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
1Krataa yi firi me, Paulo a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so enti, wɔafrɛ me sɛ menyɛ Kristo Yesu somafoɔ no ne onua Sostene nkyɛn,
2Yɛde rekɔma Onyankopɔn asafo a ɛwɔ Korinto no ne wɔn a wɔafrɛ wɔn sɛ wɔmmɛyɛ Onyankopɔn akyidifoɔ kronkron no, ne wɔn a wɔwɔ baabiara a wɔbɔ yɛn Awurade Yesu din sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn ne yɛn Awurade no:
3Adom ne asomdwoeɛ a ɛfiri yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.
4Esiane adom a Onyankopɔn nam Kristo Yesu so dom mo no enti, daa meda Onyankopɔn ase ma mo. 5Ɛnam ne so ama moayɛ ma biribiara mu, ɔkasa ne adwene mu. 6Kristo ho asɛm atim wɔ mo mu, 7ɛno enti, ɛsiane sɛ moretwɛn ama wɔada yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo adi no enti, nhyira biara, monya bi. 8Ɔbɛhyɛ mo den akɔsi awieeɛ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, da a Awurade bɛba no, wɔrennya mo ho mfomsoɔ biara. 9Onyankopɔn a wafrɛ mo aba ne Ba Yesu Kristo ayɔnkofa mu no yɛ ɔnokwafoɔ.
Asafo No Mpaapaemu
10Anuanom, menam Awurade Yesu Kristo tumi so metu mo fo sɛ, asɛm biara a mobɛka no, monyɛ adwene na mo mu ampaapae. Monsɔ adwene ne botaeɛ baako mu na ama moayɛ baako. 11Anuanom, nnipa bi a wɔfiri Kloe efie apae mu aka akyerɛ me sɛ, akasakasa wɔ mo asafo yi mu. 12Asɛm a mepɛ sɛ meka ne sɛ, wɔn mu biara ka asɛm a ɔpɛ. Yei ka sɛ, “Mewɔ Paulo afa” a, ɔfoforɔ sɛ, “Mewɔ Apolo afa.” Obi sɔre na ɔse, “Mewɔ Petro afa” a, ɔbaako nso se, “Mewɔ Kristo afa.”
13Wɔakyekyɛ Kristo mu akuakuo? Paulo na ɔwuu wɔ asɛnnua no so maa mo anaa? Wɔbɔɔ mo asu sɛ Paulo asuafoɔ anaa? 14Meda Onyankopɔn ase sɛ mammɔ mo mu biara asu ka Krispo ne Gaio ho. 15Obiara rentumi nka sɛ wɔbɔɔ mo asu sɛ mʼasuafoɔ. 16Mekae sɛ mebɔɔ Stefana ne ne fiefoɔ asu. Na menkae sɛ mebɔɔ obi foforɔ asu bio. 17Kristo ansoma me sɛ memmɛbɔ asu, na mmom ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka asɛmpa a ɛmfiri nnipa nyansa mu, na obi annyina so amma Kristo wu a ɔwuu asɛnnua no so no mu tumi anyɛ kwa.
Kristo A Ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn Tumi
18Asɛnka a ɛkyerɛ Kristo asɛnnuambɔ no yɛ nsɛm a aba nni mu ma wɔn a wɔreyera. Nanso, yɛn a wɔregye yɛn nkwa no deɛ, ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn tumi. 19Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ,
“Mɛsɛe anyansafoɔ nyansa,
na mɛma nimdefoɔ adenim ayɛ ɔkwa.”
20Enti, onyansafoɔ wɔ he? Onimdefoɔ nso wɔ he? Ewiase yi mu akyinnyegyefoɔ wɔ he? Onyankopɔn akyerɛ sɛ ewiase yi mu nyansa yɛ ohunu. 21Enti, Onyankopɔn nam ɔno ara ne nyansa so yɛɛ sɛ, nnipa a wɔpɛ sɛ wɔfa wɔn ara wɔn nyansa so hunu no no renhunu no da. Na mmom, Onyankopɔn yɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ wɔn a wɔgye asɛm a “aba nni mu” a yɛka no di no, ɔbɛgye wɔn nkwa. 22Yudafoɔ hwehwɛ sɛ wɔhunu nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ, ɛnna Helafoɔ nso hwehwɛ nyansa. 23Nanso, yɛn deɛ, yɛka Kristo wu a ɔwuu wɔ asɛnnua no so no ho asɛm. Saa asɛm no yɛ Yudafoɔ abufuo ɛnna ɛyɛ asɛm a aba nni mu ma amanamanmufoɔ; 24nanso Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ a Onyankopɔn afrɛ wɔn no, Kristo yɛ Onyankopɔn tumi ne Onyankopɔn nyansa. 25Onyankopɔn asɛm a ɛyɛ sɛ aba nni mu no, aba wɔ mu sene nnipa nyansa, na saa ara nso na deɛ ɛyɛ sɛ ɛyɛ mmerɛ wɔ Onyankopɔn fam no yɛ den sene nnipa ahoɔden.
26Afei, anuanom, monkae ɛberɛ a Onyankopɔn frɛɛ mo no tebea a na mowɔ mu. Nnipa fam deɛ na mo mu bebree nyɛ anyansafoɔ, na mo mu bebree nni tumi, na mo mu bebree nyɛ adehyeɛ nso. 27Nanso, Onyankopɔn faa ewiase yi mu nsɛm a aba nni mu no, nam so guu anyansafoɔ anim ase. Onyankopɔn faa nneɛma a ɛyɛ mmerɛ wɔ ewiase, nam so de guu ahoɔden anim ase. 28Ɔfaa deɛ ewiase mmu na wɔmfa nyɛ hwee no de sɛee deɛ ewiase susu sɛ ɛho hia no. 29Yei kyerɛ sɛ obi ntumi nhoahoa ne ho Onyankopɔn anim. 30Nanso, Onyankopɔn aka mo abata Kristo Yesu ho na Onyankopɔn nam Kristo so ama yɛn nyansa; ɛnam ne so ma yɛatene wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. Yɛyɛ Onyankopɔn ahotefoɔ a wama yɛade yɛn ho. 31Enti sɛdeɛ Atwerɛsɛm no ka no, “Obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔhoahoa ne ho no, ɔnhoahoa ne ho wɔ deɛ Awurade ayɛ mu.”