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1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-20

1. When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2. Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3. Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4. So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5. I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6. but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7. To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8. But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! 9. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10. nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 12. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14. And God raised 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 prostitute? Never! 16. Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17. But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20. for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13

1. It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 3. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5. you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 6. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7. Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10. not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13. God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

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1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-21

1. This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. 6. I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 8. Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9. For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, 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 held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12. and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13. when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. 14. I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18. Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

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1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-16

1. But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3. for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4. For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5. What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13. each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 16. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17. If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20. and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21. So 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 the present or the future—all are yours, 23. and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

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1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-16

1. And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4. and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5. that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10. these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts 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 understand the things freely given us by God. 13. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-31

1. Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5. that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6. even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7. so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8. who will sustain you to the end, guiltless 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. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow 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. so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18. For the word of the cross is folly 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 the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20. Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23. but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29. so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31. so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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3 JOHN 1:1-15

1. The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 5. Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6. who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. 9. I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. 11. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12. Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true. 13. I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. 15. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one of them.

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2 JOHN 1:1-13

1. The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2. because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 4. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11. for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. 12. Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13. The children of your elect sister greet you.

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1 JOHN 5:1-21

1. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6. This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7. For there are three that testify: 8. the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 16. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. 18. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

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