The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE FIRST LETTER TO THE
CORINTHIANS

PAUL, by the will of God called as1 an apostle of Jesus Christ, and our brother Sosthenes, to the2 church of God at Corinth, to those who are consecrated by union with Christ Jesus, and called as God's people, like all those anywhere who call on the name of Jesus Christ, their Lord as well as ours; God our Father and the3 Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.

I am always thanking God about4 you, for the blessing God has given you through Christ Jesus. For you have5 grown rich in everything through union with him -- in power of expression and in capacity for knowledge. So your ex-6 perience has confirmed the testimony that I bore to Christ, and there is no7 gift that you lack even while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to re appear, and at the Day of our Lord Je-8 sus Christ he will insure your complete vindication. God can be depended on,9 and it was he who called you to this fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

But I urge you all, brothers, for the10 sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree in what you say, and not to allow factions among you, but to be perfectly united in mind and judgment. For I11 have been informed, my brothers, by Chloe's people, that quarrels are going on among you. What I mean is this,12 that one of you says, "I am a follower of Paul," another, "And I, of Apollos," another, "And I, of Cephas," and an other, "And I, of Christi" Christ has13 been divided up! But was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I14 am thankful that I never baptized any of you except Crispus and Gaius,15 so that no one could say that you were baptized in my name. And I16 did baptize the members of the household of Stephanas too; I do not know whether I baptized anyone else besides. For Christ did not send me to baptize, 17 but to preach the good news -- but not with fine language, or the cross of Christ might seem an empty thing.

For to those who are on the way to 18 destruction, the story of the cross is nonsense, but to us who are to be saved, it means all the power of God. For the 19 Scripture says,

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And I will thwart the shrewdness of the shrewd!"

Where now is your philosopher? 20 Your scribe? Your reasoner of today? Has not God made a fool of the world's wisdom?

For since in God's providence the 21 world with all its wisdom did not come to know, God, God chose, through the folly of the gospel message, to save those who had faith in him. For Jews 22 insist upon miracles, and Greeks demand philosophy, but we proclaim a 23 Christ who was crucified -- an idea that is revolting to Jews and absurd to the heathen, but to those whom God has 24 called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is God's power and God's wisdom. For God's folly is 25 beyond the wisdom of men, and God's weakness is beyond their strength.

For consider, brothers, what hap­ 26 pened when God called you. Not many of you were what men call wise, not many of you were influential, not many were of high birth. But it was what the 27 world calls foolish that God chose to put the wise to shame with, and it was what the world calls weak that God chose to shame its strength with, and it 28 was what the world calls low and insignificant and unreal that God chose to nullify its realities, so that in his pres­ 29 ence no human being might have anything to boast of. But you are his chil­ 30 dren, through your union"with Christ Jesus, whom God has made our wisdom -- our uprightness and consecration and

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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