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Of strife and division. I. Corinthians. Of worldly wisdoin. God's husbandry; ye are God's be burnt, he shall suffer loss; building.
but he himself shall be saved; 10 According to the grace yet so as by fire. of God, which is given unto 16 Know ye not that ye are me, as a wise master-builder, the temple of God, and that I have laid the foundation, & the Spirit of God dwelleth in another buildeth thereon. But you ? let every man take heed how 17 If any man defile the he buildeth thereupon.
temple of God, him shall God 11 For other foundation can destroy; for the temple of God no man lay than that is laid, is holy, which temple ye are. which is Jesus Christ.
18 Let no man deceive him12 Now, if any man build self; if any man among you upon this foundation, gold, seemeth to be wise in this silver,b precious stones, wood, world, let him become a fool, hay, stubble;
that he may be wise. 13 Every man's work shall 19 For the wisdom of this be made manifest; for the day world is foolishness with God; shall deelare it, becanse it shalt for it is written, He taketh be revealed by fire.;c and the the wise in their own craftifire shall try every man's work ness. of what sort it is.
20 And again, The Lord 14 If any man's work abide, knoweth the thoughts of the which he hath built thereup-wise, that they are vain. on,d he shall receive a reward. 21 Therefore let no man 15 If any man's work shall glory in men ; for all things
are yours ; b If any man, upon this foundation, build gold, silver, &c. As the Chris
22 Whether Paul, or Apoltian church consists of believers of all los, or Cephas, or the world, nations, the materials here called or life, or death, or things prer gold, silver, &c. must be the disciples sent or things to come; all are of Christ, converted by the preachers
yours ; of the Gospel. The disciples, whom any one converted, are in the next
23 And ye are Christ's; verse called his work.
and Christ is God's. < It is supposed, that by fire here is
CHAP. IV. meant persecution, which was about 1 How to account of ministers
. to try the Christians, and would re- 7. We have nothing which veal or manifest who were the true,
we have not received. 15 and who the false professors. d If any man's work abide, &c. If
The apostles are our fathers any man's or teacher's disciples,
in Christ. whom he has added to the church of endure not the fiery trial, he will lose Christ, abide the trial of persecution, his reward; however, he himself he shall receive the reward of a faith- shall be saved, yet not without pera ful servant; (15th verse,) but if they secution.
Of ministérs, &c. Chap. iv. Of the apostles. LET a man so account of 9 For I think that God hath
as of the ministers of set forth us the apostles last, Christ, and stewards of the as it were appointed to death; mysteries of God.
for we are made a spectacle 2 Moreover, it is required unto the world, and to angels, in stewards, that a man be and to men. found faithful.
10 We are fools for Christ's 3 But with me it is a very sake, but ye are wise in Christ; small thing, that I should be we are weak, but ye are strong; judged of you, or of man's ye are honourable, but we are judgment; yea, I judge not despised. mine own self.
11 Even unto this present 4 For I know nothing by hour we both hunger, and myself; yet am I not hereby thirst, and are naked, and are justified; but he that judgeth buffeted, and have no certain me is the Lord..
dwelling-place; 5 Therefore judge nothing 12 And labour, working before the time, until the Lord with our own hands ; being recome, who both will bring to viled, we bless; being perselight the hidden things of cuted, we suffer it; darkness, and will make mani. 13 Being defamed, we infest the counsels of the hearts; · treat; we are made as the and then shall every man have filth of the world, and are the praise of God.
off-scouring of all things unto 6. And these things, breth- this day. ren, I have in a figure trans- 14 I write not these things ferred to myself and to Apollos to shame you, but, as my befor
your sakes ; that ye might loved sons, I warn you. learn in us not to think of men 15 For though ye have tep above that which is written thousand instructors in Christ, that no one of you be puffed yet have ye not many fathers; up for
one against another. for in Christ Jesus I have be7 For who maketh thee gotten you through the Gosto differ from another 2 and pel. what hast thou that thou didst 16 Wherefore, I beseech not receive ? now, if thou
followers of me. didst receive it, why dost thou 17 For this cause have I glory as if thou hadst not re- sent unto you Timotheus, who ceived it?
beloved and faithful 8 Now ye are full, now ye in the Lord, who shall bring are rich, ye have reigned as you into remembrance of my ķings without us; and I would ways which be in Christ, as I to God ye did reign, that we teach every where in every also might reign with you. church.
of the incestuous person. I. Cors Offenders to be shunned.
18 Now some are puffed up, the flesh,a that the spirit may as though I would not come to be saved in the day of our you.
Lord Jesus. 19 But I will come to you 6 Your glorying is not good. shortly, if the Lord will, and Know ye not that a little leawill know, not the speech of ven leaveneth the whole lump? them which are puffed up, but Purge out, therefore, the
old leaven, that ye may be a 20 For the kingdom of God new lump, as ye are unleavenis not in word, but in power.
ed. For even Christ our pass21 What will yer shall I over is sacrificed for us: come unto you with a rod, or 8 Therefore let us keep the in love, and in the spirit of feast, not with old leaven, neimeekness?
ther with the leaven of malice and wickedness ; but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity CHAP. V.
and truth. 1 The incestuous person. The 9 I wrote unto you in an e
old leaven must be purged pistle not to company with forout. 10 Heinous offenders nicators : are to be avoided.
10 Yet not altogether with IT is reported commonly the fornicators of this world, that there is fornication among or with the covetous, or extoryou, and such fornication as iš tioners, or with idolaters ;
for not so much as named among then must ye needs go out of the Gentiles, that one should the world. have his father's wife.
11 But now I have written 2 And ye are puffed up, and unto you not to keep company, have not rather mourned, that if any man, that is called a he that hath done this deed brother, be a fornicator, or might be taken away from covetous, or an idolater, or a among yon.
railer, or a drunkard, or an ex3 For I verily, as absent in tortioner; with such an one no body, but present in spirit, not to eat. have judged already, as though 12 For what have I to do to I were present, concerning him judge them also that are with that hath so done this deed. ;
out, do not ye judge them that In the name of our Lord are within Jesus Christ, when ye are gath- a To deliver such an one unto Satan, ered together, and my spirit, &c. Some suppose this means only with the power of our Lord excommunication from the visible Jesus Christ,
church of Christ; others are of opin5 To deliver such an one un
ion, it may denote some particular to Satan for the destruction of punishment, which the apostles
empowered to inflict.
Of going to law. Chap. vi.
... Of avoiding disputes. 13 But them that are with- righteous shall not inherit the out God judgeth. Therefore kingdom of God ? Be not deput away from among your- ceived ; neither fornicators, selves that wicked person. nor idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor effeminate, nor abusers of CHAP, VI.
themselves with mankind, 1 Of going to law with the 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous,
brethren. 15 Our bodies are nor drunkards, nor revilers, Christ's members.
nor extortioners, shall inherit DARE any of you, hav- the kingdom of God. ing a matter against another, 11 And such were some of go to law before the unjust, you; but ye are washed, but ye and not before the saints ? are sanetified, but ye are jus
2 Do ye not know that the tified, in the name of the Lord saints shall judge the world? Jesus, and by the Spirit of our and if the world shall be judg. God. ed by you, are ye unworthy 12 All things are lawful unto judge the smallest matters. to me, but all things are not
3 Know ye not that we shall expedient;-all things are lawjudge angels ? how much more ful for me, but I will not be things that pertain to this life brought under the power of
4 If then ye have judgments any. of things pertaining to this 13 Meats for the belly, and life, set them to judge, who the belly for meats; but God are least esteemed in the shall destroy both it and them. church.
Now the body is not for forni5 I speak to your shame. Is eation, but for the Lord, and it so that there is not a wise the Lord for the body. man among you
no, not one 14 And God hath both raisthat shall be able to judge be- ed up the Lord, and will also tween his brethren ?
raise up us by his own power. 6 But brother goeth to law 15 Know ye not that your with brother, and that before bodies are the members of the unbelievers.
Christ? shall I then take the ✓ Now, therefore, there is members of Christ and make utterly a fault among you, be- them the members of an karcause ye go to law one with lot? God forbid. another; why do ye not rath- 16 What! know ye not that er take wrong? why do ye not he which is joined to an harrather suffer yourselves to be lot is one body? for two (saith defranded?
he) shall be one flesh. 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and de- 17 But he that is joined unfraud, and that
your brethren. to the Lord is one spirit. 9 Know ye not that the un- 18 Flee fornication. Eve
continency. ry sin that a man doeth is with
4 The wife hath not power out the body; but he that com- of her own body, but the hus mitteth fornication sinneth a band; and likewise also the gainst his own body.
husband hath not power of his 19 What! know ye not that own body, but the wife. your body is the temple of the 5 Defraud ye not one the Holy Ghost which is in you, other,c except it be with con
have of God ? and ye sent for a time, that ye may are not your own,
give yourselves to fasting and 20 For ye are bought with prayer; and come together a price ; therefore glorify God again, that. Satan tempt you in your body, and in your spi- not for your incontinency. rit, which are God's.
6 But I speak this by perCHAP. VII.*
mission, and not of command1 Ke treateth of marriage, 4 ment.
shewing it to be a remedy ty For I would that all men against fornication. were even as myself; but eve
NOW, concerning the ry man hath his proper gift of things whereof ye wrote unto God, one after this man er, me; It is good for a man not and another after that. to touch a woman.a
8 I say, therefore, to the un2 Nevertheless, to avoid for- married and widows, It is nication, let every manb have good for them that they abide his own wife, and let every
even as 1. woman have her own husband. 9 But if they cannot con
3 Let the husband render tain, let them marry ; for it is unto the wife due benevolence; better to marry than to burn. and likewise also the wife un- 10 And unto the married I to the husband.
c Defraud ge not one another, &c. a It is good for a person in this state Paul here, speaking to the man and of persecution, not to marry. wife, says, defraud or forsake ye not 6 Let every man, &c. i. e. let nei.
one another, except it be by mutual ther man nor 'wife put away or for- consent for a certain time, when you sake the other, as some falsely ima. may wish more particularly to attend gine it a duty.
to the duties of devotion.
* To understand this chapter, it is necessary to know, that the Jews considered matrimony a sacred duty, and that the Grecian philosophers taught, that if a man would be happy, he should not marry. The brethren at Corinth, therefore, wrote to St. Paul, desiring him to inform them whether, in their present state of persecution, they might not without sin, abstain from marriage altogether; and whether such as were already married, might not dissolve their marriage vows on account of the trials, to which they were exposed. Although their letter to the apostle is now lost, its contents are suggested by this chapter, which he wrote in answer, and which contains his advice and direction,