- ¶ SO I, my brethren, could not converse with you as with spiritual men, but as with worldly men and even as with little children in Christ.
- I have fed you with milk, and not with meat;
for hitherto you were unable to eat it, and even now you are not ready for it;
- Because you are still worldly;
for as long as there is among you envying and strife and divisions, are you not worldly and still following the material things?
- For while one says, I am a follower of Paul;
and another, I am a follower of Apollos;
are you not worldly?
- ¶ Who then is Paul and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you were converted;
each one is gifted according as the Lord gave to him.
- I have planted, Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase.
- So then neither he who plants, nor he who waters deserves the credit;
but God who gives the increase.
- Thus the planter and the waterer are equal;
and each one shall receive his own wages according to his own labor.
- For we work together with God;
you are God’s work and God’s building.
- According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds upon it.
But let every man be careful how he builds thereon.
- ¶ For other foundation can no man lay than that which is already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
- Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
- Every man’s work shall be plainly seen;
for the light of day shall expose it, because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall test every man’s work and show of what sort it is.
- And the builder whose work survives shall receive his reward.
- And the one whose work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss;
but he himself shall be rescued, even as one who has been saved from the fire.
- ¶ Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
- And whoever defiles the temple of God, God will destroy;
for the temple of God is holy, and that temple is you.
- ¶ Let no man deceive himself.
Whoever among you thinks he is wise in this world, let him consider himself a fool so that he may become wise.
- For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God.
For it is written, He catches the wise in their own craftiness.
- And again, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are vain.
- ¶ Therefore, let no man boast about men.
For all things are yours,
- Whether Paul or Apollos or Kepa or the world or life or death or things present or things to come;
all things are yours;
- And you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.