1 Corinthians 1:1-9
49:1 Listen to me, O
coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD
called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he
He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he
hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I
will be glorified."
But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength
for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and
my reward with my God."
And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his
servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be
gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my
God has become my strength
he says, "It is too light a thing that you should be my
servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the
survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."
Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to
one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers,
"Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall
prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the
Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
40:1 I waited patiently
for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set
my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many
will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to
the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your
thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim
and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an
open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is
written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great
congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken
of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your
steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast
love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
1:1 Paul, called to be
an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all
those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God
that has been given you in Christ Jesus,
for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and
knowledge of every kind
just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for
the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be
blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his
Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1:29 The next day he
saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world!
This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead
of me because he was before me.'
I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for
this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel."
And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven
like a dove, and it remained on him.
I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with
water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and
remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is
the Lamb of God!"
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them,
"What are you looking for?" They said to him,
"Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where
are you staying?"
He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where
he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about
four o'clock in the afternoon.
One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew,
Simon Peter's brother.
He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have
found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed).
He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You
are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is