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ST PAUL

1st Epistle to the

CORINTHIANS

Chapter 1

King James

  1. Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
  2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:
  3. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
  5. That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
  6. Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
  7. So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  8. Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
  10. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  11. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
  12. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
  13. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
  14. I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
  15. Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
  16. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
  17. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
  18. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
  19. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
  20. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
  22. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
  23. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
  24. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
  25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  26. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
  27. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
  28. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
  29. That no flesh should glory in his presence.
  30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
  31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

New King James

  1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
  2. To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
  3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
  5. that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
  6. even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
  7. so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  8. who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
  10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  11. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.
  12. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
  13. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
  14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
  15. lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.
  16. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
  17. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
  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, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
  20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
  22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
  23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
  24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
  25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  26. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
  27. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
  28. and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
  29. that no flesh should glory in His presence.
  30. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
  31. that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

Chapter 2

King James

  1. And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
  2. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
  3. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
  4. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
  5. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
  6. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
  7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
  8. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
  10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
  11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
  12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
  13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
  14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  15. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
  16. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

New King James

  1. And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
  2. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
  3. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
  4. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
  5. that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
  6. However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
  7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
  8. which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  9. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
  10. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
  11. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
  12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
  13. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
  14. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  15. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
  16. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Chapter 3

King James

  1. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
  2. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
  3. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
  4. For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
  5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
  6. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
  7. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
  8. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
  9. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
  10. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
  11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  12. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
  13. Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
  14. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
  15. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
  16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
  18. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
  19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
  20. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
  21. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;
  22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's;
  23. And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

New King James

  1. And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
  2. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
  3. for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
  4. For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?
  5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?
  6. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
  7. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
  8. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
  9. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
  10. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
  11. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  12. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
  13. each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
  14. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
  15. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
  16. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
  17. If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
  18. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
  19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
  20. and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
  21. Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours:
  22. whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours.
  23. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Chapter 4

King James

  1. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
  2. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
  3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
  4. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
  5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
  6. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
  7. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
  8. Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.
  9. For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
  10. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
  11. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
  12. And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
  13. Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
  14. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
  15. For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
  16. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
  17. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
  18. Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
  19. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
  20. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
  21. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

New King James

  1. Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
  2. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
  3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
  4. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
  5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
  6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
  7. For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
  8. You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
  9. For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
  10. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
  11. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
  12. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
  13. being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
  14. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
  15. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
  16. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
  17. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
  18. Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
  19. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
  20. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
  21. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Chapter 5

King James

  1. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
  2. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
  3. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
  4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  5. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
  6. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
  7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
  8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
  9. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
  10. Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
  11. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
  12. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
  13. But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

New King James

  1. It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!
  2. And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
  3. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
  4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  5. deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
  6. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
  7. Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
  8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
  9. I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
  10. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
  11. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
  12. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
  13. But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

Chapter 6

King James

  1. Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
  2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
  3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
  4. If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
  5. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
  6. But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
  7. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
  8. Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
  9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
  10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  11. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
  12. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  13. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
  14. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
  15. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
  16. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
  17. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
  18. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
  19. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  20. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

New King James

  1. Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
  2. Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
  3. Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
  4. If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
  5. I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
  6. But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
  7. Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
  8. No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
  9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
  10. nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
  11. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
  12. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  13. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
  14. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
  15. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
  16. Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”
  17. But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
  18. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
  19. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
  20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Chapter 7

King James

  1. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
  2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
  3. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
  4. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
  5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
  6. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
  7. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
  8. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.
  9. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
  10. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
  11. But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
  12. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
  13. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
  14. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
  15. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
  16. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
  17. But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
  18. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
  19. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
  20. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
  21. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
  22. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
  23. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
  24. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
  25. Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
  26. I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
  27. Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
  28. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
  29. But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
  30. And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
  31. And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
  32. But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
  33. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
  34. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
  35. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
  36. But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
  37. Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
  38. So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
  39. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
  40. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

New King James

    Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:
  1. It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
  2. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
  3. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
  4. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
  5. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
  6. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
  7. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
  8. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
  9. but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
  10. Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
  11. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
  12. But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.
  13. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
  14. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
  15. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
  16. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
  17. But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.
  18. Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
  19. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
  20. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
  21. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.
  22. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.
  23. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
  24. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
  25. Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.
  26. I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is:
  27. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
  28. But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.
  29. But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,
  30. those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,
  31. and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
  32. But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.
  33. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.
  34. There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband.
  35. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
  36. But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry.
  37. Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well.
  38. So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
  39. A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
  40. But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment—and I think I also have the Spirit of God.

Chapter 8

King James

  1. Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
  2. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
  3. But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
  4. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
  5. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
  6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
  7. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
  8. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
  9. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
  10. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
  11. And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
  12. But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
  13. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

New King James

  1. Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
  2. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
  3. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
  4. Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
  5. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
  6. yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
  7. However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
  8. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
  9. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
  10. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
  11. And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
  12. But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
  13. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

Chapter 9

King James

  1. Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
  2. If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
  3. Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
  4. Have we not power to eat and to drink?
  5. Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
  6. Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
  7. Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
  8. Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
  9. For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
  10. Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
  11. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
  12. If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
  13. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
  14. Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
  15. But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
  16. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
  17. For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
  18. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
  19. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
  20. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
  21. To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
  22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
  23. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
  24. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
  25. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
  26. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
  27. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

New King James

  1. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
  2. If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
  3. My defense to those who examine me is this:
  4. Do we have no right to eat and drink?
  5. Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
  6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
  7. Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
  8. Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
  9. For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?
  10. Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
  11. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
  12. If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
  13. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
  14. Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
  15. But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
  16. For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
  17. For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
  18. What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.
  19. For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
  20. and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
  21. to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
  22. to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
  23. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
  24. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
  25. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
  26. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
  27. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Chapter 10

King James

  1. Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
  2. And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
  3. And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
  4. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
  5. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
  6. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
  7. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
  8. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
  9. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
  10. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
  11. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
  12. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
  13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
  14. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
  15. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
  16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
  17. For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
  18. Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
  19. What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
  20. But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
  21. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
  22. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
  23. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
  24. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
  25. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
  26. For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
  27. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
  28. But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
  29. Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
  30. For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
  31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
  32. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
  33. Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

New King James

  1. Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,
  2. all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
  3. all ate the same spiritual food,
  4. and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
  5. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
  6. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
  7. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
  8. Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
  9. nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;
  10. nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
  11. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
  12. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
  13. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
  14. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
  15. I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.
  16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
  17. For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
  18. Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
  19. What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?
  20. Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
  21. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
  22. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
  23. All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
  24. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
  25. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;
  26. for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
  27. If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
  28. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
  29. “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?
  30. But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?
  31. Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  32. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,
  33. just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Chapter 11

King James

  1. Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
  2. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
  3. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
  4. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
  5. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
  6. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
  7. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
  8. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
  9. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
  10. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
  11. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
  12. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
  13. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
  14. Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
  15. But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
  16. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
  17. Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
  18. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
  19. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
  20. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
  21. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
  22. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
  23. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
  24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
  25. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
  26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
  27. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
  28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
  29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
  30. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
  31. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
  32. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
  33. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
  34. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

New King James

  1. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
  2. Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
  3. But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
  4. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
  5. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
  6. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
  7. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
  8. For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
  9. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
  10. For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
  11. Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
  12. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
  13. Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
  14. Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
  15. But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
  16. But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
  17. Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
  18. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
  19. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
  20. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
  21. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
  22. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
  23. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
  24. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
  25. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
  26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
  27. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
  28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
  29. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
  30. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
  31. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
  32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
  33. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
  34. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

Chapter 12

King James

  1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
  2. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
  3. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
  4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
  5. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
  6. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
  7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
  8. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
  9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
  10. To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
  11. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
  12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
  13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
  14. For the body is not one member, but many.
  15. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
  16. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
  17. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
  18. But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
  19. And if they were all one member, where were the body?
  20. But now are they many members, yet but one body.
  21. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
  22. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
  23. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
  24. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
  25. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
  26. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
  27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
  28. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
  29. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
  30. Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
  31. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

New King James

  1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:
  2. You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.
  3. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
  4. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
  5. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
  6. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
  7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
  8. for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
  9. to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
  10. to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
  11. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
  12. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
  13. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
  14. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
  15. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?
  16. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?
  17. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
  18. But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
  19. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
  20. But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
  21. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
  22. No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
  23. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
  24. but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
  25. that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
  26. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
  27. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
  28. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
  29. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
  30. Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
  31. But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

Chapter 13

King James

  1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
  2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
  3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
  4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
  5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
  6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
  7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
  8. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
  9. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
  10. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
  11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
  13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

New King James

  1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
  3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
  4. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
  5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
  6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
  7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  8. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
  9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
  10. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
  11. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  12. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
  13. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Chapter 14

King James

  1. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
  2. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
  3. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
  4. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
  5. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
  6. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
  7. And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
  8. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
  9. So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
  10. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
  11. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
  12. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
  13. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
  14. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
  15. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
  16. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
  17. For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
  18. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
  19. Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
  20. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
  21. In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
  22. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
  23. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
  24. But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
  25. And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
  26. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
  27. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
  28. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
  29. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
  30. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
  31. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
  32. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
  33. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
  34. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
  35. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
  36. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
  37. If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
  38. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
  39. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
  40. Let all things be done decently and in order.

New King James

  1. Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
  2. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
  3. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
  4. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  5. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
  6. But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
  7. Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?
  8. For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?
  9. So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
  10. There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.
  11. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
  12. Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
  13. Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
  14. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
  15. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
  16. Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
  17. For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
  18. I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
  19. yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
  20. Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
  21. In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
  22. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
  23. Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
  24. But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
  25. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
  26. How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
  27. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
  28. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
  29. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
  30. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
  31. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
  32. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
  33. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
  34. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
  35. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
  36. Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
  37. If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
  38. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
  39. Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
  40. Let all things be done decently and in order.

Chapter 15

King James

  1. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
  2. By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
  3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
  4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
  5. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
  6. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
  7. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
  8. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
  9. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
  10. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
  11. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
  12. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
  13. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
  14. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
  15. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
  16. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
  17. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
  18. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
  19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
  20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
  21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
  22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
  23. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
  24. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
  25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
  26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
  27. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
  28. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
  29. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
  30. And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
  31. I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
  32. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
  33. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  34. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
  35. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
  36. Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
  37. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
  38. But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
  39. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
  40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
  41. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
  42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
  43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
  44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
  45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
  46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
  47. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
  48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
  49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
  50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
  51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
  52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
  53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
  54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
  55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
  56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
  57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

New King James

  1. Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
  2. by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
  3. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
  4. and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
  5. and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
  6. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
  7. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
  8. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
  9. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
  10. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
  11. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
  12. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
  13. But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
  14. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
  15. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
  16. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
  17. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
  18. Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
  19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
  20. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
  21. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
  22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
  23. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
  24. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
  25. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
  26. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
  27. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  28. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
  29. Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
  30. And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
  31. I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
  32. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
  33. Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
  34. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
  35. But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?”
  36. Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
  37. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.
  38. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
  39. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
  40. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
  41. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
  42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
  43. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
  44. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
  45. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
  46. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
  47. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
  48. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
  49. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
  50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
  51. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
  52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
  53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
  54. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
  55. “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
  56. The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
  57. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Chapter 16

King James

  1. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
  2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
  3. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
  4. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
  5. Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
  6. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
  7. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
  8. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
  9. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
  10. Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
  11. Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
  12. As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
  13. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
  14. Let all your things be done with charity.
  15. I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
  16. That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
  17. I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
  18. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
  19. The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
  20. All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
  21. The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
  22. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
  23. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
  24. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

New King James

  1. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
  2. On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
  3. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
  4. But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.
  5. Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia).
  6. And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go.
  7. For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
  8. But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
  9. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
  10. And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
  11. Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.
  12. Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brethren, but he was quite unwilling to come at this time; however, he will come when he has a convenient time.
  13. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
  14. Let all that you do be done with love.
  15. I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints—
  16. that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.
  17. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
  18. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
  19. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
  20. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
  21. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s.
  22. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
  23. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
  24. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.