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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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1 JOHN 4:1-21

1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3. and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 7. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19. We love because he first loved us. 20. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

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1 JOHN 3:1-24

1. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 4. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 11. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20. for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22. and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

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1 JOHN 2:1-29

1. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5. but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6. whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 7. Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12. I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 13. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 15. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 18. Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 26. I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. 28. And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

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