ili mwe na ushirika na Mwanawe Yesu Kristo, Bwana wetu ni mwaminifu.

Mgawanyiko Ndani Ya Kanisa

101:10 Rum 7:1; 15:5; 1Kor 11:18Nawasihi ndugu zangu, katika Jina la Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, kwamba mpatane nia zenu ninyi kwa ninyi, ili pasiwepo na matengano katikati yenu na kwamba mwe na umoja kikamilifu katika nia na katika kusudi. 111:11 Mdo 11:14Ndugu zangu, nimepata habari kutoka kwa baadhi ya watu wa nyumbani mwa Kloe kwamba kuna magomvi katikati yenu. 121:12 1Kor 3:4-22; Mdo 18:24; Yn 1:42; 1Kor 3:22; 9:5Maana yangu ni kwamba: Mmoja wenu husema, “Mimi ni wa Paulo”; mwingine, “Mimi ni wa Apolo”; mwingine, “Mimi ni wa Kefa,”1:12 Yaani Petro. na mwingine, “Mimi ni wa Kristo.”

13Je, Kristo amegawanyika? Je, Paulo ndiye alisulubishwa kwa ajili yenu? Je, mlibatizwa kwa jina la Paulo? 141:14 Mdo 18:8; 19:29; Rum 16:23Nashukuru kwamba sikumbatiza mtu yeyote isipokuwa Krispo na Gayo. 15Kwa hiyo hakuna mtu yeyote anayeweza kusema kwamba alibatizwa kwa jina langu. 161:16 Mdo 11:14; 1Kor 16:15(Naam, niliwabatiza pia watu wa nyumbani mwa Stefana. Lakini zaidi ya hao sijui kama nilimbatiza mtu mwingine yeyote.) 171:17 Yn 4:2; Mdo 2:38; 1Kor 2:1-13Kwa maana Kristo hakunituma ili kubatiza bali kuhubiri Injili; sio kwa maneno ya hekima ya kibinadamu, ili msalaba wa Kristo usije ukakosa nguvu yake.

Kristo Ni Hekima Na Nguvu Ya Mungu

181:18 1Kor 2:14; 2Kor 2:15; 4:3; 2The 2:10; Mdo 2:47; Rum 1:16Kwa maana ujumbe wa msalaba kwa wale wanaopotea ni upuzi, lakini kwetu sisi tunaookolewa ni nguvu ya Mungu. 191:19 Isa 29:14; Ay 5:12, 13; Yer 8:9Kwa maana imeandikwa:

“Nitaiharibu hekima ya wenye hekima,

na kubatilisha akili ya wenye akili.”

201:20 Isa 19:11-12; 1Kor 2:6-8; 3:18; 2Kor 4:4; Gal 1:4; Ay 12:17; Isa 44:25; Yer 8:9; Rum 1:22; 1Kor 3:18-19Yuko wapi mwenye hekima? Yuko wapi msomi? Yuko wapi mwanafalsafa wa nyakati hizi? Je, Mungu hakufanya hekima ya ulimwengu huu kuwa upumbavu? 211:21 1Kor 6:2; 11:32; Rum 11:14; 3:22Kwa kuwa katika hekima ya Mungu, ulimwengu kwa hekima yake haukumjua yeye, ilimpendeza Mungu kuwaokoa wale walioamini kwa upuzi wa lile neno lililohubiriwa. 221:22 Mt 12:38; Yn 2:11; 4:48Wayahudi wanadai ishara za miujiza na Wayunani wanatafuta hekima. 231:23 1Kor 2:2; Gal 3:1; Lk 2:34Lakini sisi tunamhubiri Kristo aliyesulubiwa: yeye kwa Wayahudi ni kikwazo na kwa Wayunani ni upuzi. 241:24 Rum 8:28; 1:16; Kol 2:3Lakini kwa wale ambao Mungu amewaita, Wayahudi na pia Wayunani, Kristo ndiye nguvu ya Mungu na pia hekima ya Mungu. 251:25 2Kor 13:4; 1Kor 1:18Kwa maana upumbavu wa Mungu una hekima zaidi kuliko hekima ya wanadamu, nao udhaifu wa Mungu una nguvu kuliko nguvu ya wanadamu.

261:26 Rum 8:28; 1Kor 1:20; Yn 7:48Ndugu zangu, kumbukeni mlivyokuwa mlipoitwa. Kwa kipimo cha kibinadamu, si wengi wenu mliokuwa na hekima. Si wengi mliokuwa na ushawishi, si wengi mliozaliwa katika jamaa zenye vyeo. 271:27 Yak 2:5; Rum 1:22; 1Kor 3:18-19Lakini Mungu alivichagua vitu vipumbavu vya ulimwengu ili awaaibishe wenye hekima, Mungu alivichagua vitu dhaifu vya ulimwengu ili awaaibishe wenye nguvu. 281:28 Rum 4:17; 1Kor 2:6Alivichagua vitu vya chini na vinavyodharauliwa vya dunia hii, vitu ambavyo haviko, ili avibatilishe vile vilivyoko, 291:29 Efe 2:9ili mtu yeyote asijisifu mbele zake. 301:30 Rum 16:3; Yer 5:5-6; 33:16; 2Kor 5:21; Flp 3:9; 1Kor 1:2; Rum 3:24Bali kwa yeye ninyi mmepata kuwa katika Kristo Yesu, aliyefanyika kwetu hekima itokayo kwa Mungu, yaani haki, na utakatifu na ukombozi. 311:31 Yer 9:23; Za 34:2; 44:8; 2Kor 10:17Hivyo, kama ilivyoandikwa: “Yeye ajisifuye na ajisifu katika Bwana.”