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 baptised in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptise any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no-one can say that you were baptised in my name. 16(Yes, I also baptised the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptised anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptise, 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
11:1 a Bar 1:1; Bef 1:1 b 2Ko 1:1 c Bik 18:17Nze Pawulo eyayitibwa okuba omutume wa Yesu Kristo olw’okwagala kwa Katonda, ne Sossene1:1 Sossene alabika okuba nga ye mukulembeze w’ekkuŋŋaaniro ayogerwako mu Bik 18:17 owooluganda1:1 owooluganda kitegeeza mukkiriza munnange, 21:2 a Bik 18:1 b Bar 1:7tuwandiikira ekkanisa ya Katonda eri mu Kkolinso n’eri abo abaatukuzibwa mu Kristo Yesu, abayitibwa abatukuvu, n’abo bonna abakoowoola erinnya lya Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo mu buli kifo, owaabwe era owaffe; 31:3 Bar 1:7ekisa kibe ku mmwe n’emirembe egiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Kristo.
41:4 Bar 1:8Nneebaza Katonda wange bulijjo ku lwammwe, olw’ekisa kya Katonda ekyabaweebwa mu Kristo Yesu, 51:5 a 2Ko 9:11 b 2Ko 8:7mu ye mwagaggawazibwa mu buli kintu, ne mu kwogera kwonna, era ne mu kutegeera kwonna, 61:6 Kub 1:2era ng’obujulirwa bwa Kristo bwe bwakakasibwa mu mmwe, 71:7 Baf 3:20; Tit 2:13; 2Pe 3:12muleme kubaako kye mwetaaga mu kirabo kyonna, nga mulindirira okubikkulirwa kwa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo. 81:8 1Bs 3:13Era oyo y’alibanyweza ku nkomerero, nga temuliiko kya kunenyezebwa ku lunaku lwa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo. 91:9 a Is 49:7; 1Bs 5:24 b 1Yk 1:3Katonda mwesigwa, oyo eyabayita mu kussekimu okw’Omwana we Yesu Kristo Mukama waffe.
10Kaakano mbeegayirira abooluganda, mu Iinnya lya Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo, mukkiriziganyenga mwekka na mwekka muleme okwawukananga. Naye mube n’omutima gumu n’endowooza emu. 11Abooluganda, ab’ewa Kuloowe bannyinnyonnyola nti mu mmwe mulimu ennyombo. 121:12 a 1Ko 3:4, 22 b Bik 18:24 c Yk 1:42Kye ŋŋamba kye kino nti buli omu ku mmwe agamba nti nze ndi wa Pawulo, nze ndi wa Apolo, nze ndi wa Keefa, nze ndi wa Kristo.
131:13 Mat 28:19Kale Kristo ayawuliddwamu? Pawulo yakomererwa ku musaalaba ku lwammwe? Oba mwabatizibwa mu linnya lya Pawulo? 141:14 a Bik 18:8; Bar 16:23 b Bik 19:29Neebaza Katonda kubanga nze sibatizanga muntu n’omu ku mmwe okuggyako Kulisupo ne Gaayo. 15Noolwekyo si kulwa nga wabaawo agamba nti mwabatizibwa mu linnya lyange. 161:16 1Ko 16:15Naye nzijukira nga nabatiza ab’omu nnyumba ya Suteefana, naye sirowooza nga nabatiza omuntu omulala yenna. 171:17 a Yk 4:2 b 1Ko 2:1, 4, 13Kristo teyantuma kubatiza wabula yantuma kubuulira Njiri. Era sigibuulira mu magezi ga bigambo bugambo, si kulwa ng’omusaalaba gwa Kristo gumalibwamu amaanyi gaagwo.
Kristo amagezi n’amaanyi ga Katonda
181:18 a 2Ko 2:15 b Bar 1:16Ekigambo ky’omusaalaba kya busirusiru eri abo abazikirira naye eri ffe abaalokolebwa ge maanyi ga Katonda. 191:19 Is 29:14Kubanga kyawandiikibwa nti,
“Ndizikiriza amagezi g’abagezi,
ne nzigyawo okumanya kw’abayivu.”
201:20 a Is 19:11, 12 b Yob 12:17Kale omugezi aluwa? N’omuwandiisi aluwa? Omuwakanyi w’omulembe guno aluwa? Katonda teyafuula amagezi ag’ensi eno okuba obusirusiru? 21Kubanga Katonda, mu magezi ge, yalaba ng’ensi teyinza kumumanya ng’eyita mu kutegeera kwayo. Katonda kyeyava asiima okuyita mu busirusiru bw’okubuulira Enjiri okulokola abakkiriza. 221:22 Mat 12:38Kubanga Abayudaaya banoonya bubonero, Abayonaani bo ne banoonya amagezi, 231:23 a Luk 2:34; Bag 5:11 b 1Ko 2:14naye ffe tubuulira Kristo eyakomererwa. Eri Abayudaaya nkonge, eri Abaamawanga busirusiru, 241:24 a Bar 8:28 b nny 30; Bak 2:3naye eri abaayitibwa, Abayudaaya n’Abamawanga, Kristo ge maanyi ga Katonda, era amagezi ga Katonda. 251:25 a nny 18 b 2Ko 13:4Kubanga obusirusiru bwa Katonda businga amagezi g’abantu, n’obunafu bwa Katonda businga abantu amaanyi.
26Kubanga mulabe okuyitibwa kwammwe abooluganda, bangi ku mmwe temwali bagezi mu mubiri, era nga bangi temuli b’amaanyi, era nga bangi temwazaalibwa nga muli ba kitiibwa. 271:27 a Yak 2:5 b nny 20Naye Katonda yalonda ebisirusiru eby’ensi, akwase abagezi ensonyi; era Katonda yalonda ebinafu eby’ensi, akwase ab’amaanyi ensonyi, 281:28 Bar 4:17era n’alonda abakopi ab’ensi n’abo abanyoomebwa; era n’ebitaliiwo alyoke aggyewo ebiriwo, 291:29 Bef 2:9waleme kubaawo muntu n’omu eyeenyumiriza mu maaso ga Katonda. 301:30 a Yer 23:5, 6 b Bar 3:24Kyokka ku bw’oyo muli mu Kristo Yesu, eyafuuka amagezi gye tuli okuva eri Katonda, bwe butuukirivu, n’okutukuzibwa, n’okununulibwa, 311:31 Yer 9:23, 24nga bwe kyawandiikibwa nti eyeenyumiriza yeenyumirizenga mu Mukama waffe.