1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 To 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:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] 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. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so 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.) 17 For 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
18 For 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. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]
20 Where 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? 21 For 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. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers 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. 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 lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It 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. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]
Notas al pie
- 1 Corinthians 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.
- 1 Corinthians 1:12 That is, Peter
- 1 Corinthians 1:19 Isaiah 29:14
- 1 Corinthians 1:31 Jer. 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.”